Friday, November 30, 2007

Black and white photography in Iceland's round-the-clock sunlight

Three of the latest contributions we've received are from photographers discussing their successful use of Singh-Ray filters for black and white images. We'll start with this graphic trio of images captured by professional outdoor and travel photographer Pete Chipman while traveling throughout Iceland during the past three summers -- taking full advantage of the country’s 24 hours of daylight during mid-June through early July.

"I find that a good polarizer can really make black and white conversion work well," Pete says. "These images were all taken with a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer.

"The top photo was taken at about midnight using a Nikon 28mm f2.8 lens (adapted to fit my Canon 1Ds Mark II). Often you’ll find “lumpy” grasslands in Iceland where the ground is eroding unevenly. This produced a surreal scene in this particular cemetery, where the iron-cross tombstones were leaning every-which-way. I used the polarizer to darken the iron in the picture for better effect in B&W. The inscription reads 'Sira Einar Gislason, 1787-1866'."

The next image from Pete, called “Ice on the Rocks,” shows the ability of the LB Warming Polarizer to dramatically eliminate all glare from the surface of the lake -- which allowed a clear view of the bottom of Jökulsárlón (the best known and largest of Iceland's glacial lakes).

"The third image," says Pete, "was taken in the interior highlands of Iceland. I used the same LB Polarizer to help draw out the texture of the stream by deepening the grey-greens in the water."

Now, more than 20,000 images later, he is in the process of obtaining a publisher for a large-format photography book featuring his Iceland images and experiences. To see more of Pete’s work -- both color and black & white -- visit his online gallery or his website.