Monday, August 31, 2009

Crater Face

I just don't seem to get tired of photographing the moon.

Technical Specs: Canon 50D, 800 f/5.6 + 1.4x TC (1120mm equiv.), f/8, 1/160s, ISO 400.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

San Simeon (and area) Coast

A couple of images from my Thursday/Friday boat trip to the San Simeon coast.

Although I brought a lot of gear, I didn't end up taking a lot of pictures.

Wouldn't that be a great place to live? I wonder how much a property like that costs.

A Gull about to chow down a tasty treat.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Green Fan

Just a quick snap while messing around in the backyard yesterday evening.

Technical Specs: Canon 50D, 100-400 @ 390mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 100.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Elkhorn Slough "Safari"

I have posted a video slideshow of my images from this past Sunday's "Safari" at Elkhorn Slough (click on the image above).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cormorant Chick

I went on the Elkhorn Slough "safari" run by these guys. The trip was definitely worthwhile as we saw many species of birds.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 100-400 @ 200mm, f/5, 1/640s, ISO 1250.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Puff Puff

I went on a shoot at Elkhorn Slough today, near Moss Landing. I'll share more pictures in the next day or two.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 100-400 @ 170mm, f/5, 1/4000s, ISO 1250.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Sometimes you are sitting on the couch chillin' and the photographic subject just jumps out at you.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 180 macro, f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 100, T5D in umbrella fired.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I photographed this sculpture in downtown San Jose (on Almaden where it intersects Santa Clara) last month before the Photo Walk, however I wasn't very satisfied with the results and have been wanting to try again. I had my chance today and am much happier with this result.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 24-105 @ 105mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Flight Path

Another pair of images from last night. The first is the flight path of two planes on their approach to the San Jose International Airport.

Second is a closeup view of the runway with the flight path. I guess they don't have perfectly straight paths.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 17 TS-E (top), 100-400 @ 400 (bottom), f/13, 30s, ISO 100.


Yesterday morning on my drive to drive, I couldn't see any of the mountains in the back, just a white fog. It wasn't actually fog but I guess a mixture of smoke and ash from the current fire in Santa Cruz. They said the bay area was spared a lot of the ash, but looking at the planes flying overhead at work and how much their wing lights were scattering, it seems we still have a lot of smog.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D2, 100-400 @ 210mm, f/5, 1/8s, ISO 3200.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Look at those legs

I'm not entirely satisfied with this image due to the artifacts from depth of field stacking (from 13 images). Unfortunately I had to take this handheld, however Photoshop CS4 seems to do a better job with the stacking than Helicon.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 180 macro, f/7.1, 1/250s, ISO 400. 13 images stacked.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Black Phoebe

Another Black Phoebe in the backyard image.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 400 DO + 1.4x TC, f/7.1, 1/60s, ISO 800.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Two Images from Evening Walk

Maya and I went for an evening walk at the Palo Alto Baylands. There weren't a lot of birds there (a couple of ducks) so I photographed some of the planes landing at the nearby air strip. Don't know what kind of plane this is, maybe my man Chad can tell us.

I also took this rather uninspired shot of a ring billed gull.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Image Quality vs. Portability

Photography often tends to be about compromise and wildlife/bird photography is no exception. Even if one is fortunate enough to have a relatively large budget, there is no ideal solution. Often photographers get obsessed with the image quality (sharpness, contrast, bokeh, colors) of a lens without giving enough thought to its usability or portability.

The Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO is one lens which seems to frequently stir this debate. Its huge price tag puts its very close to the 500 f/4 IS, yet its image quality is measurably inferior to the 500 as is its 'reach'. So one would wonder why the heck would you get the 400 DO? The answer to which is 4.2 pounds. The DO is infinitely more hand holdable due to its considerably smaller size and weight. The fact is the 400 DO will produce an infinitely better image if the 500 stays put at home.

Though the 400 DO may not have the superlative image quality of its other super telephoto brothers, its no slouch either. This picture was taken with a relatively slow shutter speed, hand held and with a teleconverter. Even with some quick and rough post processing to boost contrast and sharpening, the resulting image quality seems quite acceptable to me.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 400 DO + 1.4x TC (560mm equiv.), f/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 400.