CHILLIN’ OUT IN ICELAND: A landscape of inspiration…
I recently returned from three weeks of photographing one incredible breath-taking scene after another in a land of geo-thermal hot springs, mountains and glaciers, lava fields, and cascading waterfalls.
Exploring this astonishing island with its many unique regions is a photographer’s dream.
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK
A most memorable place was Skaftafell National Park, a nature preserve in the southeast. Renowned for its mild climate and sunny days in summer, the scenery around Skaftafell is full of stark contrasts. Jagged mountains with glacier-topped peaks flank expanses of rocky terrain and iceberg covered beaches. Quartz- and opal-lined lava caves are interspersed with waterfalls and rushing glacier-fed rivers. providing an exceptional pictorial experience for any photographer.
More than 10 percent of Iceland is covered in glaciers, including Vatnajökull, an ice cap covering 8 percent of the country’s surface in the southeastern portion of the island. The runoff from the massive glaciers feeds a number of magnificent waterfalls, many of which you can explore by walking right up to them and feeling the cool mist wash over you. We were able to climb above some of the falls to get a bird’s eye view looking down. Some you can even walk behind, like Seljalandfoss, a 200-foot set of falls that look magnificent as the sun sets over the Atlantic.
HORSIN’ AROUND AT THE ROUND-UP
Highlighting our trip was a two-day, annual roundup of Icelandic horses, a traditional event in the Icelandic highlands for the local farmers and their horses as well as city-dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate. The horse has been honored for over 1,000 years in Icelandic culture. Icelandic laws are strict to keep the native breed pure. With their thick coats and gorgeous long-manes, Icelandic horses are a unique breed.
In summer, they live a wild existence in the grassy highlands, roaming free, grazing, and raising their young. Each September, they’re rounded up to a main location to be herded to a central corral for sorting, and returned to their owners who care for them through the winter months. The process of sorting is a celebration unto itself as inebriated farmers embrace their fellow horsemen partaking in singing old folk songs and drinking throughout the day.
The grand finale is a frenzy of laughter, beer drinking, and Icelandic dancing and folkloric music, the celebration lasting into early morning hours. Experiencing this festive spectacle with both young and older generations of Icelandic culture delivers an awesome dose of madness!
If you missed my recent Topaz Webinar don’t miss the video now on YouTube. It will get your creative juices flowing! Learn some new Topaz Tips for post-production to turn your raw files into beautiful works of art.
TOPAZ SPECIAL!!! Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
For the first time ever Topaz will be running a promotion on the Topaz Complete Photography Collection, which includes all of our products. The Complete Collection will be sold for $199.99, which is almost 50% off the normal price of $379.99. The sale will run from November 28th through December 2nd.
Follow this link to Topaz Software Use promo code: blackfriday2013
Also, you can receive a 50% discount on TOPAZ B&W Effects, Nov. 5-19th (Purchase Topaz Software) I will be incorporating TOPAZ software as well as NIK software in my upcoming April 2014 workshop.
WILD WHITE HORSES OF THE CAMARGUE 2014
In May of 2014, I will be revisiting the Camargue to host another sensational workshop with the added bonus of photographing the mares and their foals. We will also experience the Guardians, the spirited, trident-wielding, French “cowboys” who seem nearly as wild as the horses they ride, proudly preserving their ancient way of life. The workshop tour offers not only fantastic photo shoots but also post-production sessions working with our images.
For full Itinerary and Registration visit: WILD WHITE HORSES OF THE CAMARGUE 2014
HOW TO WOW Workshop April 2014
My April 2014 “HOW to WOW” workshop is filling fast with only two few spaces left. Working from our images taken during our workshop photo shoot, I will introduce new & exciting techniques using various software programs for creating dramatic fine art imagery… Sign up now to reserve your space!
For full Itinerary and Registration, visit: HOW TO WOW: MASTERING THE CREATIVE FLOW
CREATIVE PROCESSING MASTER CLASS
with Bobbie Goodrich and Guy Tal
July 9 -14, 2014
Join Bobbie and Guy Tal, a master photographer, author, educator, and public speaker, as they cover their unique processing methods and preferred tools, honed through years of professional work; and a proven record of teaching them in the most effective way possible. This is not a “tips and tricks” workshop, but an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.
This special master class will cover today’s most powerful digital processing applications: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and the Nik Collection of tools and filters as well as an introduction to Topaz software.
For full Itinerary and Registration, visit: CREATIVE PROCESSING MASTER CLASS
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“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson