Monthly Archives: August 2010

ICELAND ‘FOSS’ – GULLFOSS ‘GOLDEN FALLS’

I am still deep in the sorting and editing process of the photographs I took in Iceland; but I have started to process some of my favourite selects from the trip. I plan to post them sporadically over the next few months to both my Blog and Portfolio websites as time permits. This photograph was taken […]

CANON ELABORATES ON NEW SUPER TELEPHOTOS AND EXTENDERS

Canon has posted more information on the new 300mm F2.8L IS II USM and 400mm F2.8L IS II USM super telephoto lenses as well as the new 1.4x TC MKIII and 2x TC MKIII tel-extenders on their Digital Learning website. It may be hard to believe that it’s been more than a decade since Canon introduced […]

CANON ELABORATES ON NEW ZOOM FISH EYE LENS

Canon created quite a stir yesterday on the internet when they announced their new 8-15mm F4L USM Fish Eye Lens as part of six new professional ‘L’ series lenses.  There was nary a hint this revolutionary new lens was coming on any of the usual Canon rumour websites – this time Canon did a great […]

CANON ANNOUNCES NEW 500MM F4 AND 600MM F4 UNDER DEVELOPMENT

TOKYO, August 26, 2010 — Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing two new telephoto lenses for use with its EOS lineup of single-lens reflex cameras — the EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM — and will display prototypes at the photokina 2010 photography and imaging industry trade fair […]

CANON ANNOUNCES SIX NEW ‘L-SERIES’ LENSES

Canon introduces Six New L-Series EF Lenses And Accessories Canon Introduces the World’s Widest Fisheye Zoom Lens, a New Telephoto Zoom Lens and Two New Super Telephoto Lenses with Optional New Extenders LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, rounds out its Summer product introductions with four […]

ICELAND DEBRIEF – ADDENDUM

I have finally had a chance to sit down and start the sorting, editing and processing of the more than 4800 images I shot in Iceland over the two and a half weeks I spent there. It has taken me a full week to get over my jet lag and a rather nasty tummy upset […]

ICELAND DEBRIEF – WHAT WORKED AND WHAT DIDNT

Now that I am back from Iceland and I have had some time to recover from jet lag and reflect on the trip it seems worthwhile to report on exactly ‘what worked’ and ‘what didn’t work’ both from a photographic and travel perspective as well as general debrief on the trip. Firstly a preamble: I […]

LONDON DISPATCH #24 – LEAVING FOR HOME

I am leaving for home tomorrow afternoon. The few days in London has been enjoyable and a good recharge of my batteries after the rigours of chasing the Icelandic ‘midnight sun’. I have concluded the business side of the trip in London, seen a few sights and sunk a few pints and I am now looking […]

LONDON DISPATCH #23 – I MISS ICELAND

There is nothing like the ‘Big Smoke’  of London to make me realise how much I already miss the wilderness and landscape of Iceland – A starker contrast there could not be. London definitely has its charms and appeal, being so steeped in fascinating history, but my passion lies in pristine wilderness, glaciers, mountains, icebergs […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #22 – FAREWELL ICELAND

All good things must come to an end they say – And to this end today is my last day in Iceland. I am leaving for London late this afternoon for business and a bit of rest and relaxation for the next few days. It’s hard to believe I have been here for more than […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #21 – THE LAGOON

The drive from  Geysir to the Jokulsarlon lagoon yesterday took me a bit longer than I expected – around five hours with a couple of rest breaks along the way (and one wrong turn). I arrived in time to set up camp and get myself organised for the evenings photography. It was quite overcast with […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #20 – HEADING EAST

Yesterday I picked up a 4 wheel drive in Reykjavik and headed up to the geothermal pools at Hveravellir; roughly 70 miles from the waterfall ‘Gullfoss’ and the major tourist attraction ‘Geysir’ (the spouting boiling water after which all other such vents are named). The road from Reykjavik to Gullfoss is paved and easy driving […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #19 – 66 DEGREES NORTH

Yesterday afternoon we headed into the Landmannalaugar area of Iceland for the evenings photography – 45 minutes drive along more of Iceland’s infamous dirt roads. Landmannalaugar is a very famous volcanic area of Iceland encompassing multi-colored peaks, steam and sulphur vents  and crater pools. The weather on first arrival was somewhat overcast with occasional patches […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #18 – ALIEN LANDSCAPES

This morning we rose at 2am from our accomodation in the Highlands and headed into an area known as Veidivotn for sunrise; which is just northeast of Landmannalauger (where we will be shooting sunset around 11pm this evening). Veidivotn like much of Iceland is an alien landscape consisting of mountains of black tephra and a […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #17 – THE HIGHLANDS

Ugh… This road is rough! Six hours off road… Still going… Edit – We have arrived at our destination after more than six hours of bone jarring wash board roads – very glad to be out of the car for some dinner and then some photography.

ICELAND DISPATCH #16 – MOVING ON FROM MYVATN

We are just about to have some dinner [but I wanted to squeeze in a blog update with our plans for the next day or so] and grab a few hours shut eye before we head off at 3am to Godafoss – “waterfall of the Gods” for a sunrise photography session. I have seen many […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #15 – ASKJA

Yesterday we headed into  Askja – which is a huge volcano in a remote part of the the North-east of Iceland. Askja is an utterly desolate region of Iceland. Black lava fields extend more than 100 kms from the caldera creating a very desolate surreal landscape [Think ‘Mordor’ from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #14 – SOMEWHERE IN ICELAND…

Yesterday evening we headed into what I think is part of the Jokulsargljufur National Park (or it is as least not far away from the Park – Daniel you will need to write the name down for me!) – [Update its THEISTAREYKIR]  to photograph some more geothermal active areas. This was a great location for photography […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #13 – DETTIFOSS

The power of Mother Nature is never so clear as when one stands on the edge of Dettifoss – Iceland’s most impressive waterfall. A massive 193 cubic meters of water thunders over its edge every second, creating a plume of spray that can be seen one kilometre away. Standing on the edge of the basalt […]

ICELAND DISPATCH #12 – THIS IS EARTH… RIGHT?

We headed up to Namafjall near Myvatn after lunch yesterday to photograph the volcanic fumerals. Namafjall is a strikingly other-worldly place dotted with steaming fumerals, sulphurous smells, volcanic vents, boiling mud pools and a dizzying array of volcanic colour and texture. It is a beautiful, macabre and menacing landscape that belongs to another time, or […]