|Gentoo Penguin on Nest - 5D3, 70-200 IS II @ 200mm, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 800|
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
|Elephant Seal - 5D3, 70-200 IS II @ 170mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Rock Hopper Call - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 200|
This image was made on Sea Lion Island in the Falklands. The landing site was about 1.5 miles from the Rock Hopper colonies, requiring a hike. Since we stopped many times along the way to photograph various other wildlife, it took nearly 2 hours to get out to to the Rock Hoppers. Once there though, one set of the Penguins were positioned ideally so that they could be photographed with the deep blue of the ocean. Many times the sun was out in full force, but clouds would occasionally obscure it, diffusing the light as it did for this image.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|Wet Rock - Sony RX100, 10.4mm, f/4, 1/30s, ISO 2000|
|My New Printer - OM-D EM-5, 7-14 @ 7mm, f/5, 1/8s, ISO 1000|
So when I changed employers earlier this year I knew I was going to have to give this up. The Epson 7900 is not only an expensive printer (outside the ~$3k the printer costs, a full set of inks is about $1k) but its also freakin' huge, so I knew I could never fit one at home. On Friday I found someone in the bay area selling their lightly used 4900 and bit the bullet. The 4900 uses the same type of inks as the 7900 (and yes costs about the same) and has the same print head technology. Its a smaller 17" printer so I won't be doing any 24x36 posters but even with the 7900 I usually made 17"x22" prints.
As soon as I saw my first contact sheet of test prints come out of the printer I was delighted. The tonality was exactly like what I was used to with the 7900. The printer is borderline absurdly huge in my home office but my wife hasn't complained so far so I'm happy.
One of the things I'm looking forward to doing is experimenting with the ink deposition amounts with different papers and building my own profiles to hand craft fine art prints.
Friday, November 23, 2012
|Oakum Boy Close-up - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200|
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|St. Andrew's Bay Colony - 5D3, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 100. 6 panel stitch.|
I put this 6 panel stitch together to capture a field of view that covered almost 180 degrees and to get a higher resolution image to potentially make a large print. Below is a Zoomify version of this image.
Monday, November 19, 2012
|King Penguins by a Stream - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 47mm, f/13, ISO 100, 3 exposure fusion.|
I made this image as were walking to the main colony site. It was hard to leave the area and continue to the main colony as King Penguins would keep crossing the stream making for interesting photography.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
|King Penguins Courtship - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 800|
Saturday, November 17, 2012
|Southern Giant Petrel over the Scotia Sea - 5D3, 70-200 II + 1.4x TC @ 280mm (equiv.), f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400|
I've also now had plenty of opportunity to use the 5D Mark III for avian flight photography and am now confident in saying that for me its has the best auto-focus system for moving subjects I've used (I've used them all except the 1DX). The 5D3 performed very well giving many bursts of perfectly in focus frames.
Friday, November 16, 2012
|Black-browed Albatross on Nest - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/14, 1/200s, ISO 200|
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|King Penguin Detail - 5D3, 400 IS II + 1.4x TC (560mm equiv.), f/13, 1/400s, ISO 200|
This image was made at St. Andrew's Bay on a ridge that overlooked the colony. It was an overcast day, making the light ideal for this kind of detail work. I performed only basic adjustments in Lightroom and then hit the image with a little bit of Detail Extractor and Tonal Contrast in Color Efex Pro.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
|King Penguin Enjoying the Snow - 5D3, 400 IS II, f/5, 1/500s, ISO 100|
Monday, November 12, 2012
|King Penguins at Right Whale Bay - 5D3, 70-200 II @ 102mm, f/7.1, 1/125s, ISO 160|