Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Rialto Beach Log, Fog, and Sea Stacks

Late summer fog blankets Rialto Beach.

RialtoBeachLogSeaStack_SingleFrame_BWRialto Beach Sea Stacks and Log, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)



Fog over Rialto Beach

In September, I took a trip out to Olympic National Park and spent a day near Mora and Rialto Beach. Late summer rains blew in and cleared out the smoke from forest fires, leaving low-hanging fog over sea stacks along the coast.


Rialto Beach Sea Stacks and Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (16″x16″)

Monsoon Clouds 2017, NM

Last July, I had the pleasure of seeing this spectacular thunderstorm roll over the Sandia Mountains  while I was back in New Mexico for a conference. I pulled off NM SR556 to shoot a few single frame photographs and panoramas of the passing rainstorm as it dumped precipitation on Placitas.

MonsoonClouds_Sandias_2017_Panorama1_ColorMonsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, Pano #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x65″)



Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, SF #1, B&W), outside Albuquerque, NM (12″x18″)




Ring Road Stream and Cliffs, Iceland

Roadside stream cascades over rocks in southern Iceland along the Ring Road.

Cliff_Farm_Stream_SIceland_PanoColor1Cliff, Farm, and Stream (Color #1), southern Iceland (16″x53″)


Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

With the blowing spray and crowds of people, taking a photograph that I was satisfied with at Seljalandsfoss was a bit daunting. I found a few brief moments when the wind shifted direction and I was able to take a bulb exposure of the falls from behind.

Seljalandsfoss_Falls_Iceland_SingleFrameSeljalandsfoss (Bulb #1), southern Iceland (12″x18″)

Seljalandsfoss_Falls_Iceland_VertSingleFrame_ShortExpSeljalandsfoss (Short Exposure #1), southern Iceland (18″x12″)


Svartifoss, Iceland

The cascading waters of Svartifoss slowly eat away at the rock, leaving jumbled piles of basalt in the ravine below. Columnar jointing in basalt flows + waterfall = perfect photography opportunity for a Geoscientist (and thousands of other photographers).

Svartifoss_Panorama_BW_IcelandSvartifoss and Columnar Basalt, Vatnajökull National Park,Iceland (16″x36″)


Dettifoss, Iceland

At 44m tall and 100m wide, Dettifoss is a spectacularly large curtain of water pouring over a shelf of rock in northern Iceland. Sediment turns the waters (from the melting Vatnajökull glacier) of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river a strange grey. Mist billowing up from the canyon makes bulb panorama exposures near the falls difficult to shoot (the camera gets wet quickly, and the lens gets covered in water spots). To give a sense of the size of the Dettifoss, I also included a single-frame bulb photograph of the opposite bank (note the person in the red rain jacket standing on the rocks above the falls)

Dettifoss_Bulb_4_IcelandDettifoss and Jökulsá á Fjöllum (Bulb #4), northern Iceland (16″x66″)

Dettifoss_SingleFrame_Bulb2_1x1Dettifoss (Single Frame, Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x16″)


Selfoss, Iceland

Selfoss pours over and through jumbled basalt columns a few hundred meters upstream from Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Selfoss and Dettifoss are both formed by the Jokulsa a Fhollum river in northern Iceland as it flows from the glacier Vatnajokull’s to the Arctic sea to the north.


Selfoss, northern Iceland (12″x18″)


Goðafoss, Iceland

Rivers and streams flowing down to the ocean create a tremendous number of waterfalls in Iceland. On my trip around the ring road, I stopped to photograph one famous set of waterfalls – Goðafoss – where a river pours over a shelf of rock creating five falls of various sizes. Driving rain kept me in the car for a few minutes, but the cloud passed and I was able to photograph the falls from a few angles without getting my camera too wet. I first took a few photographs after rock hopping to the cliff at the top of the falls (first photo below- no ND filter). I then walked down stream and set my tripod up so I could take a bulb exposure looking back up at the falls (second panorama- with ND filter). Note the dark rain cloud that is looming in the upper right corner of most of my photographs on this day.

LookingDownOnGodafossIcelandLooking down on Goðafoss, northern Iceland (16″x54″)


Godafoss_Bulb_Number2_IcelandGoðafoss (Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x54″)



Rain Clouds from Pass, Iceland

We crossed from fjord to hilltop to fjord as we drove from the Westfjords towards Akureyri. The wind was so strong that I had to stand at an angle when photographing the fog hanging low over a mountain. We stopped on top of a pass near Varmahlíð to photograph the clouds as they broke like ocean waves against the mountains on the other side of the next fjord.

RainCloudsBreakingOverFjord_IcelandRain Clouds Breaking over Fjord, near Varmahlíð, Iceland (13″x”50″)