Monday, March 31, 2014

Fall Color, Fence and Crepuscular Rays

Fall Color, Fence and Crepuscular Rays - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1/4s, ISO 35

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More Signs of Spring

Flowering Cactii over Garrapatta Beach - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/13, 1/80s, ISO 100
I was supposed to go shooting at the coast yesterday morning but we got rained out.  Too bad it wasn't scheduled for today as its a beautiful morning for photography.  This image was taken almost exactly a year ago at one of my favorite places for coastal photography Garrapatta State Beach.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Some flowers to celebrate spring.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lupine and Ravine Falls

Lupine and Ravine Falls - Leica S2, 30mm Elmarit-S, f/22, 6s, ISO 160
My physio-therapist asked me yesterday if I had any concrete goals related to my recovery and ability to walk.  I didn't really have to think about it, the thing that came to mind right away was being able to hike again so that I could make images like this.  I stated my goal more specifically and said I would like to be able to do the skyline to the sea trail (though starting from Big Basin as to do it in one day), though really I would just love to be able to return to the Table Mountain area (where this image was made) and hike / walk around for a few hours making images.  I know I'll get here, just have to keep at it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Boulders on the Lake

Boulders on the Lake - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~/16, 4s, ISO 35
Boulders in Lake Tahoe on a cloudy day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wave Rock and Clouds

Wave Rock and Clouds - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 3s, ISO 35
There's a wave, a rock and some clouds.  What more do you need?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flowering Mustard, Hurricane Point

Flowering Mustard - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/16, 150s, ISO 100
Around this time of year the California coast starts flowering and one particular spot I really like is a place called Hurricane Point.  Its a pretty windy place in the early morning and I've always wanted to make an image with the blur of the flowering mustard moving in the wind.  I've photographed this place a few times but never really came away with an image I liked with the mustard.  I'm not entirely happy with this one either, the sky in the background is somewhat dull and the image still feels like its missing something.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Surf and Sunset

Surf and Sunset - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 2s, ISO 35
I made this image almost a year ago on a shoot at Davenport beach with friends, but it wasn't until this weekend that I had the urge to process it and bring out what I had in mind when I made the capture.  I think the tide was slowly coming in that evening and so the waves would slowly get higher and higher.  I loved the contrast of the white of the surf against the warmly lit black and so I timed my 2s exposure for maximum waves.  We are starting to head into what is a good time for Big Sur coast photography, the spring.  Though I can walk somewhat, a beach is probably something I won't be visiting for a little while longer and slippery rocks with steep hikes not for many months.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Siblings - 1D4, 70-200 @ 200, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 400
My sister is visiting the bay area this week so its fitting to post an image with siblings.  These three cubs look out over a watering hole in the South Serengeti.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Yum - 5D3, 24-70 @ 70mm, f/9, 1/100s, ISO 100
Why is that Leopard sitting there licking his lips as he looks at me?  Oh boy.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cagliari Street

Leica M9, 21 Super Elmar, ~f/3.4, 8s, ISO 160
Evening traffic makes for interesting lines and curves in Cagliari, Italy.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Penguin Posse

Penguin Posse - 5D3,  400 f/2.8 IS II, 400mm, f/4.0, 1/400s, ISO 100
Don't these Penguins look like their about to lay down the law, looking around for trouble makers?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Yep, Pretty Much

Road Closed - Leica M (Type 240), 21 SEM, ~f/3.4, ISO 200
Driving along the Chain of Craters road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a blast because of the almost surreal landscape.  The road ends where a previous lava flow wiped it out.  There's a little parking area and one can then hike onto the lava rock where after a few hundred yards you'll encounter this sign.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Out of the Water

Out of the Water - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, 400mm, f/4, 1/2000s, ISO 400
Penguins are graceful swimmers with great speed and agility under water.  On land, they aren't the fastest walkers but they do manage to waddle around.  However, that transition from swimming to standing is where they are the funniest.  They flap around throwing dirt and water in all directions as they go from laying on their belly to standing up.  I watched King Penguins do this over and over again and it just doesn't get old.

Monday, March 03, 2014

King Penguin

King Penguin - 5D3, 400 f/2.8 IS II, 400mm, f/3.5, 1/320s, ISO 100
A King Penguin laying on the ground resting looks off to see whats going on revealing the beautiful yellows on the side of the head and neck.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Black Browed Albatross over Southern Ocean

Black Browed Albatross over Southern Ocean - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, 280mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400
The Black Browed Albatross is one of the many distinct and easy to identify birds you'll see in the Southern Ocean.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Seabirds over the Southern Ocean

Seabirds over the Southern Ocean - 5D3, 24-70 II @ 24mm, f/10, 1/1000s, ISO 800
It takes just a little over two full days to get to South Georgia Island from the Falkland Islands.  Even during this crossing, there are things to photograph, particularly various sea birds which can circle and follow the ship for miles.