Saturday, May 30, 2015

Loon & Chick

Loon & Chick - D3s, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 720
Another adorable, fluffy brown juvenile is the Loon chick.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Penguin Babies

Salisbury Plain Colony - 5D3, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100
What's cuter than a Penguin?  Penguin babies of course!  It still amazes me that the juvenile King Penguins look nothing like the adults.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Salisbury Plain

This was the environment the Penguin from yesterday was surrounded by, Ample bay, Salisbury plain.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Penguin in his element

A friend last week asked how many images with penguins in them I still had in my archive that haven't been processed or posted.  I counted, and right now its 32, well 31 with this image :)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Imperial Shag

Imperial Shag - 5D3, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400
Another image of an Imperial Shag, this time, one returning to the nesting site with fresh building material.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Imperial Shag / King Cormorant

Imperial Shag - 5D3, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 200
I'm assuming this is an Imperial Shag or perhaps a King Cormorant, as the taxonomy of this bird is rather complex with changes being made even in recent years.  When I was in South Georgia in 2012, the naturalists referred to it as the Imperial Shag, however on my recent trip to Patagonia I learned that the species in the Falklands (where this image was made) are now being referred to as the King Cormorant.  Perhaps it will be different again in a few years.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More World Turtle Day

Galapagos Giant Tortoise - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 105mm, f/8, 1/30s, ISO 200
Another photo for world turtle day, this time a Galapagos Giant Tortoise.  As their name implies these are the largest living species of tortoise and can get to weigh over 500 lbs.  They also have impressive life spans, in excess of a 100 years.  Their numbers have sadly experienced massive declines.

World Turtle Day

Florida Softshell Turtle - 1D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/400s, ISO 400
Happy world turtle day!  I found out that May 23rd is world turtle day, started by the American Tortoise Rescue in 2000 to increase knowledge and respect for turtles and tortoises.  I made this image of a Florida softshell turtle almost exactly 5 years ago (May 25th, 2010) on the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hiding Penguin

Hiding Penguin, 5D3, 20-200 @ 200mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 1600
A Magellanic Penguin hides in its nest on Sea Lion Island, Falklands.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wild Flowers and Pigeon Point Again

Wild Flowers and Pigeon Point - 645Z, 28-45 @ 39mm, f/20, 1/10s, ISO 100
Another image from this weekend but with a slightly different composition.  This one is a bit more of a panoramic and I didn't use a 10 stop ND filter to smooth out the water or get the wavy motion of the flowers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moon in Pocket

Moon in Pocket - 1D4, 70-200 @ 120mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
Apart from the coast, my next favorite place to explore and photograph in California is the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada range.  In particular I really like the Bristlecone Pine forest in the White Mountains with crazy gnarled branches.  Its been nearly 4 years since I was last there, need to head back sometime soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wild Flowers & Pigeon Point

Wild Flowers & Pigeon Point - 645Z, 28-45 @ 43mm, f/22, 20s, ISO 100
My favorite way to spend the morning above all else is to head out to the coast with my older daughter Maya to explore and spend a little time, just the two us.  This morning we went out to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, stopping at many beaches and tidepools.  The conditions were about as ideal as I could want it, cloudy, warm and with little wind.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Living on the Edge

Another place where plants are thriving in a less than ideal setting, this time on the face of a cliff in the Chiliean Andes.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Desert Life

Desert Life - Leica S, 30-90 @ 41mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Its amazing all the places that life finds a way to thrive.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Water and Rocks

Water and Rocks - Alpa STC, IQ 180, SK 120, ~f/14, 6s, ISO 35
I made this on a Boxing day (its what we Canadians call December 26th :) ) hike last year.  I like the combination of glistening rocks and the smooth texture of the water and was a good opportunity to try a longer lens and stitch a panoramic composition.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Early Morning at Schwabacher Landing

Early Morning at Schwabacher Landing - 5D2, 24 TS-E, f/14, 1/10s, ISO 100
My wife has never to been to Yellowstone or Grand Teton and so is thinking about planning a family trip there in the summer.  I've been to both, though its been nearly 20 years since I visited Yellowstone but I was in Grand Teton in 2011 and 2013.  I wanted to show my wife some images from Grand Teton and found this one, still unprocessed from my 2011 trip.  Schwabacher Landing is one of the most famous spots for photographers at Grand Teton and its a morning shoot (this image was at around 6 AM).  I didn't make it to Schwabacher in my 2013 trip because the road down was closed for construction, but I think its been open for some time now.  If I do make it to Grand Teton this summer, this will definitely be one of the stops.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Day in Seville

Exactly 3 years ago, I had just accepted an offer from Google and was in the middle of a vacation to Spain with my wife.  This particular day, we were touring Seville starting with the royal palace.

The buildings and architecture are a dream come true for someone who likes structured patterns and intricate detail.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Line of Sand

Line of Sand - Sony RX10, 152mm equiv., f/4, 1/600s, ISO 800
An aerial tour of the Sossusvlei area not only gives opportunities for large scale dramatic landscapes with the dunes but also of interesting patterns of light, darkness and lines.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Landing - 1D4, 400mm, f/7.1, 1/600s, ISO 800
Another throwback to the days of Avian photography, this time a California Brown Pelican coming in for a landing on cliffs by La Jolla.  I love this spot for morning photography because the warm light of early morning combines nicely with the blue of the Pacific ocean.

Monday, May 04, 2015


Leopard - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 400.
A regal Leopard, resting on a tree.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Regal Geranium

Regal Geranium - 1DX, 100 Macro, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 2500, focus stacked.
Its a beautiful morning in San Jose.  There's a gentle cool breeze and the sun hasn't been out long enough to make it hot yet.  Kim has been working the last couple of weeks to plant out a new garden in the backyard and this is one of the plantings.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

American Widgeon

American Widgeon - 1D4, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/7.1, 1/640s, ISO 400
This is a throwback to the days when I focused on Avian photography.  I made this image in the late afternoon at Santee Lakes near San Diego after spending the morning photographing Pelicans in La Jolla.