Dear Friend, I’m in awe of Ansel Adams’s work. He didn’t have digital cameras or computers to create his masterful photographs, instead, hard work and an indomitable will propelled him to create some of the most iconic landscape photographs in America.

His famous pictures took months to capture, and required him to scale mountain peaks in search of the perfect composition.

Thankfully, I was able to drive a car right up to Jökulsárlón Lagoon to take this picture, then used a very slick set of editing tools on my computer to try to emulate what Ansel Adams did in a darkroom.

It’s hard to take a bad photograph in Iceland!

#13 – Channeling Ansel Adams


Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.


BONUS!


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)

Rune

Rune Name

Bjarkan

(Bee-ar-kan)

Old Icelandic

Bjarkan er laufgat lim
ok lítit tré
ok ungsamligr viðr.
abies buðlungr.

English

Birch = leafy twig
and little tree
and fresh young shrub.


Behind the Scenes

This was a pretty dramatic set of adjustments in Adobe Lightroom CC. Mainly I converted it to B&W, then added heavy gradient filters to the top and bottom. I’m no Ansel Adams but I was very pleased with the results. The picture was shot with a Canon SX540HS, ISO 80, 4.3mm Focal Length, using the built in 4.3mm – 215mm lens.

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