Winter Morning [Pinhole Photograph]
Northern Iceland, March 13, 2015
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The image above was made last March on my most recent winter landscapes workshop in Iceland. It was taken with a wooden Zero Image pinhole camera on medium format film (the original was in color, but I decided I liked a black & white interpretation better).
I chose this image before deciding upon a title for this post. Perhaps the cold and icy scene inspired it (that and the fact that a month or so ago I had actually read John Le Carré's breakout novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold). But the image, and the title for this post, are oddly fitting for the first post I have made in nearly three months.
Has it really been that long? Yes...it has.
It's always a bit awkward returning from a long break from a blog. You feel (or at least, I do), a bit guilty, as if you really should've been posting on a more regular basis. I've always had an uneven relationship with blogging, and there have been gaps in the past where I did not post for weeks at a time (though I do think that three months is a new record). Basically, I post when I have something to say, or an image to share. And if I don't have anything to say, I don't post. Sometimes I do have things to say, or things to promote, but I am just too busy to get to it. And three days turns into seven, a week into a few weeks, a month into three months. And so it goes.
But here I am again...back in the blog saddle, piloting the blogcraft (in a very odd mashup of mixed metaphors). And with a bit of news to share, though not breaking news by any means, and if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Google+, you've no doubt already heard this news.
TheFIX: A Podcast About Post-Processing
In mid September I became the host of TheFIX, a podcast about Photoshop, Lightroom and post-processing, taking over from my friend Jan Kabili, the original host, who left to begin some very cool work with Adobe Systems. TheFIX is one of the many photography-related podcasts to be found at This Week in Photo. It is a weekly show and is available both in video form at the TWiP website, or as an audio podcast on iTunes.
A new episode of TheFIX is published each Tuesday and we explore the cool and creative things you can do with your images after the shoot. That includes a variety of approaches: Lightroom, Photoshop, mobile photography processing, image archiving, backups, image presentation, Photoshop plug-ins, as well as other image processing software. Sometimes I am joined by a guest, and at other times, it's just me. But I have always have interesting and useful things to share. So stop by and check it out! I have a particularly fun show for this week's special Halloween episode.
2016 Iceland Winter Landscapes & Auroras Workshop
Getting back to the image posted above: Winter is a fine time to explore the beauty of Iceland if you're interested in trying something different with your landscape photography. In addition to a land that is transformed by snow and ice (though, to be fair and accurate, not all areas of the country are snow-covered in winter), there is also the possibility of seeing and photographing the magical and ephemeral auroras that dance across the northern night skies. It's an excellent place for a memorable photographic adventure. In 2016 my winter landscapes and auroras workshop is March 13 – 19. Follow the link for more information.
Becoming the host of TheFIX and the 2016 Winter Iceland workshop are not the only news items to share; there's more to come in the days and weeks ahead. As always after a break in blogging, there are the usual vows and resolutions to post more regularly or even — gasp! — create an actual schedule for making posts. There will likely be breaks of a few days now and then, maybe even a week, but hopefully nothing as long and drawn out as the 86-day hiatus I am bringing to an end with this post.