Thursday, January 29, 2015

Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin - Nikon D810, 80-400 @ 370mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 200
I did manage to see lots of Penguins today even though we still haven't been able to depart for Antarctica.  We went on an afternoon trip to the nearby island of Magdalena, which has a large colony of nesting Magellanic Penguins.  Fingers crossed that we get to fly out tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

So Many Crosses

So many crosses!  Our afternoon excursion was to the Cemetery of Punta Arenas.  It may seem strange that a Cemetery was a location for us to visit, but this particular one has been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the world and is a national monument of Chile.  I spent most of the time trying to make near abstract images and images with many layers (like this one).  Kudos if you can count all the crosses.

Brick and Pipe

Brick and Pipe - Leica S, 30-90 @ 50mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
Our landing site is still covered in fog and we still have no scheduled flight, so Vincent and I went out for a little photography this morning around our hotel.  Partly inspired by Art Wolfe's talk (which are always inspiring) we spent some time on unconventional subjects.


It seems we've hit a snag in our flight to Antarctica.  The place is socked in under fog and since landings are done visually, we can't fly there until it lifts.  So we are chillin' in our hotel in Punta Arenas, waiting for a window to open.

I took this image on a day trip to Valparaiso on Monday.  Valparaiso is an interesting place to do street photography and +Vincent Mo did a lot more of that than I did.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


I won't have internet access for the next 10 or so days so until then here's an iceberg, there should be plenty more when I get back :)

Friday, January 23, 2015


Another photo from my last visit to Santiago a couple of years ago, this time a small cathedral in the city.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


In less than two days I leave for Santiago on the way to Antarctica.  Its been almost 2 1/2 years since the last time I was there which is when I made this panoramic of the city.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Door and Frame

Door and Frame - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 4s, ISO 35
I don't often enjoy processing images, but this one was the exception.  I don't remember which lens I used when composing the image, but I am about 98% sure it was the Rodenstock 32mm (giving a 21mm equivalent field of view, my favorite for landscape photography).  When I composed the scene, there were two things I found interesting.  First the color palette, I like the layers of color with the green paint in the back, then the blue paint and finally the orange of the door.  Second, I liked the variety of texture from the peeling paint to the wood grain on the door.  However, even stopped down and a wide lens, the depth of field wouldn't be sufficient to capture the detail and grain of the door and the detail in the green wall.  Tilt wouldn't help here either since the resulting wedge of focus would render the top of the door (and probably the near wall) out of focus.  The only thing that could be done was focus stacking.  Fortunately, only two exposures were needed, one for the door and one for everything else.  It took about an hour to carefully make sure the two exposures were blended properly and once done, the resulting image is richly detailed from edge to edge, near to far.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Blobs - 1DX, 65 MP-E, f/16, 5s, ISO 6400
Black & White Challenge Day 5/5.  For the last day of the challenge I decided to go looking for interesting patterns in the very small.  After a lot of experimentation, the most interesting thing I found were these blobs which is an extreme close up of the surface of a ripe banana.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Blossoms - iPhone 6+
Black & White Challenge Day 4/5.  I went for a walk through the Japanese Friendship Garden after lunch today and some of the Cherry trees have just started blossoming, should be even prettier in a few weeks.