|Marine Iguana - 1D4, 70-200 II @ 150mm, f/5, 1/250s, ISO 400|
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
|Friends - 1D4, 70-200 II @ 168mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 100|
Saturday, October 29, 2011
|Snow Goose Landing - 1D4, 800, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 800|
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|Yellow-headed Black Bird - 1D4, 800, f/9, 1/100s, ISO 400, flash fired.|
Sunday, October 23, 2011
|Convict Lake Sunrise - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/11, 3 panel stitch|
Saturday, October 22, 2011
|Leica M9, 50 f/0.95 Noctilux, ~f/4, 1/180s, ISO 160, 5 panel stitch.|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Clearing Storm over the California Coast - Leica M9, 28 Elmarit ASPH, ~f/8, ISO 160|
I am also excited because when compared to my previous image from this location, it shows just how different the light can be on the California coast. There are many things I like about my prior attempt but I think this one edges it out slightly (only ever so slightly mind you).
Finally, I'm excited because this image was the result of 3 different exposures which have been fused together. I've often said that I don't like the over the top HDR look, opting instead to use HDR to get around the dynamic range limitations of current digital cameras to produce a more natural looking image.
I made this image on a quick day trip to the coast almost two weeks ago. My sister-in-law was in town and wanted to do some coast photography so I played guide, showing her some of my favorite spots near the Big Sur area. We had to decide between this sea arch and McWay Falls for the sunset shot and she chose the arch.
|Photographer at Work - Leica M9, 28 Elmarit ASPH, ~f/8, ISO 160|
I very much intend to return to this area again in the future, hopefully when we have similar ocean and sky conditions to photograph the arch from the other side (assuming the little foot path is in better condition).
Friday, October 14, 2011
|Reach for the Stars - 5D2, 15 Fisheye, f/5.6, 12m x 3, ISO 100|
My friend Greg and I went up and hung out by this striking pine well before sunset. Though we wanted to do some nighttime shooting, we still ended up making a lot of frames while the sun was setting (those images coming soon). My goal was to make an image with the milky way in full view and so I hauled my Astrotrac. Unfortunately, due to the exceptionally bright moon and recent fresh snow fall the ambient light level was too high for a galaxy image and my Astrotrac flaking out was the final nail in that coffin, so I had to settle for some star trails.
This image took quite a while to process mainly because I had some small registration errors in the 3 separate captures. In addition, I wanted something that would print very cleanly even at large sizes and so ended up having to do a lot of chromatic aberration cleanup by hand. In all the post processing took about 6 hours to do (including some tonal work to get rid of hot spots). However, looking at the 24x36 print that now hangs in my office, it was worth the effort.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|South Tufa Sunset - Canon 5D2, Zeiss 35 f/2, f/10, 2s, ISO 100. 7 frame stitch, 4 stop grad ND|
That afternoon, my friend Greg and I scouted the area for the evening. We wanted to go somewhere a bit different from where all the other photographers would be lined up (Mono Lake in the fall on a weekend gets very very busy). When I first saw this scene, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. Its been my experience from previous trips that its difficult to do an expansive landscape at the South Tufa area, but on this spot, if there weren't too many other photographers and the skies co-operated, it would be possible. When we returned shortly before sunset, to our relief there was only a couple of other photographers at this location and there were clouds in the sky (improving the odds of dramatic sky color). Sure enough, everything came together and I was able to capture the kind of image I had in my mind.
Since I was doing a panoramic with many frames, I wanted to capture all the information for one panel in a single shot. I used a Singh-Ray 4 stop soft grad ND which was perfect to get the foreground and background illumination balanced.
I often get asked how much post processing I do on my images. Its very rare that I adjust saturation in post (unless its to desaturate) and most of my work tends to be tone curve work, usually done locally. I had to adjust some tones locally to account for some blending errors in the stitching algorithm. A lot of the work was in getting the illumination more even across the frame (the left side was a bit brighter).
Here is the full set of adjustment layer work I did on this image. As you can see a lot of curves layers and a lot of them masked with a very soft brush.
I have a 24"x46" print of this image hanging in my office and its pretty spectacular. If you use the Zoomify version above you can see how much detail gets captured. I don't know why the Zoomify colors are wacky, but the colors on the top of this post are the correct ones.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
|Moonset over Minarets - 5D2, 70-200 II @ 150mm, f/5.6, 20s, ISO 200, multiple grads and reverse grad.|
I'm excited that I get to go shooting again this weekend, its been a couple of months since I've been able to get out for some dedicated landscape photography. Now I just hope that the storm going through the sierras right now doesn't blow all the colorful leaves off the trees!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
I made this multi-frame panorama early morning as I was heading back from Bishop this summer. Toloumne Meadows was lush and green with many pools of water. Zoom in above and you should be able to spot deer as well as a photographer working in the distance.
Technical: Leica M9, 50 Summilux ASPH, ~f/6.7, 1/500s, ISO 160. 6 frame panorama.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
|Purple Gallinule - Canon 1D4, 70-200 II + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/5.6, 1/50s, ISO 200|
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|Bower Ponds Fall Color - Leica M9, 35 'lux II, ~f/8, 1/180s, ISO 160|
|Bower Ponds Fall Color - Leica M9, 35 'lux II, f/8, (varying shutter speeds), ISO 160|
Sunday, September 25, 2011
|Tioga Lake Thaw - Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 100|
|Stuck - Leica M9, 50 Summicron, ~f/2.8, 1/4000s, ISO 160|
Thursday, September 15, 2011
|White Ginger Dreams - Leica M9, 50 f/0.95 Noctilux, f/0.95, 1/1000s, ISO 160.|
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
|The River Rushes - Leica M9, 28 Elmarit ASPH, ~f/22, 1.5s, ISO 160|
|The River Rushes (B&W) - Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/11, 2s, ISO 100|
Its interesting, the sRGB JPG version doesn't do the colors justice, its much nicer in print as it is when viewing the original ProPhotoRGB file on my wide gamut display.
So which do you prefer the vertical B&W or the horizontal color image?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|Hidden Leopard - 1Ds3, 500, f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 320|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|Bison Grazing Under the Tetons - Canon 1D4, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100, 6 frame stitch|
Above is the full panorama shown with Zoomify so you can zoom right in on the Bison.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
|Two is Better Than One - Canon 1Ds3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II @ 70mm, f/5, 1/60s, ISO 100|
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
|Bosque Sunrise - Canon 1Ds3, ZE 21, f/5.6, ISO 200, fusion of 5 exposures|
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I made this 10 frame panorama of the Seattle Skyline last summer. I finished stitching it together but didn't do anything with it since the aspect ratio was so wide and one needs to see the full resolution version to appreciate it. It occurred to me today that I could use Zoomify to show it and so here we are. Be sure to zoom right in, there should be sufficient detail even though I set the JPEG compression fairly high to keep the size reasonable.
Technical: Canon 1Ds3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II @ 200mm, f/5, 2s, ISO 100. 10 frame stitch in Photoshop CS5.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
|Dawn of a New Day over Emerald Bay - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/22, 2s, ISO 100|
So with that in mind I set out early one morning in late July, getting to the spot around 5:30. I quickly found the composition I wanted and knew that I would need heavy filtration to get what I was after. In the end, the sun came up exactly where I was expecting to and ended up making the image I wanted.
A natural question that comes up is whether the reds and purples in the sky are 'real' or whether they were achieved through digital manipulation. The answer is no in both cases. These colors are the result of me using a strong reverse grad filter stacked with a strong soft grad filter with the camera set to daylight white balance. If I had shot film this is close to what I would have gotten. I did add a tinted a virtual grad filter in Lightroom in post to balance out the lake however.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
|Bonsai Rock in Afterglow - 5D2, Zeiss 50, f/5.6, 30s, ISO 100|
I worked just as the sun started to set but my favorite images are definitely from after the sun had set, with the long exposures smoothing out the water and the pinks and purples in the sky.
The water level was quite high in Lake Tahoe, no doubt partially because of the record snowfall this past winter so a lot of the surrounding rocks were submerged. I'll definitely have to return here and re-photograph this scene.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Just before leaving work yesterday I met up with a friend from work who is also a Leica shooter. He wanted to try out my 21mm Summilux and I wanted to try out his Voigtlander 12mm lens so we wandered around the basketball court on the 6th floor of the Adobe buildings shooting random targets.
I've never been much of an ultra wide angle photographer but working with the 12mm was a lot of fun, especially when you get really close to your subjects.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
|Sandhill Cranes at Twilight - 1Ds3, Zeiss 21, f/5.6, 25s, ISO 200|
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
|Family Afternoon Nap - Canon 5D2, 24 f/1.4 II, f/9, 1/125s, ISO 100|
Looking back on my Tanzania images these last couple of days, I sure do miss it. Can't wait to return, but sadly it will be some time before that happens.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Canon 1D4, 70-200 II @ 200mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 400|
I made this image on North Seymour Island which is a small island just off the north shore of Baltra Island. Though the bulk of the time at North Seymour was spent with the Blue Footed Booby, we did run into a bunch of Marine Iguanas near the end of the hike.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|Canon 5D2, Zeiss 21, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 100|
Ed returned to this area on a subsequent morning and made a panorama which I like very much.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/14, 1/50s, ISO 100. Fusion of 3 exposures.|
Saturday, July 09, 2011
|Unnamed Waterfall - Tioga Pass - Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/10, 0.4s, ISO 100|
I returned to Yosemite and the Bristle cone pines the last couple of days. Unsurprisingly the water was flowing quite heavily all along Tioga. I stopped at a few places to make some images and this unnamed (at least I couldn't figure it out) waterfall was one of the most spectacular right along the Tioga Pass highway.
Sadly, I didn't have very much luck with weather so my plans for the images I wanted to make with the Bristle cone pines didn't happen.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
I am heading out on a trip through Yosemite and to the White Mountains today, so it seemed like an appropriate day to release a new image of Half Dome & El Capitan. This trip will mostly be a scouting trip for future dedicated photographic trips, though I'm bringing some new gear which I'm excited to try out.
The above image was made during my trip to Yosemite in February this year. The warm evening light bathed both Half Dome and El Capitan with just a hint of purple starting to show in the sky.
Technical: Canon 70-200 @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/5s, ISO 100. Grad ND filters were used.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Berry Creek Falls yesterday which is in Big Basin Redwoods State Park (7.6 miles round trip). Its been over a year since I've hiked, but I managed do it in 3 hours and 45 minutes (including a couple of photographic stops).