I'm really looking forward to my 3rd trip to Iceland in just a few weeks to lead my upcoming Autumn & Aurora Discoveries workshop (Oct 4 – 11) with Focus on Nature. This is a shot from the highlands taken in the summer of 2012. Of course, if you've been paying attention to the news from Iceland lately, you know that there is currently a volcanic eruption taking place in the central highlands, north of the Vatnajökull ice cap. At the moment all the activity is clear of the glacier, so it's not the type of eruption that is causing any problems for commercial air traffic, like what happened when Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this current eruption of Bárðarbunga doesn't cause any air travel delays.
If you're interested, we still have a few spots open on this trip. We'll be exploring a wide range of stunning landscapes and amazing light, photographing the auroras in the night sky, photographing night landscapes, and immersing ourselves in creative image making.
The processing treatment for the image above was created with Tonality Pro by MacPhun. This can be used as a standalone program, or as a plug-in for Lightroom or Photoshop (all of MacPhun's program are Mac only). Although on the surface Tonality appears to be geared towards creative black & white processing, there is a lot more to it than just black & white, including the ability to work with layers, masks, textures, a selection of rough edge effects, and even the ability to integrate some of the exsiting colors from an image into the interpretation.
After a busy schedule for the past several weeks, I've finally had time to spend some quality time with this program and I really like what I see so far. As I prepare for my return to Iceland, I've been enjoying rediscovering some of my earlier images from there and seeing how the processing controls and presets in Tonality Pro suggest new creative interpretations and possibilities. For this image I was trying to create a very stark look that significantly darkened the scene and emphasized the contrast between the sky, the dark mountains, and the small ridge that was illuminated by a passing beam of light. I wrote about this approach in artcle last year on the Datacolor SPYDER Blog: Image Interpretation...Into Darkness. I'll post additional results from my explorations with Tonality Pro in the coming weeks.