Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Glen Brittle

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Scotland &emdash; Glen Brittle
Glen Brittle - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/15s, ISO 35. 
The Fairy Pools are a popular tourist attraction in Skye with a series of cascading waterfalls.  I made this image about 2/3 of the way there along the River Brittle.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Golden Sunset

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Namibia &emdash; Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset - Alpa STC, Phase One IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/2s, ISO 35.

I remember the evening I made this image well.  A couple of us had decided to skip the sunset shoot and instead enjoy it from the patio of the lodge with a nice drink.  We were still treated to an epic view and so I still ended up setting up my technical camera and making a few images, including this one with the bright golden color just before the sun disappeared behind the mountains.  All this and I got to do it with a gin & tonic in hand.


I was looking at one of my images from Namibia that I worked on shortly after getting back from the trip in 2014 and it obviously jumped out to me that the composition was weak and that the fix was a relatively obvious crop.

Here's that image as posted:

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Now there's two things wrong with this composition, first its out of balance.  Though the tree in the center is the star, all that room to the right just feels wrong.  Second, that sky sucks.  Its bright, drawing attention away from the main subject and it intersects with the top of the frame.  I think I originally didn't crop it because I could crop it to eliminate the sky without it getting too tight at the top, so I just left it.  Of course, the obvious thing to do would have been to get it right in the camera, move up a bit and over so that the sky is eliminated and only the trees are in the frame against the dune.

But you have to work with what you have, so reframed, eliminating the room to the right, the sky completely and getting tighter on the trees.  I did have to clone in some sand dune to eliminate the sky completely.  The result is an image I think is a lot stronger and that I like a lot more.

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Namibia &emdash;

Fortunately, I did the original capture with a Phase One IQ 180 back, so even with all cropping, I'm left with a 35 megapixel image.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bosque del Apache

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Its been years since I last visited the Bosque del Apache national wildlife refuge in New Mexico, these are some of the last remaining images from a visit 7 years ago that I hadn’t processed or posted.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Wild Skies of Skye

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; 20150324-(18-37-19)-skye-lx100-0135-HDR
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Some wild skies in Skye, Scotland, another place I could spend months shooting.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Gentoo Penguins

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

A trio of Gentoo Penguin images.  I’m seriously tempted to do another Penguin photo expedition.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Common Loon

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Three images of the Common Loon, taken at Lac le Jeune near Kamloops, BC.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Chimps of Kibale

A pair of images of Chimpanzees at Kibale National Forest in Uganda.

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Chimpanzees • Kibale Forest
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Chimpanzee • Kibale Forest