Sunday, January 21, 2018

Into the Ocean

Aravind Krishnaswamy: South Georgia Island &emdash; Into the Ocean • St. Andrews Bay
Into the Ocean - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 35mm, f/9.5, 1/180s, ISO 100.

A group of King Penguins begin wading into the frigid Southern Ocean at St Andrews Bay in South Georgia Island.


Little Guy

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Little Guy
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Little Guy



I’m going to use this image to show the times I prefer to convert my images to black & white.  I like the color version of the image, the greens give the viewer a hint that this is in the forest.  I wanted to include the full frame and show the overall size of this juvenile Mountain Gorilla, including his arms, however I really want the focus to be the face.  Converting to black & white allows me to then to manipulate the tones further bringing all the attention to the face and in particular to the eyes.  The human eye is less sensitive to these kinds of manipulations looking unnatural in black & white than it is in color and so the black & white is what conveys the emotion I had in mind with this image.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Penguin Awareness Day

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Chinstrap Penguin • Robert Point
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; King Penguin at St. Andrew's Bay
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gentoo Penguin

To recognize Penguin Awareness Day, here’s 3 images of three different species of Penguin, a Chinstrap, King and Gentoo.  Penguin species are in various status with Galapagos and African penguins being endangered.  Several of the other species are also threatened, near threatened or vulnerable including the majestic Emperor Penguin.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Glen Brittle

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Scotland &emdash; Glen Brittle
Glen Brittle - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/15s, ISO 35. 
The Fairy Pools are a popular tourist attraction in Skye with a series of cascading waterfalls.  I made this image about 2/3 of the way there along the River Brittle.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Golden Sunset

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Namibia &emdash; Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset - Alpa STC, Phase One IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/2s, ISO 35.

I remember the evening I made this image well.  A couple of us had decided to skip the sunset shoot and instead enjoy it from the patio of the lodge with a nice drink.  We were still treated to an epic view and so I still ended up setting up my technical camera and making a few images, including this one with the bright golden color just before the sun disappeared behind the mountains.  All this and I got to do it with a gin & tonic in hand.

Revisit

I was looking at one of my images from Namibia that I worked on shortly after getting back from the trip in 2014 and it obviously jumped out to me that the composition was weak and that the fix was a relatively obvious crop.

Here's that image as posted:

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Now there's two things wrong with this composition, first its out of balance.  Though the tree in the center is the star, all that room to the right just feels wrong.  Second, that sky sucks.  Its bright, drawing attention away from the main subject and it intersects with the top of the frame.  I think I originally didn't crop it because I could crop it to eliminate the sky without it getting too tight at the top, so I just left it.  Of course, the obvious thing to do would have been to get it right in the camera, move up a bit and over so that the sky is eliminated and only the trees are in the frame against the dune.

But you have to work with what you have, so reframed, eliminating the room to the right, the sky completely and getting tighter on the trees.  I did have to clone in some sand dune to eliminate the sky completely.  The result is an image I think is a lot stronger and that I like a lot more.

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Namibia &emdash;

Fortunately, I did the original capture with a Phase One IQ 180 back, so even with all cropping, I'm left with a 35 megapixel image.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bosque del Apache

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Its been years since I last visited the Bosque del Apache national wildlife refuge in New Mexico, these are some of the last remaining images from a visit 7 years ago that I hadn’t processed or posted.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Wild Skies of Skye

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; 20150324-(18-37-19)-skye-lx100-0135-HDR
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

Some wild skies in Skye, Scotland, another place I could spend months shooting.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Gentoo Penguins

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;

A trio of Gentoo Penguin images.  I’m seriously tempted to do another Penguin photo expedition.