Thursday, April 28, 2011

View of Upper Yosemite Falls

I am headed to Yosemite this weekend for some spring shooting. I may be a bit early for the Dogwoods but there will still be plenty to photograph. So I though, finished up and releasing an image from my last Yosemite trip in February would be appropriate. This image was a challenge to process and to get to a state I like. Its still not one of my favorite images but there's something about Upper Yosemite Falls being framed by the trees and water below that appeals to me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Which one?

I love it when I go back to a series of images and discover a new one I like and this is a good example (above). I made a series of images with a Lioness and cub in a tree. I immediately found the one I liked, it was with the Lioness looking directly at us (below). I processed that image and then ignored the rest in the series. That original image, I posted in an entry from about a month ago.

I processed my new find just a little differently and with a tighter crop. There are a couple of things I like better about the new image, most notably the way the cub is looking up at the Lioness. However I still prefer the look of the Lioness from the original. Which do you like better and why?

This is one of the reasons why I like to go back to images I've shot before and take a closer look at the ones I chose not to process right away.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of those animals that really screams "Galapagos". When you visit the archipelago, its definitely something you have to see. Its too bad that only 7 out of the 10 species still exist in the wild and the species as a whole is still considered vulnerable.

Technical: Canon 1Ds3, 24-105 @ 75mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Garrapata Coastline

I spent this past weekend in the area just north of Big Sur on a workshop with Edward Mendes. This was my third workshop with Ed and my opinion of his workshops from last time remain unchanged.

For our last shoot we went to Soberanes Point to photograph the sea arch you see above in sunset light. Unfortunately the trail leads to a little foot path that hugs the cliff edge which is problem for an acrophobe like myself. I had to stay back a bit and try to get creative with where I was positioned. In the end, I really like the image that came out, though I will head back at some point and try to muster the will to take the foot path to get a different perspective.

There is yours truly hanging out at close to the edge, though this was taken after I had already made my image and the clouds had come in and clobbered the warm soft light we had.

Friday, April 15, 2011

It came from the deep

Broke out the 65 MP-E for some extreme macro last night. Kim has been setting up a salt water aquarium for the last couple of months (read about it on her blog Reefbreefs) and these guys have started multiplying like crazy.

She needed a closeup to see if they are the Ich parasite (which they thankfully aren't).

In this image, Kim is holding up a penny at the edge of the frame to give you an idea of just how small these guys are.

Technical: Canon 5D2, 65 MP-E @ 5x magnification, Stack Shot, f/11-f/16, hand held strobe.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Profile of El Capitan

I am pleased to release another image taken at Yosemite. This time, its a monochrome of El Capitan from the side as it was lit up by early morning light. I love how the detail in the rock comes through with that soft light.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mandarin Duck

So, right after I post yesterday that my interest is shifting more towards mammals (especially mammals in landscape), I go out and photograph a bird.  Go figure.  I had heard that there was a Mandarin Duck (also known simply as Mandarin) hanging out in the pond at the Berryessa Community Center over a week ago.  I took Maya last week to check it out but without a camera (I just wasn't in the mood I guess).  Its a beautiful bird but the wooden fence around the pond makes it difficult to make interesting images (because you need to get low).

I managed to make a couple of decent images with him (its the Mandarin Drake that has the unique look) until he decided that he'd had enough of the water and came out of the pond and onto the grass.

It was about the 6:30 by then and the light was getting low and warm. Eventually some kids managed to scare him off and he took off back into the water.

Technical: Canon 1D4, 800 f/5.6 IS, ISO 800, handheld.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Elephants on the Open Plain

More love for one of my favorite subjects, Elephants. This week I was telling a friend that I think my photographic interests are shifting more towards mammals, away from avians.

I like dramatic landscapes and I find that wildlife really adds to a landscape and can help make it unique. I really enjoy making images that show the environment that an animal inhabits and hope I'll get to do a lot more of it in the future.