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.
Last night we were coming home from a softball game and I just had to stop to take a photograph of Mt. Rainier over Gig Harbor, WA. The sky was as clear as I’ve seen in a long time. I used my Nikon D300 with 70-200 f2.8 AF-S VR lens. ISO 200 and f/8.
Just as I was finishing up, this Cessna 180 float plane came into view and swooped down for a landing among all the boats. It was definitely a beautiful night!
One more reason to always keep your camera with you. You never know what might pop up!