By the time this post publishes, I’ll be almost thru my first full day in Iceland. While there is no shortage of beautiful photos shared by other talented photographers from the area, none have been taken or shared by me and this is something that I’m very excited to change.

Before heading out there, though, I did my usual research and spoke with several friends who have already been there. But there is another type of preparation that I don‘t think I’ve ever really written about so I thought it’d make for a good photo tip. And that is the preparation of editing photos.

I’ll have my laptop with me (Current gen 13″ Apple MBP Retina) and my G-Technology G-Drive ev RAW SSD so I’ll likely be editing on the road. So, given that so much of what I’m going to be photographing will be mountainy in nature, I’ve been spending a lot of time going back and editing photos with similar features.

For this photo, I went back to a sunrise shoot at String Lake inside Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. I decided to go with a stronger split-toned look because the original scene was lacking color. This processing allowed me to bring in some nice warmth and localize it to the highlights. It’s something that I’ll keep in my back pocket as we visit wintery Iceland and Norway for the next 2.5 weeks.

Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4
Filter: Formatt Hitech Filters ProIRND 3-Stop ND Filter
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7