On the Milky Way
Thursday, August 30, 2007
this Saturday i drove from my town, Hafnarfjörður, all the way over to the other side of Iceland, to shoot a wedding in Eskifjörður. Drove back the next day.. somewhere around 1300-1400 kilometers driven in 2 days. I slept a total of 7 hours the whole weekend... exhausting? you betcha.
despite being ridiculously tired on the way back, i found myself stopping here, in Jökulsárlón, for a bit.. too spectacular a place to just drive by it twice without stopping..(the name of this place would translate to Glacier River Lagoon, btw)
Now, seeing as i had neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor a polar bear cub with me, and it was raining, and there were hundreds of tourists milling around the area, ruling out making a creative selfportrait (not that i was particularly gorgeous after driving so much and sleeping so little) , AND having already done the whole long-exposure thing last year, i figured i'd do the opposite this time.
one day, when im as famous and successful as annie leibovitz , ill re-do this shot, only with a celebrity being tossed in, instead of a rock :p
edit: i first uploaded a different shot, taken with my 50mm, which i at first liked more, but changed my mind, and switched (sorry for the handful of comments deleted in the process)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Castle of Chillon
The Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) is located on the shore of Lake Geneva near Montreux, Switzerland. The castle consists of 25 independent buildings that were gradually connected .
The oldest parts of the castle have not been definitively dated, but the first written record of the castle is in 1005.
Surrounded by the white tops of the mountains and the soft waves of Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is a real beauty spot. It is built on a rocky island along the antique road to Italy. The castle shows two faces: It is a princely residence to the lakeside but an impregnable fortress to the mountains.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Here's a Toast...
I have been wanting to do this for a while, finally had some time,,,please let me know what you think...by the way I did not write this. It is part of a song by Ani Difranco called "Self Evident" If you don't know of her you should get to know her. Especially if you are a woman.
This was taken back on Tuesday evening. The day was hot and humid...the perfect brew for a storm to erupt in the late afternoon. I had to rush out to a location to get a few photographs and arrived a bit too late. Fortunately I was still able to get a few nice shots of this mammatus cloud formation. 3-stop GND.
The colors and moods this particular evening on Konza were changing every few minutes. In a few minutes time I would be soaked from a downpour that came on with very little warning. I had a rain coat along, but I used it to cover my gear instead of wearing it. :-)
A rainbow almost formed, but evidently the lighting wasn't quite right...darn.
Into Oblivion View Large On Black
- This location is by the coast which has been formed by the glaciers of the ice age. Many places around here has unique forms shaped by sea water and weather over a long period of time.
- 15 sec. exposure with Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM hence the slight wide angle.
- Actually I was here to try out a new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM that I received from the US, but...I think the 17-85mm did a great job.
Anyway, it was almost dark, very hot and humid (slippery rocks) and I had already encountered the only dangerous snake species in Norway...two of them
I almost stepped upon!
You should see me flying at those moments ladies and gentlemen! It would be a great silhouette shot against the sunset!
On my way back (around a 10 min. walk) from the shoreline into the woods where I had parked, the path was made dark by the inevitable dance of sun and earth.
My small 10 min. walk suddenly became a rollercoaster ride without safety belts!
It was on this path I encountered several snakes when arriving earlier that evening...
but then it was just before sunset and it was still light...I could see them in front of my feet.
When walking back I stepped very VERY cautiously...my ears doing the work of their lives
as in my field of vision was only a darkened trail to follow. Vegetation had this grey/black dim from midnight light which in turn painted the path pure black. It was like walking in a dark dream and observing every tiny sound for any sign of snakes. Hahaha. I guess I was glad when stepping into my car.
My point is : photography, ladies and gents, is not just a walk in the park ;-P
I am not a brave person. I only happen to put photography on a high priority!
And I know that if my karma is still to be bitten by a snake ; I surely will be.
- For more new images from this location visit www.leeseungkye.com
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The robber flies are an abundant and diverse family within the order Diptera that are known for their predatory behavior. Asilidae diversity can be attributed to their broad distribution; most species tend to occupy a selective niche. As their common name implies, robber flies have voracious appetites and feed on a vast array of other arthropods, which may help to maintain a healthy balance between insect populations in various habitats (Joern and Rudd 1982, Shurovnekov 1962). Asilidae adults attack wasps, bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, other flies, and some spiders. Robber flies are particularly abundant in arid and sunny habitats, which are optimal conditions in which to observe their many morphs and behaviors.
Spent a day camping and fishing at Dillon Reservoir near Frisco, Colorado. There was a blanket of clouds and light mist falling all afternoon--perfect for the kids to go fishing.
She wasn't as lucky as he was.
Strobist: SB-800 camera right with CTO gel, full power with D70 set to incandescent +1 triggered with PocketWizard Plus II's. It was around 8 p.m.
Good morning flickr :) Another early morning over here in germany. No fun these days. On top of that it started raining. As the forecast says this will not stop until sunday. Perfect summer.
Enjoy another one taken on Rügen. As you might have seen: lighroom at work with 300 v1 preset.
Have a great wednesday! Be successfull! And take care dear friends!
# Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
# Aperture: f/14
# Focal Length: 18 mm
# ISO Speed: 200
The Devils Grasp
Taken for the PIP August Project "How Low Can You Go?" (Low light photography)
Nikon D70, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/30s ISO800
To get the blue flame, I coated my hand in methylated spirits and had Teafor2 ignite it.
For safety, I did this over the sink, and plunged my hand into cold water as soon as the shot was taken. (It took several attempts to get this one and all I lost was the hair on the back of my hand.)