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 - 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!