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In this blog I will share experiences from my photographic travels throughout our natural world. From time to time I will also share technical and philosophical articles about nature photography.

Article: Zero Forecast

Posted on 27th December, 2014

Landscape photographers love looking at forecasts, and for good reason. The readier you are for what’s going to happen, the better prepared you are for the cloud conditions, the light direction and the overall weather, the more you can plan your shot, and so you can get to the right place at the right time to achieve what you’ve been planning for a long time. I agree, and I fully support people who direct themselves mainly using forecasts. But I tend to do things differently. The...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Flames of the North

Posted on 14th December, 2014

In this article I'd like to talk about an Aurora shot I achieved using a special technique. I took the image during the first of two 'Land of Ice' photo workshops I guided in Southern Iceland earlier this year. I was leading the group when we arrived at Iceland famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. The sky was mostly clear and the Northern Lights were starting to pick up about an hour after arrival. We set up our cameras, found compositions and started a long,...

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Mountain Magic: Shooting in the Lofoten Islands

Posted on 30th November, 2014

The Lofoten Islands are a destination I've been dreaming of for a long time. Way up in Norway's Arctic northwest lies a small, yet incredibly beautiful and diverse archipelago, home to some of its most magical landscapes and a truly wonderful winter atmosphere. I visited the Lofoten Islands earlier this year to prepare for for my 'Northern Spirits' photography workshop, and it did not fail to excite me day after day. Pointy mountains rising above deep fjords, cracked frozen...

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Article: Art of the Unforeground

Posted on 23rd November, 2014

“It’s all about the foreground”. Generations of landscape photographers learn this principle the moment they first pick up a camera. Indeed, in classic landscape photography the foreground element is usually the dominant component of an image, and serves it in many forms. The foreground connects us to the photographer’s immediate environment by attracting the viewer to look at it. This eye-drawing quality stems from the fact that the foreground element is usually...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Shredded

Posted on 29th October, 2014

In this article in my 'Behind the Shot' series, I'll tell you about an unusual image I took in Iceland. The image shows the ice shards on the bank of a shallow, ice-covered lake very close to Kirkjufell (Icelandic: Church Mountain). I visited Kirkjufell in 2013, while scouting locations for my 'Winter Paradise' workshop. The mountain is situated a short distance from the quiet town of Grundarfjörður, in the north of Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland....

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Article: Behind the Shot - Winter Paradise

Posted on 23rd October, 2014

On this article I'll invite you to join me for one of the most amazing nights of my life: a night that began in preparing for sleep after a hard day of shooting in the bitter cold, and finished with a light-show unlike I'd ever seen before. Background It wasn't easy spending a week shooting in the Mývatn district of northern Iceland. It was early February this year and I was working hard scouting locations for my 'Winter Paradise' workshop. Shooting,...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Lost in Space

Posted on 7th September, 2014

In this article I'll take you to the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland, to talk about an image I'm very happy about. It wasn't easy getting the shot to look as it does now, but I think the outcome justifies all the hard work, and I hope you'll agree. This picture was taken on my second visit to Kirkjufell ('Church Mountain' in Icelandic, also called 'Pyramid Mountain' for obvious reasons. The mountain is conveniently situated right outside...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Nautilus

Posted on 1st September, 2014

In this article I'll talk about one of my most popular shots, ‘Nautilus’. The image shows an ice cave we visited in Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland, on a photography trip in December 2011 to scout locations for my 'Land of Ice' photo workshop. It wasn’t easy getting there, and we had to use a modified jeep to traverse the snow. Even when close to the cave it was tricky to spot it, but luckily we had a wonderful guide who had previous...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Dark Matter

Posted on 26th August, 2014

'Dark Matter' is a personal favorite, shot during my 'Land of Ice' photographic workshop held in January 2013. One of the most popular photography locations in Iceland is Breiðamerkursandur - the ice beach, pitch-black and covered in countless pieces of ice which disconnected from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, dropped to the famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, carried by the small stream connecting the lagoon to the ocean and deposited back...

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Article: Focus Stacking with Photoshop

Posted on 20th August, 2014

In the world of photography we often work hard to obtain a shallow depth of field. When we take portraits and wish to separate the subject from the background, we use bulky lenses with large apertures just to get that magical 3D effect we're striving for. In the world of macro photography, as demonstrated in a previous article, things are entirely different. As I’ve mentioned before, depth of field (DOF) depends almost entirely on two factors: aperture value and magnification....

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