Thursday, March 31, 2016

Screaming Children

Screaming Children - 1D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 400.

Even in the animal kingdom, parents need to deal with screaming children.  In this case, these Egret Juveniles are hungry and looking for a meal.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Curves

Curves - 5Dsr, 100mm, f/3.2, 1/800s, ISO 100.

A study of curves in a natural subject.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Black Rocks and Waves

Black Rocks and Waves - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~/13, 4s, ISO 35.

I love the contrast of the black rocks against the white waves in this inlet on the isle of Harris.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Low Tide

Low Tide - Leica S 006, 30-90 @ 90mm, f/8, 1/3000s, ISO 100.

Low tide at Fadhail Losgaintir makes for interesting curves and lines of water draining into the inlet.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Stream on the Beach

Stream on the Beach - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/30s, ISO 35.

Fresh water runs off from the hills and into the inlet of Fadhail Losgaintir.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Afternoon Storm

Afternoon Storm - Leica S 006, 30-90 @ 52mm, f/8, 1/90s, ISO 100.

A storm brews in the distance over Luskentyre, in the foreground is a beach at Fadhail Losgaintir, a long inlet on the western coast of the Isle of Harris.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Clouds over Harris

Clouds over Harris - Leica S 006, 30-90 @ 79mm, f/8, 1/350s, ISO 100.

Clouds linger over a portion of Harris after a storm the night before.  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rocky Beach and Distant Storm

Rocky Beach and Distant Storm - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35.

We were threatened to get pummeled with rain the entire shoot that evening and shortly after the sun had set, the storm moved in. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rocky Beach Elgol

Rocky Beach Elgol - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/8s, ISO 35.

The beach at the village of Elgol (Isle of Skye) is made up most of rocks and boulders.  I stuck mostly with photographing the large boulders, though there are other parts of the beach made up lots of small, smooth rounded rocks.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sun and Monolith

Sun and Monolith - LX 100, 10.9mm (33mm equiv.), f/16, 1/1600s, ISO 200.

One of the thirteen stones that make up the center circle of the Callanish Stones.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Storr

The Storr - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60 XL (3 panels), ~f/11, 1/8s, ISO 35.

The Storr is a rocky hill in the Isle of Skye and the Old Man of Storr is the large rock in the middle.  This is another iconic photographic subject in Skye and getting here in time for sunrise requires a hike going straight up for a couple of kilometers.  I would love to return here one day and spend it just hiking around the area.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Quiraing Photographers

Quiraing Photographers - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 60 XL (3 panels), ~f/11, 1/4s, ISO 35.

Before the sun had come up, we hiked up the hill behind a little to get a view of the overall area.  My image from yesterday was taken 20 minutes after this one, down where the photographer in the red jacket is.  There is a trail that leads up the other cliff to the right and zooming in you can see photographers set up all along that side as well.  Truly an incredible place to make photographs.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Quiraing

Quiraing - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11, 1/15s, ISO 35.

This distinctive landscape in the Isle of Skye is one of the most commonly photographed parts of Scotland, but as common as its may be its still breathtaking.  I was in Scotland almost exactly a year ago and I’ll be posting images from that trip the next few days.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Landing

Landing - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 168mm, f/4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

The crew of the balloon are careful to choose an open field without wildlife to land in.  The ride lasts about an hour but it goes by so quickly it feels like minutes.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wildebeest Train

Wildebeest Train - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400.

The wildlife is the main reason to do the ride, no matter how many game drives you do, everything looks different from the air.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Floating over the Serengeti

Floating over the Serengeti - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 165mm, f/25, 1/100s, ISO 800.

The combination of dust and sunrise makes for amazing light when you’re floating over the Serengeti.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Snaking River

Snaking River - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 150mm, f/3.5, 1/125s, ISO 1600.

Of course one of the more obvious interesting subjects from the air is the path that rivers and streams take through the landscape.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Take-Off

Take-Off - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/3.5, 1/200s, ISO 1600.

After taking off, the ground vehicles will soon begin following the balloon so that they can be prepared when it eventually lands.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Firing up the Balloon

Firing up the Balloon - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 155mm, f/2.8, 1/500s, ISO 800.

Floating over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon just as the sun is coming up is one of the most memorable things to do in Tanzania.  Over the week, I’ll be posting images from such a ride.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Moose in Storm

Moose in Storm - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5, 1/80s, ISO 400.

A large bull is caught out in a sudden snow storm in Grand Teton National Park.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Okavango Sunrise

Okavango Sunrise - 5D3, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 100.

A colorful sunrise with Fan Palms in the Okavango Delta.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Giraffe and Palm Trees

Giraffe and Palm Trees - D800e, 70-200 @ 165mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 100.

When I see Giraffe I immediately think of Africa, but not as much for palm trees.  Thats one of the things I found different about the Okavango Delta vs. the other places in Africa I’ve visited, there’s a lot of palm trees.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Droplets

Droplets - 5Dsr, 100mm, f/5, 1/100s, ISO 100.

The last image from this weekend, an experiment with the droplets, the vague shape and Stamen of the Calla.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Calla Trio

Calla Trio - 5Dsr, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/2500s, ISO 400.

When the rain lets up, many insects come out.  The kids started hunting down the slugs in the garden bed and relocated them to the street.  I thought the little guy on the bottom flower made for an interesting photo.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Cup of Water

Cup of Water - 5Dsr, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400.

I photographed several subjects around the yard this weekend during breaks in the rain.  This flower makes a natural water cup.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Callas in the Rain

Callas in the Rain - 5Dsr, 100mm, f/6.3, 1/100s, ISO 100.

It rained pretty much all day yesterday and at times pretty intensely.  I don’t mind since February was mostly dry and we could use the rain.  Having not gone out and made any photos in a month, I made myself head out into the yard with a camera during a break in the rain.  Love photographing flowers right after rain.  

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Bent by the Wind

Bent by the Wind - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 400.

These two trees have grown while being pummeled by wind which has permanently influenced their shape.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Sandhill Crane on the Lookout

Sandhill Crane on the Lookout - 1D4, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800.

A Sandhill Crane sights the spot where it will land and stays focussed on that spot on its way down.  

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel - 5D3, 400mm + 1.4x, f/4.5, 1/3200s, ISO 250.

The Cape Petrel is another seabird commonly seen in the Southern Ocean.  During the summer breeding seasons they feed on the islands of the Southern Ocean and antarctica and in the winter can be found as far north as the Galapagos islands.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Pelican over the Pacific

Pelican over the Pacific - 1D4, 400mm, f/7.1, 1/2000s, ISO 800.

A California Brown Pelican soars over the Pacific ocean.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Southern Giant Petrel

Southern Giant Petrel - 5D3, 70-200 + 1.4x, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

The Southern Giant Petrel is another avian commonly encountered on the passage from the Falklands to South Georgia Island.  Though they are commonly sighted here, their range extends as far as Africa, Australia and even the northern regions of Chile.