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New on 500px : Tasman Valley by highluxphoto by highluxphoto

Tasman Valley and Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake at dawn. Burnett Mountains and Nuns Veil mid frame. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand.

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New on 500px : frozen gold by FelixInden by FelixInden

I shot this vertorama on one of my most remarkable evening of landscape photography.
I found the files for this stitch while screening through my older folders and i was very happy that with the processing skills i learned over the last year i was abled to get this done.
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New on 500px : Looking Forever by MAPhoto by MAPhoto

This is Torres Del Paine and the Paine Grande Peaks at sunrise. My friend, world-class photographer, naturalist, writer, phd scientist, super-hiker extraordinaire and all around amazing person Floris Van Breugel takes a look at the grand surroundings on a magical morning. He had no idea he’d wandered into my shot…..

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New on 500px : Purity by stianklo by stianklo

If you want the chance to explore the Arctic and Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway in particular, please check out www.lofotentours.com for phototours/workshops + additional information, itineraries and more pictures. Tourguides are Arild Heitmann and yours truly. Book your spot today at Lofoten Tours Website and be sure to follow us at FacebookPersonal FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagram

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New on 500px : Water Wars by MarselvanOosten by MarselvanOosten

When I traveled to Iceland for the first time, I had already seen thousands of images of this spectacular country. Creating something original, or at least slightly different, is not easy when most of the locations have literally been photographed to death. But, therein lies the creative challenge that pushes you to greater heights. Or frustration.

The famous black lava beach near Jökulsárlón is one of those iconic locations. The typical shots usually involve a few pieces of crystal clear ice, black sand, and slow shutter speeds. There is a good reason that most photographer, myself included, like to take this approach when shooting at this überphotogenic location: the results look stunning. Tranquil scenes with silky smooth water. However, I really wanted to try some different stuff as well, like the complete opposite.

The ocean here can be pretty brutal, just like the weather. On, or just after stormy weather, huge waves keep crashing into the beach, pushing even the biggest icebergs onto the sand. I decided to photograph the moment of impact from up close – with a wide angle. This means two things: 1. You will get very wet, and 2. you might get hurt.

The wet part is not a real problem, it’s just annoying. Wearing proper rain gear will keep you dry (unless you go down, which happens every now and then), but the equipment is of a much greater concern. I always use my RainCoat rain cover to protect my camera gear from rain and sea spray, so as long as I don’t submerge it, it will be fine. Talking about the RainCoat – LensCoat (the manufacturer) and Squiver have organized the easiest contest ever. Entering the contest is free and will only take you 15 seconds. You can win one of three RainCoats. I’d give it a try.

The dangerous part of this kind of photography is something that a lot of photographers don’t realize until it’s too late. These massive chunks of ice can be 5 to 7 feet tall and weigh a ton. When they’re just lying there on the beach, it’s all safe. But when a powerful wave hits them at full speed, all the ice gets pushed further onto the beach, all pressed against each other. If you’re standing in the middle of all these razor sharp glass rocks, you risk ending up without the lower half of your body. This is even worse with incoming tide. It takes a lot of concentration and athleticism to pull this kind of photography off. Coincidentally, I saw photographer James Balog do something similar a few years later for his documentary Chasing Ice – he was wearing a harness and his assistant was holding a rope to be able to pull him back in case of an emergency. That’s how dangerous it is.

And finally, I had to completely change my photographic routine. There was simply no time to first find a good composition, set up the tripod and wait for the right moment. I had to run into the ice when the water was still retreating, which meant that the ice was moving constantly, pulled back towards the ocean. I had between one and two seconds before the next wave would crash into the ice again, so that’s the amount of time I had to set up my tripod, get a composition and focus. The moment the water hit, I could take maximum two exposures and then I had to run like hell to not get submerged or crushed by the ice. Not the easiest photography, but certainly very exciting.

This is one of my favorite shots of that session, which I survived in one piece. On another occasion I tried something similar and ripped a muscle in my left calf. The first few days of the tour I had to walk with crutches.

If you would like to join me on our next Iceland tour and learn more about landscape photography and composition, please check out my website for more information:

Squiver Photo Tours & Workshops

Or download the brochure:

Iceland Winter Wilderness (PDF)

Hope to see you there!

Marsel

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New on 500px : WASC09023 by MathewHall by MathewHall

A horse pulling a sleigh with riders on the snow in a forest in the fog.

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New on 500px : The Church of the Good Shepherd by monsur by monsur

The Church of the Good Shepherd with the Southern Alps in the background.

A very peaceful place.

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