Early this morning, my teenage son and I went on a chilly winter run. During the run, I was reminded of a recent scene I photographed in Iceland a few months ago. The image here was created in a glacial lagoon called Jökulsárlón (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jökulsárlón) one evening on my Iceland photo adventure trip. Our intrepid team of photographers walked out to this lagoon at sunset with our tripods and cameras. Just as the sun was about to drop below the horizon, its golden rays lit up these clouds and created a stunning backdrop of red against the beautiful blue ice floating on the water. This particular moment in time was stunning and I knew I had to do my best to capture the incredible colors.
For this image, I took five frames in an exposure-bracketed sequence to make sure I captured the full dynamic range of the light. Back at my computer, I processed the images using a combination of Lightroom 5 and Photomatix Pro. This image was captured with a Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and a Gitzo GT3541L Carbon Fiber tripod.
Winter in Maine, USA is cold. Raw. Wicked. The GOAL Assignment for February 2011 was to take photos that capture the defining characteristic of a subject. When I think of winter in Maine, I imagine cold, steel gray skies. Ice and snow on the ground. The landscape devoid of color. Here are some photos that convey my feelings of the defining characteristics of winter in Maine.