Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Storm Approaches

A Storm Approaches - 5D2, 24-105 @ 60mm, f/9, 1/60s, ISO 400
Dark clouds approach in the late afternoon over the curious landscape of Petrified Forest National Park.  I made this image last year as I drove through the area on my way to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beach Art

Beach Art - M9, 50 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/125s, ISO 250
I made this image as I was wandering around Santa Barbara beach at sunset looking for interesting subjects.  There wasn't a lot happening (on the ground or in the sky) so I wasn't being to picky in my subjects.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Spiral - NEX 5N, 18-200 @ 200mm, f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 1000
I had a pretty relaxing weekend since for a change we decided not to do any traveling, opting instead to just stay home.  On Friday, we drove to the coast to look for tide pools.  Since a low tide was expected around 4:30, I thought it would be a good time to try and combine with photography.  Sadly, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, where we ended up was almost completely overcast denying us a beautiful sunset.  I did however spot this wonderfully iridescent shell (occupied by a hermit crab).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Ancient

The Ancient - M9, 35 Summilux ASPH II, ~f/2.8, 1/350s, ISO 160
I made this image while waiting for the sun to set on my trip to Schulman Grove last month.  The moon had just cleared the hill behind and it wasn't too difficult to find an angle where it could be 'held' by the tree.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Loon and Chick

Loon and Chick - D3s, 200-400 @ 400, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 400
A loon and chick swim in the early morning light at Lac le Jeune near Kamloops, British Columbia.  If you're interested in bird photography, I highly recommend checking this place out.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sandhill Crane Landing

Sandhill Crane Landing - 1D4, 800, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400

A Sandhill Crane comes in for a landing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pismo Pier Lines

Pismo Pier Lines - Leica M9, 18 Super Elmar, f/8, ISO 160
This is the product of some experiments I've been doing in making black & white HDR images.  There two things that I feel are the main challenges in processing HDR images:
  1. Maintaining some contrast as HDR tends to reduce overall image contrast
  2. Keeping the colors real
However, one advantage of having wild colors from HDR is that if you convert the image to black and white, you can use those colors to manipulate the tonality of the image.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe - Canon 1D4, 500 f/4 IS, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 400
This is the final installment in the "animals that look like they want to eat me" series, in this case a Leopardess.  With her cub pretty close by, she's probably just looking to see if we are a threat, rather than her next meal.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Just Say Ahhhhhh"

"Just Say Ahhhhhh" - 1D4, 70-200 @ 185mm, f/4.5, 1/160s, ISO 400
Continuing the theme I started with the last post (animals that look like they want to eat me) is this guy in the Florida Everglades. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Stalker - 1D4, 500 f/4 IS, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 800
A Lioness looks like she's about to stalk her prey, in this case she's looking right at me [gulp]

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Storm over Thomas Alma Moulton Barn

Storm over Thomas Alma Moulton Barn - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/22, 20s, ISO 100
I made this image after the sun had set on my first day in the Grand Tetons this summer.  That evening had been mostly cloudy and so I thought that a long exposure would highlight the motion of the clouds.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Painted Desert

Painted Desert - 5D2, 24-105 @ 97mm, f/8, 1/25s, ISO 400
I made this image on my way to Bosque del Apache last year when I stopped off at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.  The afternoon and evening was cloudy, making it ideal to make images that capture the subtle (and not so subtle) colors of the landscape.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeast Migration - 1D4, 70-200 II @ 70mm, f/6.3, 1/250s, ISO 400
I love going back to my image archive to find stuff I've missed.  I have a differently framed and processed version of this image titled "Blessed Migration" which I released earlier this year.  However, after taking a break and revisiting the files, I prefer the framing and composition of this image more.  I also had a different vision for the final image in processing and I think I like the tones better in this one.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sand Tufas in Afterglow

Sand Tufas in Afterglow - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/11, 25s, ISO 100
This was my third attempt at photographing the Sand Tufas at Navy Beach, Mono Lake.  The first two times were a bust, as the place requires really interesting light make it interesting.  I'm not entirely satisfied with this image either, but its probably the best of my attempts so far.  The sun as it was setting behind the mountains cast these wonderful streaks of color into the sky.  I had to use a lot of filtration to pull this image off including a SinghRay 3-stop Reverse Grad and a SingRay 4-stop Soft Grad.