Monday, July 24, 2017

Icicles on Ice

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Icicles on Ice - Leica SL, 106mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 250.
I'll be heading to Iceland soon and have been working on some ice images from Antarctica.  I don't expect to see a ton of ice there, since its the summer, but am looking forward to the Glacier Lagoon.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cloud Mountain

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Cloud Mountain
Cloud Mountain - Leica SL, 139mm, f/7.1, 1/1250s, ISO 250.
The layers of dark and light make it seem like there is another mountain behind the lenticular cloud.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Framed Mountain Top

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Antarctica &emdash; Framed Mountain Top
Framed Mountain Top - Leica SL, 90mm, f/6.3, 1/4000s, ISO 100.
Sometimes nature practically makes the photo for you.  In this case, it was clouds that perfectly framed the top of this mountain near Charlotte Bay, Antarctica.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wild Sky

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Wild Sky

Wild Sky - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 85mm, f/9, 1/500s, ISO 100.

Some crazy sky and cloud over a gigantic tabular iceberg.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/11, 1/13s, ISO 100.
I really wanted to photograph Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse with the vibrant yellows and reds of the late afternoon/early evening light.  However when we got out there a dense fog had rolled in and was only getting more dense.  All the interesting color got sucked out of the scene, but the fog does give an interesting sense of atmosphere in black & white.

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/11, 40s, ISO 100.
Portland Head Lighthouse in filtered early morning light.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/11, 6s, ISO 100.

After the sun fully set that evening, the western sky lit up really nicely with a ton of color.  Again, I had to move fast to figure out a composition that would work.  I knew I wanted the ships and the dock, but needed something in the foreground to anchor the scene.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Balance Rock

Balance Rock - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/11, 10s, ISO 100.

I was in a bit of a rush the evening I made this image as the light was fading quickly and walking along “The Shore Path” I wasn’t seeing a lot of interesting compositions.  Finally when I saw Balance Rock with the little rock piles on top I knew I could make something of it.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 80mm, f/14, 1s, ISO 50. 3 frame focus stack.
Cathedral Grove is a definite must visit for photographers visiting Vancouver Island.

Towering Giant - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/20s, ISO 50.  5 frame focus stack.
This is one of the largest trees in Cathedral Grove.

Cathedral Grove - Phase One XF, IQ 3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/3s, ISO 50.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

3 Lillies

3 Lillies - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 120mm, f/9, 1/25s, ISO 100, 25 frame stack.

Its pretty hot here in San Jose now but it was beautiful at 6 AM this morning.  These three Lillies were already open and with such an obvious composition ready to go, it didn’t take much to convince me to bring out the big camera.  There was a little wind which was a challenge given the slow shutter speed and the 25 frame stack but I mostly got around it by holding a giant piece of plywood on one side to shield against the wind.  

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Calla and Stream

Calla and Stream - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 40-80 @ 50mm, f/10, 4s, ISO 100.

This was one of the images I ended up making from yesterday morning.  I really wanted to get something with both the rushing water and an isolated Calla.  There weren’t a lot of options and its not my best work but its something.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Emerging - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 120mm, f/5.6, 1/6s, ISO 100.

I found a clump of Asiatic Lilies hiding behind another bush in the yard this morning.  Several were open and in ideal condition so I was compelled to bring out the big camera and make some images.  I like how the Stamen and Stigma of the Lily just seem to emerge from the depths.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Here's to all the nurturers and caregivers in our lives.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

India Portfolio

I have released a set of my images from India in a portfolio on my primary website, check them out.  This particular image is probably my favorite from the set.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Leopardess

The Leopardess - 1D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 800.

I got up early and couldn’t sleep and so I worked on this image I made over 6 years ago in Tanzania.  I remember the afternoon well.  We spotted this Leopard up on a tree and she quickly came down, walked around, climbed on some fallen trees and generally looked around.  It also started to rain and we spent a good 45 minutes with her before moving onto a pride of lions.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Waves of Sand

Waves of Sand - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 59mm, f/13, 1/4s, ISO 100.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Ripples - Leica S 007, 30-90 @ 50mm, f/13, 1/30s, ISO 100.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Catching Up

Catching Up - Leica SL, 280mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

View to the Ocean

View to the Ocean - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 115mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 50.

The view of the ocean sitting on that bench is so serene first thing in the morning.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boat and Boathouse

Boat and Boathouse - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 75mm, f/10, 0.8s, ISO 50, 3 frame stack.

I really liked the color contrast in this scene.  I wanted to have both the Canoe and the boathouse perfectly sharp which was easy using the automatic stacking feature in the XF.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 150mm, f/11, 2.5s, ISO 50.

Signs of spring are everywhere with trees budding and flowers coming up.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Great Tabular Icebergs

Great Tabular - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 75mm, f/8, 1/2000s, ISO 200.
Ice Cliff - Leica SL, 90-280 @ 195mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 160.
Great Tabular - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 75mm, f/8, 1/2000s, ISO 200.

One of the most incredible sights in the Southern Ocean are tabular icebergs.  They are made from fresh water and are formed from having calved from an ice shelf.  We saw several that were over a hundred meters high and a kilometer long on the side.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cold Blue

Phase One XF, 75-150 @ 75mm, f/9, 1/1000s, ISO 400

Leica SL, 90-280 @ 209mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 6400

Fuji XT-2, 10-24 @ 10mm, f/8, 1/640s, ISO 1000

A series of 3 images of interesting ice from Antarctica.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

East Sooke Park

East Sooke Park - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/11, 6s, ISO 50.

When I got down to this pocket beach, I slowly made my way across it making photos.  I didn’t have my big overshoes or high boots so I wasn’t restricted in how far into the water I could go.  I found a nice set of rocks I could use a foreground and a portrait composition made the most sense, so I made that first.  

East Sooke Park - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/11, 6s, ISO 50.

 Then as I made my way farther down, I loved how this one tree with roots exposed was leaning out almost trying to touch the sky, but the foreground isn’t as strong.  Which do you prefer?

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hidden Spring Falls

Hidden Spring Falls - Phase One XF, IQ3 100 MP, 40mm, f/14, 3s, ISO 50.
This is a series of 3 images of Hidden Spring Falls at Goldstream Provincial Park near Victoria.  The first image is of the overall scene, including this very old, large fallen tree covered in moss.  I like the angles and the foreground it provides.

Hidden Spring Falls - Phase One XF, IQ3, 100 MP, 50mm, f/14, 3s, ISO 50.
Next, moving up with the falls itself being the primary subject.  Two things I liked when making this image were the plants growing on the rock wall and the moss covered logs above the falls.  The sky was just cloudy enough to avoid dappled light but not too overcast, perfect light in my opinion.

Hidden Spring Falls - Phase One XF, IQ3, 100 MP, 55mm, f/14, 6s, ISO 50.
The last image is a close up of the falls.  Most times when photographing a scene like this one, I would approach it in this order, starting farther away and slowly moving up.  In this case however, I was drawn immediately to the water and the green wall and made the close up images first and finished with the one farther away.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Chaotic Tendrils

Chaotic Tendrils - Phase XF 100mp, 45mm, f/14, 13s, ISO 50.

I find photographing in a rain forest both exhilarating and very challenging.  Walking through and seeing all the moss covered limbs and ferns makes me want to make photos everywhere.  However there’s so much chaos with so many distracting elements, that finding an interesting composition is a big challenge.  Not sure I succeeded here, but I found the fallen trees and the stream interesting.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Creyke Point Sunrise

Creyke Point Sunrise - Phase One IQ3 100mp, 23mm, f/11, 30s, ISO 50.

I managed to get out a few times during the last week and make some photos, though these days I don’t like downloading or looking at them until after I get back.  So this morning I started working on them and so far this one is probably my favorite.  I photographed this scene a couple of different ways and while I don’t naturally gravitate to ultra wide angle lenses, it works for me here, especially with the trail in the foreground.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Boat and Lighthouse

Boat and Lighthouse
I didn't feel like lugging a gigantic camera and tripod while on a family visit to Fisgard Lighthouse, but I still like practicing seeing and making photos, sometimes with my Pixel phone and others with a small camera like the RX100.  I liked the triangle of three elements in this image with the boat, lighthouse and boat house and while its backlit, it still works for me.  When working with the smaller cameras, I stick to a JPG workflow using either the editor in Google Photos or Snapseed.  I needed Snapseed for this photo as its powerful local editing tools were essential.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Curves - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 44mm, f/19, 1/12s, ISO 100.

I love the sweeping line and the soft delicate early morning light in this image.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Courting Penguins

Courting Penguins - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

Seems like a good day to share this particular image of courting King Penguins.  I guess they went behind that rock for some privacy…

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Sunrise - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/11, 1/800s, ISO 400.

I normally do everything I can to avoid flare in my images but in this case I like how the flare forms a frame at the bottom of the photo.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


I am not an urban decay photography by any stretch (though I make an exception for the sand covered ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia).  I was familiar with all the rust photography opportunities at Grytviken on South Georgia Island but Deception Island was new for me.  I made these two images on our final landing of the trip at Deception Island shooting through open windows.  I know depth of field would be a challenge so I captured a focus stack (which is ridiculously easy with the Phase One XF).  While working on the images I found all the little details from the layers of colors in the peeling paint to the various little wires and bits of metal fascinating in these images.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kings on the Beach

Kings on the Beach - Leica S007, 30mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100.

One of my favorite images I made on my 2012 trip to South Georgia was when I laid on the ground and had a group of King Penguins walk right by me.  I was amazed by how fearless they were.  A similar thing happened my on my trip last year, this time at the beach at our landing site.  We were surrounded by a group of King Penguins entering and returning from the water and just hanging around.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


I haven’t had time to look at or work on any images the last few weeks, so I forced myself to dig out and post a few photos from Arches National Park.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Look of Curiosity

Look of Curiosity - Pentax 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 5000.

I was watching an episode of “Tales by Light” on Netflix and this one featured Art Wolfe and a segment on Mountain Gorillas.  It reminded of the incredible time I had with these creatures, an experience I will not forget and one I will repeat in the future.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lines and Texture

Lines and Texture - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 59mm, f/32, 1/8s, ISO 100.

When I saw the sun was about to come out, I had to quickly decide whether to use the first few seconds of morning light on dunes or to turn around incorporate the sun directly into a composition.  Its amazing how fast the sun rises, this image was made in the first couple of seconds after the sun cleared the Sierra Nevada and within 45 seconds the sun was too high for interesting images.

Salt Crust

Salt Crust - Leica S007, 24mm, f/22, 1/12s, ISO 100.

Another image from Death Valley last weekend, this time from the iconic Bad Water.  Again, there was no spectacular sunset due to a lack of clouds but you get what you get.  I’ve recently started playing more with putting the sun in the frame, especially when otherwise the background is a little dull.  I captured this image about 15 seconds before the sun completely disappeared behind the Panamint mountains.