Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rock Art and Pebbles

Rock Art and Pebbles - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp 120mm, f/14, 1/3s, ISO 50.
It was overcast on the coast this morning, my preferred weather for photographing intimate landscapes.  I made this image at Bean Hollow State Park and the combination of the pile of pebbles with the beautiful blue and gold tones of the rocks immediately drew me in.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Late Morning Roses

Late Morning Roses - Hasselblad X1D, 30mm, f/32, 1/15s, ISO 100.
I visited the San Jose Rose Garden this morning, one of the finest city run rose gardens I’ve ever seen.  It was a cloudy morning so the hope was to get out there in nice flat lighting, but right when we got out there the sun came out.  In those situations, you just have to get creative and use the sun in the frame.  Sadly, Hasselblad lenses with lens shutters don’t make pretty sunstars.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Tree and Grasses in Wind

Tree and Grasses in Wind - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32 HR, f/11, 20s, ISO 50.

I saw this scene while out for a run in my neighborhood this afternoon.  There are a couple of interesting trees on top of a hill with pathways and I liked how the grasses were waving in the wind so I immediately thought of doing a long exposure black & white.  I finished my run and upon getting home returned here with camera in tow.  I don’t think it turned out as well I thought it would at the time but its still cool scene and one that I will revisit in the future.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Antarctic Sky

Antarctic Sky - Leica S 007, 30mm, f/8, 1/750s, ISO 100.
Cool things happen in Antarctica when the sun goes behind thin layers of cloud under a great tabular iceberg.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Open Door

Open Door - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35.

I’ve been working on and staring at this image for a while this afternoon and I find the mixture of tones and texture to be captivating.  I struggled for a while in figuring out if I really needed to go black & white to get the tonal relationships I wanted but in the end color won me over, especially with the slightly washed out vintage look.

Colored Rocks by River Brittle

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Scotland &emdash; Colored Rocks by River Brittle

Colored Rocks by River Brittle - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ~f/11, 10s, ISO 35.

This was about as far as I made it on the path to the Fairy Pools largely because I kept getting distracted with all the images you can make without even getting there.  I really liked this scene because I found the colors on the rocks striking and liked the composition with the mountains and the river.  This image also has a coupe of little visual treats with the lichen covered branches and the little fledgling evergreen.

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.