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.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Loon Chick

Loon Chick - D3s, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 720

Look chicks go out onto the water the day they are born, riding on the back for the first couple of weeks and then swimming behind but always staying close until they can fly at 11 weeks.

Monday, November 09, 2015


Loon - D3s, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 1600

Did you know that the Loon gets its name from the clumsy and awkward way it walks on land?  They are very graceful in the water though.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker - 1D4, 800mm, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 400

This Downy Woodpecker was also photographed near Kamloops in 2010 but unlike the Sapsucker from yesterday, this one had a feeder nearby with peanuts.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Red-Naped Sapsucker

Red-Naped Sapsucker - 1D4, 800mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 400

I’ve been going back and working on some images from my Avian photography days.  This one was captured near Kamloops, British Columbia in the summer of 2010 bringing back insects for the babies in the nest.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

First Light over Buttermilk Country

First Light over Buttermilk Country - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/14, 4s, ISO 100.

Buttermilk country is an area near Bishop, California that is known for bouldering and rock climbing.  Its also a nice place for photographers at sunrise.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Red Window

Red Window - 5D2, Zeiss ZE 35, f/6.3, 1/13s, ISO 100.

A red and blue window on the wall of Carmel Mission.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Path to the top

Path to the top - M240, 75mm, ~f/8, 1/6s, ISO 200.

A path straight to the summit.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Cliffed Coastline

Cliffed Coastline - M240, 35mm ~f/4, 1/125s, ISO 200.

The cliffs of the Big Island’s south eastern coast are breath taking.  

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Zingiber spectabile

Zingiber spectabile 'Early Yellow’ - M240, 21mm, ~f/13, 1.125s, ISO 200.

Zinger spectacle is a species of true ginger found mainly in Asian countries.  I photographed this bunch in a botanical garden in Hawaii.