Kaboom! by MarkMetternich

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Some of the most massive breakers in the world can be seen on the Oregon Coast (USA) when the conditions are just right. This one (taken several days ago) was about 200 feet (61 meters) high. To see it in person is simply astonishing.
 I left the two people on the cliff, in the photo, for scale.


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Elijah’s Cave by MarkMetternich

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Amazing what one can find if you spend enough time off the beaten path, exploring in the Great Southwest This was stunning to find in a cave.

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Introverted by AlisterBenn

We are over three weeks in to our 5 week stay on Iceland and on to our final workshop of the season.

We’ve had awesome conditions, and now the whole island is locked in heavy, deep snow.

Tomorrow we’ll be back at Jokulsarlon for another three nights.

This image was taken last week and I was happy to find this hole in the ice through which to frame the sunrise.

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Divine light on the Mountain Church by albanhenderyckxphotography

Sunrise at Kirkufell, Iceland.

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De Na Zin – New Moon by MarkMetternich

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After spending almost a week scouting, I finally settled on this as my favorite composition for the upcoming New Moon / stars. 



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The sky portion of this image was photographed with the A7S at a whopping 51,200 ISO. The land portion was shot with the Sony A7r2 at 3 minutes at 800 ISO. At 800 ISO or even 1600 ISO and 3 minutes (with the A7S or A7r2) you get a clean and quite printable foreground. I chose a white balance that I felt best represented the scene (neutral) and the color variation the camera was picking up. It took me less than a minute to blend in the land (using 2 layers in Photoshop) needing only to match the lands white balance and luminosity with the sky file. Of course radically different noise reduction protocol was used for the two files (a lot in the sky, very little in the land). So many photographers today shoot their night shots in a way that the prints turn our horrible for the land detail. I always work with careful exposure blending so that fine art enlargements can still be made.



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Watons Crescendo by MarkMetternich

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After finishing one of my Ultimate SW workshops in whom excellent professional photographer Kevin McNeal attended, Kevin and I decided to continue the chase for dramatic light. Sitting at McDonalds in Kanab Utah, a violent thunderstorm and torrential downpour struck hard. We quickly checked all our weather apps and Kevin turned to me and said, “It’s going to go over the North Rim dude!” Without hesitation, I said “Lets go!”

We made the North Rim quicker than may be legal, with lightning striking the whole way there. Thinking this was “it” we jumped out at the first turn out and started shooting like crazy. In just minutes we captured tens of lighting strikes (not even using the lightning trigger). After some time I started realizing that this was in fact, not “it” and the storm was actually building and getting more incredible with every passing minute. We both took off to another pullover and continued with the same amazing results.

Finally, after literally hours of shooting at various pull over locations, I decided to make a mad dash to Wotans Throne, my favorite location on the Grand Canyon. As I got there I could not believe what I was witnessing! Rainbows, Mammatus clouds, God rays, fog rolling into the canyon, lightning striking non stop about every 30 seconds, was all building into a monumental crescendo.


In an adrenalized panic I grabbed my Sony A7r, Canon 11-24 and tripod and ran to my favorite spot. Suddenly, before I knew what had happened, I was on the ground literally HIT BY AN INDIRECT BOLT OF LIGHTNING! It happened so fast I did not know what had happened. Although not injured, I was disoriented and terrified for a minute or two. I even got shocked. I ran under a tree and then said to myself, “Mark this is NOT safe at all!” So, I climbed down about 10 feet off the cliff and hid in a small cave / alcove for several minutes to get my head together.

Finally, I said to myself “can you really NOT shoot that?” So, I ran out and began the process of photographing again. Every time I would start hearing a loud ringing/buzzing in my ears, or the small tree next to me start buzzing loudly, I would run back into the alcove. I decided to ditch the tripod for safety and shoot hand held. I also popped the Lightening Trigger on and it began shooting constantly.

Kevin showed up directly above me and we laughed the yelled out in excitement as the sun began to set and the scene went ballistic. There were 4 Japanese girls taking photos with their “point and shoots” and every time the lightening would strike, we would all laugh and yell out in applause. I have been photographing Landscape full time for over 13 years now and this was definitely the most amazing shoot yet. 


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Golden Brown by AlisterBenn

Hi all,

Day two of our Iceland Tour and we get these conditions at Jokulsarlon. One of the best sunsets I have had in all the years I have been there.

This image was made with super strong side light from the sun just above the horizon, lighting up this ice berg like a light bulb.

A really gorgeous moment. Wind screaming outside now – another wild night on Iceland. But with three happy clients.

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