Thursday, August 30, 2012

Garrapatta Callas in B&W

Garrapatta Callas in B&W - M9, 35 Summilux, ~f/6.7, 1/2000s, ISO 160
I posted a color version of this image a couple of months ago but I recently thought a black and white conversion might be interesting.  I worked on this image in Silver Efex Pro and really liked how the edges of the leaves came out in a black & white.  I changed the crop a little bit for this version too.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tree in Courtyard

Tree in Courtyard - M9, 35 Summilux, ~f/4.8, 1/90s, ISO 160
A tree grows in a courtyard in Madrid, Spain.  I made this image during a walking city tour of Madrid and really liked the textures of the buildings along with the contrast of the colors.  It isn't a sight you'll see often in North America, especially California.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Carmelite Monastery of Carmel from Point Lobos

Carmelite Monastery of Carmel from Point Lobos - Leica S2, 180mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO 160
I made this image of the Carmelite Monastery in Carmel during a morning shoot at Point Lobos with my friend Eric Chan earlier this spring.  Though our focus was primarily in photographing subjects at Point Lobos, I loved the way the fog and clouds were creating layers over the hills and the Monastery on the opposite side.

I had a complete Leica S2 kit with me that day, so I not wanting to waste an opportunity to use the stellar 180mm APO-Elmar-S lens, I tried to find a framing I liked.  I had to slap on a lot of filtration (about 5 stops if I remember correctly) to get the top part of the image under control.  I also knew that I wanted to bring out the detail in the rocks in the foreground.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Golden Falls

Golden Falls - 5D2, ZE 100 Makro Planar, f/13, 13s, ISO 100
I made this image in the late afternoon at Fern Springs in Yosemite.  By using a macro lens I got close to this tiny "waterfall" to focus entirely on the patterns caused by the flow of water.  Then, I post processed the image to bring out the reflections of the late afternoon sunlight on the trees in the area.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Abandoned Gas Station

Abandoned Gas Station - 5D3, 40mm f/2.8 , f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 100
I am ashamed to say that this image is an example of drive by photography.  We were on our way from Crater Lake to Portland along Highway 97 when in a small village I spotted this abandoned gas station.  I would have loved the opportunity to spend more time photographing it but as this was a family trip I could only stop for a moment for a quick snap.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Attack of the Vultures

Attack of the Vultures - 1D4, 70-200 II @ 200mm + 1.4x TC, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Two vultures get into a tussle over some food in the Everglades, Florida.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Zebra Caravan

Zebra Caravan - 1Ds3, 500, f/5, 1/250s, ISO 800
Zebras moseying along the Serengeti with an Acacia in the distance.  Hard to mistake this for anything other than Africa.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bison with Calves

Bison with Calves, 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6, ISO 100
Bison, their babies, colorful trees, soft light, what's not to like in this scene?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Calla Lily Gully

Calla Lily Gully - M9, 21 SEM, ~f/6.7, 1/750s, ISO 160
I've had this image I'd wanted to make using the Calla Lilies that grow at Garrapatta State Beach for some time.  Its very close to what you see here, except I wanted to do it at sunset with the sun visible at the top casting beautiful warm color onto the lilies.  I made this image in the late afternoon more as a compositional test.  Framing it with the M9 was a minor challenge because I did not have a 21mm viewfinder (the M9 only shows frame-lines for lenses as wide as 28mm) but a little experimentation (had to do this hand held) allowed me to get this composition with no cropping post.  The real challenge was in finding a clump of lilies without lots of brown spots or dead petals.  I chose the group in the foreground because it was the best I could find at the time; still I had to do a fair amount of patch work in Photoshop to eliminate a few brown spots.

I figured when I made this image that a color version was unlikely to work because of the time of day.  After a little experimentation I really like how both the petals of the lilies stand out but also the waves the edges of the leaves form.  It took a little while to find the right settings in Silver Efex Pro to bring that out.  I did all this work a couple of months ago and large left the image alone, coming back to it from time to time to clean up brown spots.  Over that time, its an image that has grown on me, enough that I am featuring it as a part of my landscape collection.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Graffiti - M9, 21 SEM, ~f/4, 1/45s, ISO 160
There was a lot more graffiti in Cagliari than I was expecting and saw this on the wall of a narrow street while searching for a place for dinner one day.  There's something about the torn poster I find fascinating.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

McWay Falls in B&W

McWay Falls - Leica S2, 120mm, f/11, 4s, ISO 160.
I made this image earlier this spring on a weekend trip/workshop at the California coast.  We didn't get a spectacular sunset that evening so I figured black & white was probably the treatment the image would get, especially after being inspired by this image from my friend Edward Mendes.

Friday, August 03, 2012


Calla - Leica S2, 120mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 160
I photographed this Calla lily around the back of the Carmel Mission earlier this year.  During the spring time, you can find nice clumps of Callas in this area but the challenge is always in finding a clean background.  I'm not thrilled with the background here, but I guess it'll do.