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Three Amigos
© Perri K Schelat

My first and most memorable trip to the desert two years ago. The first time I slept on the ground in a tent and in a sleeping bag... yes its true.. With my two fun friends.

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I don't remember how many times we ran up there to be in the photograph, but it was a lot. If you're going to go on trip with friends making the most of it and having a ton of fun is a requirement. I don't think we slept much, but who cares we'll get plenty of sleep when we are all dead.

Now get out there and have fun people. Life is short. with Zachary Bright and Bryan Szucs

White Pocket.

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Starman
© Perri K Schelat

Fun under the stars at Two Jack Lake in Alberta.

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High Anxiety
© Perri K Schelat

This is a night shot I captured while up on the coast of Maine at Pemaquid Lighthouse. It was a shot I had wanted to make for a few years, but aligning my schedule with clear skies on the coast isn't that easy.

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This shoot was complicated and fraught with issues, but I think I was able to produce an end result I'm proud of.

When I originally set up to shoot, I was going to do a panorama. After I shot the first sequence of exposures just after sunset for the land, I saw this piece of granite that looked like some kind of granite missile. I knew I would change my mind and do a vertical instead of a pano. Or maybe I'd try and do both, because I am an overachiever like that. Lol. I had a backup tripod and a backup camera so why not?

I set up the vertical you see here with my backup camera and backup tripod and took a couple exposures for a foreground focus stack with extended depth of field. The camera malfunctioned and gave me error messages. After I spent some time trying to figure out what the problem was, I decided I would need the camera that was set up to do the pano, I grabbed it for my vertical.

By the time I was ready to make some shots for my focus stack, I had lost plenty of light. It was well into twilight and light was dim. I needed extended depth of field for my foreground that was inches away. The best aperture with the most extended depth of field I could get in the fading light was F8. Keeping my iso low at 400, there would be a longer exposure, but less noise that comes with using a much higher iso. I shot the focus stack with just minutes to spare before the light would no longer allow me to achieve what I wanted for my foreground.

After I had the foreground and mid-ground focus stack, I focused with a flashlight for infinity and waited for the stars and shot my exposure for stars. At that point I had the freedom to open my aperture and use a higher iso, since needing extended depth of field was no longer a priority shooting at infinity. I started at F4 at iso 1000 and ended at F2.8 at iso 1600, which got me a 30 second exposure that didn't have a ton of noise with a tiny amount of movement in the stars.

All these exposures would be blended in photoshop. I like to keep my night shots clean, I shoot with the lowest ISO I can get away with and still try to expose on the bright side of the histogram.

I could have just positioned myself 10ft or farther away from anything in the foreground and used infinity for the entire scene. That would have alleviated the need for a focus stack and extended depth of field. But no, I complicate things with a foreground right on top of my lens. Oh well, at the very least, it was super exciting

The light you see on the red part of the lighthouse, was created by a rising moon as well as from the rotating light from the lighthouse.

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Enduring Light
© Perri K Schelat

Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night...
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light! - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

From my trip to the coast of Maine to capture my favorite lighthouses under the stars. This shot is a panorama made at sunset. The stars shots will follow. I didn't get stars at every night shot because of partly clouding skies, but I was successful getting one great one from this location on a completely clear night.

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Landmannalaugar
© Perri K Schelat

Hi just back from a week exploring Death Valley for the first time.

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Landmannalaugar is located in the highlands of Iceland. I reached this location after a hike from the camp ground to a higher ridge. I was really lucky to be able to camp and hike in this area, the road gaining access to this area had been closed by poor weather prior to my trip. The early season melting snow created really cool zebra patterns.

I don't think I ever expected to sleep as soundly as I did in my tent that evening. I worried that I'd never sleep well in the tent, but at the end of a long, long day with lots of activity, sleeping is not going to be a problem.

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Would you like Ice with that?
© Perri K Schelat

Yes I am drip feeding you with my ice shots from Iceland. I seem to have more of them than anything else, from one particular morning where it wasn't raining and a light wash of pastel color developed across the sky. That is one characteristic I really love about Iceland, when there is pretty light it lasts a long time.

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I used a 5 stop solid ND filter which also saturates colors a bit. You know me by now to know that if I could have conjured up a third iceberg to look similar two the other two, I would have. I enjoy the impact the shutter speeds created as the water approached my tripod legs.

I'm not exactly sure what the black is on some of the bergs on the beach, but with these two, I noticed the black sand reflecting through the ice.

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Icelandic Lava Fields
© Perri K Schelat

The single solitary beautiful and colorful sunrise during our Icelandic tour, over the lava fields on the way to Vik.

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Shades of Svínafellsjökull
© Perri K Schelat

Sorry guys, I realized that I had not sharpened this shot for web, so I'm reposting. Doh!! Nobody wants a mushy glacier

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When I approach a scene, I pay attention to what my gut says and my immediate reaction to the scene. Even if I have a pre visualized idea of what I want, that I might likely deviate from.

What struck me about this intimate ice scene was the play on light. I loved the blazing warm light from the sun directly behind the ice. I thought it would be fun to include the warm light reflecting on the background, which gave the scene an ombre blue appearance to the ice. The warm hazy light washed over the background and the tips of the ice moving forward, until it couldn't reach any further. I love the contrast of warm and cool hues together.

Svínafellsjökull Glacier
Icleand

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Fanciful Flight
© Perri K Schelat

"The sky turns suddenly pale,
while passing through the mysterious veil....
But what a magical, wonderful sight,
to see the fairies in flight." -excerpt from Fairyland by Alesia Leach

A tribute to many of the wonderful Sagas of Icelanders

Skógafoss
Iceland

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Perri K Schelat Photography is with Iurie Belegurschi and Johnathan Ampersand Esper.

Where Hobbits Roam
© Perri K Schelat

Why do we think it will be such a fantastic idea to crawl behind a waterfall to photograph it?

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Because its awesome.. doh!!! And its wet as.... and slippery and impossibly frustrating keeping the lens dry and the dynamic range is no picnic. Lol. If you can manage to handle all those challenges the images are kinda cool.

This is a lesser known waterfall in Iceland, which is reason enough to love it. It is also a 2 frame pano and an exposure blend.

Placing the waterfall off center in a power point using the rule of thirds, was intentional. I wanted to give the waterfall a wider sense of place and the left side of the cave was more interesting than the right.

Suourland, Iceland

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Unintended
© Perri K Schelat

Nothing I shot in Iceland was predetermined. I thought I'd go and have unlimited opportunities to carryout all my pre-visualized ideas. I had to let all those preconceived ideas go and fly by the seat of my pants.

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This image was a real "stretch" to my pre-visualizations of what I thought I'd shoot. It was clear that I was not going to get typical conditions for this location. I knew that I'd rather poke my eyes out than take a shot from the dunes, which I'd seen 1,001 times before. They were full of so many footprints anyway. I set out to find something, anything and hoped there would be some break in the light.

I decided to go down towards the shore with my friend Jonathan. I liked how the water was rushing around a rock in the mid-ground and decided that I could make an image there.

I shot a number of water sequences until I got the right amount of action and foam to make streaks. I constantly changed the shutter speed to get the foam detail exactly the way I wanted. Once I did that, I waited for the light to change. I waited in the water for about 45 minutes as the tide came in, filled my boots and went back out over and over. I prayed the tripod would not shift with the next wave.

There was about 5 minutes where the late afternoon light turned warm and reflected on the shore while the clouds and fog slightly parted revealing some of the mountain peaks. I photographed for the sky and background at that time. I blended the foreground and background exposures in photoshop.

It was really hard work, not going to lie and I'm not even sure it was worth it, but it was a great exercise in thinking on the fly when it was clear the original plan was not possible.

P.S. The boots stayed in Iceland... Getting filled with salt water for an hour, staying wet and never drying out... stinky!!! Poor hotel housekeeping. I left them a big tip and an apology.

Vestrahorn
Iceland

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Into the Mist
© Perri K Schelat

A rare moment of color during sunset on my trip to Iceland taken 20 minutes after sunset when the color can be at its richest.

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These lagoons are tricky to shoot and usually we learn by error. The long exposures created at dawn and dusk are problematic for all the little icebergs floating around. They are all moving even if they don't look like it.

In this shot, I exposed for the moving ice and I exposed for the sky. I wanted to shoot the ice at a faster shutter speed so some would be sharp. I blended them with the sky taken at a longer shutter speed.

I think its a matter of personal preference how you want to illustrate these lagoons. I think capturing with moving bergs is fine too.

The moisture and humidity in Iceland was impressive. All my gear was full of condensation. I found that hand warmers thrown in my bag kept things dryer.

Jökulsárlón
Iceland

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Have a look at my 500px gallery. I think its a nice collection of my images.

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Hi I'm Perri. I specialize in fine art photography, specifically landscape and nature. My passion for nature and adventure led me to pursue life as a photographer since 2008. I roam, wander and play outdoors pointing my camera at a lot of really pretty things.
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Feeling Blue
© Perri K Schelat

It's no secret that my spontaneous winter trip to Iceland, turned out to be less than stellar conditions.

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For me, that translated into opportunities to use my imagination and creativity to make photographs that may not have fit my initial photographic pre-visualizations for my trip.

I definitely had to think more conceptually and forget about many of the images I'd admired with better light and weather.

I was very drawn to the deep black sand against the bluer pieces of ice and the tide's white-wash and decided to present them as three individual subjects that complimented each other, in the same image.

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A little rockies goodness. Hey head over to my Facebook Photo page Perri K Schelat Photography and see whats been doing.

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Mount Chephren Glow
© Perri K Schelat

Through my recent years of growing as a landscape photographer, I have realized there are a few conditions that I won't sc...rimp on. Atmospheric conditions, shooting in peak seasons, pretty light, composition and more recently, something cool that might make my image stand apart.

This image embodies many of those conditions. I went to Banff in early Winter for snow on Chephren and open water, though I didn't get calm water with a reflection. I waited for pretty light and think I captured the "cool" in the rippled, turbulant water that caught light on its ripples. The rocks looked like gold that glittered.

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Resplendent
© Perri K Schelat

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach..
-"Elizabeth Barrett Browning"

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Puffy and White
© Perri K Schelat

The title does not reflect my appearance on this early morning after a night of feeling ill, but the unbelievable unavailing of puffy white clouds when the fog lifted. You can still see the famous coastal marine layer in the background. I have not often seen clouds like these on Bandon, but when it happens it's a thrill.

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I have to confess. I was irritated about the fog and the pewny sunrise because of it. I had actually decided to pack it in and was walking away towards the parking lot, I heard Tom yelling at me. I couldn't make out what he was saying. He texted me and told me to turn around. When I turned, this was happening down the beach. It was perfect timing with the low tide, because there were all kinds of reflecting tide pools in the sand.

Brandon State Park, Oregon, USA

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