Iceland

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Mydlistnaropnun hjá Ými Grönvold-15.jpg

F 4.5 | 1/125 | ISO 400

This photo is one that comes from having your camera on your neck the entire day. I was at a gallery opening and was shooting mainly my friends and the people there when this subject was admiring a painting below and out of the frame to the right. What makes me so happy about this shot is the yellow face on the wall mirroring the subjects gaze. A serendipitous moment if there ever was one.

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F 1.7 | 1/640 | ISO 800

Vesturbær

Walking home from Melabuðin in the last light of yesterday, I turned back to check on my daughter who always finds something more interesting than walking at a reasonable pace than keeping astride with me, only to notice that the sun was gone and the light was just hitting that sweet spot where the ice gleans and the silhouettes make great subjects.

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Esja Graduated Filter-1.jpg

F 8 | 1/250 | ISO 400

Esja with graduated filter

This is a departure for me. Normally I apply almost zero work in post to my photographs in order to maintain the integrity of the photograph itself. Well, with this photograph it is impossible to reconcile the sun on the mountain with the dark shade of the sea so a graduated filter is needed to keep the exposure balanced. I absolutely love the outcome here and find this style incredibly relaxing. i take inspiration here form Andreas Gursky’s “Rhein II” of which he stated, “Paradoxically, this view of the Rhine cannot be obtained in situ, a fictitious construction was required to provide an accurate image of a modern river." In the end, editing is your friend.

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Xmas-4.jpg

F 2 | 1/125 | ISO 400

The whole, “magic hour is the entire day” is a special part of winter in Iceland that makes it slightly more bearable. This photo was taken an 30 minutes after the sunset on Winter Solstice and as you can see, the dynamic range is otherworldly. The shallow arc of the sun’s path through the sky allows for it to sit in the haze longer, and create this pinkish-purple hue. All I have to do as a photographer is find the right moment to capture it. I’m also lucky to have a fantastic model with me a lot of the time.

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F 1.7 | 1/60 | ISO 400

Orange is never a color that photographs well, and yet, the Leica Q tackled it with ease. I saw these two at the opening of a new food hall here in Reykjavik a while back and couldn’t resist the surreptitiousness nature of their orange coats and bald heads making it look like a glitch in the matrix.

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January Sunset II-5.jpg

F 14 | 1/125 | ISO 400

Esja

This photograph is a favorite of mine and most of the people I show my work; especially those who know the magic of Esja. The mountain stares at you from across the bay here in Reykjavík and the thing about Esja, is that because it undulates along the coast, you never see it the same way twice. When I bought my camera with a fixed 28mm lens I knew I would have to learn how to get the most of the lens as it is a relatively short lens compared to how I had been accustomed to shooting over the last few years. For this photograph I wanted to create a gradient with the clear sky and still stretch the dynamic range of the sensor with the sunset. To do that, I set Esja at the bottom of the frame as much as I possibly could, but still left some of the sea in between. The detail at that distance with a 28mm lens is a testament to the camera. I didn’t do any color correction to the photo, but I did add a medium contrast curve preset. For the most part, this comes straight out of the camera.

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F 1.7 | 1/30 | ISO 1600

Unfiled Records

This is a photo of two friends of mine, Allenheimer (L) and Good Moon Deer (R). They are the label heads of Unfiled Records and produce some spectacular records. This was the first shot I took this evening and hadn’t settled into the camera yet. Somehow, the slow shutter produced a super crisp photograph. The Q is pretty amazing in low-light, but I was shocked at how sharp this one was. Usually I find that the grain at 1600 is really nice, without having too much problems in the editing phase. This photo is almost entirely untouched aside from a slight adjustment to the contrast curve. Nothing done to the blacks, which shows how nice the sensor is at that ISO.

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F 8 | 1/1000 | ISO 400

Honn Homage

This is a stylistic departure from what I try to shoot. A copy of a friend’s work, trying to figure out how he does it so well — connecting light and shadows without much of a subject, making the shadows the subject themselves. It’s not something I think about much when I am out and walking around, but it is something I have learned matters a great deal from him. It’s fantastic to walk around and pretend you are shooting through someone else’s lens.

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RAX day-3.jpg

F 4.5 | 1/60 | ISO 400

🚶‍♂️

Reykjavík presents so many opportunity for moments like this one. Alleys painted bright colors are on every block and all it takes is walking with a friend to find a good photo op. I blew out the background a bit in hopes of getting the subject to be perfectly exposed, but it ended up being slightly under and that still works for me. The yellow came through really well, which is a testament to how amazing the sensor on the Leica Q is. Yellow is not a color that does well in the digital world as any printer will tell you.

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F 1.7 | 1/2000 | ISO 400

Free Art

This is a photo called ‘Free Art’ in reference to the fact that my wife and I decided to keep the walls of our bedroom naked. The light in Iceland can create some beautiful lightscapes in the fall and this one kept appearing on our wall. Love the texture of it. I might have to put up a blank canvas next year and trace this shadow.

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F 1.7 | 1/80 | ISO 1600

Techno Wizard

Mood is something that I am always looking for when I take portraits. This was taken around 5:30 in the morning heading home from a friend’s home and there is something really special about the quiet of that time of day. The only light comes from street lamps, so the unnatural feel is really quite nice.

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Summer Fössari-1.jpg

F 3.2 | 1/100 | ISO 400

Framtiðin

The smiles of the future generation are enough to solve the problems of any man's life. Maudlin or not, that's the reality of my life. I am never as happy as I am when my wife and daughter are hanging out with me and getting into new adventures together. The truest form of happiness is enjoying someone's company. The real antonym of lonliness is happiness. 

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F 5 | 1/800 | ISO 400

The Conformist

Flashy car in front of a flashy house in Iceland. I find it hard not to want to burn it all down knowing that so much of the world would be in a better place if people didn't spend [their] money on such frivolity. But then, Porsche has been developing some of the most important technology for the advancement of road safety and their electric vehicle program is massively important to the future and getting rid of our oil dependency. What do you do? Sit back and take in the beauty, right? We are all rich in our own ways and the reality is that stressing out about what it all could be is not going to solve any problems for me. Still, a match, some gasoline, and poof, this man's fortune would be greater. After all, the owner of these wealth obscenities also runs the biggest insurance company in Iceland. 

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F 10 | 1/320 | ISO 400

Helix

Taken in October last year, this photo is from a building in Reykjavik called Perlan. The building is made of five water tanks that have been linked by glass walls and have a restaurant and café at the top. It's a fun and gimmicky place to go, a bit like a less cool Griffith Observatory. This is one of my favorite compositions of random items to make something that looks like something else. It always reminds me of DNA.

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Summer Day-4.jpg

F 4.5 | 1/800 | ISO 400

Prikið

Sometimes the absence of a subject is the subject. If you know this spot, and most of my friends do, it has a lot of meaning to all of us in our lives. The rare moment when there is no one inside is as much a tribute to this place as I can imagine. The details on the table, knowing it is moved from that spot every night to make room for the dance floor and worn over corners of the wood furnishings -- the place wears its history with pride. 

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F 5.6 | 1/400 | ISO 100

High as a Kite

This is another one of my attempts at a minimal photograph. I was out with Margrét enjoying the rare blue skies and flying our kite. Inspired by the fact that there wasn't a cloud in the sky and how the string was waning as it rose up to hold the kite on earth, I held the string to the lens so that it would lead directly from the edge of the photograph up to the kite. The way it sags was just a lucky factor in how the kite was flying above. I am a big fan of the way the blue is darker in the top right corner than it is in the bottom left corner, creating a cobalt gradient. 

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Post Denmark-11.jpg

F 5.6 | 1/125 | ISO 100

Sailors

This was taken on the walk home from work at about 19:30 last week as the sun was in a really nice and low spot in the sky creating all sorts of great long shadows as I walked. I took about four shots of some really boring subjects before this one. Finally I got to within a good distance of this group of sailors walking towards the west side of town and tried to snap it so that the leading lines on the right were in good proportion to the sailors on the left of the frame. I didn't want to get too close before taking it because I wanted those shadows to play into the photograph.

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August-5.jpg

F11 | 1/1000 | ISO1600

Rainbow Road

The skaters of Reykjavík have all been wearing this same uniform lately. That hat style may as well signify a gang they are in. But one thing is for sure, they are all way too good at skating for a bunch of kids that live in a city where rain is the norm. To avoid him looking as I shot this I faked shooting the road (basically pretending to be a tourist) to get the candid of this guy as he was ripping towards me at a good clip. I kind of got lucky that I still had my ISO so high from my shoot yesterday so it bumped my shutter and F-stop up and I got a crisp image.