Monday, December 28, 2015

Basin Falls

Basin Falls - Leica S, 24mm, f/8, 6s, ISO 100.

Basin Falls at nearby Uvas Canyon park from last week.  Unfortunately there aren’t any more rains in the forecast for the next week, was hoping to see these falls flow even more before the new year.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from the California Coast

Sea Stacks on the California Coast - A7rII, Batis 85mm, f/8, 6s, ISO 100.

Merry Christmas from the California Coast!  The whole lot of us down to the coast this afternoon hiking around some of my favorite places in the area in what turned out to be a beautiful day.  Can’t think of a better way to spend the day.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Alcatraz and Golden Gate

Alcatraz and Golden Gate - Leica Q, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

I’ve lived in the bay area for over 10 years and there’s still many tourist spots I haven’t visited, Alcatraz among them.  At least for Alcatraz, that was addressed yesterday with a visit to the infamous former prison turned national park.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunset after Storm

Sunset after Storm - Leica S Type 007, 30-90 @ 90mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 100.

Another one from yesterday evening, this one taken only 3 minutes prior to the other image.  It was incredible how fast the light color was changing and the light level dropping.

Sunset after Storm

Sunset after Storm - Leica S Type 007, 30-90 @ 39mm, f/11, 0.5s, ISO 100.

I made this image at the side of the road only a couple of miles from my house.  I’ve driven past this spot many times and each time I’ve thought to myself that in winter with the green hills, dotted trees and a  great sunset it could make for an interesting image.  Yesterday in the late afternoon, I went out for a short hike with my daughter at a nearby county park as the rain had just stopped earlier in the afternoon.  The sky was overcast at the park, but on our way home, right at the spot I’d always wanted to photograph the sky exploded in color.  The conditions weren’t totally ideal, as the hills are still very brown with only patches of fresh green grass.  Still, some beautiful color.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sligachen Waterfall

Sligachen Waterfall - Alpa STC, 32 HR, ~f/13, 9s, ISO 35.

The recent rainy, cloudy weather we’ve been having here in the bay area (which is much needed) reminds me of the trip to Skye from earlier this year.  The skies here are just totally overcast and not as moody or dramatic as those in Skye.  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Southern Giant Petrel

Southern Giant Petrel - 5D3, 400mm, f/2.8, 1/3200s, ISO 500.

I made this image on the first day at sea, having departing the Falkland islands on the way to South Georgia on my 2012 trip.  I went with Cheeseman’s Ecology Safaris and that proved to be incredible productive photographically.  It seems that Cheeseman’s is doing their last ever South Georgia trip next fall.  If South Georgia Island is on your wist list of places to photograph, I high recommend getting on that expedition.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Fork - Leica S2, 70mm, f/16, 2s, ISO 160.

Ocean waves fork on the way in and mix on the way out.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bison in a Field

Bison in a Field - 645Z, 28-45 @ 45mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400.

Bison roam freely in a field below the Grand Teton range.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Shapes in the Fog

Shapes in the Fog - 645Z, 28-45 @ 45mm, f/14, 1.6s, ISO 100.

There’s some pretty intense fog that rolls quickly in the very northern California / southern Oregon coast.  About 15 minutes before I made this image it had been clear in that direction with everything perfectly visible.  

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Keyhole - 5D2, 24 TS-E, f/10, 1/80, ISO 100.
We are fast approaching the ideal time of year to photograph the keyhole arch at Pfeiffer Beach.  On the day when the sun angle is perfect, you can expect several dozen photographers all lined up trying to get the shot.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Skua on the Lookout

Skua on the Lookout - 5D3, 24-70 @ 38mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 100.

I find Skuas to be hard birds to like.  They generally get their food by stealing it from other seabirds and in Antarctica they go after Penguin chicks.  To top it off they are also aggressive.  I guess they are the thieving jerks of the animal kingdom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nesting in the Rain

Nesting in the Rain - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800.

This Gentoo Penguin stays on the nest despite the driving rain and freezing cold. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Snow Goose Landing

Snow Goose Landing - 1D4, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800.

A Snow Goose comes in to feed on the corn planted for them at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dust Storm

Dust Storm - RX100, f/5, 1/1600s, ISO 125.
On that excursion to the Andes, we encountered a pretty crazy dust storm right after we finished lunch. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Blue & Aqua

Blue & Aqua - 5D3, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 100.

When I visited Santiago in 2012 (a two day stop on the way to the Falklands and South Georgia Island), I went on a day trip into the Chilean Andes.  The high elevation made for deep blue skies and clear, aqua water.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Warming Up

Warming Up - 1D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100.

A Cormorant suns itself in the morning's first light on the cliffs of La Jolla.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Incoming - 1D4, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800.

A Sandhill Crane on a direct landing approach at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Layers of Color

Layers of Color - D810, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100.
Later this morning, I’m headed to Santiago Chile for ICCV (computer vision conference).  I’ve been to Santiago a couple of times before but an open to any suggestions of things I should check out in the evening.  

i made this image on my trip to Chile earlier this year, this was in Punta Arenas.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Marabou Stork Take-off

Marabou Stork Take-off - 1DX, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/4000s, ISO 800.

The Marabou Stork is a very large wading bird mainly in sub-saharan Africa.  Similar to vultures, they are scavengers, eating almost anything they can swallow.  Also similar to vultures they have a face only a mother could love :)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 540mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 3200.

The Saddle-billed Stork is striking for obvious reasons, the colorful bill.  Interestingly the male and female have the same plumage and bill color but you can tell the them apart by the color of the eyes.  This is a female since the eyes are yellow.  

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Take Off

Take Off - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 533mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400.

A Yellow-billed Kite takes off from its perch.  In addition to all the wonderful mammals to photograph in the Okavango Delta, there’s also a rich set of Avian subjects.  Also if I have misidentified this one, please feel free to correct here.  

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Look to the Light

Look to the Light - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 560mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1000.
Yesterday, December 4th was International Cheetah Day.  I’m a day late with my photo but better late than never for these magnificent creatures.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Crazy Clouds

Crazy Clouds - Leica S, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100.

Crazy clouds of Torres del Paine.

Thursday, December 03, 2015


Tres - Leica S, 30-90 @ 42mm, f/13, 1/12s, ISO 100.

Three flowers dance in the strong winds at Torres del Paine.  

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Abhainn Sgaladail

Abhainn Sgaladail - Leica S, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/11, 1s, ISO 100.

Clouds over snow dusted mountains from which Abhainn Sgaladail, a river on the Isle of Harris flows.  Though this was a quick stop for us on our way to catch our ferry at Stornoway I remember the scene well and would love to photograph it again.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Clearing Storm over Laxdale Lochs

Clearing Storm over Laxdale Lochs - Leica S, 30-90 @ 54mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO 100.

Laxdale Lochs is a series of lochs (i.e. lakes) in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.  We ended up not having a morning shoot that day because of heavy rain but by mid morning it started to clear with even a bit of a rainbow.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Washed Up

Washed Up - Leica S, 30-90 @ 90mm, f/16, 1/125s, ISO 800.

Pieces of dried, washed up kelp on a beach at Fuerte Bulnes, a Chilean fort on the Strait of Magellan.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Carmelite Monastary from Whaler’s Cove

Carmelite Monastary from Whaler’s Cove - A7rII, 24-70 @ 70mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100.

I had promised to take my daughter Maya hiking at Point Lobos this weekend and were originally supposed to go on Friday.  I promptly got a cold Thursday morning which I managed to overcome enough to head out only this morning.  It was a beautiful morning and we arrived at Point Lobos within a couple of minutes of the gates opening (the best time to hike here, no crowds).  We did a few trails including Whaler’s Knoll and got out Whaler’s Cove from where you can see the highway and the Carmelite Monastery.

Berry Creek Falls Dry

Berry Creek Falls Dry - A7rII, Batis 85mm, f/9, 4s, ISO 100.

Berry Creek Falls which is usually raging is also down to a mere trickle.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Two More from Silver Falls

Two more images from Silver Falls and the logs.

Silver Falls Logs

Silver Falls Logs - A7rII, Batis 25mm, f/14, 8s, ISO 100.

Another image of the scene at Silver Falls.  This is probably my favorite area of the series of waterfalls in Big Basin because those logs give all kinds of interesting compositional options.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fall at Silver Falls

Fall at Silver Falls - A7rII, Batis 25mm, f/8, 8s, ISO 100.

Silver Falls isn’t flowing that well either.  Normally for where I was standing here to make this image, I’d be completely soaked.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fall in Golden Cascades

Fall in Golden Cascades - A7rII, Batis 25, f/9, 10s, ISO 100.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of my favorite times to visit the waterfalls at Big Basin.  The leaves have usually fallen creating a carpet of red and yellow.  The water is usually also flowing because by this time there has been a couple of storms.  This year, the leaves were there but the water flow was a disaster, still the lowest I’ve ever seen it here.  The spot I stood on to make this image was dry, in past years it would have come up past my ankles.  Hope we get that rain in January!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dead Trees and Grasses

Dead Trees and Grasses - Leica S, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/16, 1/250s, ISO 100.

Grasses grow in abundance among the remnants of dead trees in Torres del Paine.


Pee - Leica S, 30-90 @ 90mm, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 200.

Yup, the only reason I took this photo is because of the sign.  There’s no context here that explains it, this was on a street in Punta Arenas near the hotel.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last Light on El Capitan

Last Light on El Capitan - Leica S2, 35mm, f/11, 0.7s, ISO 160.

The last bit of warm light illuminates El Capitan on a relatively warm winter evening.  If we end up getting the kind of precipitation we need, this should be a good winter for photography at Yosemite.

Monday, November 23, 2015

McWay Falls

McWay Falls - Leica S2, 35mm, f/22, 6s, ISO 160.

The entire scene of McWay Falls, a great photographic subject for both wide angles and detail images with longer lenses.  I had to stop down f/22 to get my 6s exposure (needed that to get nice white band of the white caps) because at that time the camera was borrowed and I had no filter rings to fit the S lenses.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beach Waterfall

Beach Waterfall - Leica S2, 180mm, f/16, 3s, ISO 160.

This waterfall flows year round onto the beach and is a distinctive part of the California coast.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

On the Edge

On the Edge - Leica S2, 120mm, f/16, 1.5s, ISO 160.
These trees are growing atop this rock with sheer cliffs on each side, amazing.  Lately, I’ve been working on images I’ve made with the Leica S over the years and will be posting them the next several days.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Black Brow

Black Brow - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 200.

They of course get their name from the distinctive black colored feathers above their eyes.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nesting Black-browed Albatross

Nesting Black-browed Albatross - 5D3, 24-70 @ 59mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100.

In the Falklands, Black-browed Albatross will also nest on flat grassland making the colonies large and easier to approach.  Still, its important to not scare them off the nest so requires slow and careful movement near the edge of the colony.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nesting Albatross Cliff-side

Nesting Albatross Cliff-side - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/16, 1/160s, ISO 200.

Black-browed Albatross like to nest on cliffs, making their nest out of Tussock grass.  By this time of year in the Falklands, the eggs have been laid and we are well into the incubation period (which lasts a couple of months).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Landing Black-browed Albatross

Landing Black-browed Albatross - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/4.5, 1/2500s, ISO 400.
A Black-browned Albatross comes in for a landing among all the nests of the colony.  These colonies are loud with members braying and cackling.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gliding Albatross

Gliding Albatross - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/5, 1/1600s, ISO 400.
The Albatross family contains the largest birds with the largest (Wandering Albatross) having a wingspan of 11 feet.  The Black-browed Albatross is smaller with a wingspan of between 6-7 feet.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Soaring Black-browed Albatross over Nests

Soaring Black-browed Albatross over Nests - 5D3, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/4.5, 1/2000s, ISO 400.

We are coming up on the tail end of the best time of what I consider to be the best time to visit the Southern Ocean.  On the Falklands in particular, Black-browed Albatross are plentiful and I’m going to share a series of images of these beautiful birds over the next several days.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Crane in Gold

Crane in Gold - 1Ds3, 500mm, f/9, 1/5000s, ISO 200

The setting sun silhouettes a Sandhill Crane.  You can see the hole in the beak very clear which is how the Sandhill Crane breathes.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Crane Landing

Crane Landing - 1D4, 800mm, f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 800

A Sandhill Crane comes in for a landing and doing so against the wind helps to control it and make it smooth.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cranes in the Mist

Cranes in the Mist - 1D4, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 400

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese prepare for departure at sunrise as mist rises up from the nearby pool.