Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Boat and Lighthouse

Boat and Lighthouse
I didn't feel like lugging a gigantic camera and tripod while on a family visit to Fisgard Lighthouse, but I still like practicing seeing and making photos, sometimes with my Pixel phone and others with a small camera like the RX100.  I liked the triangle of three elements in this image with the boat, lighthouse and boat house and while its backlit, it still works for me.  When working with the smaller cameras, I stick to a JPG workflow using either the editor in Google Photos or Snapseed.  I needed Snapseed for this photo as its powerful local editing tools were essential.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Curves - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 44mm, f/19, 1/12s, ISO 100.

I love the sweeping line and the soft delicate early morning light in this image.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Courting Penguins

Courting Penguins - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

Seems like a good day to share this particular image of courting King Penguins.  I guess they went behind that rock for some privacy…

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sunrise - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/11, 1/800s, ISO 400.

I normally do everything I can to avoid flare in my images but in this case I like how the flare forms a frame at the bottom of the photo.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


I am not an urban decay photography by any stretch (though I make an exception for the sand covered ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia).  I was familiar with all the rust photography opportunities at Grytviken on South Georgia Island but Deception Island was new for me.  I made these two images on our final landing of the trip at Deception Island shooting through open windows.  I know depth of field would be a challenge so I captured a focus stack (which is ridiculously easy with the Phase One XF).  While working on the images I found all the little details from the layers of colors in the peeling paint to the various little wires and bits of metal fascinating in these images.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kings on the Beach

Kings on the Beach - Leica S007, 30mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100.

One of my favorite images I made on my 2012 trip to South Georgia was when I laid on the ground and had a group of King Penguins walk right by me.  I was amazed by how fearless they were.  A similar thing happened my on my trip last year, this time at the beach at our landing site.  We were surrounded by a group of King Penguins entering and returning from the water and just hanging around.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


I haven’t had time to look at or work on any images the last few weeks, so I forced myself to dig out and post a few photos from Arches National Park.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Look of Curiosity

Look of Curiosity - Pentax 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 5000.

I was watching an episode of “Tales by Light” on Netflix and this one featured Art Wolfe and a segment on Mountain Gorillas.  It reminded of the incredible time I had with these creatures, an experience I will not forget and one I will repeat in the future.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lines and Texture

Lines and Texture - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 59mm, f/32, 1/8s, ISO 100.

When I saw the sun was about to come out, I had to quickly decide whether to use the first few seconds of morning light on dunes or to turn around incorporate the sun directly into a composition.  Its amazing how fast the sun rises, this image was made in the first couple of seconds after the sun cleared the Sierra Nevada and within 45 seconds the sun was too high for interesting images.

Salt Crust

Salt Crust - Leica S007, 24mm, f/22, 1/12s, ISO 100.

Another image from Death Valley last weekend, this time from the iconic Bad Water.  Again, there was no spectacular sunset due to a lack of clouds but you get what you get.  I’ve recently started playing more with putting the sun in the frame, especially when otherwise the background is a little dull.  I captured this image about 15 seconds before the sun completely disappeared behind the Panamint mountains.