End Of The Line

For those of you that think global warming is nonsense, you really need to think again. Our object today was to photograph the inside of an Ice Cave, something I had been looking forward to for some time. The temperature at the entrance was what we would normally expect in the summer months, 6 degrees C. Higher than normal temperature means lots of thawing, rain vs. snow means lots of water. At the end of the day, the entrance was simply to dangerous to enter. Unstable roof area, falling rocks, raging water....get the picture.

Despite all of this, the beauty was incredible. As we move further inland and east, we are hopeful we will get another chance of an Ice Cave.

Shooting details, Hasselblad H6D50c, 28mm, 3 stop ND, f/8 at 1 sec, three shots - focus stacked.

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Red Hot

A bit of a lay over here in Brussels, has me thinking about the land of fire and ice......Iceland. Shot below was two weeks ago on the Hawaii from the water. Every time I look at this image, I recall how much energy and heat I felt at the edge of the water. The intensity of the wave and lava action as well as the shear heat, made working this close to the lava a challenge. Attention to your surroundings and your equipment is an understatement. I'm gald I only had to focus on my photography and not operating the boat.

Shooting details: Nikon D4, Nikon 70-200mm @ 170mm, ISO 800, f/8 at 1/200 sec. Exposure bias -1

The Power Of Nature At Work

I arrived long before sunrise and just watched the immense motion underway. Soon I was in awe of the power of nature and quickly concluded that wanted to create an image that displayed motion, power, fire, and uncertainty. Using the low ISO settings of the D810, I knew I could obtain a low speed exposure without using ND filters – this would allow for the motion of the water. I also knew that the steam would be blurred and concluded that this motion would add another dimension to the image. Focusing in near-dark conditions was a challenge, forcing me to concentrate on the only area of contrast that I could find - the edge of the rocks.

Shooting details:  Nikon D810, Nikkor 200-400mm at 300mm, ISO 40, f/8 at 1/5 sec.

Lava Flow, 61G

Aerial shot from the 61G ocean entrance point of Pele lava flow on Hawaii. I had my hands full (I hate left seat controls) on this flight, so this is likely the best image from the afternoon flight.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm VR @ 200mm, ISO 1250 (auto ISO), f/7.1 at 1/1250 sec with -0.3 EV correction to address the clouds. HINT: When shooting from a helicopter, always try to keep your shutter speed at or above 1/1250 sec to freeze the forward motion and vibration of the helicopter.