Photo Tip: Look to the Abstracts

By |2015-11-22T08:30:47+00:00Nov 22nd, 2015|

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 1px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]When I first visited Iceland in February 2015, one of the agenda items that I was most looking forward to was trekking deep into some ice caves, notably the Crystal Cave. I had vague ideas of what it would be like to walk inside such a peaceful—yet potentially dangerous—place like an ice cave, but nothing prepared me for the challenges of photographing one. My initial setup had me using an ultra wide angle lens and no matter what I did, I found myself stumbling to frame up a good composition. There was an onslaught of stark tones and mostly blue color, which made it exceptionally challenging to convey depth. It was through my struggle that this photo tip was created. Instead of trying to showcase everything in one frame, I forced myself to appreciate the smaller, finer details that make this cave so amazing. It was this photo tip that helped me walk away with a small body of work that I’m really proud of and want to continue fostering with each subsequent winter visit back to Iceland.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 1px 0px 1px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Photo Tip - Look to the Abstract - Ice Cave 02[/x_text][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Photo Tip - Look to the Abstract - Ice Cave 03[/x_text][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Photo Tip - Look to the Abstract - Ice Cave 04[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Once I changed my approach in terms of focal length and agenda, things started falling into place. Instead of focusing on the cave in its entirety, I began hunting for small subsections that—in and of themselves—were rich in character and form. Whether it was the way the ice froze into its ridges, the way it curved or the way the light bounced off—or through—it, I began appreciating the minute details that frozen water exhibited. Sure, I walked away with a few photos that showcase the entirety of the cave, but it’s in these abstracts that I see its true nature and I’m thankful that this photo tip cropped up when it did. I hope it helps you next time you’re out and are unsure of what to make of the expanse in front of your eyes.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]BrianMatiash_20150227-DSC04501_ILCE-7R[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]BrianMatiash_20150227-DSC04493_ILCE-7R[/x_text][/x_column][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]BrianMatiash_20150228-DSC04803_ILCE-7R[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]As a little bonus, I’d like to share one of SmugMug’s latest featured films, Climbing Ice. A chunk of the footage was taken right inside Crystal Cave, so you can get an idea of what it was like to photograph in here. Kudos to everyone involved with producing this beautiful piece.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_video_embed no_container=”false” type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]

6 Comments

  1. Thelma Rodriguez Kelly November 22, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Susan Litwinetz

  2. Greg van Morrison November 23, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I didn’t realize I’d been doing the same thing with a local creek. Great tip; it’s a wonderful ride through vision.

  3. oldhickory49 November 24, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Frikkin’ awesome.

  4. Dave Medved December 1, 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Spectacular imaging and thoroughly impressive creativity in presenting this amazing tour of Iceland, and the thrill of your collective experience. I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Deonne Kahler December 1, 2015 at 6:45 am - Reply

    These are beautiful, Brian! Nice work and a good reminder about noticing the details.

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