Tuesday, August 27, 2013

City Awakens

City Awakens - 5D3, 24 TS-E, f/8, ISO 100
Good morning San Francisco.  There must exist millions of images that are very similar to this one as this was taken at one of the iconic locations to photograph the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco.  Still, the weather conditions are rarely identical and so you can still have an image that is your own, after all its so pretty.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hamburg Sunset

Hamburg Sunset - M240, 50, ~f/8, 1/180s, ISO 200, 5 panel stitch.
When I was in Germany the previous week, we were walking to dinner right as the sun was about to set.  We started way off in the left side of this image and walked along this side of the Alster, giving a nice view of the fountain, the buildings and photographing with the light.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Colorful Bananas

Colorful Bananas - M240, 75, ~f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 200
Last time it was funky tomatoes, now its colorful bananas.  I saw these in a fruit stand in Kona and the combination of green and yellow was striking.  As an aside, if you haven't enjoyed some of the exotic bananas you get in tropical countries, you are missing out.  The Apple Banana is one of the more common ones and they are small but tasty.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Untouchable Tomatoes

Untouchable Tomatoes - M9, 35FLE, ~f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 160
Funky tomatoes from a market in Barcelona, Spain.  I guess abuse of these wacky tomatoes is a common problem.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lübeck Street

Lübeck Street
This is a somewhat peculiar point of view of a street but with the old buildings and interesting clouds I had to give it a shot.  Since I put the camera right to the ground, and tilted up I guessed at the framing and captured a series of 5 exposures.  They were merged with HDR Efex Pro and then finished with just a couple of Color Efex Pro filters.  The result was a little askew and with pronounced perspective distortion but "Upright" in Camera Raw 8 resolved that with a click of a button.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moss on Tree, Point Lobos

Moss on Tree, Point Lobos - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 90 HR, ~f/16, ISO 35
I made this image on one of my first shoots out to Point Lobos after getting my technical camera.  I wanted to capture the vivid reds of the moss against the rocks and since the sun had almost cleared the mountains, I captured 3 exposures and used HDR Efex Pro 2 to combine the exposures.  Fortunately it was a relatively calm day and so without a lot of moment the fusion came together well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Early Morning Grand Canyon and Snow

Early Morning Grand Canyon - EM-5, 7-14 @ 7mm, f/7.1, ISO 200
The sun was about to rise over in the right of the frame I captured this image by making doing a burst of 5 images at high speed hand held and then fusing the results together with HDR Efex Pro.  Its amazing to me how far both cameras and software have come that make it possible to make interesting images even with sloppy technique.  Features like image stabilization for ultra wide angle lenses, high resolution, high dynamic range and improvements to software like better tone mapping, robust alignment and ghost reduction all come together to help more and more people make more images.  Some might argue that all of this takes away from the craft of photography, and they might be right but I would argue a little less craft for a few people is worth making all of this more accessible to an even larger populace.  Besides, when I'm feeling "crafty", I use the technical camera :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lone Elephant

Lone Elephant - 1D4, 500, f/4, 1/1000s, ISO 400
We are accustomed to seeing images of elephants that emphasize their size, so when saw this scene I knew I'd want to make an image that flipped it around and made the elephant small.  I made this image from the top of a hill in the Ngorongoro Crater and this elephant was in a rare patch of greenery.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Stork in Acacia

Stork in Acacia - 1D4, 70-200 IS II @ 85mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
There's more to Africa than lions and elephants, you run into the occasional stork in a tree.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Elephants on the Serengeti

Elephants on the Serengeti - 1D4, 70-200 @ 123mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 200
This image is an example image where my idea for how to post process the image changed from the time I captured it to the when I decided to seriously work on it.  I took this frame at around 12:30pm on an all-day game drive in the south Serengeti.  As you can imagine, the sun was out in full force and so the lighting was harsh.  However, a game drive tends to be a lot of "opportunity photography" and if you just keep waiting for everything to come together, you'll miss out.  I chose to frame the image with 5 elephants (rule of odds) and wanted to keep the elephants in the lower portion with hills in the middle and clouds in the top.  My original vision was still for a black & white but I had planned on playing around with the color mixing to really darken the skies and get pseudo-IR look.  I did this right in the field with Lightroom and left it that way, not all that pleased with the results (this was pre-Silver Efex Pro days).  That was over 2 years ago and recently I dug this image up again and decided to start from scratch on the black & white conversion this time with Silver Efex Pro.  I actually ended up preferring the conversion here where the sky is left bright but with the elephants popping out against the grass.  I was happy enough with the results to do a test print and was even happier to see that it comes out *very* well even when printed large.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Saint John's Wort

Saint John's Wort - D800e, 70-200 f/4 VR @ 165mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
Saint John's Wort is both in invasive plant species and also well known for its medicinal uses.  I didn't know much about it, just saw the one wall of the sunken garden at Butchart gardens covered with them and thought it made for a pretty image.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Minimalist Birdscape

Minimalist Birdscape - 5D3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 100
Following up on a minimalist long exposure landscape, here I present a minimalist birdscape.  I made this image while on a zodiac cruise of Larsen Harbour.  When I saw this lone avian sitting on the snow the idea for this image immediately popped into my head, then it was just a case of framing to put the subject in an interesting location.  In cases like this I tend to prefer the lower right third of the frame.