Haven’t posted in awhile as life sometimes gets in the way! I recently spent the weekend in Southern California and was able to catch an incredible sunset. This was taken in Carlsbad, CA just south of the jeddy. I almost got completely wet as I miss judged the rising tide! I edited this photo in Adobe Lightroom 5 and OnOneSoftware PerfectPhoto Effects 8. I’m really enjoying the Perfect Photo studio and can’t wait to try out Version 9...
Iceland Ice Ice on the black sand beach near Jökulsárlón Lagoon. I was able to spend two nights at the Lagoon and Beach. I don’t think the lagoon is considered a wonder of the world but it is to me! The lagoon is magical! What magical places have you visited?
Yes, I photoshop every image! When I go back to Iceland I hope to spend some more time photographing the horses! They are beautiful! This guy was cool! I often get asked whether or not I enhance my images. yes I do! Editing images is something I enjoy. It’s vital to the picture making process. Expose the image, develop the image, just like we do with film. Film is developed into negatives and the negatives are used to make prints. So yes, Photoshop...
A view from a cave on the beach, near Vik, Iceland When the tide is at normal levels this cave is full of sea water. Brian, our guide had never seen the tide out so far in numerous trips to this beach and even enabled him to hike around the corner and get a shot he had been eyeing for years! Brian thought I was right behind him, but I chickened out fearful of getting stuck as the tide moved back in. I did enjoy spending sometime in the cave and captured...
There is a glacier(Vatnajökull) that sits on top of the Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland. Ice from that glacier breaks off into a glacial lagoon and drifts out to the ocean as seen in this photo. That volcano is apparently about to erupt according to local authorities! That could be exciting! A good place to read more about the current volcanic activity of Bardarbunga go here!(Google Chrome will translate to English!) If you would like to follow the...
I really liked the green and blue colors here! The steam was neat too!
This was our last night in Iceland. I had hoped to make it further up north to shoot another famous spot, but it was going to be a two hour drive and would have messed up things. So our guide decided to take us here!
My friend Dr. Barry Polansky wrote a blog post post with the premise: “I am producing a remake of the classic Dustin Hoffman film, The Graduate. The scene at the pool where Mr. McGuire tells young Ben, “One word, plastics.” It’s a classic line.
What one piece of advice would you give young Ben as he entered into the workforce, as a dentist in 2014. By the way—dental school left him with $375,000 in debt.”
I grew up around the profession of dentistry but I didn’t know the profession. I remember thinking in dental school that when I finished, I’d goto work, find a full schedule of patients(I had no idea where they come from, but just figured they’d show up), do my work(which would be productive and varied work) and then go home without a care in the world.
I have no idea where that fantasy came from!
I can remember coming to work one day early on and the receptionist had filled my schedule with patients I’d never met, to provide treatment on teeth I’d never seen. I hated it! I soon realized that my fantasy was just that, a fantasy. I wasn’t cut out to be a dentist that just showed up, worked and went home. I found out early on that I needed and wanted to part of the treatment planning process. I wanted more than the job of a tooth mechanic.
Test your own pre-conceived ideas(or Fantasies) about the profession.
I’ve also started to add more photos to my Iceland 2014 gallery on my Smugmug Page…. There are even a few more shots from the Glacial Lagoon that I may blog about…
I like this image due to the fact that you get a sense of scale with the large mountain in the back and very small piece of ice in the foreground and of course the reflection of the incredible sky on the water helps too!
This is the separation of the North American and European Tectonic plates… It’s a lovely walk and Waterfall!
This is the first stop on the Golden Circle tour that leaves from Reykjavik, Iceland. The separation in the basalt is split between the North American and European tectonic plates. The right side is North America and the left is Europe. It’s a fun and easy hike to this location. We were there at around 11pm and were the only people there!
Also, a few notes for those that bother to read my little outpost on the internet. I’ll be making some changes in how and when I post. For the past few months I’ve been posting images from my daily photo project(changes are coming to that as well!) that I have been doing for the past 3 or so years.
Any changes that I’ve been pondering have been placed on hold until I get my hard drive with all the Raw Files back from The Data Rescue Center. Just as I was getting ready to back up my external hard drive that contained all the Raw Files from my trip to Iceland I dropped it from my desk to the carpeted floor in my office, picked it up and plugged it in and all I heard was click,click, click…. Wouldn’t load. Tried to access it with recovery software and nothing. So the Data Rescue Center has it now and has determined that the drive head is broken, so they’ll have to transfer my drive parts to a good drive head and hopefully be able to clone the data onto a new drive. Fingers crossed and should know in a few days.Learn More
This is the inside looking up at the ceiling of the Lutheran Church in Reykjavik, Iceland. I took this with the Fisheye Olloclip on the iPhone 5S It’s a bit grainy but cool in that you can see the large pipe organ and the front of the church in one photo!
I purchased the Olloclip on a whim from a Kiosk at the airport before my departure. (I went to the kiosk to buy some headphones as I always lose the pair I bought on a previous trip right before I head out on my next trip.) I saw the Ollocilp in the kiosk and remember seeing a few posts from my networks about it and decided to go for it! I’m glad I did. It turned out to be a fun add-on!
One fairly big caveat, the Olloclip fits very snug to the iPhone 5S and won’t fit over a case. Either the case needs to be pulled back from that section near the camera or removed all the way. I had to remove the case all together. Another smaller caveat is that there is no way that I could figure out to use the Olloclip on the forward facing camera, so taking a fisheye selfie can’t be achieved easily. It only works with the camera on the back of the iPhone.
The Olloclip comes with 4 different lens adapters in one clip. A Fisheye, a Wide Angle, a 10x Macro and a 15x Macro. The Fisheye and the Wide angle are easily used, the Macro’s require you to unscrew either the Fisheye or Wide Angle(the red tubes will unscrew and leave the Macro lenses below).
Here are a few more sample images from the Olloclip!
Jumped on an IcelandAir flight from Seattle to Reykjavik. Technically this flight is a redeye as it leaves at 4:30pm in Seattle and arrives in Reykjavik at 6am… I had mentally prepared for a few hours of darkness but the sun never left the winglet! It never got dark! And I wouldn’t see night for an entire week!
Here are a few other photos from my Flight to Reykjavik:
These ladies were kind enough to move my seat to an exit row with extra leg room!
This is the welcome sign at the Keflavik Airport right as you take the escalator to baggage claim!…
Overall it was a pleasant flight over the Canadian tundra and Greenland.Learn More