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Culture Outpost: That first taste of sky

“A free man can live on fish. Independence is better than meat.” ― Halldór Laxness, Independent People I once asked a National Geographic photographer if he had a favorite shooting location. “The place I’ve haven’t been to yet,” he said, is always his favorite. I feel the same way, except for a few places. Iceland is one of them. Sometimes it’s as satisfying to find a foreign place where one feels connected and at home, as to…

Capture of the Day: Gianluca Frosini

Italian photographer Gianluca Frosini shot this beautiful image of aurora in Iceland a few days before I joined the group in March. When I had the opportunity to try making some northern lights images myself for the first time, he was so helpful — finding a lens for me to borrow with an infinity focus setting focus and other features that made it much easier to me to capture the magic. I hope to go on…

Looking for a true adventure? Look no further.

Renowned Italian photographer, journalist and explorer Luca Bracali has announced his 2017 workshop schedule, with locations including India, Norway, Namibia and Iceland, among others. I met Luca in Italy while attending the 2016 Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) Contest event and the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival and quickly learned that not only is he a talented photographer, but extremely passionate and dedicated to his true calling — shedding light on environmental issues around the…

Iceland in a Nutshell and on a Budget!

Iceland is SPECTACULAR. The landscapes, the culture. It’s a photographer’s dream and a nature lover’s wonderland. And the capitol city of Reykjavik is full of activity and art and fun to explore.There’s really nothing not to love about this beautiful little northern island country. But it’s also very expensive and the now bustling tourism industry will empty your pockets if you let it. I recently sent some information gleaned from my trip there last January…

The Collecting Place

The word “photography” is derived from the Greek words for light and writing or drawing. To write with light is an attempt, I suppose, to net the soul of this life and the invisible fibers of our existence with shadows and illumination. Sometimes at night, I go for runs and walks alone in the city, looking for shadows to net with the camera obscura in my mind, indulging in the surreal, loosened world of lengthened…

Iceland: Like A Boss

When I traveled to Iceland in January 2016, the sun rose in a pathetic little arc for only about three-and-a-half hours per day, but the low light was golden and beautiful while it lasted. The darkness did make dealing with jet lag a little more challenging though. Thanks to a great resource listed below, I survived “like a boss.” I, like many other visitors, arrived at a godawful hour (5 a.m.) on a stopover flight…

Old Paree: Street Photography in Paris

A couple of years ago I decided it was time to get my butt off this continent and finally go to Europe. Paris, specifically, had been on my mind for a long time. The desire was cemented during a conversation with my 89-year-old Grandmother who had always wanted to go and didn’t. Now she can’t because of health issues and age. Our conversation sparked this poem and I began planning. The trip would be solo…