Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paine Grande

Paine Grande - Leica S - 30-90 @ 90mm, f/6.8, 1/45s, ISO 400
From far back to up close on Paine Grande, this was a quick handheld image I made between the panoramas (coming later) I was making of the entire area with morning light.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Clouds over Paine Grande

Clouds over Paine Grande - Leica S, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 100
From crazy clouds behind a tree to crazy clouds over Paine Grande.  I made this image as we were walking back to our vehicle after our first evening of photography at Torres del Paine.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


A cool crazy looking tree in the Okavango Delta.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Black-browed Albatross Head-on

Black-browed Albatross Head-on - 5D3, 280mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400
A Black-browed Albatross caught mid bank while heading straight for the ship.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dancing in the Wind

Dancing in the Wind - Leica S Type 006, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/22, 1/12s, ISO 100
Among a bunch of dead trees, flowers dance in the wind.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy (early) Chinese New Year

untitled - Leica M, 35mm, f/11, 1/1000s, ISO 200.
Chinese New Year will be on Thursday this week and for the first time in years, we went to San Francisco's Chintatown yesterday.  It was loud and crowded but still fun walking through the Ferry Building marketplace to Chinatown to Pier 39 and finally Ghirardelli square.  Even though we live only an hour away, its rare we visit SF.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's

Penguin Love - 5D3, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 800
Happy Valentine's Day from a pair of courting King Penguins.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

California Brown Pelican

California Brown Pelican - 1Ds3, 800mm, f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 400
This is about the right time of year for the California Brown Pelican to show breeding plumage and its characteristic red bill pouch.  One of the best places to photograph them is in La Jolla, near San Diego.  Its been 4 years since I last went down there in January for this purpose, maybe next year.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

A Much Needed Rain

untitled - 1DX, 100mm, f/13, 1/100s, ISO 2500
January was the driest January in history (at least as far back as we've kept records for such things) in the bay area and the first time we've had no days of rain in the month.  Fortunately, we got some rain last night and its continuing this weekend. Still, it doesn't look good for California getting out of this drought.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Spaceship Clouds

Spaceship Clouds - D810, 70-200 @ 75mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 200
These crazy clouds almost have the shape of the spaceship from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Ocean Waves on a Lake

Lake Waves - D810, 16-35 @ 16mm, f/11, 1/10s, ISO 64.
The wind at Torres del Paine can get crazy and thats what happened during our sunset shoot on the second day.  We drove up to Lago Grey and after taking the short walk out to the lake were pummeled by the wind which was strong enough to create large (for a lake) waves.  Seeing this and quickly finding this dead tree as a foreground subject, +Vincent Mo+Zalman Stern and I photographed it in the same way we would if this were an ocean beach.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Consolation at Torres del Paine

Sunrise at Torres del Paine - D810, 16-35 @ 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 64
Our flight to Antarctica was officially cancelled a couple of days ago.  Though it was disappointing to come all this way and not make it the last leg, it was still great to spend time with and learn from incredible photographers like Art Wolfe.

Several of us decided to salvage the trip by organizing a 3 day trip to nearby Torres del Paine National Park, before coming back to Punta Arenas today to catch our flights home.  Patagonia is a place that was on my list to visit and photograph but not one I knew a lot about and I'm glad I got to explore a bit of this great place.

Our trip to Torres del Paine was productive and we were treated to two pretty sunrises and sunsets, lots of crazy, dramatic clouds and some wild wind.  This image was made on the first sunrise and though the iconic towers are not visible, I found these other two ranges to be quite photogenic (possibly even more so).