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The IQ260 Performs

Before and After of the Ice Cave Image, shot in Iceland with the IQ260

Before and After of the Ice Cave Image, shot in Iceland with the IQ260

I recently returned from a workshop in Iceland.  I took the IQ260 with me and was using it the whole trip.  One of the places we visited was an ice cave under a glacier.  While this was avery cool and dangerous place to visit, it presented a prefect test ground for the IQ260 long exposure.  Above is the before and after images taken with the 260.  I did a 12 minute exposure and the resulting image not to mention the histogram looked like it was going to be an image I would throw away.  Well, I knew the back had the dynamic range but wasn’t sure how much it had in regards to showing detail  I also knew Capture One 7.1.1. had the potential to pull good shadow detail in the highlight – shadow recovery tool.  I set out and worked the tools and sliders until I was able to make the image shown on the right.  I also used local adjustments to paint in a bit more detail at the bottom of the image and the color image to enhance the blue tone of the ice.  I know others tried this shot with a DSLR, but no one was able to pull what I did from this image.  If there is one thing I like to do, and that is to push gear to its limits.  The IQ260 didn’t let me down, and Capture One delivered on the final image.


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In Iceland

Icicle in ice cave in Iceland

Icicle in ice cave in Iceland

In addition to the regular PODAS workshops we do we sometimes tag along on some of our instructor workshops and bring along Phase One gear for attendees to use.  I am presently in Iceland with Daniel Bergman, Andy Biggs, and Josh Holka exploring many locations and taking some excellent images.  One of my goals on this trip other than sharing our cameras was to text the NEW IQ 260 in long exposure mode as well as to put the new 240mm lens.  The lens is incredible and I have been pushing the 260 as hard as I can The IQ260 has the capability to do long exposure.  So what better place to take it than deep under a big glacier.  The image above was a 4 minute exposure in essentially a dark chamber under a glacier.  First the experience of crawling around in a glacier is a bit unnerving to say the least.  Then you stumble upon this beautiful icicle that had to be 12  feet in the air.  You set the camera up in darkness, shine your headlamp onto the icicle to focus and try an exposure.  Turns out the exposure was 4 minutes at f-16.  It was amazing to see what the sensor saw that we didn’t.  The bottom part of the image was pulled from shadow area that on initial viewing was all black.  We did a bit of saturation and some highlight recovery.  I think the 240 did a good job.  If I had a bit more time I may have tried a 6-8 minute exposure and tried to pull the histogram a bit more to the right.