The Land That Time Forgot
Sunrise over a lava field on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.
The Black Waterfall
A monochrome long exposure of Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park, southern Iceland.
The night sky above a mountain in Snæfellsnes, Iceland
The Waterfall of Light
Yes, I know it's a bit of an arty title, but then again, it's a bit of an arty shot! This is actually a rarely taken scene from a hugely popular location - Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Indonesia, containing Mount Bromo, a currently active volcano. Sometimes, where there is a violent volcanic eruption, the ground left can collapse, leaving a massive crater knows as a caldera. In this particular one, the Tengger Caldera, it also left five smaller volcanoes in the middle of it; Mount Bromo being the most popular of these. The land inside the caldera is mostly barren landscape, known as The Sea of Sand, the edges of which can rise up to 600 metres. It was on one of these high edges that I saw this wonderful scene. Everyone was busy snapping away at the sunrise hitting Mount Bromo (and the other volcanoes) in the middle, whereas I had turned my back to see what was happening behind us. The low, rising sun was streaming across this tree-filled plain on the lush ground surrounding the caldera. That, coupled with the low-lying clouds in the basin meant that the beams of light from between the trees became very prominent. At the time when I took this shot, I knew I'd like it, but I wasn't too sure how to process it. I tried black and white first and bingo, that was the one. This is pretty much straight out of camera with just some monochroming, slight denoising, slight selective sharpening and some contrast work. I think this shot is a love it or hate it shot, but I hope you love it as I do!
The Cliff of a Thousand Birds
Sunset by a cliff of nesting birds in Iceland.
The Giant's Red Rock
Long exposure of an inlet at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
The Colours of Penang
Sunset behind an island at Batu Ferringhi in Penang, Malaysia
Storm on the Causeway Coast
When I was at home in Belfast over christmas, I wanted to get up to the Giant's Causeway for some sunrise photo opportunities. Sadly the weather was awful for most of the time. On my final chance, I thought I'd risk it. It was freezing, but stayed reasonably dry. Until I actually started taking pictures. The wind really picked up and the rain was hitting me from all directions. I had to rest a lot of my weight on the tripod to stop it getting blown over. The benefit was some great waves crashing over the famous hexagonal rocks of the causeway. Technical info This is actually about 6 photos in one. Although the waves were all in the space of about 20 seconds, they didn't quite all get captured in the one frame. I added them back in, plus a long exposure with my 10-stop neutral density filter for the rocks in the middle of the outcrop. Finally I upped the contrast and made it monochrome for a more dramatic feel.
Blue Ridge Mountains
Karst limestone peaks at a very blue 'blue hour' in Yanghuo, Guilin, China
Guardian of the Night
A wooden totem pole underneath the Milky Way by Lake Galvė in Trakai, Lithuania.
Bright Aurora Borealis over some ice on the edge of the Jökulsárlón lagoon.