Here’s to a beautiful 2018 full of hope, happiness and health!

Photographing Fireworks over the Ice Lagoon

Photographing during an Iceland workshop at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, I set the camera to 30 seconds to get long trails on the fireworks (although I used between 8-15 seconds as well). I set the lens to 24mm because we were close to the scene and I wanted to get as much coverage of the fireworks without cutting them off. I can crop out any extra space in the sky later, if needed.  Tip, take shots early on in the fireworks to get less smoke in the image and a black sky instead of a gray one.

We had a blast even though I screamed as fireworks landed around us! Sometimes things are a bit too close for comfort. 

Happy Shooting! Jennifer

 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon  photographed at f/16, 30 seconds, ISO 100. EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 24mm and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon photographed at f/16, 30 seconds, ISO 100. EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 24mm and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. 

Shooting the Snow-like Sands!

This week I'm shooting at the amazing Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.  The beautiful, snow-like sand dunes are made of gypsum crystals, making them white in color-stunning!  The first day in Bosque I was rewarded with a spectacular twilight sky, with reds and orange lighting the sky. Watching and listening to the sandhill cranes and geese take off for first flight at sunrise is a sight to behold! Several of these moments reminded me of  M. C. Escher's art - living, wildlife tessellations!  Jennifer

Click on images for larger view. 

Sandhill Crane at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico.  f/6.3, 1/3200 second, ISO 5000, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTat 560 mm. Canon EOS-1D X

SANDHILL CRANE AT BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO.  F/6.3, 1/2500 SECOND, ISO 5000, EF200-400MM F/4L IS USM EXTAT 420 MM. Canon EOS-1D X

Snow Geese, BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO.  F/6.3, 1/2000 SECOND, ISO 5000, EF200-400MM F/4L IS USM EXTAT 560 MM. Canon EOS-1D X

Snow Geese, BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO.  F/11, 1/500 SECOND, ISO 5000, EF200-400MM F/4L IS USM EXTAT 412 MM. Canon EOS-1D X

Sandhill Cranes, BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO.  F/8 1/6400 SECOND, ISO 1600, EF200-400MM F/4L IS USM EXT plus additional  1.4 tele at 784 mm. Canon EOS-1D X

SANDHILL CRANE AT BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO.  F/9, 1/1000 SECOND, ISO 400, EF200-400MM F/4L IS USM EXTAT 560 MM. Canon EOS-1D X

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NM AT sunrise.  F/16, 1/10 SECONDS, ISO 100, EF24-70MM F/2.8L II USM AT 35mm.  CANON EOS 5D MARK III

SOAPTREE YUCCA, WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NM AT TWILIGHT.  F/11, .4 SECONDS, ISO 160, EF24-70MM F/2.8L II USM AT 24MM. CANON EOS 5D MARK III

SOAPTREE YUCCA, WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NM AT TWILIGHT.  F/16, 15 SECONDS, ISO 100, EF24-70MM F/2.8L II USM AT 24MM. CANON EOS 5D MARK III

shooting at White Sands in the early morning

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NM.  F/16, 2 SECONDS, ISO 100, EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM at 16 mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark III


Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/

White Sands
http://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

Chile and Bolivia's Atacama Desert

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I recently returned from Chile and Bolivia in the Altiplano (high plain in Spanish) in the Atacama desert. It was rough with the high altitude, above 15,000 feet and going up too quickly in one day but it was amazing. I loved the red and greenish lakes and surreal landscapes. It often reminded me of back home in Death Valley, California with salt flats like Badwater and places that look like the Devil's Golf Course and Artist's Pallet. However, the air was thinner and there were flamingos flying around! Here are a few images. Click on the thumb nail to enlarge. 

Cheers, Jennifer