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


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


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


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

Decay




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

Arches


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.   

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sand and Moon

Sand and Moon - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 51mm, f/19, 1/12s, ISO 100.

I made this image last weekend at Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley.  I stopped off at the dunes in the afternoon the day before and as expected it was full of people and all the dunes full of footprints.  Fortunately, there had been good winds during the night which had scrubbed everything clean, even the dunes close to the parking lot.  Still, I hiked far east into the dune field and as a result only encountered one other person, another friendly photographer.  There’s wasn’t much of a sunrise that morning (no clouds) but it was still an amazing way to spend the first hours of the day.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Arches

Arches - Leica S007, 24mm, f/13, 1/25s, ISO 100.

Turret Arch through North Window is an iconic image to make at Arches National Park as a quick search on Google will show hundreds of results of a similar composition.  The ideal position to be if you want to make the popular image is about 15 feet to my left up a rocky ledge.  On this morning, when we arrived at this location, a half dozen photographers had already been set up so this was as far as I could go.  I don’t mind, I’m happy with this composition and the symmetry of the sky in the upper left and in the window along with the snow.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

On and Off


On and Off - Fuji XT-2, 400mm, f/7.1, 1/1600s, ISO 320.

If you had asked me the kind of images I most wanted to make before leaving for Antarctica, I would have said “Penguins on ice”.  There were several opportunities to make those photographs.  

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Chinstrap Portrait

Chinstrap Portrait - Fuji XT-2, 100-400 @ 400mm, f/6.4, 1/1000s, ISO 800.

The Chinstrap Penguins was a new one for me on this trip.  Though they do breed in parts of South Georgia Island, they are in abundance on the Antarctic Peninsula.  They are a lot smaller than the King Penguins and while lacking the curiosity of the King’s they’re still fun to photograph.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

King Penguin Pair


King Penguin Pair - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 77mm, f/5.4, 1/125s, ISO 200.

I did make a lot of images involving Penguins in both South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.  I looked through all the landings from my two trips to South Georgia and I was fortunate that between the two trips I’ve landed at many of the iconic places in South Georgia.  Even on places like Gold Harbour where I landed on both trips, in this second one we ended going to a different location with a very different view of the colony and the landscape.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Layers of Stormclouds

Layers of Stormclouds - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75-150 @ 150mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100.

I took a break from looking at or working on my southern continent trip for the last coupe of weeks.  When I back to them yesterday, I still found myself drawn to the images of storms with big clouds and mountains.  This is another such image.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Orchard in Winter

Orchard in Winter - Leica S007, 30-90 @ 30mm, f/8, 1/30s, ISO 200.

When I drove though Bakersfield on the way out for our trip I saw this orchard in the mid afternoon and loved the color of the fallen leaves and lines of the bare limbs.  I was tempted then to stop and make a photograph but the light wasn’t right.  However, driving out of Bakersfield coming back from the trip, the entire area was covered in dense fog in the early morning, making the light just right.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Good Morning!

Good Morning! - Leica S007, 24mm, f/22, 1/60s, ISO 100.

Good Morning 2017!