Sunday, February 23, 2014


Flare - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60 XL, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35
I'd like to claim that I added this wild, wacky colorful flare that bring out my inner J.J. Abrams using some fancy piece of software.  Alas, it is the natural result of pointing my shiny new Schneider 60mm large format lens directly at the sun.  These lenses may be extremely well corrected for all kinds of optical aberrations and are wickedly sharp but they do flare like crazy.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Everyone's Watching

Everyone's Watching - D800e, 70-200 @ 130mm, f/11, 1/640s, ISO 1000
We originally spotted the Cheetah by actually looking at the Giraffe.  Anytime you are out on a game drive and see a bunch of Giraffe all intently looking in the same direction, you know there must be something interesting there.  Eventually we positioned the vehicle such that the Cheetah would walk in front of the Giraffe making for an awesome wildlife combo.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Walk by Giants

Walk by Giants - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60 XL, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35 
A different view of interesting forest light, this time backlit.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Forest Alight

Forest Alight - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60 XL, ~f/11, 0.5s, ISO 35
This was just the weekend for me to get out and yesterday I went for a walk through the redwoods of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Felton.  This is another state park that despite being only a 40 minute drive I hadn't visited in my years living here.  I went out looking for inspiration and interesting light and came upon this scene near the end of the only relatively flat trail there.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60XL, ~f/11, 1/125s, ISO 35
Despite living only about an hour away from San Francisco, it doesn't tend to be a common destination for me.  I know friends who live in "the city" (a rather curious name for SF for us south bay folks considering that San Jose is actually larger in terms of population) and others who frequent the city but the appeal just hasn't been there for me.  But this weekend, after a couple of months of being restricted to mostly home, work and a couple of places around the south bay we ventured up to San Francisco.  It was a perfectly clear, beautiful day and we decided to check out the Palace of Fine Arts.  This was my first time (yes 8 years living in the bay area, I hadn't made it there) and we just walked around.  Not wanting to miss an opportunity to photograph anything other than the backyard I brought the full technical camera too.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Resting Lioness

Resting Lioness - 1DX, 200-400 @ 420mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800
A relaxed Lioness resting in the shade of a sausage tree.  Not pictured but the rest of the pride is also resting, scattered around the area.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Sally Lightfoot Crab - 1D4, 70-200 @ 123mm, f/5.6, 1/125s,  ISO 800
My buddy +Andy Biggs is posting pictures from the Galapagos all week, and so I've this one on the post-processing back burner for a while and figured it was time to finish it up.  We went to the Galapagos in 2010 with Andy on a photo trip and it was a blast.  Lots of photography and snorkeling good times.  This was one of the last images I made on the trip, on the last stop, the island of EspaƱola.  Though the Waved Albatross are the delight of the island, the Galapagos is a place for opportunistic photography, and with the bright colors of the Sally Lightfoot Crab, its always a fun subject.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Hippos Out for a Swim

Hippos Out for a Swim - D800e, 70-200 f/4 @ 200mm, f/4, 1/2000s, ISO 2500
When I first started thinking about doing a photographic safari in Botswana, it was this kind of aerial image that immediately came to mind.  I was hoping for a family of elephants (like this image by Andy Biggs) but Hippos are very cool too.  I opted to do two helicopter rides to maximize my chances, one before sunset and another the next morning before sunrise.  This image was made at 6:16 AM before the sun cleared the horizon, giving the scene flat and even lighting.  With the helicopter moving quickly and the hippos swimming out, there wasn't much time for careful framing so I composed to put the hippos on the left with the ripples from the movement visible but also leaving the radiating lines of the water lilies to carry the composition.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Storm over the Teton range

Storm over the Teton range - Alpa STC, IQ180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 0.5s, ISO 35
Its finally starting to get a little stormy here in the bay area and stormy weather makes for interesting photographs.  Since I can't run to the coast to make storm images, I settled for finding one in my archives.  This was from the first day in the Grand Teton area last fall and though it looked we might get rained out, the clouds did break briefly first casting some light just on the peaks but then also lighting up some of the fall colored trees in the valley.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Hippo in Twilight

Hippo in Twilight - 1DX, 200-400 @ 280mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 3200
This was after one of the spectacular sunsets were treated to on the Okavango Delta.  The sun had disappeared and clouds in the sky were lit up with hues of red and orange, reflected on the water.  We were waiting for hippos to pop their heads up and finally this guy did and then go up and trotted in the water on the opposite bank.  A very cool moment.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker (female) - 1D4, 800mm, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 400
There was a time a few years ago when avians were my favorite photographic subject, so last night I went back in my archives to 2010 to find a bird image to process.  This was made near Lac le Jeune in British Columbia, Canada on a photographic trip I made there in June 2010.  Though Loons and their chicks were the primary goal of that trip, there are plenty of other avians to also photograph in the area.