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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.

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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Article: Dealing with the Bugs

Posted on 14th August, 2014

Up until now, I've stated that when we shoot wildlife macro, many considerations have to be made as to image detail and background, in addition to making sure we shoot from a natural and personal point of view and maintain a balanced composition and sufficient depth of field. All of these considerations are important indeed, but none of them would matter without the ability to actually find a subject and be able to shoot it the way we want to. This article is devoted to the task of locating...

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Article: Composition Basics in Macro Photography

Posted on 6th August, 2014

A lot has already been said about composition. Every aspiring photographer knows about the rule of thirds, about the appeal of diagonal lines and about the rule of lead room. I can't fully discuss composition in one or two articles, nor do I think it's necessary in a specialized series about macro. Yet I do plan to mention a few points, emphasize and exemplify the application of compositional rules to macro, and, in addition – talk about elements which are more prominent in macro...

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