|Drake's Beach - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 48 Helvetar, ~f/13, 31s, ISO 35|
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
|Juvenile Baboon - 1DX, 200-400 @ 560mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 800|
Sunday, December 29, 2013
|Last Kiss of Light - D800e, 70-200 @ 110mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 100|
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|A7r, 55 FE, f/1.8, 1/80s, ISO 320. Click through to zoom in.|
Close up of the eye, looks great to me. I sharpened my standard amount of 70/0.8/44 in Lightroom and at ISO 320 the file holds up to the sharpening well.
I noticed that qualitatively the 55 f/1.8 has fairly pleasing bokeh and so I wanted to compare against the Leica 50 f/1.4 Summilux.
|Sony 55 out of focus highlights|
|Leica 50 f/1.4 Summilux out of focus highlights|
Monday, December 23, 2013
|Shopkeepers - 5D3, 24-70 @ 42mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 320|
Sunday, December 22, 2013
|Storm Blue - Alpa STC, IQ180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35|
Saturday, December 21, 2013
|An Alley in Venice - 5D3, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 100|
Friday, December 20, 2013
That was the state of my ankle about 11 days ago when I dislocated it and fractured my fibula. The doctors reset the dislocation pretty quickly, which is good because that bone was about to poke through the skin. So then there was surgery, a metal plate and lots of screws. I went in for a post-op checkup yesterday where the splint was removed and xrays performed.
This is what my ankle looks like now. Everything is anatomically correct. There is a plate attached to my fibula with 3 screws holding it to the fibula. Then I have two more screws at the fracture site compressing the fracture together so that it heals properly. Then there are two large screws that are bringing the fibula and tibia back together. There's also 19 staples at the incision site which were removed yesterday.
Side view of the whole thing.
I also got a new fiberglass cast, which is lighter and is now ready for Maya's drawings and decorations.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|Tree, Sunset and Big Sky|
Monday, December 16, 2013
|1DX, 200-400 @ 243mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|Hail the Termite - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 100|
Termites! These guys were probably the biggest surprise from my Botswana trip. First, I didn't expect to see so many of them (more on that later) and second in California home owners generally vilify them and consider them a nuisance for the damage they cause to homes. I learned a lot about termites on this trip including their fascinating role in the ecosystem. As consumers of dead wood, they play a vital role in returning emergy back into the ecosystem. Their mound structures and colony organization is also fascinating. But the most fascinating thing is the termite bloom, oh my goodness what an experience. The mound has future kings and queens inside, many many thousands of them. The workers bring them food for most of the year and these guys fatten up, consisting mainly of protein and fat. Then, at the start of the rainy season, after the first days of heavy rain, when the soil is softer, they are released en masse. These termites have wings and their goal is to fly out, land somewhere, mate and start a new mound. We had heavy rain on our fourth day so on the night of the fifth we had a chance to experience this first hand.
After returning from our game drive and before dinner we noticed several hundred flying insects up by the main light. These were the termites and quickly their wings fell off, they fell to the ground and were swept up. We then went on with our dinner and just as we finished our main course and were waiting for dessert we saw a horde of them by the main light again. Soon the entire space was buzzing with what must have been tens of thousands of termites in flight; needless to say dessert was cancelled. They are completely harmless, but they land everywhere and for those uneasy with insects they can freak you out. I'm very uneasy with insects but for some reason I just found this fascinating and so stuck around for some time watching them. My buddy +Vincent Mo was stuck in an upstairs loft area (the fallen termites had completely covered the stairs) so he stayed for a lot longer photographing them. The camp staff swept them all up and in the morning little evidence of what had happened last night remained, amazing stuff.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
|Big Bull Elephant - 5D3, 24-70 @ 63mm, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 100|
I made this image on our last full day at Sandibe during an afternoon game drive. By that point in the trip after filling our cards with great images of leopards, cheetahs, elephants and even a couple of male lions we were out with +Grant Atkinson to simple find anything interesting. Its immensely satisfying to reach a point on a photographic trip where you don't feel the pressure to have to see something because you've already had a lot of great sightings. We spotted this big bull elephant, which as bulls tend to do was walking and eating along the way. The vehicle was positioned far off such that if the elephant continued on his path he would walk past us with the vehicle positioned between him and the sun. The engine was shut off and we waited. He first walked past in front of the vehicle, continuing to eat not caring too much about our presence. Then he turned and walked up to the side of the vehicle and stopped about 15-20 feet away and stood and posed for about 30 seconds, relaxed the entire time. He then walked to a palm bush behind the vehicle and started chomping on it. Interestingly, he was so relaxed that he was fine with having his back to us. I could see him turn his head slightly and dart a quick glance every 30 seconds just to make sure we weren't being cheeky. One of my favorite moments in Botswana.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
|Hiding - 1DX, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 200|
Monday, December 02, 2013
|Out for a stroll - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/10, 1/200s, ISO 220|
Sunday, December 01, 2013
|Elephants - 1DX, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 500|