Skilled people have more luck?

One big advantage with doing something regularly is that you in time get better because you know the techniques, because you are better prepared and because you know the surrounding landscape better. I have heard this expressed as that “skilled people have more luck” once.

This evening I was again out, it was a good day, a mix of rain and sun, which means clouds, possible good lights, possible more. This evening it turned out to be a light rain close to where the sun went down.

I wanted to capture cloud movements, colours, reflections, shadows, calmness. The quiet most never experience. I read an article written by a landscape photographer out of NYC, where he said that the beaches usually where empty of people in the early morning and evenings. It hits me where I live that it is like that, most people miss the most spectacular time by the sea.

I mounted my camera on the tripod, added the Lee Filter Little Stopper, and a 0.6 gradient ND filter (as the sky is more light then the ground/sea. Since I knew it was raining I brought an umbrella. Not for me, but to hold over the camera to avoid getting good shots ruined of the raindrops on the lens. I have also found out the Little Stopper is very nice because it enables me still to focus trough it, something which is impossible with Big Stopper.

umbrella tripod

I usually try to place the tripod out into the water to be able to have the photo start of right away with interesting foreground. Well the shot to the right tells I do not always do that.

I was quite happy with the outcome of today.

Horizon on fire
Horizon on fire – 16mm, 10s, f/11, ISO 50

 

horizon on fire II
16mm. 20s. f/11, ISO 50
16mm, 49s, f/11, ISO 50

 

Most days life is grey

Most days are exactly what you make them. There is nothing really remarkable happening. It is only you who have the opportunity to make them differentiate from other days. It is only you who can see the beauty in the day when most just see same old.
It was a grey day. It was flat light, it was no particular waves, it was no particular wind, the clouds where high.
My thought was to use the motion on the waves hitting the beach. It didn’t become spectacular, it became better than okay.
Maybe not as grey as grey.
motions

Fall is giving the season to winter

This weekend I was out in the forest by a lake called Nelaugsvannet. Here we had the experience of being totally alone in the forest. At breakfast a moose passed by the window. It was good to spend the weekend in the cabin.

My idea was to get some different landscapes, as I of lately mostly have been shooting around the fjord in the blue hour for my artistic project, as mentioned in an earlier post.

Equipment I brought with me:

  • Benro tripod
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm F4L USM
  • Lee Filters; Big Stopper, Small Stopper, Gradient ND filters and Sunlight filters

If you are a frequent reader you see I still bring the 70-200mm with me. I do however still find it to be unpractical focal length, and I have after this weekend decided to put it out for sale, and then use the money to partly pay for something like 16-35mm F2.8L or 16-35mm F4L IS. I do not really know if I do need the 2.8 aperture as most of my photos are taken with an aperture of 11-16. But that is a thought for later. The 70-200mm is no bad lens, but the focal length is not something I use much. For landscape it is often a bit to long and for nature, birds, animals it is to short. There I have the 300mm F2.8L IS with both 1,4x and 2x teleconverters.

Well as we came to the cabin on Saturday it was almost dark. It gets dark really early now. Shot a photo on the walk towards the cabin.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F28L @ 25mm, 1/50s, f/9, ISO 250

I did some attempts on the moon during the night. It was really beautiful sight. With a golden circle around on the clouds. It must however have been rather windy up in the height, as the clouds moved “really fast”.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F2.8L @ 45mm, 1/10s, f2,8, ISO 6400

The next day it was sun, clear sky and the night temperature had been around 6 to 8 minus degrees, which had frozen the shore areas of the lake with a thin layer. At the current it didn’t hold a person, but in a few days it may.

From the early morning I got this shot as the sun came over the hills in the horizon and really took the landscape out of the frost.

Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70mm F2.8L @ 27mm, 1/50s, f/10, ISO 50

I did also go for creating different looks, catching the mood of the moment, the totally stillness, that most humans never or at least very seldom experience.

28mm, 1/50s, f/13, ISO 50
25mm, 1/30s, f/13, ISO 50
27mm, 1/20s, f/13, ISO 50
27mm, 1/30s, f/16, ISO 50

And some more creative edit, or not really, but more B&W tones.

27mm, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 50

 

I also ended up with one landscape shot with the 70-200mm lens, this however I could have achieved with the 24-70mm as well.

75mm, 1/250s, f/5,6, ISO 50

 

It was  a nice weekend out in the forest. Something to be done more often. A fantastic feeling to be out there totally alone, with nature all around.

 

 

 

Autumn

This year we have a long and rather mild autumn. Still there has hardly been any days with minus degrees. So there is still ample opportunities to get the nature in autumn colours.

There are some small rivers in the near area that are accessible and that provides good hills with trees that are bright yellow and reddish in colour.

When it comes to water and freezing movement without blurring it, the key is to have just enough exposure time. Usually between 1/2 and 1 seconds.

IMG_3293

This is the camera on the tripod ready to take the photo. Here I also have a different challenge. The river is much brighter then the background hill.

This challenge I solve with a filter. I like the Lee filters. I have a gradient set of ND filters, and here I used the 0.9 ND Gradient Filter.

 

Here with a Big Stopper as well
Here with a Big Stopper as well

So then I did a photo with the filter on and tested with different exposure times. Ended up with an exposure of 1/8th second, probably because the water runs fast here.

End results:

Iceland – the Saga Island

Today I am going on a travel for an organisation I am the Chairman of to Iceland.  There is a official program where some guiding is part of it. I will of course not pass on this opportunity and will bring some of my camera equipment to be able to take some landscape photos there.

Both on the guiding. Hope the others won’t hate me when I set up my rig and used 15-20 minutes each place I want to get a good shot. I am also hoping that there will be a hill or open area close to Reykjavik where I will be able to get some night shots of Northern Lights. I saw some really nice Northern Lights when I was in the army 18 years ago, but then I didn’t have camera with me.

Thinking of bringing

Benro Tripod with Ball-head
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L
Big Stopper by Leefilters
Gradually ND filters by Leefilters

Considering also brining the lens I always pack but seldom use, Canon EF 70-200mm F4L.