Monday, September 04, 2017

Bull Elk

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Bull Elk
Bull Elk - A7r2, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 320.
As promised, here’s an image of a Bull Elk from our drive home yesterday.  

Fishing in Smoke

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Fishing in Smoke

Fishing in Smoke - A7r2, 100mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 100.

These two guys weren’t going to let a little smoke get in the way of some fishing.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Trees in Smoke

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Trees in Smoke
Trees in Smoke - A7r2, 198mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100.
I thought I was being smart this long weekend, escaping the scorching temperatures in the bay area by heading to the Northern California coast.  However, I didn’t realize that there are several wildfires ablaze in the forests of Northern California and southern Oregon and to our disappointment the smoke and haze was pretty thick when we arrived in Eureka last night.  We decided to cut the trip short and return home and I made this image in the morning on the way out.  We also had a wonderful encounter with Elk, including several bulls, I’ll work on those images tomorrow.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Þjófafoss and Búrfell

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Þjófafoss and Búrfell

Þjófafoss and Búrfell - Phase One XF, 40mm, f/9, 2.5s, ISO 50.

Þjófafoss is one of Iceland’s hidden gems, with many tourists flocking to the well known waterfalls, it was awesome having the whole area to ourselves.  There are many images that combine Þjófafoss and Búrfell (the basalt tuya in the background) but none with quite this composition, for which Daniel Bergmann gets the props.  It was a little tricky to get right as I wanted the rocks in the Þjórsá river in the bottom right to not intersect with the foreground rocks.  I also wanted Búrfell a little more to the right of the frame to balance against the big rock sticking out on the bottom left.  Lastly, it was a nightmare keeping the filters on the lens clean of spray as we had strong winds blowing in from the waterfall.  I think it was just luck that I managed to make this image at all.  Sadly, its not perfect, I set my focussing for the foreground so there isn’t enough depth of field to get Búrfell perfectly sharp.  In an ideal world I would have focus stacked but with all that wind and spray I didn’t bother.

Surfing Chinstrap

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Surfing Chinstrap

Surfing Chinstrap - Fuji XT2, 400mm, f/6.4, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

I love watching these little guys come down a snow covered hill.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gentoo and Colony

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gentoo and Colony

Gentoo and Colony - Leica SL, 280mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gentoo

Gentoo - Leica SL, 280mm, f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay

Penguin Pair at Right Whale Bay - 5D3, 85mm, f/7.1, 1/125s, ISO 100.

There is something so appealing to me about this image, a pair of King Penguins out on their own against a desolate snowy landscape.  I was fortunately enough to visit South Georgia right at the start of spring so it was possible to make these images with clean snow.  When we returned to this bay a short 11 days later much snow had melted.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Magellanic Snipe

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Magellanic Snipe

Magellanic Snipe - 5D3, 560mm, f/5, 1/400s, ISO 800.

Home Construction

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Home Construction

Home Construction - 5D3, 560mm, f/4.5, 1/3200s.

This Imperial Shag will go back and forth hundreds of times carrying materials to build its nest.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rockhopper Call

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Rockhopper Call

Rockhopper Call - 5D3, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250s, ISO 200.

A rockhopper penguin mid call.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Striated Caracara Portrait

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Striated Caracara Portrait

Striated Caracara Portrait - 5D3, 400mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 400.

Up close with the Striated Caracara also from Sea Lion Island in the Falklands.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rufous Chested Dotterel

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Rufous Chested Dotterel

Rufous Chested Dotterel - 5D3, 560mm, f/7.1, 1/400s, ISO 400.

The Rufous Chested Dotterel, gorgeous in breeding plumage can be found year round in Tierra del Fuego and in the Falklands.  I photographed this one on Sea Lion Island in the Falklands.

Perched Lilac Breasted Roller

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Perched Lilac Breasted Roller

Perced Lilac Breasted Roller - 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 1600.

The colorful Lilac Breasted Roller is always a welcome sight while on safari in Botswana.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nesting Black Browed Albatross

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Nesting Black Browed Albatross

Nesting Black Browed Albatross - Canon 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/14, 1/200s, ISO 200.

There was a time when I was an avid Avian photographer and here’s one from New Island in the Falklands from nearly 5 years ago.  I made this as I started migrating to more "wildlife in landscape" photography from just wildlife.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Icebergs in Fortuna Bay

Aravind Krishnaswamy: South Georgia Island &emdash; Icebregs in Fortuna Bay

Icebergs in Fortuna Bay - Leica S 007, 90mm, f/8, 1/350s, ISO 100.

A different kind of iceberg that has washed up, in South Georgia Island.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ice Wall

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Ice Wall

Ice Wall - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/16, 4s, ISO 50.

With the right piece of ice and getting low it looks like a wall of ice, again on Diamond Beach.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Glacier Remnants

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Glacier Remnants

Glacier Remnants - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/12, 6s, ISO 50.

Another one of glacial remnants washed up on the aptly named Diamond Beach.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Goðafoss at the Base

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Goðafoss at the Base
Goðafoss at the Base
Another one of Goðafoss from right at the base. It was a heck of a challenge keeping the filters free of spray!


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Goðafoss
Goðafoss - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 23mm, f/14, 4s, ISO 100.
The importance of the foreground element.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Milky Water

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Milky Water
Milky Water - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 2.5s, ISO 50.
A more intimate view of the spectacular Selfoss.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Selfoss Sunset

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Selfoss Sunset

Selfoss - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 55mm, f/14, 1s, ISO 50.  4 panel stitch.
The magnificent Selfoss.  A small photo can’t really do justice to being there, though this panorama is really cool when viewed in VR with a Daydream headset.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Dettifoss
Dettifoss - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/3s, ISO 50.
Iceland is now just a memory and I’m back home getting ready to go to work.  One last waterfall photo for the road, this time the magnificent Dettifoss.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Ice Arch

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Ice Arch
Ice Arch - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 150mm, f/11, 3s, ISO 50.
I like how the larger iceberg frames the smaller one in the background.  Though expected, it was amazing how quickly the scene at the glacier lagoon was changing as the icebergs melted and flowed out into the sea and new ones calved.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Horses with Attitude

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Horses with Attitude
Horses with Attitude - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 150mm, f/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 200.
Icelandic horses are cool, they look like they have attitude with their long, flowing manes, especially the one on the left with the straw in mouth.  

Friday, August 04, 2017

Glaciers in a Lagoon

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Glaciers in a Lagoon
Glaciers in a Lagoon - Phase One XF, 80mm, f/16, 4s, ISO 50.
Another one from last afternoon at Fjallsárlón.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Glacier Remains

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Glacier Remnants
Glacier Remnants - Alpa TC, IQ3 100mp, 23mm, f/11, 5s, ISO 50.
This afternoon we went to Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon which is just a few kilometers down the road from the Jökulsárlón.  Fjallsárlón doesn’t have an outlet to the ocean, so the icebergs stay in the lagoon with many coming near the shore.  I went off in one direction, seeking an interesting composition when I came across this scene.  I thought an ultra wide angle would work well and with the water being very still, a long exposure would remove any small ripples.  As I was setting everything up I heard the Glacier calve in the distance, a few minutes later the water started receding rapidly.  I realized that my calm water was disappearing and very quickly captured this image.  Fortunately, the focal piece of ice stayed still enough to be sharp during the 5s exposure, but only for this frame, with subsequent saves it too started moving.  In the end, I got lucky as I like what the waves are doing to the ice in the middle ground. 

Last Remains

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Last Remains
Last Remains - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 40mm, f/16, 5s, ISO 50.
Calved bits of the Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of the huge Vatnajökull wash up on this black sand beach.  The whole place so picturesque, I don’t think you could plan it to be prettier.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Rocks and Clouds

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Rocks and Clouds - Phase One XF, 40mm, f/16, 4min, ISO 50.
The resulting image from last night's black & white long exposure photography.


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash;
Puffin - Phase One XF, 150mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100.
We had a nice treat yesterday visiting a colony of Puffins on the eastern shore of Iceland.  I didn’t have a long lens with me, but made do with a lot of cropping from the Phase file.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Goðafoss

Goðafoss - Phase One XF, 50mm, f/9, 1.3s, ISO 100.

The day of photography started at 5 AM yesterday and ran until just before midnight.  We ended up visiting 3 iconic Icelandic waterfalls, starting with Goðafoss in the morning.  The cloud cover was too dense for sunrise color but with some lighting peeking through at times and dramatic clouds, it still made for great photography.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Steam and Storm Clouds

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Steam and Storm Clouds
Steam and Storm Clouds - Phase One XF, 150mm, f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 400.
It was a challenging day for photography as it rained kept raining on and off.  However, this morning, for a few moments we had a small break in the rain at an area with thermal vents and some interesting dark storm clouds in the distance.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Aldeyjarfoss
Aldeyjarfoss - Phase One XF, 40mm, f/11, 2.5s, ISO 50.
One last photo from today before I go to bed, this time all of Aldeyjarfoss in all its glory and in color.  The Phase system is expensive, heavy and a pain to carry around but each time I pull up the files on my computer they bring a smile to my face.  Definitely the case here, it was a challenge making images in the wind and rain but once I pulled up this image in Capture One and saw the color and detail, it felt worth it.


Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Maelstrom
Maelstrom - Phase One XF, 65mm, f/12, 2s, ISO 100.
A powerful waterfall surrounded by beautiful Basalt columns, Aldeyjarfoss did not disappoint and is one of the most unique waterfalls I’ve photographed.  I made many images there this afternoon where we had nice overcast light for this kind of photography.

Painted Landscape

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Painted Landscape
Painted Landscape - Phase One XF, 150mm, f/14, 1/13s, ISO 50.
I saw some aerial landscapes of Iceland made by Hans Strand last year and remember thinking to myself that they looked like surreal paintings.  I got to experience them last night as the sun set and the cornucopia of interesting colors and textures came out.  In every direction there was an interesting image to be made and this was one of the first.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Highland Sunrise

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Highland Sunrise
Highland Sunrise - Phase One XF, 60mm, f/6.3, 1/125s, ISO 200.
We got up at 2:30 AM to try and catch some sunrise color (the sun rises at 4 AM).  Unfortunately it was too windy and rainy for sunrise, but on our way out at around 5:30 it cleared up for just a moment to quickly make some images.  I had to work fast, hand holding the beast that is the XF to make images before the wind and rain came back in a fury.  The light was also a challenge as it was very bright in the small area where the sun came through.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

First Iceland Waterfall

First waterfall photo in Iceland.  It was crazy windy so it was quite a challenge making images.  Hopefully the wind dies down in the coming days for some long exposure work.

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.