Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bayard and Reindeer

Bayard and Reindeer - 5D3, 70-200 @ 168mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 100
Another view of the wreck of Bayard and the nesting Imperial Shags now on it.  Those little white blobs on the hillside are Reindeer, introduced in the early 1900s by whalers.  They are something of a nuisance now because of the environmental damage they cause and are being eradicated.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bayard in Ocean Harbour

Bayard in Ocean Harbour - 5D3, 24-70 @ 28mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 100
The Bayard is a sailing ship that was most active in the mid 1900s.  In 1911 the ship lost its mooring at a pier in Ocean Harbour and ran aground in the rocks.  Since then its been used as breeding grounds for Imperial Shags (a.k.a. Blue-eyed Shag).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ancient Stones of Callanish

Ancient Stones of Callanish - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1/15s, ISO 35
This is probably one of the iconic images one makes when visiting Lewis and Harris in Scotland and so probably has a million images on the internet just like this one but I loved the dramatic clouds we had the afternoon so this image is still special to me.  I enjoyed every part of my Scotland trip but I think the Outer Hebrides were the most unique and definitely an area I want to return to someday.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two Sea Gulls

Two Sea Gulls - 645Z, 80-160 @ 100mm, f/16, 1/125s, ISO 200
I made this image while experimenting with sun bursts on our first evening in Bandon, Oregon.  I typically use a tripod for landscape photography, especially when the apertures get really small like f/16 (which is needed for a sun burst).  However, getting the angle just right can be a hassle with a tripod, so its easier to just do it handheld and carefully adjust your position, taking shots.  Normally I would have just discarded the entire series, however I noticed the two sea gulls with contrasting tones and so processed the image to highlight that and for me it seems to work.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Limbs in All Directions

Limbs in All Directions - D810, 70-200 @ 86mm, f/10, 1/125s, ISO 64
Limbs of these wind washed trees grow in all directions.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

River Sligachen

River Sligachen - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 6s, ISO 35
While hanging out with Andy Biggs and Steve Lumpkin last week, we were reminiscing about our Scotland trip earlier this year and just how much fun we had.  I went looking into my Lightroom catalog and found this image which is probably my favorite from the trip.  To me, it highlights exactly the kind of images I was looking for with water, rocks and most important a dark moody sky.  I remember the morning well.  It was to be a travel day to make our way from Skye to Harris and because of the forecast of heavy rain we didn't drive out for a shoot but opted to walk across the street and photograph this river (there are a couple of interesting bridges too).  The clouds didn't co-operate that much, often blanketing the distant hills so nothing could be seen.  I made this image in one of those narrow windows where it wasn't raining where I was standing and the clouds had lifted just a little.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Beach Monoliths

Beach Monoliths - 645Z, 28-45 @ 28mm, f/16, 90s, ISO 100
Our last shoot of the trip this morning and we returned to Face Rock State Park beach and once again different conditions.  This time, the tide was completely out giving us access to get close to more sea stacks.  Combined with some definition in the clouds and just a bit of fog, made for different images than before.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bandon Beach Sunrise

Bandon Beach Sunrise - 645Z, 28-45 @ 28mm, f/11, 121s, ISO 100
No shoot at Bandon Beach so far has been the same.  The combination of tide, clouds, fog, and light have made each shoot and hence the resulting images very different.  This morning we had great conditions for sunrise color and I decided to stay put, revisiting a composition from earlier but hoping for color.  As it got closer to sunrise, the wind picked up and the water I was using as a reflection went from absolutely still to wavy, making the reflection I was looking for impossible.  Undeterred, I threw on a heavy ND filter and went for a long exposure which smoothed out the ripples but also then captures some of the movement in the cloud.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Foggy Sunrise

Foggy Sunrise - A7II, 70-200 @ 158mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
We had a spectacular morning shoot at Bandon with fog allowing us to make interesting, dramatic images.  Once we wrapped up at the the beach and walked back up to the parking area we got to see the extent of the fog over the entire area.  Pretty awesome.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Rocky Coastline

Rocky Coastline - 645Z, 80-160 @ 90mm, f/11, 137s, ISO 100
I arrived in Bandon, Oregon for a few days of coastal photography with Andy Biggs.  Our first shoot was last night at Face Rock State Park and though we were treated to some cloud early on, they all disappeared by sunset.  Still the clouds that were there along with a long exposure can make for an interesting black & white image.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Skunked by Clouds

untitled - 645Z, 28-45 @ 36mm, f/14, 0.8s, ISO 100
In spite of the poor weather forecast, I decided to head out to Schwabacher Landing on Tuesday morning for sunrise.  This was mostly because I was already awake ridiculously early and couldn't go back to sleep.  The early morning was a bust as the mountains were nearly completely covered and with all the cloud there would be no color anyway.  After killing some time at Mormon Row and hanging out with a bunch of Bison, it looked like Grand Teton was about to clear, so I went back to Schwabacher landing with the hope that when they cleared the clouds to the east would also clear, giving some light on these peaks.  I had a composition ready in my mind from the previous evening and it was a vertical one, not something I've done here before.  Things kept looking promising and I got out to the spot, adjusted the tripod to get everything right, got my filters on and took 2 test shots.  About 10 seconds after I did that, the entire range was engulfed in cloud which after even a while was not breaking up.  This is one of those test shots which I figured might make for an interesting black & white.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Silex Spring

Silex Spring - 645Z, 28-45 @ 28mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100.
Not everyday you see boiling water bubbling up from the ground, unless of course you are in Yellowstone.  I didn't know this but Yellowstone is home to 10,000 thermal features and is home to two thirds of the world's geysers.

Makin' a run for it

Makin' a run for it - A7II, 70-200 @ 90mm, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 100
Bison make a dash across the road in Grand Teton National Park.  I found it amusing driving through Yellowstone how many cars would be stopped to get a view of a lone bison far off in the distance when just an hour south, one can view large herds right next to the car with relatively few other visitors.  So while Yellowstone has amazing geysers and hot springs, I prefer Grand Teton for wildlife and the smaller crowds.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yellowstone River and Upper Falls

Yellowstone River and Falls - 645Z, 28-45 @ 45mm, f/18, 1/13s, ISO 100
I always find it a challenge to be able to concentrate on making photographs while on a family trip, to the point that I pretty much give up and just do one thing or the other.  This trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton was a little difference since I had my big cameras with me as I am heading to Oregon in a day for a photographic trip.  So when the opportunity presented itself to make some photographs, I dug out the big camera and gave it a whirl.  There's nothing obviously original or different of this image of the Yellowstone River and Falls but I still like it because I had a chance to hang out with just my older daughter Maya for about 30 minutes and make photographs.