Saturday, February 09, 2019

Ice Jellies

Ice Jellies - A7r3, 16mm, f/22, 1/50s, ISO 100.

I didn’t see it at first, but these trapped bubbles in the ice are kind of like abstract moon jellies.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Highlands Sunset

Highlands Sunset - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 80mm, f/14, 1/8s, ISO 50.
A colorful sunset in the highlands of Iceland.  I think what I like the best is that little cloud over the mountain in the distance, it echoes the framing clouds at the top nicely.  

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Antarctic Sunrise


Antarctic Sunrise - A7r3, 100mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400.

The beautiful sunrise could have happened anywhere but that tabular iceberg the lower part gives it away.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Artists' Palette

Artists' Palette - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 150mm, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 100.

Artists’ Palette in Death Valley is a popular photographer and tourist destination but that didn’t stop me from making my own image there early last month.  I had an idea of the kind of final image I wanted when I captured this, it was going to be a colorful image but with good shadow detail printed on a matte photo paper where both the shadow detail and all the hues of the color palette could shine but without the “punch you in the face” color of a glossy paper.  

I’ve been debating what matte paper to use, back in my Epson 7900 days I really liked their Hot Press Bright but wanted to try something different.  After some reading, I settled on the Hahnemühle PhotoRag, a 308 gsm matte paper with a nice texture thats been around forever.  With a calibrated display and Lightroom’s soft proofing ability, the print came out spot on.  I did end up leaving the web version (what you see here) with just a bit more shadow contrast as it seems appropriate for that medium.

Orange in Blue and Gold

Orange in Blue and Gold - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 120mm, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 50.

An intimate landscape from a beach on the California coast.  I mainly like the palette of gold, blue and orangey red.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

St. Andrews Bay Colony

St. Andrews Bay Colony - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 105mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 100.

The splendor of the colony at St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia island.  I was trying to explain this scene to a colleague last night and words just can’t do it justice.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Clouds over Vestrahorn

Clouds over Vestrahorn - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/14, 1/40s, ISO 50.

Its not the greatest composition but it is a little bit different than a lot of other images I’ve seen made in this area of Iceland.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Little Black Dots

Little Black Dots - Leica SL, 280mm, f/9, 1/640s, ISO 400.

Those little black dots on the funky iceberg near the bottom are actually Penguins.  Its amazing that they got up there!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sedimentary Deposits

Sedimentary Deposits - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 150mm, f/12, 3s, ISO 100.

I love contrast in my images and for most of my images I try to find  a black point that is deep in the blacks to give the photo an anchor; also not a fan of the washed out blacks look.  However, for this image, I needed to avoid the temptation to crush the shadows and instead keep the contrast low which was original to the conditions but for me also more visually pleasing.  I was also tempted to convert to black & white but I really like the very subtle reds and yellows in the image.  I made a matte print (which I like for lower contrast, subdued colors) of this image and its quite nice.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tobogganing Emperor

Tobogganing Emperor - A7r3, 428mm, f/10, 1/500s, ISO 100
Today is Penguin Awareness Day, a day to learn a little bit more about these flightless birds of the south.  One interesting fact about penguins is why they are colored the way they are (dark/black back and bright/white belly).  Its because they spend nearly 3/4 of their time in the water and is for camouflage.  From above, their dark back helps them blend into the depths below and from below their bright belly helps them blend with the light from above.