Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ribbons of Water

Ribbons of Water - Leica S 007, 24mm, f/11, 6s, ISO 100.

I keep an eye on the snow pack level in the Sierra on this site to see if we’ll be out of the drought this year.  So far the north and central packs are doing well but it doesn’t look like this alone will be enough, we’ll probably need another winter or two like this to be fully back to normal.  On a less serious note, it should mean great waterfall photography in the spring in the Yosemite area.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Making Their Way

Making Their Way - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 400.

A group of King Penguins make their way among these mammoth Elephant Seals.  If they aren’t careful and get between fighting bulls, they could get crushed.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hiding from the Rain

Hiding from the Rain - 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 2000.

This guy isn’t having as much fun as the Mountain Gorilla from yesterday.  This member of the Ntambara group is just trying to stay warm and dry.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Wheee! - 1DX, 70-200 @ 130mm, f/2.8, 1/800s, ISO 2500.

Doesn’t this little guy look like he’s just having a blast?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wildflowers and Geysers

Wildflowers and Geysers - 645Z, 28-45 @ 43mm, f/16, 1/30s, ISO 200.

Steam from Geysers are off in the far distance from this field of colorful wildflowers in Yellowstone National Park.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Desert Storm

Desert Storm - RX1, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 125.

A storm rages in the distance over the dunes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sea Arch and Flowers in B&W

Sea Arch and Flowers in B&W - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 0.7s, ISO 35.

Turning the other side form yesterday’s image is one of my favorite coastal formations in the area.  “Sea Arch and Flowers”  ( is a portfolio image of mine and this is a black & white rendition of a similar frame.  I still prefer the color.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Soberanes Point

Soberanes Point - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/8, 1s, ISO 35.

I’ll hopefully be returning to the Big Sur area for some coastal photography in the coming weeks.  This particular spot has seen a bunch of development since this image was made nearly 2.5 years ago.  There is now revamped trails and a very nice bridge but sadly I see no way to get down to the beach easily to photograph those sea stacks to the right.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blue Eyed Shag

Blue Eyed Shag - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/2500s, ISO 200.  

The Imperial Cormorant is also called the Blue Eyed Shag for reasons which should be obvious with this image.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Making for the Trees

Making for the Trees - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 400.

Wildebeest and Zebra make a run for the trees in the Serengeti.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Growth

New Growth - 645Z, 80-160 @ 118mm, f/11, 1/40s, ISO 3200.

One of the fun things about photography in a forest is overlapping tones of a similar hue in this cause the vibrant bright green of the new growth on top of the darker shades of green moss on the redwood trunks.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy Elephant

Happy Elephant - 1DX, 200-400 + 1.4x @ 480mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 1600.

A happy Elephant rubs his trunk against a tree.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Royal Tern

Royal Tern - Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.5, 1/5000s, ISO 100.
Didn't think I'd be doing bird photography with a 28mm lens but this Royal Tern was very chill even as I approached quite close.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kinky Giraffe

Kinky Giraffe - 1DX, 200-400 @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 800.

I don’t what this guy’s story is and if that kink in the neck was something recent.  He seemed to be fine otherwise and was feeding and getting with issue.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Oakum Boy

Oakum Boy - 5D3, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 200.

I hadn’t heard the term “Oakum Boy” to refer to juvenile King Penguins until my South Georgia expedition.  Digging around, it seems they got this name from whalers who thought their brown fluffy feathers looked at Oakum, a fiber that was used in caulking old wooden ships.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Colony Lines

Colony Lines - 5D3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/10, 1/160s, ISO 640.

Rows of adult King Penguins along with Oakum boys wind up the hillside on this colony at Right Whale Bay in South Georgia Island.

Friday, January 15, 2016


Skeletons - A7r, Leica 90mm, ~f/8, 1/50s, ISO 100.

The form of these skeletons of dead Camel Thorn trees comes out really well against a sunlit dune.  This moment only lasts for about 5 minutes as the sun continues to come up quickly and light the clay pan.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Parched Ground

Parched Ground - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1/30s, ISO 35.

“Dead Trees, Clay Pan” ( is probably my favorite image I made at Deadvlei in Namibia in 2014.  This is a black & white version of that image.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Little Phantom Falls

Little Phantom Falls - Leica S2, 70mm, f/22, 0.5s, ISO 160.

Little Phantom Falls is another seasonal waterfall in the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.  The more rain from a recent storm, the more water that comes down.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pelican Landing

Pelican Landing - 1D4, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

Right about now is the ideal time to get out to La Jolla to photograph Pelicans.  If you are fortunate enough to live nearby better get out there.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Morning Reflections

Morning Reflections - 645Z, 28-45 @ 28mm, f/11, 0.4s, ISO 100.

Morning color and reflections near Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Remnants - 645Z, 28-45 @ 45mm, f/22, 162s, ISO 100.

I made this image of the remnants of the Davenport Pier in May, back when there were still 4 pylons left.  Seems a storm about 2 weeks ago took down the pylon farthest out.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Ravine Falls

Ravine Falls - Leica S2, 120mm, f/22, 3s, iSO 160.

I’m hoping the rain of this past week continues and intensifies over the next couple of months.  Apart from helping with the drought it should make for nicely flowing waterfalls like this one in Northern California.  I was last out in this area in 2012, hoping to get out there again this spring.

Friday, January 08, 2016

SF from Hawk Hill

SF from Hawk Hill - A7rII, 16-35 @ 16mm, f/8, 126s, ISO 100.

Another dawn long exposure from this weekend, this time from Hawk Hill (which is was our first stop before Battery Spencer).  

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Sunset, Moonrise

Sunset, Moonrise - D810, 70-200 @ 102mm, f/7.1, 1/6s, ISO 64.

The moon comes up just as the sun has gone down.  

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pier to Nowhere

Pier to Nowhere - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 63mm, f/11, 8s, ISO 100.
Another view on the remnants of the Davenport Pier.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Cairngorms Sunrise

Cairngorms Sunrise - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1/30s, ISO 35.

This is one of the last images I made with my technical camera, trying to catch a sunrise at Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.  Yesterday, I sent off the rest of my technical camera kit to its new owner.  Its a bit sad as it is the finest image making machine I’ve ever used (and I remember how much I’ve enjoyed using it over the last 3 years) but given the fact that I last used it 9 months ago I just don’t have the time to put it to the kind of use it deserves.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Davenport Pier Remnants

Davenport Pier Remnants - A7rII, 16-35 @ 16mm, f/5.6, 13s, ISO 100.

Even when the light is mediocre, the Northern California Coast is an epic sight to behold.  

Sunday, January 03, 2016

SF Through the Bridge

SF Through the Bridge - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 70mm, f/16, 0.5s, ISO 100.

Another one from yesterday morning, this time not a wide angle and not a long exposure.  

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Golden Gate and San Francisco

Golden Gate and San Francisco - A7rII, 16-35 @ 16mm, f/8, 182s, ISO 100.
Its been exactly 3 years since I last went to the Marin Headlands to photograph the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco.  Even though the forecast called for cloud, I went up anyway, motivated mostly by the promise of a tasty breakfast in San Francisco afterwards.  

Friday, January 01, 2016

First Sunset of 2016

First Sunset of 2016 - A7rII, 16-35 @ 35mm, f/8, 6s, ISO 100.
It was cloudy so there wasn’t much of a sunset, but having the afternoon free and being the first one of the year I had to get out there.  I’ve walked around and seen the Shark Fin Cove area many times before but this was the first I’d brought the camera and tripod along.  Next time, I’ll have to make it down to the beach.