Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

I think just about every landscape and nature photographer worth his or her salt is wishing they were in Iceland at the moment – me included. The recent eruption has and is providing some wonderful photographic opportunities. Each day amazing new photographs are being posted to the internet by local and visiting photographers. Christopher Lund has posted some of his recent photographs on his website that are well worth a look at this amazing natural phenomenon. There are also numerous workshops that have sprung up overnight inviting photographers to travel to Iceland to photograph the eruption including one by Seth Resnick which sounds great. Were it not for work commitments and the fact that I am already headed to Iceland in July for three weeks I would be very tempted to jump on the next plane and join in the experience. I have no idea how long this eruption is expected to continue – I am sure it is wishful thinking to hope that it is still erupting in another three months. Fingers crossed!

Alpine Valley

The road and drive up to Mount Buffalo in the Victorian Alps is one of my favourites in Victoria. The road snakes around the mountain and at various points provides excellent views to both the East and West for Sunrise and Sunset photography. There are lots of opportunities for landscape photography at Mount Buffalo, but some of the best in my experience are actually on the drive up the mountain. This photograph was taken just before sunrise looking into the Buckland Valley filled with fog. When I left my hotel in the pre-dawn dark and started the drive up the mountain I was unsure if there was going to be any opportunity for photography as visibility was so poor. After climbing half way up the mountain I emerged above the fog and cloud just as the sun was about to rise and was able to take this photograph literally from the side of the road. The swirling cloud and fog in the gum trees in the lower left hand corner of the frame provides the depth and dimensionality that make this photograph enjoyable for me. The orange and yellow glow of dawn adds a wonderful warmth and contrast to the cold blue of the fog. A higher resolution copy of this photograph is also in my Australian Portfolio on my website at www.jholko.com

Are You Ready? Get Set…. F1!

This is definitely not the normal type and style of photography that I do – But I had a great opportunity this weekend to attend the 2010 Australian Formula One Grand Prix with a corporate ticket and excellent Pit access. It was to much to resist;  and simply had to so some photography. These are just a few of my favourites from the days shoot.

All up I shot over 1200 frames for the day; a fairly small number considering the FIA photographer I was shooting with cranked off that many in a single practice session. This was a very enjoyable days photography amidst the corporate hospitality and electric atmosphere that is Formula 1 .

Locked and Loaded
Ready to Pounce

F1 into the Pits

Lightroom 3.0 BETA Version 2

Adobe has now released the 2nd public beta for Lightroom 3.0. Has it addressed all its users wants and desires? Well.. maybe.. But regrettably there is still no sign of soft proofing – Adobe are you listening? I want soft proofing! I can only hope that Adobe is holding this ‘pot committed’ ace up its sleeve for the final full 3.0 release later this year. Soft proofing aside, there are some very nice enhancements to the new Beta and Ian Lyons has kindly put together a full feature review that is well worth the read for Lightroom users.

Extreme Ice

This post is going to be just a little bit left of centre to the sort of thing I have previously blogged about. In a nutshell, if you have an interest in landscape/wilderness photography and  are even mildly interested or concerned about global warming then I urgently encourage you to watch the PBS  documentary ‘Extreme Ice’.

The Extreme Ice documentary is both photographic in nature as well as politically topical. A small caveat – I don’t intend for this blog to become an outlet for political global warming issues. There are more than enough websites dedicated to this topic for anyone interested.

Extreme ice has been featured on the National Geographic HD channel in Australia in late 2009 and  has seen subsequent repeats early this year (as recently as a couple of days ago I believe). The documentary includes a team up with acclaimed photographer James Balog and scientists to document the runaway melting of arctic glaciers. As director of the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog considers himself a modern hunter-gatherer, collecting vital information to feed a public hungry for real evidence of climate change. His work in this field has put him in some amazing locations and his photographs speak volumes about the state of the world’s glaciers.

You can buy the DVD or the book or even just watch the trailer online at the PBS Extreme Ice Website. Highly recommended viewing.