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Johan Peijnenburg
Fine Art Landscape & Nature Photographer - NiO Photography
Fine Art Landscape & Nature Photographer - NiO Photography

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Ice passage
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In my previous post I shared an image from my travels to Canada (hoping to return there very soon). This one is about my travels to Greenland. I went there early October last year and loved it beyond expectations. Flying in over Greenland's ice cap was already impressive, however seeing the huge iceberg's of Disko Bay (west coast) from the air just before landing really blew me away. What an impressive and beautiful sight!!! It also made me sad though, as the ice cap is shrinking pretty fast and some of us humans still seem to think that that is not a big issue ...

I captured this image during one of my boat trips out to the Icefjord near Ilulissat, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is quite impressive to sail amongst those icebergs ... and yes they are huge!

The image was shot just after sunrise. I liked the different shapes, shades and textures in the icebergs and how they left a passage open to the main land in the back. Yes, yes, decided to turn it into a B&W image again. The tones and light in this image make it work for me. Who needs color ;) Hope you like it! ?

Greenland is not the most obvious travel destination for most. I can wholeheartedly recommend it though! I liked it so much that I decided to organise a photo tour there, which I will be co-leading with +Anette Mossbacher. Profits of the tour go to charity via the NiO Foundation.

If you want to know more about the tour or the foundation, just follow the link and read all about it. If your interested in going to Greenland by yourself and want to know more about how it is to shoot there and get around, just ask. I'd be more than happy to answer your questions :)


#Greenland, #Iceberg , #Icefjord , #Landscape , #bwphotography , #Disko Bay

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins, +Eric Drumm, +Chandler L. Walker, +Krzysztof Felczak, +AJ Lim, +Jeff Beddow, +Johan Peijnenburg 

#promotephotography +Promote Photography  +Nikola Nikolski +Gittan Beheydt +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva 

#PhotoManiaSchweiz +Photo Mania Schweiz  +Jakob Schüssler +Remo Primatesta +Günter Schurr 

#showyourbestwork +ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge 

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov and +Albert Vuvu Konde

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak 

#soothingphotography (+Soothing Photography) curated by +E Cindy  and +Massimo Marengo

#MoodyMonday #moodymondayphoto #MoodyMondayPhotography #MoodsOfMonday #MyMoodyMonday +Moody Monday Curated by +Alen Ianni

#BTPLandscapePro by +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey +Rinus Bakker#besttopphotographergroup +BestTopPhotographer +Rinus Bakker  +Jack Stepanyan  +Nicole Gruber 

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Tranquil dawn at Bow Lake
From my blog:

And suddenly it was almost one and a half year ago since I last posted! Oops! I guess life in general kept me too busy ... or maybe I just needed an extended break to get back some focus :)

One of the things that kept me busy in the past two years was travelling (and shooting) the world. I visited places like Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy and I am hoping to travel even more in the years to come!

Here is an image that I captured during a trip to the beautiful Canadian Rockies at the end of the summer of 2014, where I had the great pleasure to meet up with +George Marquardt and +Olivier Du Tré

The image is a 2-minute long exposure landscape shot just before sunrise at Bow Lake. Bow Lake is a small lake in Banff National Park in western Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Bow River, in the Canadian Rockies, at an altitude of 1920 m.

Although there were some nice sunrise colors in the sky and water, I felt the image worked best in black & white. Hope you like it!?

#Canada, #BowLake , #Landscape , #LongExposure , #bwphotography ,
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood,
#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club +Gemma Costa, #promotephotography +Promote Photography +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt,
#PhotoManiaSchweiz +Photo Mania Schweiz by +Jakob Schüssler  +Remo Primatesta  and +Günter Schurr, #PhotoManiaCanada is +Giselle Savoie and +Mark HELM
#showyourbestwork and +ShowYourBestWork  by +Britta Rogge 
#photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide +andi rivarola 
#monochromeworld +Monochrome World  +andi rivarola,
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +tri rini nuringtyas and +Giuseppe Petruzzella
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Peter Marbaise +Leo Schubert +Mike Hankey +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow +Mohamed Hakem +Alexander Tarasenkov and +Albert Vuvu Konde
#artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  +jany viala 
#soothingphotography (+Soothing Photography) curated by +E Cindy and +Massimo Marengo
+Landscape & Nature Photography ART , +LANDSCAPE Photos  
#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell
#BTPCCC by +BestTopPhotographer 
#BTPLandscapePro by +BTP Landscape Pro +Nancy Dempsey  +Rinus Bakker +Jack Stepanyan +Nicole Gruber 

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Walk On Water
From my blog:

First off, thank you all for the many Birthday wishes that I received via G+, Facebook and e-mail! Highly appreciated! Secondly, thanks for the patience …. yes, it has been way too long since I last posted! :)

Here is an image that I captured fairly recently during a sunset shoot with fellow Swiss photographer +Annick Jaquillard  (make sure to check out her work!). It features a line of rocks that acts as a breakwater on one of my favourite beaches at Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) here in Switzerland.

Despite the nice sunset colours in the original, I decided to go for a black & white approach. I actually ended up with two B&W versions and decided to publish them both. See my blog post! I am curious to hear which one you like best?!

I captured this image with my Nikon D800E. I used a 24mmm f/1.4 lens and stacked multiple Lee ND filters to achieve an exposure time of 6 minutes. Adobe’s Lightroom 5 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 were used to process the image.

#MinimalMonday, #monochromeworld +Monochrome World,    #BreakfastClub , #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show#10000photographers +Robert SKREINER +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS, #promotephotography +Promote Photography, #PhotoManiaSchweiz +Photo Mania Schweiz, #showyourbestwork +ShowYourBestWork, #photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome, #artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional, #soothingphotography   +Soothing Photography, #EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo#MonochromeMonday  +Monochrome Monday#Switzerland , #LakeGeneva , #LacLéman , #Landscape , #Long Exposure, #Minimalistic , #bwphotography  

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Going Upstream
From my blog:

As you probably know by now, I usually don’t process new images very quickly. To the contrary … I like to sit on them for at least half a year to let them “mature” a bit. For some reason, that makes it easier to make selections and to get into the right mood to put the necessary effort in. In addition, the good ones seem to jump right at you and tell you how they want to be dealt with in post-processing after they have had a good rest. Sounds familiar? ;)

Here is an image I shot in September last year, during a 4-week shooting trip to Engadin in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The image features a mountain river up on the Albula Pass. I love how the river elegantly slaloms down from the mountain in the back. Shot this on a rather grim day. The light was quite nice though and created an interesting mood. I climbed up a cliff to get this specific angle. Wanted to add some extra depth and give the viewer the feeling of flying into the scene.

Hope you like my choices and how it came out!?

I captured the image with my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on a D800E. A 2-stop graduated filter was used. The image was processed with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.4.

#Graubünden, #Switzerland , #AlbulaPass , #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club, #10000photographers  +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS, #photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide#hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape

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Fading Away Into A Snowy Distance
From my blog:

Winter hasn’t been brilliant here in Switzerland. Plenty of snow on higher altitudes, but not a lot of decent winter goodness at lower altitudes. This messed up my plan to go out and shoot minimalistic winter landscapes more often this year. In the end, I only went out to shoot them on one morning in February. This is one of the images I shot that morning.

Yes, yes, I know it is very minimal and probably not to everyone’s taste. Many of you might even find it boring. Personally, I love shooting these kind of minimalistic scenes as well as looking at minimalistic work of others. It’s all about capturing the essence of a scene and the art of leaving things out, which can be rather challenging! Things like leading lines, depth and composition become even more important than in normal landscape photography. In my experience, shooting minimal scenes is a great way of improving photography skills.

If you also love minimalistic photography, you should check out +Olivier Du Tré's weekly #MinimalMonday theme! Make sure to also watch the video's Olivier puts together every week, in which he reviews a selection of entries to the theme. These are a great way to learn and find new photographers to follow. Thanks Olivier!   

#minimalistic#blackandwhitephotography#landscapephotography , #minimalmonday#D800E 

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Plus One Collection III

Here is my submission for the #PlusOneCollectionIII . I decided to go for color this time and selected this image. It's called "Colorful Tranquility" and was shot during a gorgeously peaceful sunset at Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). 

I hope you will find this a worthy submission for the “Our Planet” theme of this project ran by +Ivan Makarov and his team. They again picked a great charitable cause: The Samburu Project, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that provides access to safe and clean drinking water to communities in Kenya.

Please keep an eye on Ivan's page for more news about the project and make sure to get the book once it is finished. It will for sure be worth it! If you haven't submitted yet: today is the final day you can. Go for it! 


#landscapephotography , #longexposurephotography , #minimalistic , #LakeGeneva , #switzerland#d800e  

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In The Distance
From my blog:

In September of last year, I flew over to Ireland to meet up with Irish photographer friends +John Dunne and +Brian Fitzpatrick. I enjoyed all of it big time … the (way too) hearty breakfasts, the sunny weather (ahum), the beautiful Irish countryside, the people in general, driving on the WRONG side of (way too narrow) roads, the pubs and yes even the “beer” … and ow yes John and Brian were fun company as well ;) Look them up if you don’t know them yet. You will like them and they are very talented photographers to boot!!

Shooting abroad to work with different scenery is quite refreshing and inspiring. I will for sure be doing that more often in the coming years and will definitely be going back to Ireland soon. I was there only for a few days this time, but already managed to come home with quite a few nice images. This one is the first one I processed. It features the rocky Irish east coast at Greystones (Wicklow). I don’t get to shoot rocky coastlines in Switzerland, so had a lot of fun trying to find the right angles … without slipping. Unfortunately the colourful sunrise that John and Brian promised did not happen, so I had to bribe the captain of that freight ship on the horizon to stay put during a 5 minutes long exposure. I think it was worth it and hope you like how this image came out!?

I shot the image with my Nikon D800E and used 13 stops of neutral density plus a 2 stop graduate ND filter to get to an exposure time of 5 minutes. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.3 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

#Greystones , #Ireland , #Irish Sea, #Landscape , #Long exposure, #Minimalistic , #Waterscape , #Wicklow#bwphotography

#MinimalMonday +Olivier Du Tré#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club, #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show, #10000photographers  +10000 Photographers BW, #hqsplandscape  +HQSP Landscape, #photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide +andi rivarola, #promotephotography +Promote Photography#stunningmoment +Stunning Moment, #PhotoManiaSchweiz  +Photo Mania Schweiz,   #artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional, #hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome, #showyourbestwork  +ShowYourBestWork, #monochromeworld +Monochrome World,

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Shoot For The Moon
From my blog:

Although I am a bit late, I still would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and successful New Year !!! Let’s all shoot for the moon … even if we miss, we’ll still land among the stars! I am not so much into quotes, but I kinda like this one from Les Brown and it obviously fit well with the image ;)

Wanted to share something different to start of the year. Shot this scene a few months ago during my fall trip to the Swiss Engadin region. I liked how the fog seemed to be reaching for the moon, so just had to capture this moment. Hope you like how it came out!

#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography#10000photographers  +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS +Robert SKREINER#hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape, #photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide +andi rivarola, #promotephotography +Promote Photography#stunningmoment +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller#PhotoManiaSchweiz  +Photo Mania Schweiz,   #artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional +jany viala,   #showyourbestwork  +ShowYourBestWork, #EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo, +AerialPhotography #Aerialphotography , #D800E , #Winter , #Switzerland

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Majestically Rising Above The Clouds (view large)
From my blog:

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

I will be mostly off-line in the coming weeks to relax a bit and to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I will also be out there hunting for pretty winter scenery like in this image. I captured this one around this time last year, during a snowshoe hike in the Swiss canton of Valais near Orsières. In the back you are seeing the majestic Mont Blanc Massif rising above a thick layer of clouds. I went up to an altitude of 2100 meters (7000ft) pretty early, to shoot the massif with soft early morning light. The layer of clouds was a very nice bonus. Yep, catching a scene under circumstances like this definitely gets my blood pumping! Hope you like how I captured it!? :)

#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club,   #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show, #10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS +Robert SKREINER +Gemma Costa,  +HQSP Landscape   #hqsplandscape#photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide +andi rivarola, #promotephotography +Promote Photography, #stunningmoment +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller, #PhotoManiaSchweiz  +Photo Mania Schweiz +Günter Schurr, #PhotoManiaFrance  +Photo Mania France  +Jean Michel Missri +Rinus Bakker,   #artistphtographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional, #showyourbestwork  +ShowYourBestWork, #EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo 
+Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter +Ela Kupiec  +Carlos Duarte, an early one for #Mountainmonday +Mountain Monday +Michael Russell, #PlusPhotoExtract  +Jarek Klimek, #D800E  , #Winter , #Switzerland 

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Fall Colours And Fresh Snow At Lake Sils
From my blog:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was treated to a snow dump half way through my 4-week fall trip in the Swiss Engadin region last October. The snow lasted for more than a week, so it sure limited my possibilities to shoot typical fall images. The snow did give me many great alternative photographic opportunities though and this image is one of the results.

This image features Lake Sils (Silsersee), a larch tree forest and a mountain called Piz Tremoggia in the background. I was shooting about an hour before sunset to add some nice soft light to the scene. I shot various wider captures of the scene with more of the lake, some blue sky above the clouds and foreground subjects. I however liked this tighter composition best. It really highlights what I loved about the scene: the combination of fresh snow, fall colours and great light. And the mountains and clouds in the background add enough depth. Hope you like it as well ?!

I shot this with my 70-200 f/4 lens (which I love, so if you are interested in a 70-200 f/2.8 VRII please let me know) and used a Singh-ray gradient ND filter to dim the sky a little bit. I processed the image with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.2.

#BreakfastClub +Breakfast Club +Gemma Costa,    #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS +Robert SKREINER +Gemma Costa,   #HQSPLandscape +HQSP Landscape,   #photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide +andi rivarola#promotephotography +Promote Photography,
#stunningmoment +Stunning Moment +Alycia Miller +Zvonimir Fras, #PhotoManiaSchweiz  +Photo Mania Schweiz +Günter Schurr, #showyourbestwork  +ShowYourBestWork, #EuropeanPhotography  +European Photo#D800E , #Autumn , #Switzerland 
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