111 Photos - Dec 4, 2011
Photo: Ice LandPhoto: By Godafoss, Iceland

Even when the weather is dull, one can find an inspiring scenery almost behind any corner in Iceland. And much more so in the winter. These are amazingly colored waters of Skjálfandafljót river, just few hundred meters below Godafoss.

Enjoy and share if you like it. Thanks!Photo: Icelandic BluesPhoto: earth & firePhoto: DisintegrationPhoto: Godafoss, IcelandPhoto: Baltic HeartPhoto: Groyne's TalePhoto: ...moonscape...Photo: Dream OnPhoto: godafossPhoto: Godafoss, Iceland

Submitted to  #waterfallwednesday curated by +Eric Leslie.Photo: I love doing too many things, especially in the winter that provides simply for too many options. Hence not easy to get out and photograph. I made my last serious trip long ago, in October. A little memory here and on my blog as well: http://landandcolors.com/baltic-sea-germany-phase-one-iq140/

In the meantime, have a great 2013!Photo: Rostock, Germany

I found an interesting piece of landscape in Eastern Germany. Except for sandy beaches it's known for old beech forests. Below one of them. Enjoy!Photo: Prerow, Germany

I just came back from a short scouting trip to Baltics. This is where I guess I have the closest path to the sea - Eastern Germany. I like what I found over there so planning to go back for couple of days before the year end. Stormy weather, long piers and other wooden sticks in sea waters is what made it long exposure times weekend. Here's the pier in Prerow early in the morning when I tested long exposures on my Phase One IQ140 digital back (it's said not to handle anything over couple of seconds). I exposed for a minute plus 4 secs and although it slightly increased noise, Capture One raw processor eliminated it fully. Colors came out nicely, catching a little bit of the rising sun glow on the left. The contrast between extremely calm water and the windy sky has been a tempting element to try out...Photo: Ceske Svycarsko, Czech Republic

The next two months will be busy. The autumn is perhaps my most favorite season, I get out so much more often than in the summer or spring. Can't wait!Photo: Landmannalaugar, Iceland, Winter 2012

I shot this image this February in what it's one of the busiest places in Iceland during summer months. But in the winter it's no easy at all to get there. We have had an opportunity to spend one night there and were lucky with a little bit of aurora display although the sky had been pretty cloudy. I walked off huts and waited till the moment it seemed the strongest. I used the torch to lighten up the small house in the front.

The hut behind that is lit serves for sleeping could not have been more cosy and warm - it's heated by the water from nearby hot springs, very nice.

Hope you'll enjoy even though conversion to sRGB killed some of beautiful green hues there.Photo: Black Sand Beach in Winter, Iceland

I usually do not pull out my camera unless there’s a spectacular light or scenery around, or, obviously, a combination of both is what makes me scream from joy. This one proved to be different though. The weather could not be more dull and depressive. No sign for any light anywhere. Occasional soft rain instead, bringing along the atmosphere that in some weird form or fashion fitted this bizarre place much more than any colorful drama in the sky above. I felt like I newly discovered a planet, looking at it through tears...

Read more and see more of the series at http://www.landandcolors.com/2012/07/beach-graphics/Photo: Lesnica, Slovakia

I was lucky to witness amazing play of mother nature during the sunrise in one of my most beloved places. Have a nice evening everybody!Photo: Iceland, near Landmannalaugar.

On the way to Landmannalaugar, we got caught by the snow storm that created countless varieties of wonderful abstract scenes we couldn't have stopped photographing. So many options that I soon started to be as frustrated as I was amazed when we jumped out of the truck. So am I now when going through them. In any case, it was a highly interesting shooting experience. I wonder what you think of this one.Photo: Lesnicke sedlo, Slovakia

I just returned from a short visit of my homeland. This is 1:30 min exposure about a half a hour before the sunrise at 5am. The wind was blowing, the dogs were barking while I was enjoying myself being home. High Tatras in the background.

Have a great day everybody!Photo: La Digue, Seychelles

Perhaps the most photographed rock on Seychelles. It has a great character and one cannot pass by without at least having tried the shot. I waited for some time for all the people to leave, ended up photographing well after sun set with perhaps highest tide possible. I was lucky with a little bit of afterglow on the rock. Some more on this on my website: http://www.landandcolors.com/2012/04/linhof-techno-at-the-equator/Photo: Breaking FreePhoto: The sun showed up unexpected. I was not prepared nor I managed to change settings of my camera from previous shots (that I always set manually) - the result has been quite underexposed frame on my Velvia but I liked what finally happened with it. Cold blue hues cause drama and move the image out of the world as we know it.

Or, you tell me.Photo: Photographed under Namafjall, North Iceland. The winter is just amazing there - deserted and rough roads, dramatic and fast changes of weather and of course, great chances to watch the aurora. No more I could have wanted from the trip.

The blues behind hills were singing loud so I used my film back and shot on Velvia 50, which I do rarely under the day light. It was still rather early though.

Enjoy!Photo: Where Water Falls from HeavenPhoto: Near Jokulsarlon, Iceland

I left Jokulsarlon untouched (photographically) this winter, short of any inspiration. It is sometimes a pure imagination that makes me excited about the place I'm heading to that I remember (differently) from my previous visits (and photographs of others). Perhaps, I tend to expect much more than what I'm actually able to see (and photograph) when there.

I left Jokulsarlon disappointed this winter just to find myself exploding (photographically) couple of miles from there. Underneath the heavy skies signaling the snow storm approaching, amongst black sand dunes powdered by snow, I balanced on thin ice of ever-present ponds looking for the structures, patterns and schemas. Realizing (again) that the less is often more, sometimes much more. Appreciating that the (photographical) beauty is so subtle and (many times) well hidden.

Enjoy!Photo: Near Vik, Iceland

The morning was less than spectacular, it actually looked dull and stormy. But in a matter of minutes, the sky got cleared and in the meantime, some amazing drama had been on display when the sun tried to break through heavy clouds to calm the angry sea down.

Photographed on my beloved Fuji Velvia 50 for more colors and contrast. And for more fun. Enjoy!Photo: Godafoss, Iceland

One of the most photographed places in Iceland looks and sounds magnificent during the winter months. Snow and icicles make the waterfall feel even more surreal and ancient, like from a world billion years before us.

We spent one evening there trying to find the best angle to capture its mood. I'm choosing the very last photograph I made during the session, well after sunset. The film (Fuji Velvia 50) did what I expected it to do - shifted hues towards cool blues that I believed could have suited the scenery the best.

Enjoy!Photo: Northern lights above the geothermal power station in Krafla. It's incredibly easy to get addicted on aurora. Best to see it live as the reality is far more beautiful and dramatic than any still image can ever be. The colors and variations of dancing moves above our heads has been the most amazing performance of the nature I ever witnessed. Hope you'll enjoy a bit of it on this one.Photo: Sunrise from Pfinnova kopa, High Tatras, Slovakia.

I don't shoot panoramas but here, I simply had to make an exception. Seven verticals stitched together was the best way to capture the breathtaking vista above the beautiful Valley of Five Spis Lakes in High Tatras.Photo: My most favorite spot to photograph is High Tatras near where I was born. The small but splendid mountains that I’m spending relatively plenty of time in but I have to say that with very few exceptions, it has yet been difficult to make an image I would be satisfied with. I know though that it will come one day – I just have to be patient and bring some more dedication. Up to now, I was slightly more successful when shooting Tatras from a foothill, which is actually how I used to see them when I was growing up.

Have a great Sunday, everybody!Photo: This is one of many examples why I prefer film from digital. The weather could have hardly been any worse here - clouds with no structure all over the sky seemed good only for a deep sleep to dream about photographing.

Well after sunset, a small pink spot appeared just above the horizon. Everything else has quickly grown dark. In an experimenting mood, I gave a go trying Velvia transparency material in the darkness, with a lone brunch boxed in the high tide. I set the tripod up and (gu)estimated the exposure time based on my last metering quite some time ago as my spotmeter remained completely speechless. Don’t remember how long I had to expose but it was well above 5 and probably less than 10 minutes - in fact, I underexposed the image that eventually proved to help it significantly.

Seeing the slide on my light table few days later could not be more fascinating. What had appeared sadly colorless in reality, was shining at me with delicious combination of violet and pink hues. What had looked like the heavy cloud formation was suddenly showing clear movement paths and definition.

Having said that, I barely ever skip an opportunity to expose in the times between dusk and dawn. This is when the quality of light goes through the fastest and sometimes really dramatic changes. And this is when I can hardly imagine (and wait to see) what exactly the emulsion of Fuji Velvia, eventually combined with various filters, would see and render.Photo: Everybody wishes there is lots of snow in winter and I'm no exception. But I also appreciate dry and very cold periods that have been occuring over the last few years more often than ever before. When mixed with mist, it can completely change a character of a landscape and create very different shapes, patterns or colors (and their various combinations) from what we normally expect to witness.

I arrived right at the sunrise with potential scenes already scouted previous days. Although frozen grasses and trees looked very promising, the thick fog surrounded me all round. But just a little later, rising sun started to burn it together with the frost, creating spectacular contrast between lit and shadowed parts of the scenery. It was amazing to stand there freezing and watching the fascinating transition from cold to warm, from blue to red, from winter to spring...Photo: In case you are a passionate plantsman, you will definitely not choose Iceland as an ideal destination for your business trips. For many reasons, there are vast areas of sparse vegetation there and nothing else. A combination of an intriguing plant embedded into an epic scenery, so popular amongst landcape photographers, was of a very short supply.

For the whole trip, I was dreaming of a shot with a violet lupin field and a huge glacier in the background, lit with early sunlight. Instead, this is called 'arctic riverbeauty', very typical Icelandic plant that you won't find elsewhere in Europe. I waded the river, lied down and worked out the composition with poor hills, pretty confident that I will get much better flower shot later as we go.

How wrong I was...Photo: Early summer morning at Liptovska Mara, Slovakia. Enjoy!Photo: High Tatras, Slovakia.

This is the winter in one of my favorite places. Unusually, this time the very first light was not as spectacular as the one that illuminated the frozen tree. Not much I could have done about the sky. :-)Photo: One of my oldest photographs but ever since (2006), I was not blessed with similar conditions at this place, which I went to many times. +Jay Patel's question on the most favorite national parks prompted me to post this one. It's High Tatras National Park in Slovakia. My favorite.Photo: Photo: Land & ColorsPhoto: I recently purchased Sony NEX-5n to help me with sketching compositions before I pull the huge Linhof out. And I must confess - it's far better than expected. I have not paid any attention to advanced compact cameras market in the last few years and now I know I should have done. If interested, I share a little bit of my first experience here: http://www.landandcolors.com/2011/12/sony-nex-5n-more-than-a-scrapbookPhoto: Lubietova, SlovakiaPhoto: Lesnicke sedlo, SlovakiaPhoto: Geneva Lake, 2011. The image shown here is one of the few I took this morning taking an advantage of a simple yet strong subject combined with what I thought was quite powerful angry sky. The overcast weather added a bit of dark-side mood and interesting color cast, slightly modified off being too bluish by the use of warming polarizer.

http://www.landandcolors.com/2011/05/going-larger-to-linhof-techno/Photo: Lofoten, NorwayPhoto: Bokod is the lake in Hungary, some 80 kilometers west of Budapest. It’s an interesting spot – everything else but beautiful. Plenty of old fishing houses on the water look incredibly romantic but the most wooden bridges would not carry a cat and I bet majority of cottages remained empty and destroyed. The infrastructure round the lake brought lively memories of ancient communist times and I do not think I’m too wrong saying that nobody touched benches, party tables and small playgrounds for at least 20 years. And what’s more, there is a huge smoking and loud factory on the shore of the lake that destroys almost all views from every position. Nevertheless, I left with few photographs which show how even an ugly place can turn into a beauty when a right framing eliminates the sh*t. Pity the lighting could not turn better.Photo: Lofoten, Norway

This is the film version of my previous G+ post (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105706815883736796971/albums/5682400587082301985/5682400678693255410) that had been photographed digitally couple of hours earlier. You can see how the weather conditions change in the north, especially in winter (minutes after, the snow storm approached also to where I was), and what it can possibly do to the overall mood of the same compositions (I moved the position slightly as I was walking on the bridge).Photo: Photo: Lofoten, NorwayPhoto: Near Reine, Lofoten, Norway

Here I was, in my so much dreamt of Lofoten in the middle of winter, standing on the edge of the snow storm that approached unexpectedly and abruptly. The water got dark, the sky whitened. The birds flew faster, while I got stoned. Fascinated by the pace my surroundings had changed, into an unknown to me cold and dull mood, yet full of energy. The same way it all disappeared some half an hour later. This is Nordics and this is why I love it so much.Photo: Photo: Photographed in Lofoten, Norway.

Winter in Lofoten can be highly rewarding photographically - breathtaking mountain ridges rising out of the water, deserted, bold and silent scenes, amazing lighting that often dramatically changes.

This is one of the very first images made after landing there. Hence perhaps more descriptive than what I wished it to be but it's been natural and obvious subject before I got deeper into understanding the landscape. Here, I liked the gentle touch of blue hues all over the frame, combined with spectacular rock formation that was softly lit by late sun. I used my Hasselblad 6x4.5 equipped with 35mm lens and Fuji Velvia.Photo: One of thousands hidden little bays at the coast of Lofoten. Photographed during twilight, exposed for about 30 seconds on transparency film. Enjoy!Photo: Vysoka, Male KarpatyPhoto: ...some places on Earth look like from the other world...

Near Jokursarlon, IcelandPhoto: As I'm slowly browsing through transparencies and digital files photographed two weeks ago in Iceland, I have been getting to realize how much less lighting we have experienced but at the same time, I do not feel images are any weaker. They are just different, certainly less spectacular in terms of colors and lighting but at the same time, it seems the lack of good conditions pushed my creativity and style somewhat out of grand vistas into more detailed dialogue with subjects. Yet to be digested though and in the meantime, let me share what we have not seen at all. At all.

Jokursarlon, and the late night burst of skies taken in the summer 2010.Photo: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

I was asked the other day what I'd choose if it's only one spot I can go to in Iceland. So hard to say as I built a serious passion for couple of wonderful places in there. All very different and very beautiful, with amazing photographic potential. But I must confess that Jokulsarlon and its stream mouth to the sea in the middle of cold summer nordic night, hence deserted, windy and angry, possesses a special charm that is as depressive and bizarre as can be enriching in terms of living unusual experiences. Just like finding a bunch of shining diamonds on a dark and dirty beach of a moaning sea...

Enjoy!Photo: I keep plenty of images unprocessed. They simply need more time to be discovered and understood. This one also resided in my archive for good couple of months until I realized that its essence may be the closest interpretation of my frame of mind for Iceland. The volcanic massif reminds an ancient sphinx, centrally based composition and reflections emphasize stillness and peace. So does the night falling on the landscape. Photographed when we reached the end of one of dirt roads near Landmannalaugar.

http://www.landandcolors.com/2012/03/iceland-calling/Photo: Jokursarlon, Iceland

I spent the night at this spectacular place that everybody knows so well and photographs even better, waiting for the right set-up to take my piece. It did not seem coming though - with dull sky and no sun, but it cut through for a little while at about 11pm just around the sun set. The wind stopped to blow and it all came together in an extremely calm and peaceful manner. It's always fascinating to experience the pace how the Icelandic weather changes.Photo: The destination was surely worth the hassle, two beautiful and loud waterfalls Selfoss and Detifoss suddenly put us on a bright side of the hell. I felt like the first man on the Moon. Millions years back in time. We arrived just before the sunset (that’s around 11pm in Iceland during the summer), the place was of course deserted. We were stupid enough to underestimate the pace with which the natural powers change the stage we’re living on. Leaving our equipment behind, we missed perhaps the most spectacular light performance I witnessed there – the sun found its way through thick clouds to illuminate parts of the scene and to create the stunning rainbow.

Some more here: http://www.landandcolors.com/2012/02/the-essence-of-selfoss/Photo: A passerby can see the smoking land of Krafla from the main road that runs in a distance of few kilometers. Just one sight would make you change your travel schedule in case you have not planned to visit it. Not so massively marketed, it's perhaps one of the most bizarre hence interesting places on Iceland. If you ever had all those romantic dreams about exploring the surface of the Moon, they will come true here (okay, there are no fences and wooden pathways on the Moon protecting you from stepping on hot fumaroles but other than that, prepare for heuristic feelings when walking around, especially when coming at night).Photo: Czech Switzerland, Czech Republic

The early morning shootout in the national park of Czech Switzerland has emerged into a long lens session thanks to lots of mist in the valley. In search for some order in sceneries presented, I was actually missing a longer lens that would allow even more intimate details I could have seen from above. Good old DSLR times - this was shot on Velvia 50 transparency film with my Hasselblad H1 and 210mm. Hope you will enjoy anyway. :-)Photo: Yes, +Maciej Markiewicz, there are some amazing views in Czech, too. :-)

This one has been photographed at Czech Switzerland (Ceske Svycarsko) from the viewpoint that far too many photographers use to go now. Nevertheless, the place itself is incredibly beautiful and provides for endless opportunities. I have been lucky to experience some truly nice displays of nature there.Photo: Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Dead volcanos, calm lakes, lava fields and vivid mosses are typical for sceneries one can experience near Landmannalaugar.

With the average of 213 rainy days a year, it may seem uneasy to pick on a good photographic weather in Iceland and I was afraid of having to sit and wait for opportunities for a heft of time of our week-long visit to there. The reality proved the opposite. Yes, there were days when changing from rain to sunshine to dizzle was a matter of minutes. But actually these days provided for countless chances to press the shutter if our equipment handled to withstand some more water than usually, which was not always the case. Thanks to rather fantastical and almost bizzare character of landscape, it was sometimes a must to shoot while it was raining to create moody images that may work.Photo: Landmannalaugar, IcelandPhoto: Emerald River IIPhoto: MagnificencePhoto: Ice, Wind & SunPhoto: Do Not Dance AlonePhoto: Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Rainy morning on the beautiful beach of Bay of Laig. It's been full of mood and soft shapes and tones, quite unusually this time as Isle of Rum on the horizon got hidden in clouds hence rounded nicely instead of showing teeth of its sharp hilltops.

Read more: http://landandcolors.com/isle-of-eigg-perfect-hideaway/ and stay tuned - transparencies are being scanned. In the meantime, enjoy and share if you like it.Photo: Happy HourPhoto: Fire & IcePhoto: Last DancePhoto: Anywhere Out of the WorldPhoto: Stars & The BeachPhoto: Storm on the BeachPhoto: Blue RoutesPhoto: The Beach FlowerPhoto: Landamannalaugar, IcelandPhoto: Summer NightPhoto: Isle of EiggPhoto: Isle of Eigg, Scotland

What had looked like a dull morning turned into the most spectacular performance of light that I have seen for many years. The short series of images from that day here: http://landandcolors.com/isle-of-eigg-blessed-with-light/

Enjoy!Photo: Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Once on Eigg, you can't simply escape from placing Isle of Rum on the horizon, wherever you get to. It is so amazingly photogenic, be it just a silhouette or when every detail of the island is visible.

I photographed this one the very first evening on the very end of the beach. Any other time we got there later, these sands and the creek were under water due to a high tide.

Enjoy and share!Photo: Stones & StarsPhoto: Stones & StarsPhoto: Isle of Harris, Scotland

This is Luskentyre Beach, certainly one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I was constantly amazed by the color palette that was on display on the Isle of Harris' beaches. The deep turquoise blue hue of the sea combined with juicy yellows of the sand can't be properly described by words. On top, I got lucky (only) one morning with the sunrise performance that perfectly complemented the range of colors to watch.

Enjoy and share!Photo: SkyscrapersPhoto: Isle of Harris, Scotland

As I was setting up for what it looked like a promising sunset shooting, the sudden storm has approached and passed in such a speed that I could only get the one image. It was a rather longer exposure of 1m36s in an attempt to capture some energy out of this. Lovely experience anyhow!Photo: Isle of Harris, Scotland

I was packing my stuff up well after sun set when I noticed the storm approaching on the horizon. The sky has been turning quite interesting. I walked back to the buoy I worked with before, to see if I can make something of it. I exposed for 1 minute to flatten the sea but to keep some structure there and in the sky at the same time. Photographed with Phase One camera, 45mm lens and IQ250.

Enjoy!Photo: Colours of HebridesPhoto: Isle of Harris, Scotland

Long exposure during a pretty heavy rain. Enjoy!

#longexposure   #seascapePhoto: Isle of Harris, Scotland

There is no sea where I live. There's barely any lakeland that would be a bit of wilder. So walk me to a coast and I become obsessed. And I did a lot recently, on the beautiful Isle of Harris. I have been amazed by moods and colours the sea there let me see. Here is one image taken unusually midday. I enjoyed rain as never before and never after...

To see photos from Isle of Harris, click http://landandcolors.com/tag/isle-of-harris/ .

#landscapephotographyPhoto: One RockPhoto: Garden of CarpathiansPhoto: Isle of Eigg, Scotland

A deserted beach at low tide.Photo: Dance with LightPhoto: Winter CharmPhoto: The view towards High Tatras from Velka Fatra, Slovakia. My homeland that I do not get to photograph as often as I would love.Photo: Another Kind of BluesPhoto: Lesnica, Slovakia

Morning view of High Tatras from Lesnicke sedlo.Photo: Spis Castle, Slovakia

Built in 12th century, Spis Castle (Spissky head) is one of the largest castles in Europe. And it is also very photogenic, from all the sides.

Enjoy!Photo: Road and RainbowPhoto: Black And WhitePhoto: Snow GoosePhoto: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

One of the images taken during my recent trip to Iceland near Jokularson. The place is getting truly crowded - even in November we have met surprisingly many people.

Few more comments and photos from the trip on our website: http://www.landandcolors.com/blog/4-things-to-know-about-iceland

Enjoy and share!

#landscapephotography  Photo: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

I spent the whole morning trying to capture what I hoped would be lots of icebergs rushing in the waves in some sort of an order, while being closest to them possible. Many times I had to run off with the camera because of a stronger wave coming up, many times I just stood tight while it washed my feet (and moved the camera). Many times I was annoyed by waiting for the image to write on card before I could have reviewed it to find out that the original composition turned into a mess. With this one, I was lucky.

Share if you like it. :-)Photo: St Monans, Scotland

Pre-dawn shot of what looked like the pathway to the distant island. Rain, wind, high tide and darkness has built the mood up.

Enjoy and share!Photo: Sunrise over Quiraing mountain range on Isle of Skye, Scotland. The morning was not promising initially, but it turned quickly into a spectacular performance of light.

#scotland   #landscapephotography  Photo: Heaven Or HellPhoto: Photo: