Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bengal Tiger Closeup

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Bengal Tiger Closeup
Bengal Tiger Closeup - Olympus EM1 Mark II, 420mm (840mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/250s, ISO 6400.
I’m not a big fan of close up portraits of wildlife, mostly because there’s already a ton of these kinds of pictures in the world.  However, when photographing a new species in the wild, I still succumb to the temptation to grab that portrait shot just to have one in my collection.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Callas

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Spring Callas
Spring Callas - Sony A7r3, 21mm, f/9, 1/15s, ISO 100.

I made a bunch of images with a wide angle with these Callas that morning but most didn’t work out because of the distortion of relative size between the foreground flower and the background ones.  Though still distorted, this one worked out the best.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Streaks of Cloud

Aravind Krishnaswamy: California Coast &emdash; Streaks of Cloud
Streaks of Cloud - Sony A7r3, 16mm, f/2.8, 30s, ISO 3200.
The rugged California coast is photogenic even at night, especially when the clouds co-operate and give you interesting streaking patterns.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cap Nap

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Okavango Delta &emdash; Cat Nap
Cat Nap - Canon 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1000.
I wouldn’t normally consider a sleeping animal to be an interesting subject, but this guy just looks so comfortable napping in his tree that I find it both amusing and interesting.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Gnarled Branches

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gnarled Branches
Gnarled Branches - Sony A7r3, 24mm, f/22, 0.4s, ISO 100.
Its been a while since I was last at Point Lobos, mostly because the crowds there get crazy even by mid morning, but today I got there right at opening to do a quick walk.  I really liked the way the light was filtering through the gnarled branches of these trees, so made a quick image.  Also, I’ve been playing with the latest release of Lightroom and I think Adobe has upped their color game with the new profiles.  Adobe Standard has always been good to get a consistent starting point when shooting between multiple cameras but I’ve always found its required a lot of work to get the final image dialed in, especially for Sony files where I’ve started to use Capture One more (for this reason).  Now with the new presets, I’m getting results I like faster out of Lightroom and my familiarity with Lightroom’s tools is making me use Lightroom over Capture One, except for Phase digital back files were Capture One is still king.  I did only a few quick edits in Lightroom for this image.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

An Intimate View of Goðafoss

An Intimate View of Goðafoss - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/22, 1.3s, ISO 50.

Lately I’m finding myself more drawn to intimate scenes rather than big dramatic landscapes, especially at iconic travel locations.  Goðafoss in Iceland is definitely iconic and on this afternoon I played around with taking both grand vistas and also more ‘detail’ images with a telephoto lens.  Just as I was packing up to head out, I saw this scene and was immediately drawn to it.  I love the overlapping curves and texture of the banks of snow in the foreground and for me thats the real subject with Goðafoss being more of a background.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beach Boulder

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Beach Boulder
Beach Boulder - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/8, 2.5s, ISO 100.
I had a very different image in mind when I set up for this shot last weekend.  I was trying to do what I usually do which is go after the grand landscape with the rest of Garrapata beach and blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds in the background.  However, looking back I prefer this more intimate landscape with the boulder, the line patterns created by the waves and the stream going back to the ocean.  This kind of intimate landscape is not my forte but its something I definitely want to get better at.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Winter Sunrise at Mývatn

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Winter Sunrise at Mývatn

Winter Sunrise at Mývatn - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/16, 1s, ISO 50.

I found these snow and frost covered branches really interesting on the morning shoot at Lake Mývatn.  I like the different layers in this image and the very soft, pastel colors of pre dawn light is my preference.  The only thing that bothers me is that the bushes in the middle and the one sticking up in the front just barely intersect the mountain the background.  I saw this in the field when making this image and extended my tripod to full height which with the head is taller than I am but it still wasn’t quite enough.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Resting Leopard

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Okavango Delta &emdash; Resting Leopard

Resting Leopard - 1DX, 250mm, f/4, 1/30s, ISO 3200.

I went back nearly 4 1/2 years to work on this image from a Botswana safari in 2013.  I’ve also really been enjoying the “Shooting with the Masters” series with Charlie Cramer on the Luminous Landscape website and watching Charlie’s workflow reminded me of how I used to post process my images about 12 years ago, mostly in Photoshop curves combined with loose, feathered selections and brushes.  I decided to work on this one that style with just a simple conversion in Lightroom and a handful of adjustment layers with masks in Photoshop.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Aldeyjarfoss in Snow

Aldeyjarfoss in Snow - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/16, 1s, ISO 50.

I’m pretty sure its not possible to make a bad photo of Aldeyjarfoss.  The patterns in the water are always changing so its also impossible to make exactly the same photo twice!