Sunday, February 24, 2013

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring - Alpa STC, IQ180, 90mm, f/11,  1/8s, ISO 35
Trees are in bloom, the days are getting longer, so I guess spring is around the corner!  I made this image earlier this week but haven't had time to work on it or post it until now.  This is actually a two frame stitch and the resulting image is around 133mp.  If you click on the image, it'll take you directly to the Google+ Photos Lightbox where you can zoom in on a 50mp version.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Last Light at Garrapata

Last Light at Garrapata - Leica S2, 30mm, f/16, 1s, ISO 160
Lets continue the shoot into the sun theme, but this time at the other end of the day.  I made this image just before the sun was about to sink below the horizon at Garrapata State Beach last spring.  This beach is one of my favorite places to photograph along the Big Sur coast, especially in the spring.  I'll be very busy this April, but I'm hoping to sneak out there a couple of times for some photography.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

San Francisco First Rays

San Francisco First Rays - 5D3, 70-200 IS II @ 200mm, f/5.6, ISO 100
Sometimes shooting into the light is totally the right thing to do.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rooftop Cafe

Rooftop Cafe - M9, 21 SEM, ~f/8, 1/1000s, ISO 160
A rooftop cafe overlooking the city of Cagliari in Sardinia.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mojave Yucca by Red Rock Canyon

Mojave Yucca by Red Rock Canyon - 5D3, 24 TS-E II, f/9, 5s, ISO 100
I made this image using the very last rays of light in a December evening at Red Rock Canyon just outside Last Vegas.  It was cold and windy and I'm a wimp so I didn't want to stay out for too long.  The light was disappearing quickly and exposures were getting longer and I was just parked by the side of the road so I had to find my composition quickly and make what I could.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Grand Canal Sunrise

Grand Canal Sunrise - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/11, ISO 100
On the morning of my last day in Venice, I went out with our group to photograph the Grand Canal and the hopes of a beautiful sunrise.  There was a fair amount of cloud cover and to me it was increasingly looking like a busy.  However when we got to out vantage point, I saw some hues of pink and red in the distance and it looked like we might get some color after all.  I initially started doing some long exposure work, tweaking composition to find the image I wanted.  As the minutes ticked by the color started to spread, it became more clear that we would be blessed with a spectacular sunrise.  There are three things I knew I wanted in my image from even before I went out there.  First was a beautifully lit pink and red sky, second was a reflection of those colors on the water and third the unique and striking buildings of the Grand Canal.  Tilting my lens up to get more of the sky would introduce perspective distortion (the buildings closer would no longer have straight lines going up) and hence comes the usefulness of a tilt/shift lens.  A few millimeters of rise with the lens gives me more sky and keeps the buildings straight.

I had to resort to HDR for this image due to the very high dynamic range in the scene.  It was a challenge to process the HDR and still retain contrast in places where contrast is needed as well as to keep it looking natural and closer to my own memory of that sunrise.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror, Canon 5D3, 70-200 IS II @ 200m, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 100
Yesterday evening we were treated to a beautiful sunset, elaborate costumes and courteous photographers.  What more could you ask for?  Tomorrow, my mini holiday in Venice comes to an end and I head for Hamburg to be put to work.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Carnevale

Carnevale - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 70mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO 800, flash fired.
I arrived in Venice yesterday to photograph the mask and costume wearers for Carnevale.  There's a group of 7 of us and though it rained a lot yesterday, the weather was great today.  There was too much cloud for a pretty sunrise but it was still a good opportunity to get in some practice.