As sad as I was to leave my new friends from my Focus on Nature experience, knowing that I will be returning next year made it a little bit easier. Our class spent 5 days in the field making an incredibly diverse collection of images. We made time stand still, and gave it motion, we looked at light, composition, and color, experimented with different cameras, lenses, software, and we played with light, shadow, reflection and texture. Most of all, we worked together and shared openly, enabling us to see things that we would never have seen on our own. It was truly a unique experience, and one that I will never forget. I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone that participated – and can’t wait to see the images that you composite as well.
Save the date! – if you’re interested in joining us next year, I’ll be returning to teach with Focus on Nature August 21-27, 2011.
Small flora found along the road.
Most farmers don't fence in their sheep giving them free range of the land. Yes, this means that they might be crossing the road at any time.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to walk on a glacier - one of the more unnerving experiences that I've had. There is nothing like hearing the sound of the ice crack beneath your feet while knowing that if you fall in the water you have less than 2 minutes to get out.
The boat ride into the glacial lagoon was one of the highlights of the week. I was trying not think out the temperature of the water even though they have zodiac boats zipping around at all times - just in case you fall overboard. Iceland doesn't have a lot of "danger" and "warning" signs. They leave it up to you. Most if the time, common sense will keep you alive.
So put away your hesitations, and loose yourself in Iceland - the landscape is surreal.
We photographed from the moving vehicle as well. Panning with the landscape hoping to capture a feeling that we couldn't see.
There was a constant click, click, click as we drove along from one location to another. Sometimes a reluctant admission of disappointment, but more often, a delighted laugh and exclamation - "nailed it!".
From here forward, we will all look at the world differently. It may be the side of a building, the natural landscape or a reflection in a window that catches our eye. It's our challenge to capture how it makes us feel, and share that with the world. Thank you everyone who made this trip so wonderful!