Saturday, October 31, 2015

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron - 1D4, 500m, f/5, 1/500s, ISO 400.

Even juvenile Herons look like they have attitude.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Snake-like Neck

Snake-like Neck - 1D4, 500mm, f/4.5, 1/400s, ISO 400

An example of that long, snake-like neck of the Anhinga I was talking about yesterday.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anhinga

Anhinga - 1D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 400.

Anhingas are beautiful birds with a snake-like neck.  You can easily spot these guys in the Everglades in Florida.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Evergreens and Aspens

Evergreens and Aspens - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 100

Fall is my favorite time of year, I like the weather (temperature starts cooling), the trees get all pretty and at least in some places one can look forward to snow.  Best of all, all the fun of Thanksgiving and Christmas is still ahead to look forward to.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Perosnal- 1D4, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/10, 1/125s, ISO 400.

Up close and personal with a Marine Iguana.  To me the eyes and the mouth look like they have attitude, love these guys.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Piggy-back Ride

Piggy-back Ride - 1Ds3, 500mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 400.

A Sally Lightfoot Crab crawls over a sea of Marine Iguanas to get to where its going.  There was a moment where it paused on top of this guy giving the impression of hitching a ride.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana - 1D4, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5, 1/400s, ISO 200.

Its been over 5 years since I was last in the Galapagos but you can’t forget those Marine Iguanas (or get tired of photographing them).  I want to return to the Galapagos when Maya is old enough to come with me.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Posing Silverback

Posing Silverback - 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 3200

I figured this posing Silverback Mountain Gorilla would be a great way to wrap up a week of Apes images.  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hidden Chimpanzee

Hidden Chimpanzee - 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 5000.

Switching back to Chimps, this is one we followed for some time on our second day of trekking.  The second day wasn’t as photographically fruitful, catching up with this one not until the early afternoon.  It was still challenging because they were on the move stopping at times only in bushes.  Regardless, I like this image because of the covering foliage as it conveys the natural environment these animals inhabit.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Baby Eyes

Baby Eyes - 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 6400.

A baby Mountain Gorilla looks out at us while tucked in the warmth of mom during rain.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Contemplation

Contemplation - 1DX, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 2500

There are many moments when hanging out with Chimpanzees that you see them take a pose or have a look that feels almost human.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising given they are our closest living relative.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Chimpanzee - Kibale National Forest


Chimpanzee - Kibale National Forest - 1DX, 70-200 @ 168mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 8000.

It seems I have even less time since getting back to work on images from the trip and a few friends have wondered why there aren’t more images.  Here’s one from the first morning of Chimpanzee trekking and as it would turn out one of the best encounters we had for Chimps for those 3 days.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Turning Leaves

Turning Leaves - 1D4, 70-200 @ 168mm, f/5, 1/50s, ISO 200

Leaves should be well into their fall colors at most elevations in the Sierra by now.  This image is from a few years ago on the June Lake loop. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gnarled Limbs in a Valley

Gnarled Limbs in a Valley - Leica S, 30-90 @ 43mm, f/8, 1/750s

This little valley proved to be quite productive on or short trip to Torres del Paine earlier this year.  We spend a couple of hours working with these gnarled limbs and scouted a location for a sunrise photo on the ridge in the middle right.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tufa in Afterglow

Tufa in Afterglow - 5D2, 24 TS-E II, f/16, 8s, ISO 100

We are in the ideal time to photograph the Eastern Sierra for fall color (in  mid elevation).  I haven’t gone out and done this in years (last time was 2011) but each time I did I’d always stop off at Mono Lake to photograph the tufa.  I hear that with the drought, now is also a good time to photograph the tufa as the water level is the lowest its been in years.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rocks of Elgol

Rocks of Elgol - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1s, ISO 35.
Elgol was our first stop in Skye this spring with a beach that has many different sizes and shapes of rocks, making for interesting photographic study.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Silverback Mountain Gorilla - 1DX, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/250s.
My trip to Uganda and Rwanda is coming to an end and early tomorrow (Kigali time) I’ll start the journey home with an overnight layover in Dubai.  The experience has been rewarding and very different from past photographic trips to Africa.  Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas are very different from each other but both rewarding.  Chimps are loud, excitable, emotional, and tend to be more aggressive.  Mountain Gorillas are quieter and have a more gentle quality to them.  While Chimps are endangered (about 200k in the world), Mountain Gorillas are critically endangered (about 880 in the world).  My favorite moment was on our second day of Gorilla trekking where we saw two baby Gorillas approach their father, jump on him and start playing.  In response the Silverback hugged and caressed the babies with a gentleness you wouldn’t expect from a ~400lb creature.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was Rwanda.  I didn’t do much research into Rwanda before coming here and the only knowledge I had is of the genocide in 1994.   However, upon seeing the country and the people, I can one of the most beautiful African nations I’ve visited with very friendly people, good infrastructure, safe and clean.  


Volcanoes National Park along with the Rwandan government seem to have struck a good balance between conservation and tourism with the Mountain Gorillas.  Limiting human contact with the Gorillas to 1 hour a day keeps them from being overwhelmed and the high cost of a permit for trekking ($750/day) helps fund anti-poaching units and infrastructure for the park and local communities.  The conservation seems to be working as Mountain Gorilla populations have been slowly rising from ~600 in the late 80s to 786 in 2010 to 880 in 2012.  There is another survey that will happen this year and the hope is that the number tops 1000.  

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Orange Eyes

Orange Eyes - 1Dx, 70-200 @ 185mm, f/3.5, 1/320s, ISO 12800

We had an incredible trek today to visit Sabyinyo group, led by Guhonda, the oldest and largest Silverback in the Virunga Mountains.  The weather was beautiful, cloudy but no rain and the hour spent with the group in the Bamboo forest was amazing.  I was deciding which image to post and figured I’d go all in on cuteness, so here you go, one of the babies of Sabyinyo group.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Silverback Mountain Gorilla - 645z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 3200

We went on our first Gorilla trek this morning and it was spectacular.  The hike up the mountain wasn’t too bad, taking us only an hour and 45 minutes to make to our group.  It started raining about 15 minutes before we got to them, hard at first but then lightened up.  We spent our hour with them in light rain, which drove the Gorillas into the bushes to seek shelter.  Still, right when we started this Silverback was out beating his chest several times giving quite the show.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Flight over Uganda

Flight over Uganda - RX100m4, 18.3mm (~55mm equiv), f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 125.

We flew over much of the western and southern portions of Uganda this morning making our way from Kibale Forest National Park to the Uganda-Rwanda border.  That flight is among the most beautiful I’ve been on with mountains, dense forest, lakes and rivers all lit by diffused morning sunlight.  We are now relaxing at a hotel near Lake Kivu getting ready for the first Gorilla trek tomorrow.  

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hidden Chimp

Hidden Chimp - 1DX, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 2000.
Today was our third and final day of Chimpanzee trekking.  We found the Chimps very quickly, within 20 minutes of starting off but they were up in trees.  Most of the morning was spent waiting for them to come down and then following them through the forest looking for opportunities for good photography.  The day pretty much went like this with us trying to make as many images as possible.  


I made this image shortly afternoon while following this Chimp.  Many times, they will only sit still for a few seconds and with all the brush of the forest it can be really challenging getting a clear view.  I captured this image while he was in motion, using some of the brush as a frame for the face.  I didn’t expect to get anything when I shot this, but after seeing it in Lightroom, and a couple of quick edits, it works.