Allow me to share a few thoughts as I grieve for my best friend.

Today, the world is without another great and gentle soul. As I was boarding my flight at SFO enroute to Iceland, I received word that my best friend, Mark Dickerson, had suffered a fatal heart attack sometime late last night. Mark was found this morning by his office manager.

I met Mark some years back, but funny thing is I can’t really recall how we first met – how odd. We instantly hit it off and I soon became a partner in his studio photography efforts. Over the next several years, Mark consistently pushed me to develop my own type of signature lighting – so glad he did. He had a way of making me see the light in the studio as we completed numerous projects together.

Two years ago he left a successful position as an electrician to pursue the startup of a laser labeling company. He was just beginning to really take his new business to the next level and was totally excited about where he was heading.

Mark was the kind of guy that would help anyone in need at the drop of a hat, and without question. He would give you the shirt off of his back and never ask for it back. He inspired anyone that knew him or was around him. Always respectful, and a true gentleman - a man of strong core values.

Mark, I am sorry you passed all alone. I am so sorry I was not there for you. I hope you know how much your friendship meant to me. I will miss you forever!

Feeling helpless at 32,000 feet.

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Iceland Overlook

I have now left Iceland but not without making new friends as well as some great images.  One of the fellows on the trip was a Master Geek Guy, so I had an opportunity to Photoshop geek out with Shaun.  I learned a great deal just sitting across from him in the beast watching him use luminosity processing like I had not seen before.  Thanks Shaun!

One of the wonderful things about the Hasselblad is its ability to resolve an incredible amount of detail thanks to a true 16 bit file as well as its’ ability to capture a full 14 stop range of exposure in any given image (assuming you properly expose the image).

The image below is one of many typical viewing spots throughout Iceland that only require pulling off of the road and taking a short stroll.  I selected this image to demonstrate the amount of detail I can get with this camera system.  The image is comprised of 4 images (each image about is 75MBs compressed and before cropping) stitched together in Photoshop using the new pano function in CC 2015.  Taken from an overlook, I decided to crop out the bottom of the image to de-clutter it and add focus to the stream and mountains.  Ordinarily, I would not crop to such a ratio however, I didn’t want to detract from the mountains nor their immediate foreground.  Click on the image for a much larger view and to gain an appreciation of the detail in this capture.

Shooting data: Hasselblad H5D50c, HCD 28mm f/4, ISO 100, 1/500 sec @ f/8

#Hasselblad #RRS #Articexposure

Iceland - Godafoss Last Night in the North

I have shot Godafoss or the Waterfall of the Gods a number of times and each time is different. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of Iceland, it's situated in the island's central north. Aqua water falls over the horseshoe-shaped falls that measures 12 meters in height and 30 meters in width at an impressive rate of 500 cubic meters per second at full flow.

In the year 999, a holy man by the name of Þorgeir made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. To mark the occasion, he chucked some Norse statues into the water here, making Goðafoss the famous symbolic site of Iceland´s conversion to Christianity.

Though it's worthy of thousands photos, the extreme weather we had today made it difficult to shoot even one keeper of an image.   Shooting in a wind chill of – 14 with intermittent snow and wind, here is my impression of Godafoss, the most majestic (and difficult to shoot) waterfall in Iceland.  This image is a low-res extraction of 7 images, (each 75MB in size) stitched together.  BTW, it took my new laptop more than an hour to stitch them together and another hour to apply contrast and do the black & white conversion.  The resulting image size after processing and before extraction and down-sizing was a huge 885MB at more than 45 inches wide.

With a down day in Iceland before I start heading home, I just couldn’t keep myself from posting one more waterfall, so here is Godafoss in B&W.

Shooting details for each of 7 shots:  Hasselblad H5D50c, HCD 28mm, ISO 100 6 seconds at f/9.5, Lee Little Stopper NF filter all mounted on a RRS pano head and nodal rail.

#Iceland #Hasselblad #Godafoss #RRS

Godafoss Waterfall Iceland

Iceland - Late Night Light Show - Day 7

Our last night in the great white north of Iceland. With promises of intermittent clearing and a PK index that indicated some aurora happenings, we hit the road at 10pm in hopes of finding a light show. After a brief snow shower, the clouds parted and we were given our last treat of the night.

Who said you can't shoot the Aurora with a Hasselblad.

Shooting details: Hasselbald H5D50c, HCD 28mm f/4.0, ISO 3200, 23 seconds @ f/4.0

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Icelandic Winter in Myvatn - Day 6

We are just about to head out again in hopes of a weather break once we hit the water falls. With pack lunches and extra clothing, we are rigged for the big ugly. Before we, go I wanted to share with you the conditions that we are working in as we try to put our photographic skills to use in one heck of a winter snow storm here in the northern part of Iceland. Just to give you a taste of what we are up against, take a look at these Icelandic horses as they head into the wind.

Shooting data: Hasselblad H5D50c, HCD 100mm f/2.2, ISO 100 1/250 sec at f/8.