Monday, October 28, 2013

The Endless Future

The Endless Future - D800e, 70-200 @ 165mm, f/7.1, 1/80s, ISO 100
Homage to +Dave Besbris and his most recent "flower image" I present "The Endless Future".  So many Lilies have already bloomed, yet there remain many more more buds ready to unfurl.  The future is indeed bright.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Giraffe on the Serengeti

1D4, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/4.5, 1/3200, ISO 400
With just a little over 3 weeks left to go before safari time, Africa is definitely on my mind.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Giant Petrel

Giant Petrel - 5D3, 400, f/4, 1/1000s, ISO 400
It was exactly a year ago that I was on the last day of voyage across the Southern Ocean about to make the first landing on South Georgia at Elsehul.  Those not fighting sea sickness during the voyage would get out and photograph the many sea birds some of whom would follow the ship, circling for miles.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Supervised Exercise

Supervised Exercise -  1D4, 800mm, f/8, 1/640s, ISO 1250
A parent Loon supervises a chick swimming and playing.  I believe the chick is less than a month old when I made this image and was swimming about freely most of the time though still staying close to the parent.  If the chick were younger it would spend more of its time on the laying on the back of the parent as they are more easily tired from swimming.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Father & Son

Father & Son - 5D3, 400 II, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
I suppose I don't really know for sure what the genders of this adult and juvenile King Penguins are but "Father & Son" had a nice ring to it.  It was almost exactly a year ago that I was preparing to leave for my South Georgia and Falklands expedition.  I'll be heading to the airport once again tomorrow but this time for a quick trip to Germany for work.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Winter's Arrival

First Winter Storm - D800e, 70-200 f/4 VR @ 70mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 100
I try as much as I can to make images that tell a story, even if the story is a simple one.  In this case, I drove around in the afternoon through Grand Teton National Park at the tail end of the storm that hit and had in mind a particular story I wanted to tell.  I went to the area seeking the colors of fall and there were several aspen and cottonwoods that were in various stages of turning colors.  After the storm, I knew that I wanted to craft an image that conveyed the sense of fall interrupted and the abrupt arrival of winter.  I stopped at several locations looking for an image that told this story and finally near the end of my drive found it.  I saw these group of trees, several of them having started to turn.  The snow on the ground in the foreground was fresh and there was just the right amount as to not completely cover the grass.  Then the evergreens in the back with the light dusting of snow hinting at the recency of the snowfall.  Finally, the clouds, still obscuring the mountains behind, threatening to cast down more snow.  For me, this scene conveys the sense of fall interrupted and winter's arrival perfectly and I'm glad I kept looking to find what I had in mind.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Crazy last few months

Breaking Storm over Grand Teton - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/14, 0.5s, ISO 35
The last couple of months have been pretty crazy and this weekend was a small bit of normalcy coming back.  I've been in the process of moving, first there was buying the new place, then making the new place livable, then moving, then selling the old place.  All this and a bunch of traveling.  I had to pack up my office at home a couple of months ago including my wide gamut display and my 4900 printer.  I can attest that editing photos on a Macbook Pro Retina display for prolonged periods will rot your brain :)

All this craziness is slowly winding down.  I finally had the chance to unpack my office this weekend and set everything up.  It took a while to get all the heads on the printer cleaned after months of non-use but in the end I even had a chance to make a print.

I captured this image on the last day at Grand Teton National Park.  After a couple of days of storms and overcast skies on the last shoot we had the sun start to peek from behind the clouds.  I love this kind of dramatic post storm sun and cloud, especially when select portions of the foreground get lit up.  I processed this image in Capture One Pro and after a lot of careful dust busting using Adobe Camera Raw I ran it through a touch of Detail Extractor and Sunlight in Color Efex Pro.  It felt good to work on an image from beginning to end, including the print all in one sitting again.