Mark has a passion for landscape and classic creative aviation photography as well as providing large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California.
He has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience.
He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images. Mark offers photographic workshops in various U.S. and International locations.
Mark is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader & award winning, visionary photographer.
He is also a photography educator with the "Manfrotto School of Excellence" online educational network.
"This is gorgeous work!", says Christopher Robinson, editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine.
Latest posts by Mark Jansen (see all)
- Landscape photography doesn’t stop just because things get wet and the temperatures drop. Be prepared! - December 18, 2016
- Yosemite Valley and Iceland: Lands of Great Light! - November 14, 2016
- Big Sur: The Lost Modern Frontier - October 21, 2016
I really had time to think after returning from Yosemite Valley this week. I was struck by the similarities and quality in light of Yosemite Valley and Iceland. We frequently hold photography workshops in both locations for one specific reason, the opportunities for great backdrops, paired with unsurpassed light.
After spending the last 2 1/2 weeks in Yosemite guiding and teaching Private Photography Workshops, I was stuck by the quantity of changing light from one end of the valley to the other, and how the weather pouring in and leaving the valley provides the best options for magic moments. It’s much like Iceland’s variations of weather, but on a delicate and compact scale.
Iceland experiences extreme fluxes in weather more rapidly than Yosemite. In Iceland, you can have sun, rain, snow and wind over a few minutes or hours that can provide amazing photographic opportunities. The cold arctic weather off the Greenland coast moves systems through quickly while colliding with the warming Gulf stream as it snakes around Iceland’s Island coastline, especially in winter.
Yosemite Valley also has extreme fluxes in weather, but much slower as its deep valley is subject to its own special micro climate, not found in many locations. Its stunning beauty is locked in by its 3000′ granite walls, pushing and pulling high clouds and fog as small low and high pressure systems (combined with early morning and late afternoon light) paint its walls and waterfalls with magic light.
With Iceland’s treasure trove of volcanic and glacial backdrops, combined with the waterfalls and winter’s ice caves and a shot at the Aroura Borealis, it’s also an essential stop for any serious landscape photographer.
If you hit it right, both Yosemite Valley and Iceland offer you the best chance of experiencing something unique and special. Both places will enhance your photographic experience going in to it with the knowledge that you need to be willing to step outside your comfort zone a bit in order to take your landscape photography to the next level and we can take you there!
We have two upcoming landscape photography workshops this winter in Yosemite Valley and Iceland. We are experts in both areas and can show you the secret and beautiful spaces of both of these remarkable places. Time to check both of these locations off your photographic bucket list!
All the best,