Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Tue, 22 May 2018 13:25:00 GMT Tue, 22 May 2018 13:25:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 The Gift That Keeps On Giving http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving Several years ago, I captured a photograph of a football crowd from my West Balcony seats at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. I uploaded the photograph, along with a very similar image from the same vantage point.

Since then, some buyer purchases this image nearly every day! This picture has sold almost 3,300 times for a total of $4,612.

As I still hold season tickets for Fighting Illini football, I hoped to capture another such image from my seats with a newer camera. However, two things have made this impossible. First, with the decline in the performance of the football team in recent years, the stadium hasn't been this crowded. Second, security prohibits anyone from entering the stadium with a camera that has a detachable lens.

I'm optimistic that the crowds will return to Memorial Stadium within a couple of years as I believe the rebuilding program is on the right track with coach Lovie Smith. But, I'm not yet sure how I can get around the camera restriction in the stadium.

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Microstock Earnings through April http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/microstock-earnings-through-april My monthly microstock earnings were $1,064 for the month of April. This is the third consecutive month of earnings over $1,000. Year-to-date earnings through April, 2018 exceed the year-to-date earnings from April, 2017 by about $120.

Shutterstock posted another good month with earnings surpassing $700. Big Stock's revenues of $3.75 were the highest in more than a year! 

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. This photograph of the historic sign welcoming visitors to Fresno, California is currently a top seller within my portfolio:

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Glacier in High Resolution http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/glacier-in-high-resolution During my recent trip to Iceland, I visited a lake at the south end of the Vatnajokull glacier called Fjallsarlon.

Fjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon, a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajokull, in Iceland on February 23, 2018.
CLICK HERE to view the super high resolution version of this picture!

I've been shooting with the Nikon D850 camera since November. It features an impressive 48 megapixels of resolution. For this picture, I decided to push that by creating a panoramic photograph consisting of 14 vertical exposures. I then stitched the exposures together in Lightroom. The resulting photograph is 23,200 pixels wide by 7,100 pixels tall--or a whopping 165 megapixels!

To view a high resolution version of the above photography, please CLICK HERE. Note that this high resolution version is only half of the resolution of the original file. It's best to view it on a computer monitor and to zoom into the picture and pan around.

Can you see the tourist in the frame? 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) d850 iceland lightroom nikon d850 panoramic resolution stitching travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/glacier-in-high-resolution Tue, 15 May 2018 02:46:48 GMT
Fun at the Old Ballpark with the Nikon D850 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fun-at-the-old-ballpark-with-the-nikon-d850 One of the reasons I purchased the Nikon D850 camera is for its versatility. So far, I have mostly used the D850 for architecture and landscapes. But, I also like to shoot other subjects--like sports, The D850 exceeded my expectations yesterday when I attended the Ohio State Buckeyes versus the Fighting Illini baseball game.

Here are a dozen from the day:

1- I used the pregame warmups to practice my photography and dial in the settings. I haven't photographed baseball in a couple of years. The players don't wear their official uniforms until game time, though.

Fighting Illini baseballFighting Illini baseballFighting Illini vs. Ohio State baseball game at Illinois Field at 1605 S Wright Street on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois on May 6, 2018


2- One thing is evident about college baseball (at least at the Illini games)--the players are having the time of their lives! It's obvious that everyone is having a great time. And that carries over into the stands. Cheap concessions and free admission add to the fun!
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3- One of my first tasks was to get the obligatory "bat on ball" shot out of the way.
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4- When I attached the 500mm lens to the D850, it made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action.
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5- Can you see what happened here? Answer at the very bottom of this post.
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6- This player put on his "rally glasses" in the top of the second inning. I guess it worked. Ohio State scored 5 runs that inning.
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7- To shoot through the netting behind the plate, I removed the lens hood and placed the lens directly up against the net. Set the aperture to wide open and shoot away. Finally, just hope that a foul ball doesn't slam into the lens!
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8- The home plate umpire called a nice game. I'm not sure that he's ever seen a 500mm lens pointed at him before, though!
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9- The centerfield fence is 400 feet from home plate...plenty of distance to create nice, soft backgrounds.
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12- The Ohio State pitcher put a little extra into this pitch.
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So, here's what happened in #5. The batter tipped the pitch. It slammed into the catcher's face mask (knocking the mask away from his face). The ball then bounced back toward the hitter.

Granted, I haven't shot with a Nikon D5, yet. And, I'm not claiming that the D850 is as good as the D5 for sports. But, the auto-focus was snappy...I had very few photographs that weren't sharp. The high resolution files generate some stunning detail. The camera produced nice image quality even from the higher ISO settings that I sometimes had to use. It was an overcast day and rained a few times during the game. Overall, I was impressed with the performance of the D850. Now, I want to shoot more baseball!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) 500mm action autofocus baseball bat on ball college d5 d850 illini nikon sports http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fun-at-the-old-ballpark-with-the-nikon-d850 Tue, 08 May 2018 02:20:29 GMT
Fjallsarlon Lake in Super High Resolution http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fjallsarlon-lake-in-super-high-resolution The Vatnajökull Glacier is the largest in Iceland. This is Fjallsarlon Lake, a glacial lake on the south end of Vatnajökull. To create this image, I stitched 14 vertical D850 files...that's a lot of megapixels! In the end, the file exceeded 2 GB, so I had to save it as a TIFF (PSD files are limited to 2GB while TIFF goes up to 4 GB).

Fjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon LakeFjallsarlon, a glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajokull, in Iceland on February 23, 2018 CLICK HERE to view the high resolution version of this picture. This picture is best viewed on a computer monitor. You might have to give it some time to download. Note that this version is only 40% of the resolution of the original file!

Can you see the tourist? I've changed the color of his jacket to help him standout more.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) glacier high resolution iceland nikon d850 panorama panoramic stitching travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/5/fjallsarlon-lake-in-super-high-resolution Tue, 01 May 2018 11:51:31 GMT
Going Wide at Overture Center http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/going-wide-at-overture-center One of the highlights of my trip to Wisconsin to photograph architecture was the Overture Center in Madison. The Overture Center houses a number of theaters--with the largest being Overture Hall (2,251 seats). I also photographed the Capitol Theater (1,098 seats).

I was fortunate to have access to the interior of these theaters for a couple of hours. However, since the Madison Symphony Orchestra was set up in Overture Hall with valuable equipment sitting out, a representative of the Center was assigned to be with me while I was capturing pictures.

At one point, I was preparing to capture a picture with my fisheye lens from the balcony. The theater representative was sitting in the same row just a couple of seats to my right. She was surprised when I asked her if she wouldn't mind moving back a bit as she was in the frame! The field of view for this image was nearly 180 degrees:

Overture HallOverture HallOverture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts on 201 State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14, 2017 Another oddity is that there are no aisles in the balcony--other than those on the far sides of the rows. So, whenever I wished to move forward or back a row for a different perspective, I had to walk all the way to the end of the row and back again! The omission of the aisles helps to improve the acoustics as well as to provide more seating capacity.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture fisheye interior madison overture center overture hall theater wide wisconsin http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/going-wide-at-overture-center Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:47:16 GMT
Microstock Earnings through March http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/microstock-earnings-through-march My monthly microstock earnings were $1,271 for the month of March. This is the highest monthly earnings that I've recorded since November, 2016.

My life-to-date earnings surpassed the $75,000 milestone!

Shutterstock reported its highest monthly earnings in 16 months. Fotolia posted record monthly earnings.

Alamy finally contributed to my earnings--hopefully. Alamy works differently from the other agencies that I work with. When an image is downloaded, Alamy reports the sale. However, it takes a while for a sale to "clear". In past months, I've had sales that didn't clear, and therefore the earnings were reversed. Of the $201 in Alamy earnings, only $20 has cleared so far.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. Some of my blog readers have requested that I share my most popular microstock photo along with this monthly update, so here goes!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) agencies alamy downloads earnings fotolia microstock sales shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/microstock-earnings-through-march Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:45:00 GMT
Psychology Building http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/psychology-building During my last visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I visited the Psychology Building to photograph the Center Court. I found this to be an interesting area with its lines, colors and geometric shapes. Here are a few of the pictures that I created with my Nikon D850 camera and the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens:

Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 Psychology BuildingPsychology BuildingCenter Court of the Psychology Building (1970) at 603 E Daniel Street on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois on February 8, 2018 The D850's silent mode made it easier to shoot in the environment. I was set up near some students who were studying. When using the silent mode in live view, the camera makes no sound whatsoever. I had to keep checking to make sure that the images were recording on the memory card!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) abstract architecture atrium geometric illinois interior lines psychology building shapes skylight university of illinois http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/psychology-building Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:33:55 GMT
Travel and Leisure Magazine http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/travel-and-leisure-magazine It was a thrill to see one of my photographs featured in a full page of this month's Travel and Leisure magazine! I captured this photograph of the Palouse during my "Great Western Loop Road Trip" last summer.

Palouse in Travel & Leisure magazinePalouse in Travel & Leisure magazineTravel & Leisure magazine's April, 2018 issue featuring my photograph of the Palouse from the summit of Steptoe Butte in Steptoe Butte State Park near Colfax, Washington on July 25, 2017 Until just a few years ago, I had never heard about the Palouse. While planning for this long road trip, I was looking for an interesting location to visit between Spokane and Crater Lake National Park. I decided to stay in Colfax, Washington to photograph the Palouse region of eastern Washington. During my stay in Colfax, I drove to the summit of Steptoe Butte three times--twice for sunset and once for sunrise. The haze from the local forest fires diminished my results from the two sunset photo shoots. But, luck prevailed for a few minutes just after sunrise one morning--and I was fortunate enough to create one of my favorite images of the trip.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) featured magazine palouse published road trip travel travel and leisure http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/travel-and-leisure-magazine Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:11:37 GMT
Surprising Sale http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/surprising-sale You never know which pictures are going to sell through the microstock agencies. Several years ago, I captured this picture of a stop sign on the side of a school bus. I uploaded it to Shutterstock...it passed inspection...and sat for more than 8 years at the agency with little to no activity.

Yesterday, someone purchased this picture for $350. My share of the commission was $85.

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"Vestrahorn Mountain" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/-vestrahorn-mountain-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Vestrahorn Mountain" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured in February during my trip to Iceland. I posted a blog entry about capturing this image during a sand storm.

This marks the 50th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than four years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Vestrahorn MountainVestrahorn MountainImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for April 7, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) black and white contest entry iceland imaging resource landscape photo contest vestrahorn winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/-vestrahorn-mountain-wins-photo-of-the-day Sat, 07 Apr 2018 14:06:52 GMT
Photography at the Polls http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/4/photography-at-the-polls On March 20th, I walked over to the Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park to vote. This church has been my polling place for many years.

This time, after I voted I peeked into the church for the very first time. I was surprised by the interior. Based upon the exterior of the building, I thought that the church would be quite small...and certainly not of this circular shape.

So, I asked if it would be OK for me to grab my camera and capture some photographs of the church. My request was granted...and I was able to get the church lit up for the photos.

At first, I attached my Nikon 14-24 lens and rotated the lens to its widest focal length--14mm. Here's that picture:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Then, I attached my Sigma 15mm fisheye to the camera to go even wider:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Of course it's personal preference, but I prefer the fisheye perspective. The frame extends to the edges of the pews rather than cutting them off and the fisheye emphasizes the roundness of the interior. I find that interiors such as this--with rounded edges--are ideal for the fisheye in that it minimizes the distortion that the fisheye introduces.

After a short while, I tried a different composition in the hope of introducing more depth into the frame. I left the fisheye lens on the camera:

Faith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist ChurchFaith United Methodist Church at 15101 S 80th Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois on March 20, 2018 Again, it's all a matter of personal taste, but this last picture is my favorite of the three.

So, I went over to my customary polling place to vote in this year's primary election and walked away photographs of another church. This was the 204th place of worship that I've photographed. Click here to view a listing of the first 203 locations.

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The Sand Storm http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-sand-storm During most of my time in Iceland, the wind was gusting and the rain was blowing--sideways rain.

Late one afternoon, as we were driving to Vestrahorn Mountain (in the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland near Hohn), the sky started to open up. Vestrahorn Mountain is one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. It reminded me very much of the Grand Teton mountain range. Vestrahorn is unique in that there is a black sand beach with sand dunes along the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground. It makes for a world-class landscape location. I was relieved that we were going to have an opportunity to photograph Vestrahorn with some light. Unfortunately, as sunset approached the sky became too clear--no clouds at all.

The SUV had a sticker indicating that the rental company was not responsible for wind damage to the doors. The wind is so strong that one has to be very careful when opening a door. It's easy for the door to get caught in the wind. The wind is so extreme that our guide, Tony Prower, would park in such a way that the wind would be blowing from the front of the car to the back--to help avoid having the door swing open too quickly.

Tony parked the large SUV near the sand dunes. He warned us to wear eye protection. I assumed that he was concerned about the sun and glare off the beach. However, his concern was with how much sand was blowing in the gusting wind!

I left the SUV to start shooting by the sand dunes. Fortunately, the wind was blowing at my back--or this photo shoot would have been impossible. Sand was blowing everywhere. Without glasses, the sand would do major damage to one's eyes. Trying to stabilize the camera was a challenging task. I tried my best to block the wind by positioning the tripod in front of my body about chest high.

Changing lenses was not an option. Sand was getting into everything--my hair, my ears, my eyes. It was getting into the knobs of the camera and the tripod legs. I tried to keep my lens facing away from the wind as much as possible as I was concerned that the sand would damage the front element. The sound of the wind was deafening. I felt like I was fighting a war just to capture a few pictures.

It's such an incredible location that I kept shooting until the light was gone. Here are a couple of pictures from the photo shoot:

Vestrahorn MountainVestrahorn MountainVestrahorn Mountain in the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland near Hohn, Iceland on February 22, 2018. Note that this is a composite image--a blend of the picture of the mountain range with a picture of the sky (and reflections) from earlier in the photo shoot. Vestrahorn MountainVestrahorn MountainBlack sand dunes in front of Vestrahorn Mountain on the Atlantic coast in the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland near Hohn, Iceland on February 22, 2018

Once we returned to the hotel, I took the tripod into the shower with me to rinse the sand off. I also used an air blower to remove the sand from the camera body.

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Microstock Earnings through February http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/microstock-earnings-through-february My monthly microstock earnings surpassed $1,000 during February. Monthly revenues were up about $30 from last month, but fell $60 from February of last year.

Shutterstock reported its highest monthly earnings in nearly a year. Dreamstime posted its highest earnings in more than a year.

I continued adding images to my Alamy portfolio, but haven't had an image sell since early December.

I look forward to having my cumulative earnings pass the $75,000 milestone next month!

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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Next Up...Newfoundland! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/next-up-newfoundland Now that I've returned from Iceland, planning is already underway for my next trip. I plan to drive from Chicago to Newfoundland this summer.

This will be a 28 day road trip that will cover more than 5,000 miles. I will spend 9 nights in Nova Scotia and 10 nights in Newfoundland. Once I reach the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, I'll drive my Prius onto the ferry. The ferry will take 17 hours to cross the Atlantic before reaching eastern Newfoundland. Later, I'll return to Nova Scotia from western Newfoundland. The return trip is a 7 hour cruise. I'm hoping for calmer seas than what the ferry experienced in this video:

The logistics involved with planning this trip was more complicated than for my past road trips. In addition to making my usual Hampton Inn reservations, I had to make arrangements with 8 separate B&B's in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I also had to make reservations for the ferry (for both me and my car) to get from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and back. I have rented a cabin for the 17 hour overnight trip to Newfoundland.

Here's a preliminary itinerary for this journey:

Day 1: Toronto, ON

Day 2: Quebec City, QC

Day 3: Saint John, NB

Day 4: Halifax, NS - Halifax skyline, Citadel, Halifax Library

Day 5: Peggy's Cove, NS - sunrise and sunset at lighthouse

Day 6: Lunenburg, NS - architecture and waterfront between Mahone Bay and the Blue Rocks area

Day 7: Lunenburg, NS - architecture and waterfront between Mahone Bay and the Blue Rocks area

Day 8: Pictou, NS - Pictou harbor

Day 9: Whycocomagh, NS - Cape Breton Highlands National Park, communities between Mabou and the causeway

Day 10: Sydney, NS - Louisnbourg fortress, Iona, Bras d'Or Lake

Day 11: Ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland (17 hours)

Day 12: St. John's, NL - colorful houses of St. John's, Cape Spear lighthouse

Day 13: St. John's, NL - Signal Hill, Ferryland lighthouse

Day 13: St. Mary's, NL - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Day 15: St. Mary's, NL - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Day 16: Bonavista, NL - Village of Trinity, Tickle Cove Bay, puffins at Elliston

Day 17: Bonavista, NL - Bonavista lighthouse, Dungeon rock formation

Day 18: Rocky Harbour, NL - Gros Morne National Park

Day 19: Rocky Harbour, NL - Gros Morne National Park, Western Brook Pond fjord

Day 20: St. Anthony, NL - fishing village

Day 21: St. Anthony, NL - Vikings settlement

Day 22: Channel-Port aux Bosques, NL 

Day 23: Sydney, NS - ferry from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia (7 hours)

Day 24: Bangor, ME

Day 25: Augusta, ME - state capitol

Day 26: Albany, NY - state capitol

Day 27: Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Public Library

Day 28: Orland Park, IL

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) canada ferry hampton inn itinerary logistics newfoundland nova scotia planning road trip travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/next-up-newfoundland Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:21:54 GMT
The Northern Lights http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-northern-lights I recently returned from a trip to Iceland. Click here to view my favorite images from this trip.

One of the things I hoped to see while in Iceland is the northern lights--or the aurora borealis. Unfortunately, it was raining and overcast during much of my time in Iceland.

One night, while staying at the Hotel Smyrlabjorg in Skalafell, the sky opened for a short time and the northern lights made an appearance. Our guide, Tony Prower, was monitoring the aurora forecast and also had a view of the northern sky from his hotel room. Just before 11pm, Tony started knocking on our hotel doors so that we could get outside to capture photographs of the aurora.

This is the picture that I captured just steps from the hotel:

Northern LightsNorthern LightsNorthern Lights or Aurora Borealis from the Hotel Smyrlabjorg in Skalafell, Iceland on February 22, 2018

The strange thing is that even though I captured this picture, I really didn't get to see the northern lights. Although the camera's sensor recorded the aurora, it wasn't visible to the naked eye. I did see a white cloud that appeared to be brighter than it should be at night. But, I didn't see the green color. And, most of the people around me couldn't see it either.

I was pleased to capture the photograph, but it was a little disappointing that I didn't get to see the northern lights with my own eyes!

I do very little photography of the night sky, so I asked Tony what settings he would recommend. He said to start with ISO 1600 with a relatively wide aperture (I chose f/3.2) and to see if the shutter speed would be less than 30 seconds. The shutter speed for this shot was 25 seconds.

About 20 minutes after I captured this image, the wind picked up again to its customary 35 mph and clouds quickly covered the sky. It snowed for the next few hours. We never saw the northern lights again. Then again, I never saw the northern lights to begin with!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) astrophotography aurora aurora borealis d850 iceland night northern lights settings travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/the-northern-lights Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:48:53 GMT
Sharpness Throughout http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sharpness-throughout I commonly use focus stacking to extend the area of sharpness within a photograph. This picture of the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois is an example of a simple two frame blend to render the photograph sharp throughout:

Beckman InstituteBeckman InstituteBeckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at 405 N Mathews Avenue on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois on February 8, 2018

In an image like this, my goal is the render both the foreground object as well as the far more distant building in sharp focus. The foreground object is very close to my lens...the tripod legs were touching the edge of the disk. To accomplish this, I captured two photographs...one focused on the foreground object and the second on the building. I later blended the two exposures in Photoshop to achieve sharpness from front to back.

Another method is to use a smaller aperture (f/22, for example) to extend the focus area. However, this foreground object was so close that even a narrow aperture wouldn't render everything sharp. Additionally, sharpness tends to fall off as the aperture becomes smaller due to diffraction. Also, unless your sensor is super clean, f/22 will reveal every single dust particle and make removing all of those spots a more tedious post processing exercise. So, I dial in the sweet spot for my lens (usually about f/8) and focus stack multiple frames. That way, I have the best of both worlds--the use of the sharpest aperture for my particular lens and an extremely wide area of sharpness.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) aperture architecture blending dust spots exposure focus focus stacking photoshop processing sensor sharpness stacking http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sharpness-throughout Sun, 11 Mar 2018 22:26:48 GMT
Iceland Photos are Available for Viewing http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/iceland-photos-are-available-for-viewing Last night, I finished processing the images from my Iceland trip. CLICK HERE to view my favorite photographs from the trip. To view more pictures, by major subject matter categories, please click here.

I participated in a photography tour of the southern coast of Iceland led by Tony Prower. I arrived in Reykjavik a few days prior to the tour to explore the capitol city on my own. The weather was challenging through most of the trip. We experienced rain and high winds the vast majority of the time. Fortunately, we usually had a couple of hours of decent light each day--which enabled me to capture some photographs.

I will be posting several blog entries in the upcoming weeks about some of the photo shoots in Iceland.

Iceland ice caveIceland ice caveIce cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, near Jokulsarlon, Iceland on February 21, 2018 Sun Voyager sculptureSun Voyager sculptureSun Voyager stainless steel sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 18, 2018 Diamond BeachDiamond BeachDiamond beach by Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland on February 23, 2018 Hallgrimskirkja churchHallgrimskirkja churchHallgrimskirkja church at Hallgrímstorg 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 16, 2018. The church of Hallgrimur is a Lutheran church that stands 244 feet high--making it the second tallest building in the country. It took 41 years to build the church and it was completed in 1986. Vestrahorn MountainVestrahorn MountainVestrahorn Mountain in the Stokksnes peninsula in Southeast Iceland near Hohn, Iceland on February 22, 2018. Note that this is a composite image--a blend of the picture of the mountain range with a picture of the sky (and reflections) from earlier in the photo shoot. Harpa Concert HallHarpa Concert HallHarpa Concert Hall at Austurbakki 2, 101 in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 17, 2018

 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) ice cave iceland reykjavik tony prower travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/iceland-photos-are-available-for-viewing Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:56:39 GMT
"The Great Hall" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/-great-hall-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "The Great Hall" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured just a few weeks ago during my visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I posted a blog entry about the Great Hall recently.

This marks the 49th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Great HallGreat HallImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for March 1, 2018

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture award concert hall d850 imaging resource interior krannert photo contest university of illinois winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/3/-great-hall-wins-photo-of-the-day Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:06:32 GMT
The Great Hall http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-great-hall Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of having a couple of hours of private access to the Great Hall of the Krannert Center of Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is one of the top acoustical theaters in the world. For years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra commuted the 150 miles to Urbana to make its recordings.

The lobby itself is impressive. More than 35,000 square feet of floor space is covered in teak wood. The entire allocation of teak wood coming into the United States from Thailand was allocated to this venue for a year.

Here are some favorites from my visit:

Great HallGreat HallFoellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois on February 9, 2018 Great HallGreat HallFoellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois on February 9, 2018 Great HallGreat HallFoellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois on February 9, 2018 Great HallGreat HallFoellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois on February 9, 2018 I was glad that a piano was left on the stage as it added a sense of scale to many of the pictures.

To view more photographs from my visit, please click here.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) acoustics architecture concert hall great hall illini illinois interior krannert center theater http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2018/2/the-great-hall Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:55:44 GMT