Road to the Sunset in Iceland

What’s in Trey’s Bag?

I’m sure many of you have clicked the links at the top of the blog that show the kind of stuff I carry around on a daily basis, but here is a video you may have missed! :)

Walter Mitty

Can I say something that most of you will probably disagree with? Sorries in advance! But, for the life of me, I just cannot like that Walter Mitty movie. I found it to be entirely silly, ridiculous, and preposterous in almost every way. Now, nothing wrong with that, I say. I love a good silly, ridiculous, and preposterous movie. For example, give me Monty Python all day long! I don’t know… there were just so many scenes in there I found to be redonk… oh well. Almost everyone I tell this to completely disagrees with me, but, that’s okay I suppose.

Daily Photo – Road to the Sunset in Iceland

Here’s another photo that I edited with the new Lightroom Tutorial. This one is in the bonus bit, as I did it during the Live Q&A bit. I think it’s pretty cool what you can accomplish with just Lightroom. The reason I was thinking about that silly Walter Mitty movie is this road reminds me of something he might skateboard down.

Road to the Sunset in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

The Winners of the All-Expenses Trip to New Zealand and the Sony A7!

We recently had a live video hangout to announce the winners! It was part of the release of the new HDR Tutorial on Video. To see the winners, and all the runners-up, check out the video. Enjoy! :)

Daily Photo – The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

See that little sheepy there on the left? I think he must eat the tall parts of all the grass in that entire field to keep it looking perfect.

In fact, I'm often amazed at these huge fields of perfect grass. No one ever mows them, and usually there is almost no sheep. I have no idea how the grass is so perfect all the time. It's really mind-bending and I stop thinking about it too much after a while because it begins to hurt. It's that same kind of brain-hurt that you think about when you wonder what things would be like if there was no universe. I put it up there on that scale.

The Busiest Sheep in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+3

A Lonely River at Sunset

River Photos

Whenever you see a river photo from me, you can rest assured I probably did not wade into the middle of the river to do take it. There isn’t anybody that has any sort of time for that. So, it’s pretty much a sure thing that I was standing on a bridge, like in this case below.

Daily Photo – A Lonely River at Sunset

I often drive along long, lonely rivers like this at night just hoping for an oxbow or some place I can take a photo. When I see surprise bridge here or there, I get super-excited, because I know it's a guarantee photo op! But places like this in Iceland are so wild to me… I just never know where the heck I am… usually I never see a bridge, so I kind of have to judge where the river is ebbing and flowing, park, and then hike out to get along the edge to find a good photo spot. But all that mess is much harder than simply finding a bridge!

A Lonely River at Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Photomatix 5 Preview!

New Photomatix soooooon???

I wanted to announce this first on the blog since it is so cool and I was excited!

It’s not available yet – I got one early since I am in the private beta. I asked if it was okay to share a few early things (I’m not into spilling secrets), and they said it was cool — the public beta will be very soon, so no need to contact Photomatix!

I assume you know that Photomatix is a common tool I use in processing my photos. If you’ve never heard of it and want to try it, you can get it cheaper over at the Photomatix page with the coupon of TREYRATCLIFF. I also have more about it over on the HDR Tutorial here on the site.

The new Photomatix 5 will have some awesome stuff that is pretty cool. For one, the auto-align algorithm is continuing to improve. There is even an added option (as you can see below) for images that are taken on tripods. I can attest that not all images on tripods are necessarily aligned, so this is a cool tweak to the algorithm which itself has made tremendous strides even in recent point releases after Photomatix 4.

Regarding the Upgrade policy (many questions about this — this is from their website):

The upgrade to Photomatix Pro version 5 will be free of charge for customers who purchased a license of Photomatix Pro version 4.0 or higher through our website or authorised resellers (Photomatix Pro 4.0 was released on October 2010).

One of the other many new features is a new algorithm called Exposure/Fusion-Realistic which looks promising. That’s all I’ll share for now, but I’ll be sure to update the reviews and everything when it is ready!

HDR Photo

HDR Photo

Daily Photo – Frolicking Horses in Iceland

Here’s one of the best situations to use Photomatix — when you are shooting a landscape scene with a lot of different light levels. In this case, it does not get much more extreme than staring right into the sun while shooting these lovely horses on a farm in Iceland.

iceland horses

Frolicking Horses in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/6.7
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length28mm (28mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Reds Forever

Apps or Websites for the Aurora Australis?

What are your favorite apps for real-time or predictive data about the Aurora? I’d like to know more about when to go shoot these things. Right now, I just kind of wait for Eden Brackstone to send me an email, but this seams kind of random!

Daily Photo – Reds Forever

This will sound weird… but wouldn’t it be strange if sunsets were green and blue instead of orange and red? I guess that is why I like the Aurora so much, because the colors are so crazy.

I shot this in Iceland one morning around four AM on the way to the northwest fjordlands.

The Icelandic Sunset

Reds Forever

Photo Information

  • Date TakenJune 12, 2010 at 12:00am
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Driving High Along the Fjords

SXSW Photowalk Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners from the SXSW Photowalk, and thanks to the sponsors below for providing the prizes!

Anthony Quintano won a Genie Syrp. (There’s a coupon code at that link too if you want to pick one up!)

Jesus Manuel Mena Garza won an FStop Loka Bag.

Michael Connell won a Really Right Stuff BH-40 LR Mid-sized ballhead.

Russell Pankratz and Matthew Southard each won a Padded Cordura Pouch from Really Right Stuff.

Jim Jochetz, Paul Johnston, and Alfredo Mora each won a XUME Adapter

And congratulations to those that received a $100 Gift Certificates from Adorama!
Richard Ramos
Andrea Bolognini
Cathy Malloy
Aniv Das
Kalyana Kavuri

Daily Photo – Driving High Along the Fjords

The roads in Iceland normally follow the bottom part of the valley. Here, in this particular area, the road was about halfway up one of the mountains, which gave me a bit of a downward perspective. Every few miles there is an interesting, old, weather-beaten barn like this one to set the scene. It may not even be so old, and maybe the weather there is so rough that it makes things look old before their time.

Driving High Along the Fjords

Driving High Along the Fjords

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length72.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Polar Extremes

Another reason New Zealand is awesome

My 11-year-old son just got back from a 3-day school camping trip. No waivers, no permission slips, no way for the parents to contact the campsite, no cell phones, no nothing… Just hiked 5 hours off into the wild to camp. Here’s what he did:

- Archery
- Shot guns
- Bungee
- River rafting
- Cooking
- Rope Course Survival (crossing rivers while hanging off ropes)

Anyway, New Zealand is very outdoorsy… and everyone does not seem to be suing everybody for every little thing… no one talks about lawyers and nonsense — it’s so wonderful… Every Thursday, Ethan takes his snowboard to school… anything goes around here… a very active, social, and outdoor-related community!

Daily Photo – The Polar Extremes

I’ve never been all the way to the North Pole or South Pole. I am curious, but I don’t think I’m into the extreme cold. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good photo ops for all the trouble you have to go through. So, anyway, this is about the closest I have gotten, up at the northernmost tip of the Northwest Fjordland of Iceland. I know you can get even further, but not without a series of boats or flights…

This photo was taken about 4 AM during the summer solstice.

The Polar Extremes Iceland

The Polar Extremes

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length90mm (90mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Away from Iceland for the Summer

10 Essential Photoshop Skills Everyone Should Know

10 Essential Photoshop Skills Everyone Should Know is now available in the iTunes store! This is one of our best-selling eBooks, and I think you’ll enjoy it. I know many of the readers here are big into the Apple eco-system, so this new addition to iTunes should give you some digital feng-shui!

It is also available over on Flatbooks.com if you’d like to get that version as well.

 

 

 

 

Daily Photo – Away from Iceland for the Summer

This is the first summer in quite some time that I have not been to Iceland. Many of the regular readers here know how I like to go there every summer during the solstice for a serious photography adventure. It’s very nice to spend countless days and nights there by myself… just listening to strange music and finding wonderful little places to take photos.

I didn’t go this summer because of the big move to New Zealand. That ended up taking a massive amount of time to get everything settled down here. But, as for next summer, I’m thinking about Iceland or Norway.. we’ll see! :)

Iceland Farm House Grass

Away from Iceland for the Summer

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/6.7
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18mm (18mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Melt

Ice Hotel

I’m very interested in visiting an Ice Hotel some day. I know there is one in Sweden, but I think others have started popping up in other places too, yes?

Daily Photo – The Melt

The point where ice turns into river is tough to find. Sometimes it requires a lot of hiking, and sometimes you never find it. But when you do find that rip between worlds, you feel the full weight of the discovery.

I’m usually a bit afraid to get to close or stand on the ice. It’s generally not a good idea, and I have enough bad ideas without needed to add more to the repertoire! :)

The Melt

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24mm (24mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Farm in the Vastness

Special Events

During the last live class, I mentioned a few special events. No worries – we are still planning those. They are taking a bit of time for us to get our heads around and properly plan, but we’ll put something together that is amazing! :) More info in the future…

Daily Photo – Farm in the Vastness

When you drive across Iceland, scene after scene is soooo…. epic! You just get this feeling of a vastness that permeates everything. There is a kind of timelessness in the architecture too, like you are unsure if something is new or quite old.

I felt this way when I passed through this valley full of farms with a little farmhouse right in the middle.

Farm in the Vastness

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length35mm (35mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Welcome to STUCK IN CUSTOMS Welcome to my travel photography blog!
Enjoy the daily photos, tips, tutorials & more!
Newsletter Sign Up
The Most Beautiful Newsletter Ever!


x