Iceland II


Processing my images is coming along … slow but sure. Once again I am showing images in random order shot over a ten day period. I’m afraid my first post may have been misleading, giving the impression that Iceland is a sunny place! It was quite the opposite much of the time. It rained in some amount daily, and I was happy that I came prepared with my rain gear and two pairs of rain pants … I wore them every day. I used OpTech Rainsleeves to protect my camera and continued to shoot when it was raining … a little cumbersome but doable. Other times high winds and torrential rain kept us from photographing altogether. We went dirt-roading one rainy day into the mossy highlands but had to turn back when we came across a swift moving wash in the road. The weather was constantly changing and we took our moments when the sun peeked out here and there. Four attempts were made to photograph the Aurora Borealis. A  green glow registered on our sensors but the lights were not very strong and the sky was not totally clear. We used an Aurora app that alerted us when there would be a possibility of seeing it and it was fun trying. In the last image look for the slight green glow behind the moving clouds.

'Iceberg Beach'  © Denise Bush

‘Iceberg Beach’ © Denise Bush

'Beached Jewel'  © Denise Bush

‘Beached Jewel’ © Denise Bush

Icelandic Ruins'  © Denise Bush

Icelandic Ruins’ © Denise Bush

'Twins'  © Denise Bush

‘Twins’ © Denise Bush

'Up On the Hill'  © Denise Bush

‘Up On the Hill’ © Denise Bush

'Ruins By the Sea'  © Denise Bush

‘Ruins By the Sea’ © Denise Bush

'Skogafoss Rainbow'  © Denise Bush

‘Skogafoss Rainbow’ © Denise Bush

'Mossy Cascade'  © Denise Bush

‘Mossy Cascade’ © Denise Bush

'Red Barn With Waterfall' © Denise Bush

‘Red Barn With Waterfall’ © Denise Bush

'The Blue Lagoon'  © Denise Bush

‘The Blue Lagoon’ © Denise Bush

'Night Sky Blur'  © Denise Bush

‘Night Sky Blur’ © Denise Bush

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Iceland I


There is a lot going on right now and processing images from my September 20-30 trip to Iceland has been a bit slow. A little over-whelming, I just didn’t know where to start. Perhaps I needed to let them marinate a little! I couldn’t decide on how I wanted to present them … by day or by themes? Neither felt right so I’ve decided to simply present them as I process them … skipping around from place to place. That was much the way in which seven photographer friends and I experienced Iceland. We never knew what we’d find around the next corner. There were waterfalls everywhere, frequent rainbows, mountains that touch the sea, icebergs, black sand beaches, quaint red roofed buildings and churches, and much more!  Raw and wonderful … I fell in love with Iceland and do wish I could have stayed longer.

'Sheep Grazing at Skogafoss'  © Denise Bush

‘Sheep Grazing at Skogafoss’ © Denise Bush
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'Mountainside Rainbow'  © Denise Bush

‘Mountainside Rainbow’ © Denise Bush

'Low Clouds'  © Denise Bush

‘Low Clouds’ © Denise Bush

'Falling Rocks'  © Denise Bush

‘Falling Rocks’ © Denise Bush
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'Morning By the Sea'  © Denise Bush

‘Morning By the Sea’ © Denise Bush

'Icebergs At Sunrise'  © Denise Bush

‘Icebergs At Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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'Field Of Lava'  © Denise Bush

‘Field Of Lava’ © Denise Bush

'Vik Church'  © Denise Bush

‘Vik Church’ © Denise Bush

'Slopeside Shelter'  © Denise Bush

‘Slopeside Shelter’ © Denise Bush

'Church On the Peninsula'  © Denise Bush

‘Church On the Peninsula’ © Denise Bush

Shortly before last months full moon and sunset, I witnessed some of the most brilliant, golden light I had ever seen. The dark storm clouds added some drama and contrast to the brilliant scene bathed in warm, golden light. It lasted a good while before the sun at my back disappeared behind a low cloud. I ran around getting compositions and chose my favorites to show here (which just happen to feature that same stand of trees that were shown in my moon shots). The light was surreal and wonderful, and I kept thinking ‘now this is the golden hour‘.

The Golden Hour

‘The Golden Hour’ © Denise Bush

'On Golden Bog'  © Denise Bush

‘On Golden Bog’ © Denise Bush

I paid a second visit to Pennhurst State School & Hospital last weekend in an outing I organized to include some photographer friends. It was fun sharing the experience but a little more challenging for me. I had already photographed the scenes that called out loudest to me and now I had to dig a little deeper so as not to repeat what I had done a few months before. I found myself still attracted to several scenes with the left-over wooden chairs and institutional seating. Down in the basement, in a place called ‘Candy Land’ a small group of us practiced light-painting. ‘Candy Land Exit’ and ‘Math Studies’ are the results. I chose several frames to process and then picked my favorites to display here. Like before, I did my best to stay true to the color, light and feeling about the place.

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Sneak Peek
Seating Arrangements
Inside Pennhurst

'Candyland Exit'  © Denise Bush (There are 5 children in the mural. Can you see them all?)

‘Candy Land Exit’ © Denise Bush
(There are 5 children in the mural. Can you see them all?)

'Beside The Outside'  © Denise Bush

‘Beside The Outside’ © Denise Bush

'Institution Remnants'  © Denise Bush

‘Institution Remnants’ © Denise Bush

'Outside These Walls'  © Denise Bush

‘Outside These Walls’ © Denise Bush

'The Social Room'  © Denise Bush

‘The Social Room’ © Denise Bush

'Smiley Faces'  © Denise Bush

‘Smiley Faces’ © Denise Bush

'Pennhurst Portal'  © Denise Bush

‘Pennhurst Portal’ © Denise Bush

'Stairwell To Nowhere'  © Denise Bush

‘Stairwell To Nowhere’ © Denise Bush

'Math Studies'  © Denise Bush

‘Math Studies’ © Denise Bush

'Three-legged Chair'  © Denise Bush

‘Three-legged Chair’ © Denise Bush

Like many other photographers I captured this month’s full moon which occurred on Sunday August 10, 2014. I’d like to share a few things I learned with others interested in this subject.

Knowing that the moon would appear full, both the day before and the day after the full moon I took a look at the exact times. I saw that the moon would rise one hour before sunset on Saturday and took a ride out to my location. I am working on a Burlington County project titled, ‘Preserved Farmland Visions’ which pairs artists from the county with area farms. The project began in April 2014 and I have been assigned to a cranberry farm. There will be a group exhibit of the work one year from the start, in April 2015.

Going out on Saturday I figured I would scout for the following night and find my composition. What interests me most at this location, this time of year are a couple of reservoirs with dead cedar trees. The scenes can be very busy so I narrowed down the possibilities to three trees that stood taller than the rest. As the moon rose it was still light out and I was able to photograph it higher in the sky while retaining detail. The advantage was that the low, filtered sunlight cast soft light on my subjects and I was not working with a ‘high dynamic’ light range … as is the case when it is already dark when it rises. I like this image for it’s softer, more peaceful feeling.

On Sunday, the night of the full moon, I went out and assumed I would be getting a very similar composition … wrong! I underestimated how drastic the position of the rising moon would be with just one night’s difference and had to quickly adjust my composition. I should have checked the exact position with Photographer’s Ephemeris on the second night. The sun had already disappeared from the horizon and it was getting dark. In this situation it was important to capture the moon soon after it rose otherwise it would be so bright it would be impossible to capture any detail in the scene without blowing out the moon. I also needed to act fast before it disappeared behind the low clouds. This image is certainly more dramatic than the first and I am pleased there is some cloud interest.

Which image do you prefer? Let me know by clicking the ‘comment’ link right below this post.

'Moon Before Nightfall'  © Denise Bush (Captured the night before the full moon.)

‘Moon Before Nightfall’ © Denise Bush
(Captured the night before the full moon.)

'Full Moon Rising'  © Denise Bush

‘Full Moon Rising’ © Denise Bush

A recent trip to a local fair proved to be a fun photo op. The real treat came when sunset arrived in a brilliant display against the decorative rides and colorful lights. After nightfall the lit up rides provided a great subject for night photography and abstract motion blurs. A tripod was needed for the long exposures ranging from 2 to 15 seconds.

Sunset At The Fair

‘Sunset At The Fair’ © Denise Bush
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'Sunset Ride'  G Denise Bush

‘Sunset Ride’ © Denise Bush

'Wipeout'  © Denise Bush

‘Wipeout’ © Denise Bush

'The Zipper'  © Denise Bush

‘The Zipper’ © Denise Bush

'A Thousand Lights'  © Denise Bush

‘A Thousand Lights’ © Denise Bush

'Rainbow Ride'  © Denise Bush

‘Rainbow Ride’ © Denise Bush

'Ferris Wheel I'  © Denise Bush

‘Ferris Wheel I’ © Denise Bush

The worn, weathered and abandoned are among my favorite and most blogged about subjects … as many of you know. These subjects have always held a deep fascination for me as I imagine their past. Speaking about a way of life our ancestors knew, they hold a special charm as they gracefully age. And photographing them is a way of recording their existence before they return to mother earth. Below are a selection from random trips made earlier this year.

'Old Time Garage'  © Denise Bush

‘Old Time Garage’ © Denise Bush
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'Coop & Crib'  © Denise Bush

‘Coop & Crib’ © Denise Bush

'Ice Box & Washer'  © Denise Bush

‘Ice Box & Washer’ © Denise Bush

'Abandoned Still-life'  © Denise Bush

‘Abandoned Still-life’ © Denise Bush

'Attic Residents'  © Denise Bush

‘Attic Residents’ © Denise Bush

'Cold Springs Classic'  © Denise Bush

‘Cold Springs Classic’ © Denise Bush

'Barn Along The Way'  © Denise Bush

‘Barn Along The Way’ © Denise Bush

'Grand Remains'  © Denise Bush

‘Grand Remains’ © Denise Bush

'Hillbilly Shack'  © Denise Bush

‘Hillbilly Shack’ © Denise Bush

'Workbench'  © Denise Bush

‘Workbench’ © Denise Bush


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