Sunday, July 22, 2018

Leopard Calling

Leopard Calling - 1DX, 400mm, f/5, 1/800s, ISO 400.
This is one of those things that a single photograph doesn’t fully capture, its a Leopard in a tree mid mating call (which is like a repeated deep throated grunting sound).

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Vestrahorn Sand Reflection

Vestrahorn Sand Reflection - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/50s, ISO 100.

The area of Stokksness in Iceland has gotten a lot of attention from photographers lately and there is no shortage of images of Vestrahorn Mountain, the black beach or the dunes covered in grasses but this composition really caught my eye I think this set up is ephemeral.  I really like how Vestrahorn is “reflected” by the golden sand and when you pull into the sand there are layers of interesting detail.  Can’t wait to see this printed large.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Pebble Homes

Pebble Homes - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, f/14, 1/4s, ISO 50.
I really struggled in composing this image because while the patterns of these pebble filled holes is interesting, its hard to find a framing where you don’t end up cutting one with the edges of the frame.  Ultimately I decided to embrace it and purposefully make sure that some number of holes were cut on each side of the frame to have some kind of balance and then to have a cluster of complete holes in the center being the main subject.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kelp and Penguins

Kelp and Penguins - Leica S007, 32mm, f/8, 1/90s, ISO 100.
It was starting to drizzle a little that morning at the end of our landing at St. Andrew’s Bay, but rather than just take the zodiac directly back to the ship we went looking to see if we could find a Leopard Seal.  We were ultimately successful, but before then I saw this image screaming to be made with the layers of white sky, King Penguins, rock and kelp.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Indian Head Cove

Indian Head Cove - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 6s, ISO 50.

More of that beautiful colored water of Georgian Bay.  Indian Head Cove is a popular spot and so making photographs there without people in them is a real challenge.

Little Cove, Georgian Bay

Little Cove, Georgian Bay - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32 HR, 12mm rise, 1.5° tilt, f/11, 60s, ISO 50.

I lived in Ontario for 8 years and it wasn’t until a business trip out there this week that I visited the Bruce Peninsula and made some images.  It rained a little bit on and off during my 3 1/2 hour drive there from Toronto, but when I arrived, the clouds were starting to clear a little making for nice conditions for photography.  My first stop was Little Cove which is in and of itself a provincial park and I was immediately struck by azure color of the water.  On the flip side, I was also immediately eaten alive by dozens of mosquitos, a problem I usually don’t have on the California Coast.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sveinsstekksfoss Frozen Detail

Sveinsstekksfoss Frozen Detail - Sony A7r3, 100-400@224mm, f/11, 2s, ISO 100

The stop to photograph Sveinsstekksfoss was a very brief one and while it wasn’t a “big landscape” opportunity, it was an interesting place to practice “detail” compositions made up of fixed elements like boulders and icicles with the flow of water.  The biggest hassle was dealing with the wind which by Iceland standards was tame but made getting sharp images with telephoto lenses a real problem.  A combination of using my body as a wind break, waiting for pauses in the gusts and some luck resulted in this sharp frame which was a keeper.


Pebbles - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 120mm, f/14, 1/6s, ISO 50.  3 frame focus stack.
Another composition from last weekend at Bean Hollow.  This was a composition that grew on me while I was out there trying to find an image.  I started off fairly right on the set of pebbles on the boulder to the upper right but couldn’t quite get the framing right.  However when I pulled out a bit and got the pebbles on the bottom creating a base, I found it appealing rather than a distraction.  After getting home and looking at it on the computer the straight line cracks on the boulder and subtle tones on the boulder between where its dry and wet made this probably my favorite image of the morning.

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.