Visions of the Arctic – West Fjords, Iceland

I’ve tried a lot of different business card companies in the past, but finally nailed it down to one that I really like. I’ve used Moo Business Cards for my last two orders of 400 cards and both times they came out looking really nice. Their print colors are actually spot on with what my calibrated home monitor renders which I was also thoroughly impressed with. I went with a glossy, all white card with pictures on the front and text on the back. Here is a quick behind the scenes video from my card selection meeting. The featured pictures were uploaded directly from Smugmug, text was added, and 10 minutes later the order is complete. Easy!

The Shot
This is another photo from the vaults, meaning I took it nearly two years ago, a few weeks after I got my D800. It’s kinda funny looking through old pictures, especially the camera settings, many of which I would think twice before I shot at these days. This one for example was single RAW file taken at f/22 to get that nice silky water. Well shooting at f/22 really degrades the nice sharp details of the shot. In retrospect I would have liked to snap this off at f/8 for the full landscape then blend that f/22 water back in using Photoshop. I could go into full detail on my aperture selection methods, but browsing the web while writing this post I found a really nice website with full explanation on why I don’t usually shoot beyond f/11.

None the less it’s a good thing to keep learning and improving. I find that a lot of my pictures that I took even last month are lacking skill sets that I currently use. Hopefully this will continue for a long time.

This shot is from the West Fjords of Iceland. Unlike a lot of the locations which I can’t pin point on a map when I get home, this one was very memorable. We stopped randomly along the side of the road and strolled down this small stream which took us to the ocean. At these latitudes of 65.6 degrees North, you’re nearly in the Arctic Circle. The water almost looks like the warm Caribbean with it’s beautiful blue glow, but trust me that stuff is cold!
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Turn Style – West Fjords, Iceland

I was about to start this post, then realized maybe a snack would be necessary during the process. These things don’t just write themselves. 
 
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Logging on to Google+ last night, I noticed “1,000,000 have you in circles” under my name… wait what? One Million is a significantly large number, so thanks to everyone who helped on that front. All your support and nice comments are always appreciated. Thanks! 
 
The Shot
There are no words to really describe this sunset. Nothing I have ever seen before even comes close. The entire visible Earth was bathed in some of the most vivid color imaginable. Standing there, hours from any town or person for that matter, witnessing stuff like this in the middle of the night is what dreams are made of. Selah…. 
 
PS: That water is cold, real cold! 
 
Post Processing Info ( Grab some discount codes to the programs below at bottom of About Me Page )

Processing Time: 1 hour-ish
Music: Bob Dylan Personal Fav’s Playlist

Drink: Big Swell IPA from the Island of Maui.

  1. 3 Exposures captured at -2EV, 0EV and +2EV.
  2. Adjust 0EV RAW file in LR4 then sync others to match all settings less exposure.
  3. Export to (3) JPEGS
Photoshop CS6
  1. Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques using channels to selectively blend the three files into one well exposed file.
  2. Slight color adjustment with color correction function in OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
  3. Apply Nik Pro Contrast to entire image
  4. Nik Output Sharpener
  5. Apply slight vignette with Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Darken / Lighten Center preset.
  6. Final color balance and contrast adjustments.

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Sixty Six North – West Fjords, Iceland

Sifting through emails and comments is seemed like everyone liked the post processing info last time, so  I’ll include some more every now and then. It’s really nice getting responses and emails from everyone here and there, especially when they come in from all over the world. I read each and every one, and try to answer them all as well:) 
 
There are 7 more days for you to enter in the Star Photography Workshops Free Give Away Contest, it’s free and the grand prize is free admission to my last star photography workshop for the summer. 
 
The Shot
After devouring one of the best fish dinners of our lives in Ísafjörður, we loaded up the camper and headed for a 2 day trek even deeper into the West Fjords. This part of the island is my favorite, and at times, you don’t see another person for days. Every now and then we would stop, or swerve down one of the little roads that jut off of main road. This shot was captured at the bottom of a pretty steep hill, needless to say the camper had a pretty hard time making it back up. 
 
Post Processing Info
Processing Time: 1.5 hours
Music: Deep House / Electro Playlist
Drink: Sailor Jerry Rum, on the rocks w/ lime.

Lightroom 4 
  1. Single RAW exposure taken at 0EV. ( Always watch the histogram to make sure no data is dropping off the light or dark ends when shooting a single exposure )
  2. Adjust file within LR4 Develop Module to bring out all the colors and details.
Photoshop CS6
  1. Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques adjusting Light, Mid-tone, and dark regions of picture for contrast and color balance. Note: This is not an HDR brush through masking technique using channels like the last post, but a curves adjustment confined by luminosity masks.
  2. Slight color adjustment with color correction function in OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
  3. Apply Jaime Ibarra’s Color grading techniques + a few of my own to obtain a unique overall look and feel for the water and the sky.
  4. Final curves / lighting adjustments, and painting out a few pieces of sensor dust using clone tool.
  5. Apply slight vignette with Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Darken / Lighten Center preset.

read more about my trip to Iceland at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com