Monday, September 04, 2017

Bull Elk

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Bull Elk
Bull Elk - A7r2, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 320.
As promised, here’s an image of a Bull Elk from our drive home yesterday.  

Fishing in Smoke

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Fishing in Smoke

Fishing in Smoke - A7r2, 100mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 100.

These two guys weren’t going to let a little smoke get in the way of some fishing.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Trees in Smoke

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Trees in Smoke
Trees in Smoke - A7r2, 198mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100.
I thought I was being smart this long weekend, escaping the scorching temperatures in the bay area by heading to the Northern California coast.  However, I didn’t realize that there are several wildfires ablaze in the forests of Northern California and southern Oregon and to our disappointment the smoke and haze was pretty thick when we arrived in Eureka last night.  We decided to cut the trip short and return home and I made this image in the morning on the way out.  We also had a wonderful encounter with Elk, including several bulls, I’ll work on those images tomorrow.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Þjófafoss and Búrfell

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Þjófafoss and Búrfell

Þjófafoss and Búrfell - Phase One XF, 40mm, f/9, 2.5s, ISO 50.

Þjófafoss is one of Iceland’s hidden gems, with many tourists flocking to the well known waterfalls, it was awesome having the whole area to ourselves.  There are many images that combine Þjófafoss and Búrfell (the basalt tuya in the background) but none with quite this composition, for which Daniel Bergmann gets the props.  It was a little tricky to get right as I wanted the rocks in the Þjórsá river in the bottom right to not intersect with the foreground rocks.  I also wanted Búrfell a little more to the right of the frame to balance against the big rock sticking out on the bottom left.  Lastly, it was a nightmare keeping the filters on the lens clean of spray as we had strong winds blowing in from the waterfall.  I think it was just luck that I managed to make this image at all.  Sadly, its not perfect, I set my focussing for the foreground so there isn’t enough depth of field to get Búrfell perfectly sharp.  In an ideal world I would have focus stacked but with all that wind and spray I didn’t bother.

Surfing Chinstrap

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Surfing Chinstrap

Surfing Chinstrap - Fuji XT2, 400mm, f/6.4, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

I love watching these little guys come down a snow covered hill.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gentoo and Colony

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gentoo and Colony

Gentoo and Colony - Leica SL, 280mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gentoo

Gentoo - Leica SL, 280mm, f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay

Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay - 5D3, 85mm, f/7.1, 1/125s, ISO 100.

There is something so appealing to me about this image, a pair of King Penguins out on their own against a desolate snowy landscape.  I was fortunately enough to visit South Georgia right at the start of spring so it was possible to make these images with clean snow.  When we returned to this bay a short 11 days later much snow had melted.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Magellanic Snipe

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Magellanic Snipe

Magellanic Snipe - 5D3, 560mm, f/5, 1/400s, ISO 800.

Home Construction

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Home Construction

Home Construction - 5D3, 560mm, f/4.5, 1/3200s.

This Imperial Shag will go back and forth hundreds of times carrying materials to build its nest.