Scenes from N’Iceland by Scientific Fantastic

Friend and cinematographer Joe Capra from Scientific Fantastic recently posted another excellent video from Iceland that includes footage from all over the Island – including the incredible highland interior under some pretty spectacular light. Watching footage of my favourite country in the world for photography always makes my shutter finger itchy and I am very much looking forward to heading back to Iceland in a little over a month for my Ultimate Summer Iceland Workshops. My Winter Aurora Workshop next year is now close to sold out and I will shortly be announcing a new Summer Highland workshop for 2015 – stay tuned.

How to Remove Lens Flare from your Photographs

I received an email today from one of the participants on my winter Iceland workshop this year asking me if I new a good way to remove a really nasty lens flare from a photograph. It has been a while since I worked on an image with lens flare, but the email got me thinking about a frequency separation technique that is often used for retouching skin and can work equally well for removing really nasty lens flares. Its a relatively simple technique that takes just a few steps to achieve in Photoshop but that can really save a file that might otherwise be destined for the trash. The key to this technique is the separation of colour and texture into different layers. This is a really important step as it enables us to work on just the colour component of the photograph without affecting the texture (lens flares are just colour aberrations and contain no texture). This makes this technique especially useful for photographs that have textured areas overlaid by lens flare and the image I received today was a perfect example. To make things easy I have recorded a short video that shows how this process works and what the steps are in Photoshop Creative Cloud to use this technique. Just click on the image below to watch the video.I realised after I had uploaded the video that I neglect to mention that you must ensure that you have sample set to: Current and Below when using the Clone Tool.  If you only have ‘current’ set you will not get the desired effect. So there you you have it, a simple technique that might just save a photograph you might have otherwise discarded.

Antarctica’s Ice Losses Double According to Esa’s Cryosat Mission

In a very concerning report just published by the BBC, Esa’s Cryosat mission reports that Antarctica recent ice losses have doubled. Antarctica is now losing about 160 billion tonnes (the’s billion with B) of ice a year to the ocean – twice as much as when the continent was last surveyed. This is an incredible increase and should be a huge wake up call to governments around the world.  The full report is well worth the five minutes it will take you to read.

“The new assessment comes from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft, which has a radar instrument specifically designed to measure the shape of the ice sheet. The melt loss from the White Continent is sufficient to push up global sea levels by around 0.43mm per year. Scientists report the data in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The new study incorporates three years of measurements from 2010 to 2013, and updates a synthesis of observations made by other satellites over the period 2005 to 2010. Cryosat has been using its altimeter to trace changes in the height of the ice sheet – as it gains mass through snowfall, and loses mass through melting.”

Australian Photography + Digital Magazine Features: My Favourite Photo Location

Australian Photography + Digital magazine has been running a series of articles over the last two issues on photographers favourite shooting locations around the globe. Every photographer has at least one favourite photo location  – a place that never fails to inspire them. The current May 2014 issue features two of my favourite locations as the lead in to the article – Iceland and Antarctica ‘Poles Apart’. Just click on the image to download a high resolution copy.