Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last Light on El Capitan

Last Light on El Capitan - Leica S2, 35mm, f/11, 0.7s, ISO 160.

The last bit of warm light illuminates El Capitan on a relatively warm winter evening.  If we end up getting the kind of precipitation we need, this should be a good winter for photography at Yosemite.

Monday, November 23, 2015

McWay Falls

McWay Falls - Leica S2, 35mm, f/22, 6s, ISO 160.

The entire scene of McWay Falls, a great photographic subject for both wide angles and detail images with longer lenses.  I had to stop down f/22 to get my 6s exposure (needed that to get nice white band of the white caps) because at that time the camera was borrowed and I had no filter rings to fit the S lenses.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beach Waterfall

Beach Waterfall - Leica S2, 180mm, f/16, 3s, ISO 160.

This waterfall flows year round onto the beach and is a distinctive part of the California coast.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

On the Edge

On the Edge - Leica S2, 120mm, f/16, 1.5s, ISO 160.
These trees are growing atop this rock with sheer cliffs on each side, amazing.  Lately, I’ve been working on images I’ve made with the Leica S over the years and will be posting them the next several days.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Black Brow

Black Brow - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 200.

They of course get their name from the distinctive black colored feathers above their eyes.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nesting Black-browed Albatross

Nesting Black-browed Albatross - 5D3, 24-70 @ 59mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100.

In the Falklands, Black-browed Albatross will also nest on flat grassland making the colonies large and easier to approach.  Still, its important to not scare them off the nest so requires slow and careful movement near the edge of the colony.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nesting Albatross Cliff-side

Nesting Albatross Cliff-side - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/16, 1/160s, ISO 200.

Black-browed Albatross like to nest on cliffs, making their nest out of Tussock grass.  By this time of year in the Falklands, the eggs have been laid and we are well into the incubation period (which lasts a couple of months).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Landing Black-browed Albatross

Landing Black-browed Albatross - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/4.5, 1/2500s, ISO 400.
A Black-browned Albatross comes in for a landing among all the nests of the colony.  These colonies are loud with members braying and cackling.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gliding Albatross

Gliding Albatross - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/5, 1/1600s, ISO 400.
The Albatross family contains the largest birds with the largest (Wandering Albatross) having a wingspan of 11 feet.  The Black-browed Albatross is smaller with a wingspan of between 6-7 feet.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Soaring Black-browed Albatross over Nests

Soaring Black-browed Albatross over Nests - 5D3, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/4.5, 1/2000s, ISO 400.

We are coming up on the tail end of the best time of what I consider to be the best time to visit the Southern Ocean.  On the Falklands in particular, Black-browed Albatross are plentiful and I’m going to share a series of images of these beautiful birds over the next several days.