There are places in this world where you know, that you’ve encountered nature’s magnum opus. Well, I believe there is one for every ecosystem. Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is the magnum opus of glaciers. You’ve seen the pictures, you know what to expect, but no matter what, you’ll end up standing in awe. I managed to go there during a sunny morning and a gloomy evening. And I’d say the gloomy evening fits the lagoon quite nicely. The blue color of the glaciers stands up.
Of course there’s not only the lagoon, there’s also a beach. Black one, as I know from Canarias. But this one is special. As the glaciers move from the lagoon towards the ocean, some of them get jumbled around and end up on the beach, looking like gemstones. Well out of this planet experience for sure. I wish I could go and spend there couple of weeks, just watching the glaciers.
This was the first time I processed the images using graphical tablet. Well, now the things I considered too complicated to do in Photoshop (clumsy mouse), are super accessible. I think I’ll revisit some of my older shots. Let’s see how more complex photoshop magic will work.
Okay, life was going crazy fast lately and still is, but I just wanted to share some images I’ve taken not-so recently, during the trip to La Palma (September 2013). The daily ones are still to come, but the mission was to take pictures of the night sky of La Palma, one of the best ones in the world (yes, I mean comparable with Chile and Hawaii).
I’ve actually learned quite a few things during that trip: apparently I don’t mind heavy backpack, as long as it’s full of my photo stuff and I can freeze down for a picture. Anyway, one of the more painful things I’ve learned is that I’ve hit the limitations of my camera. If I take my Canon 7D & 15 mm Fisheye lens, the result will never reach the quality of Canon 5D Mark III with essentially the same settings. Hence whomever wants to send me the note saying ‘your image’s noisy’, buy me a better camera and I’ll prove you I can do better.
So picture above, from Roque de Los Muchachos observatory. It’s a single shot, 20s exposure @f/2.8 and ISO 4000. Which I think is pretty impressive. The yellow spot on the lower left side is lights from Santa Cruz, the bright spot over the horizon, casting shadow on the water is Venus. Actually you can even see Zodiacal light going through Venus, pointing to the Milky way (brighter area going above the horizon). The red and green glow is a natural glow of our atmosphere, called airglow. And the bright bridge is the Milky way… looking into the galactic center in Scorpius.
Since combining the images with a foreground is tricky, I’ve combined only one image of the milky way with no foreground (that’s to come in the future). It’s a combination of 15 images, ISO 4000 and using dark frame. As in the previous pic, the red glow is our own atmosphere.
Okay, with this picture, I’ve learned how ‘bad’ is my camera compared to the 5D MIII, since we were shooting from the same spot and guess what, I have the noise… But anyway MAGIC telescope and Milky way is a cool combination, worth of almost spraining my ankle in the dark
I also got into experimenting with time-lapse. So if you want to check my super short one, go fot it on vimeo.
Sunrise is stunning… but sunset is not far behind. There’s a spot I’m really fond of, close to the observatory. It’s called La Tarta (the cake). It’s a viewpoint with very nice view of Teide and Valle de Orotava, usually filled with clouds. The best part? It faces west, hence it’s perfect spot for watching the sunset. But beware, it’s cold there, even in May/June. Accompanied by my friend Natalia who came to visit, we were waiting and freezing down for an hour, waiting for the sun to disappear behind the horizont. First picture is HDR, combination of 9 images taken with Canon 7D & 15 mm Canon FishEye at f/8.0…
Second image is far from perfect, but it was first attempt to use ND filter with clouds. Unfortunately I forgot lens hood, hence I have ghosts on the image. Canon 7D & 28-135mm kit lens, Hoya NDX 400 filter 80 seconds exposure with f/22.0. I guess I need bit more practice here, but I’ve gotten the ‘fuzzy clouds’ which was essentially the aim…