Friday, July 29, 2011

Go Wide

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.

Whats even more amazing is the optical performance of this lens especially given its small size (compared to DSLR lenses) and cost (compared to most Leica lenses).  I just may have to get one for myself.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sandhill Cranes at Twilight

Sandhill Cranes at Twilight - 1Ds3, Zeiss 21, f/5.6, 25s, ISO 200
I made this this after an evening shooting at the "crane ponds" in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge last December.  Once the sun had set all the other photographers left and it was just our group, but before packing up I wanted to create a long exposure image with the cranes and the fading sunset light.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Way Conversation

One Way Conversation - M9, 50 Summilux, ~f/4, 1/500s, ISO 160

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Family Afternoon Nap

Family Afternoon Nap - Canon 5D2, 24 f/1.4 II, f/9, 1/125s, ISO 100
We found this pride of lions in the morning and spent a lot of time with them including what looked like was going to be an epic battle between them a group of hyenas (but didn't end up happening).  That afternoon, we returned to the area we knew they would be and found them all resting under the shade of an Acacia tree.  We spent about an hour with them here but none were too inclined to do anything interesting.

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

Eternal Embrace

Eternal Embrace - Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
Over many centuries these two Bristlecone Pine trees have come together and are now locked in embrace which will likely outlast all of our lifetimes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Marine Iguana on Isla Seymour Norte

Canon 1D4, 70-200 II @ 200mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 400
I wanted to take a break from working on landscape images so I went back to look for an image from the Galapagos I hadn't yet work on and found this one.  I just don't get tired of Marine Iguana images, in fact I think they're my favorite subject from the Galapagos. 

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

Evening Storm over Grand Teton

Canon 5D2, Zeiss 21, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 100
I made this image on the last evening at the Grand Tetons about a month ago.  Cloud cover meant we wouldn't get the pretty sunset we were hoping for but the clouds were layered just enough to still give a little bit of drama.

Ed returned to this area on a subsequent morning and made a panorama which I like very much.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lambert Dome Through the Trees

Canon 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/14, 1/50s, ISO 100.  Fusion of 3 exposures.

On my drive through Yosemite last Thursday I made several stops looking for images I could use with water.  This image is probably my favorite from the day through the Tuolumne Meadows area.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Its Flowin' in Yosemite

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

Half Dome & El Capitan

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.