Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger - 1DX, 200-400 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO 800
Leopards love their trees.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Trees of Deadvlei

Trees of Deadvlei - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/14, 1/8s, ISO 35
I wanted to capture and bring attention to the long root of the front most tree and so I made this image from low on the ground.  I also wanted the entire ground front right in front of the camera to the sand dunes in the back to be in focus and this is where tilt with the technical camera comes in handy.  Tilting doesn't just give infinite depth of field, its actually more of a wedge (look up Scheimpflug principle, yes there is math in photography) and so the foreground tree tops are slightly out of focus.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day's Last Light

Day's Last Light - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/8, 1s, ISO 35
The day's last light in the Namib Rand, this was one of the most spectacular sunsets I saw on my Namibia trip earlier this year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Google+ Auto Awesome Effects

A couple of weeks ago one of the new features we launched in Google+ Photos was Auto Awesome Effects.  For those unfamiliar with "auto awesome", they are fun effects and new photos and videos automatically created and gifted to you.  One of the first and probably still my personal favorite is motion, where you get a stabilized animation from a burst of photos.

Auto Awesome Effects is a little different in that it applies a set of edits that I can then adjust to my taste.  For example, here is an image I took on a recent vacation, a JPG straight out of my camera and then auto backed up from my phone (my camera sends pictures to my photo over wi-fi).

I had planned upon returning home to edit the image using Lightroom and the Nik Collection, but in this case I didn't have to wait and immediately got an Auto Awesome Effects version:

Immediately, to me what Auto Awesome Effects did is better than my original image.  However, there are some creative things that happened here that I would have done differently and the great thing is that I can tweak it very easily using the web editing tools.  Once you click on edit and load the editing tools, in the lower right you will see a number indicating the set of edits applied to the photo:

If you click on that, displayed is the list of edits applied to this photo in order:

Now I can step through the edits and see what each one did to my photo and I can also change the parameters for each of them by clicking on the pencil icon.

For my taste with this image, I wanted to adjust "center focus" and the frame.  I changed center focus so that it was centered around the people, had less edge blur and more vignetting.  I also changed the type of the frame used and make the frame color a solid white.  My final image:
What I love about Auto Awesome Effects is that it saves me a bunch of time by kicking off a bunch of edits but still gives me full creative control.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grand Canyon Winter Sunrise

Grand Canyon Winter Sunrise - 5D3, 24 TS-E, f/13, ISO 100
I am trying to think of something interesting to say about this image, but can't really find it.  Its the Grand Canyon, it was winter, there were no clouds and the sun was about to come up.  Thats pretty much it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Stroll - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/10, 1/200s, ISO 140
A family of elephants out for a stroll on the Okavango.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Shrouded - D800e, 70-200 @ 80mm, f/8, 1/640s, ISO 100
When I'm out on a photography trip, I love weather conditions that are on the border of terrible.  In this case, with a storm moving through the area, and plenty of cloud cover, on occasion some wisps of cloud would descend lower shrouding just parts of distant mountains, giving interesting patterns and texture.