|Antarctic Terns by Risting Glacier - 5D3, 70-200 II + 1.4x @ 280, f/4, 1/2500s, ISO 200|
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
|Lichens and Snow - 5D3, 70-200 IS II + 1.4x TC @ 280, f/5, 1/640s, ISO 100|
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
|Risting Glacier at the end of Drygalski Fjord - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 24mm, f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 100|
Sunday, May 26, 2013
|Snow and Clouds - 5D3, 70-200 IS II @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100|
We were going to go for a landing at Cave Cove in King Haakon Bay that morning and waking up at 6, I quickly got ready and went upstairs hoping for some dramatic sky. The sun kept going behind and then emerging from layers of light cloud, giving some really nice light.
I had originally fully intended to keep this image in color. I love images with snow, clouds and glacier in them as there are subtle color differences (and not so subtle with glaciers) but in this case the black & white appealed to me more bringing more attention to the differences in texture and tone, even though I had to sacrifice not having the blue of glacier at the bottom.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|Giraffe Dance - 1Ds3, 70-200 IS II @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 100|
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
|King Penguin Colony - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 100, 12 panels.|
Sunday, May 19, 2013
|Nordenskjöld Glacier - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 100. 27 panels.|
The gigantic glacier flows into the head of the Cumberland East Bay on the northern side of South Georgia. This was from the third full day in South Georgia and after some Zodiac cruises in Ocean Harbour, we made our way around to this side cruising across the bay, eventually ending up at Grytviken. The day started off with some sun but it became overcast quickly with occasional rain.
Wikipedia has a neat overlay of on Google Maps of the area with interesting information on the various bays and points of historic interest, definitely worth checking out.
Monday, May 13, 2013
|Elm & Sunstar - 5D2, Zeiss 50 MP, f/22, 1/4s, ISO 100|
I got out there pretty early in the morning and being a weekend and that time of year, two separate workshops joined me. I was set up in an area to photograph a reflection of halfdome in a pool of water and if there had been a spectacular sunrise, it would have been a spectacular image. The workshop organizers had a similar idea so we shared the spot for a while. I like to photograph in a social way, interacting with other photographers, but with nearly 20 people crowded around this small pool of water, I decided to do my own thing after it was clear the sunrise was going to be a bust.
I was drawn to this iconic Yosemite Elm and liked the way Halfdome was behind it, I made some verticals with just these two elements for a bit. I really wanted a third element and thats when I realized that the sun would soon peek over the mountains in the back. I figured I had several minutes to compose and came up with what you see here, having 3 dominant elements, the sun-star, Halfdome and the Elm. Stopping down to f/22 is essential to get a good sun-star and I wanted to make sure I got it at exactly the right moment when the sun first peeked over the mountain, otherwise it would be too bright and things would be too washed out. I still used a neutral graduated density filter to bring the bright sky under control (may have even stacked a couple).
Curiously, I was the only person capturing this scene even though there were two workshops in the area. After about 15 minutes when it was clear the sun was out in full force, I started packing up to leave. Its then that a couple of photographers were hurrying from their parked cars to my area starting make similar images.
Friday, May 10, 2013
|Rockhoppers - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/14, 1/200s, ISO 200|
Thursday, May 09, 2013
|Serengeti Star Trails - 5D2, 24 f/1.4L, f/2.8, 17m 21s, ISO 200.|
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
|Spring on the Coast - S2, 120mm, f/22, 1/3s, ISO 160|
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
|Wildebeest and Flamingos - 1D4, 500 f/4 + 1.4x TC, f/7.1, 1/600s, ISO 400|
I found the Ngorongoro crater both a frustration and delight to shoot. It was a delight because the crater walls can make for very interesting backgrounds, giving images a more unique look than an image of animals on an open plain. I found it frustrating because the park rules require you to only enter after sunrise and leave well before sunset. This means you spend the day mostly photographing in challenging light. One of the things I'm really looking forward to in Botswana is being able to get out during good light and being able to go off-road and get close to the wildlife. You can do this if you stay at the private reserves.
Monday, May 06, 2013
|Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, ~7s, ISO 100|
So where did I goof up? First, my back was set to ISO 100 and not ISO 35. If you try doing longer exposures (like multiple seconds) with the IQ 180 at ISO 100, it starts degrading image quality. Its not huge, but its noticeable. This goof was purely inattention on my part, I had set the back to ISO 100 for some other faster shutter speed work I was doing earlier in the day and simply forgot to check to put it back to 35.
Second, I had my tripod set up on a wooden bridge and with moving walking over it and a 7 second exposure, you inevitably get blur which is exactly what I got when I zoomed in to 100% and closely examined the pixels. Normally I would time my exposures to avoid people walking and do multiple exposures as insurance. In this case, I wanted to stick to 1 so I had to live with this one.
In the end, this gave me a somewhat mushy file to work with. After cropped to my panoramic aspect ratio and then resizing to get back to an image with actual detail at the pixel level, I was left with a 10mp image. If I hadn't goofed on the ISO and the shake, I would have had a super crisp 40mp panorama. Oh well, at least I got a neat monochrome with Silver Efex Pro.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
|Zebras Grazing on the Ngorongoro Crater Floor - 5D2, 24 f/1.4 II, f/10, 1/200s, ISO 100|