Exhibit showcases Tarleton students’ Icelandic photography

STEPHENVILLE (August 30, 2016) — Dozens of photographs taken by Tarleton State University students during a study abroad course in Iceland go on public display this Saturday, Sept. 3, at Granbury’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Education Center.

Presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, the three-day exhibit—through Monday, Sept. 5—will be open from noon to 4 p.m. daily. An opening-day reception takes place at 5 p.m. at the Langdon Center, 308 E. Pearl St., near Granbury’s historic square.

Eight students from Tarleton’s Stephenville and Waco locations participated in the 17-day Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course led by assistant professors Knut Hybinette and Megan Ehrhart, traveling some 1,385 miles around the circumference of the island nation.

Photo by Knut Hybinette
Photo by Knut Hybinette

With digital SLR cameras, multiple lenses and tripods in-tow, students photographed various landscapes, including lava fields, deserts, black sand beaches, rock formations, glaciers, volcanoes, lagoons, city landscapes and more. The students worked tirelessly to capture the perfect shot, battling cold, windy and sometimes wet conditions in a nation known for extreme weather and equally rugged and pristine landscapes.

Each student captured approximately 4,500 photos for the course, including at least 50 of major Icelandic landscapes—the Dettifoss waterfall, Reynisfjara beach, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Kirkufell, Blue Lagoon, Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, Namafjall and Vatnajokull Glacier.

“The Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course was a mad success. Students learned hands-on techniques in all lighting and weather conditions—true environmental challenges to even the most adept, professional photographer,” Hybinette said. “We may add aerial photography in addition to landscape opportunities the next time we offer this course.”

Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts plans to offer the Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course again in June 2018.

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