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Icelandic Rock

Hello everyone,

so here it is. The 2nd image from my trip Iceland in May.

This was one wild place. Took me a while to find it, and the access had me scrambling down a 500 foot cliff to a black lava beach. While at this location I did not meet or even see any other humans, so I paid very close attention not to slip and fall while descending down the cliffs. Who knows if and when I would have been discovered -:)

Image photographed with a Cambo Wide DS fitted with Phase One P45+ Digital Back and 35mm Lens. 121 Seconds at f8. ISO 50. 2 horizontal captures stitched. Final image is 70 Megapixel resolution and should make a great big print.

While shooting, I setup with iPhone 4s to record a small, but fun, behind-the-scenes timelapse movie.

Have a look here:

This large lava rock formation sits in the ocean about 100 feet from shore. I had never seen anything quite like it before. I was there about 2 hours ahead of sunset, with the sun descending down right behind me.

Because this 'rock' has such strong visual presence, I wanted to include large amounts of negative space in my composition. My 35mm lens gave me the equivalent view of approximately 21mm on full frame 35mm digital, but I wanted to include even more negative space. That's why I decided to make 2 captures and merge them together as a Panorama that now showed a perspective similar to about a 12mm lens on 35mm full frame digital.  

I received my new Cambo Wide DS camera just days before this trip, and was eager to test it out. It turned out to be the perfect photographic tool, allowing me not only to shoot wide-angle, but do so while being able to apply generous amounts of shift to control my perspective. Even more impressive, this camera allowed me to stitch 2 images without having to move the camera itself. It's all accomplished through rear shifts, which makes it a dream to stitch (as the movements are within the lens's image circle).

In Photoshop, I decided to 'play' with color. I loaded this image into 'Exposure 4' plugin by Alien Skin Software. If you're not familiar with this plugin, give it a try. It did a great job on this image.

It's not easy to convince me not to shoot in black and white -:)

Note: Please let me know if you'd like to see a 'From RAW to Final' Video for this image.

Just leave a comment below and if there's enough interest I will put a video together. This would include starting with the original RAW files, merging them to Panorama, Photoshop adjustments and color treatment in Alien Skin's Exposure 4 Plugin. 

Thanks for taking a look. More tk...

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Reader Comments (13)

Wow great post Marc. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this dream trip of yours so much. Great photos, and the timelapse video is so fun. Glad you didn't fall... Look forward to seeing what other photos you took on your trip.

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Dykstra

This is absolute fantastic Marc, thanks for sharing this!! And a yes for the "Raw to Final" :)

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie Loges

You did a great job here, the picture is stunning! I would be grateful for the post production video. Thanks for sharing!

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan

As I already said on G+, great work, and would definitely be interested to see the "RAW to final".

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArmand Dijcks

Amazing picture!! Absolutely love it and absolutely YES to the "Raw to final" video!! Thanks!!

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErik Ahrend

Upon watching the time-lapse I thought that maybe the picture would have been cool with a low angle shot including the shadow of the rock on the sand right in front of the lens on the shore... Just a thought. Love the image nonetheless... Thanks for posting.

June 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErik Ahrend

Great image. I'm glad I stumbled upon this website. Been looking to learn about long exposures for quite some time now. And yes, as an amateur, I would love it if you posted a workflow video. Thanks!!

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFehd Siddique

Excellent work as always, Marc. I love the addition of a "mini-documentary" to go with the final image. It provides good insight. And as the consensus seems to be, all additional behind the scenes work you do, particularly with work flow, would be well received. Thank-you.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNis Schmidt

I really like your blog. Big YES to "Raw to Final" video.

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaj

Very Nice Post! Thanks

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermehrdad

Awesome photo!! I love how the clouds of all your photos are so dramatic making the photo that much more fun. Thanks for posting. and YES to raw to finish video please if you have time.. Looking forward to seeing many other awesome photos from this trip!

June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVince

Great work. Yes to Raw to Final and more Iceland photos.
here is the rock in a little TimeLapse movie and more Iceland landscape.


June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBjorn Ludviksson

Would LOVE to see the RAW to final on this one. Beautiful shot, Sir.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

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