November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Chuck Haupt

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Mountains and clouds frame Eyjafjallajökull, one of the smaller glaciers
in Iceland, mostly hidden in the mist.

Iceland: Land of Contrast

‘Other-worldly” — those are the words that come to mind as you travel Iceland’’s “Ring Road” and try to describe what you’’re seeing. From glaciers to fjords, from black sand beaches to steam-spewing geysers, from desolate “moonscapes” to starkly beautiful mountains and waterfalls, no two places are quite the same. And they’’re all unforgettable.

With its ever-changing weather, Iceland is a photographer’s dream. No two days, no two hours, are ever alike. Wait two minutes and the light will change. The clouds  are among the most dramatic I’’ve ever seen. This island nation, which borders the Arctic Circle, sparks creativity at every turn and is one of the most visually exciting locations I’ve ever visited.

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The mountain range, Víkurfjall, with its reflection in a pond,
dominates along the east coast.

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A steampot at the geothermal area of Hveravellir. Iceland
is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world.

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Barren landscape surrounds  Mount Lomagnupur along
Iceland’s Ring Road in  Suðurland, the south.

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The turquoise-colored water at the Blue Lagoon, situated
in a lava field and created by geothermal water.

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Clouds hang over the highland desert.

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Mountains covered with moss by the coast near Iceland’s Ring Road
in Suðurland, the south.

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Four-wheel-drive vehicles drive the Kjolur Route through the
highland desert.

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Icebergs in the lagoon at the bottom of Vatnajökull,
the largest glacier in Iceland.

Chuck Haupt is based in upstate New York. His award-winning work during a 30-year career at the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin is recognized throughout the region for its impact and excellence. Chuck is known for his captivating images of residents of New York’s Southern Tier, images that reveal character and evoke a powerful response.

His work as a photojournalist has taken him to a wide variety of places, from hospital operating rooms to professional golf tournaments, to lower Manhattan in the hours after the 9/11 attacks, and into the homes of ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell.

Ragazine INTERVIEW:

When did you get into photography?

I always had an eye for details and started with a Kodak Instamatic that I got free from saving box tops way back when. In 1965 I got a Polaroid “Swinger” and soon after my first 35 mm. I haven’t stopped shooting since.

How does your approach to photography differ between what you shoot as a news photog and what you shoot ‘for fun’?

When shooting a news assignment you are shooting something specific, usually to accompany a story and reach a specific publication’s audience. When shooting for fun, you are seeing things in a different light.

Have you done much with digital photography?

I have been shooting in digital since the first the first Nikon D1 came out in 1999. I have made the change back to “full frame,” now that models of the “FX” digital camera with 12.1 megapixel sensor has been released. At first you really had size limitations with the 2.7 megapixel sensor of the early digital cameras. Today, if you want to spend the money, you can shoot 35mm with up to a 24.4 megapixel sensor. Shooting RAW format gives you all the control you need in preparing your images for publications or prints, the same, I feel, as when shooting film.

What do you think the future is for young people who want to enter the profession of photography?

If you have the passion for making photographs, nothing will stop you. You’re going to have to work hard at it to get yourself established, creating a niche. Whether you shoot for publications, stock photography, events, or fine art, there will be a market for quality images. While technology has improved the ‘point & shoot’ camera the past couple of years, you still need an eye for composition and for capturing the moment.

Do you worry about what happens with your work when it reaches cyberspace, such as publishing in ragazine?

Yes, it is so easy for people to download photos off of a web page. Most don’t understand photography is copyrighted for use. That’s why it is important to copyright a body of images to protect your work when infringement occurs.

What’s your favorite photo? Why?

Legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith’s “The Walk to Paradise Garden,” a photo of his two children walking hand in hand toward a clearing in woods. It was the first image he made after he was seriously injured and hadn’t been shooting for a long time. The photograph hangs in my home to remind me of the power an image can have on you.

Would you rather photograph people, places or things?

All three — it depends on my mood. I started shooting “rocks and trees” when I first discovered photography. Being exposed to photojournalism during high school got me interested in being able to tell people’s stories visually, which I went on to do professionally for 36 years. Now that I’m retired from the newspaper profession, I’m getting back into those rocks and trees. Still, I’ll never tire of wanting to shoot that interesting face and tell the story behind it.

More images from Iceland, and many other subjects, can be viewed on Haupt’s web site: http://www.chuckhaupt.com. He can be contacted by e-mail at chaupt@chuckhaupt.com.

© 2009 Chuck Haupt

8 comments

1 J. H. Sierer { 01.04.10 at 5:27 pm }

Congratulations Chuck —- your photos of Iceland are awesome, your interview well done and I am so proud, think I will fwd to ALL! xo MOM

2 J. H. Sierer { 01.04.10 at 5:28 pm }

Way to Go 🙂

3 Joseph Lindsley { 01.06.10 at 11:26 pm }

Great to see the “other” Haupt!
Photos staggering.

4 A. Duer Pierce { 01.08.10 at 9:01 am }

Absolutely Stunning Chuck…great job!

5 Stephen Pierce Simeone { 01.08.10 at 10:25 am }

One of the Best Photograhers I have ever seen, and I realizied that when I first saw this incredible black and white photo in his parents home in Pa. , big like maybe 36″ x 26 ” tall, back in early1970’s of nature scene beautiful beautiful picture I will never forget that moment.

6 C. R. Scott { 01.08.10 at 1:26 pm }

Pictures are beautiful and the interview is great. Keep it up.

7 jeannie scott { 01.09.10 at 2:51 pm }

photos are incredibly breathtaking Chuck, so proud of you, interview is excellent also!!

8 winnie crockett { 01.11.10 at 10:36 am }

You certainly have the touch – Iceland thru your eyes is just wonderful. I hope you will be able to go to many of the other wonderful places around the world because so many need your photography. Loved your Christmas card, another sample of your skill.