Monday, September 17, 2018

Out of the Bushes

Out of the Bushes - 1DX, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800.

I didn’t even know I had taken this image until I went back in Lightroom to images from my Botswana trip in 2013.  I love going back and finding new images to work on.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Snow Covered Geothermal Field

Snow Covered Geothermal Field - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 50.

I love the juxtaposition of snow and a the heat of an active geothermal field.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Layers of Cloud

Layers of Cloud - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 150mm, f/10, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

The incredible cloudscapes you see in Antarctica.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cliff's Edge

Cliff’s Edge - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/4s, ISO 50.

I have a fear of heights, which can be challenge for a landscape photographer and many grand scenes come at being perched at the edge of a cliff, much like this one.  The place I was standing upon was large and stable so I knew that it was a perfect safe and fine place to photograph, but the fear is always there, just have to grit through it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Iceberg and Seals

Iceberg and Seals - Leica S 007, 38mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 200.

A herd of seals by and iceberg near Portal Point in Charlotte Bay.

Bird on Ice

Bird on Ice - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 115mm, f/14, 4s, ISO 50.

An otherwise “me too” image of ice at the Jokulsarlon, the thing that redeems this photo is the little bird perched on the ice.  Its something lost on small images on social media but is the kind of detail I like seeing in big prints.

Clarence Island and Tabular Iceberg

Clarence Island and Tabular Iceberg - Leica SL, 182mm, f/7.1, 1/2000s, ISO 250.

One is an un-movable island, the other a tabular iceberg very much on the move.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Small Waterfall in Hraunfossar

Small Waterfall in Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar (or Lava Falls) is a series of waterfalls formed from streams flowing over a lava field and while there are more dramatic waterfalls here, I really liked picking out the little ones for a more intimate landscape.

Morning After Storm

Morning After Storm - Alpa STC, IQ180, 32mm, ~f/11, ISO 35.

Its been years since I went photographing in Yosemite and I ran across this image I hadn’t previously worked on from over 5 years ago.  It was the spring of 2013 and was memorable because we were lucky enough to be there at just the right time to see a storm clearing in the valley, giving all kinds of dramatic clouds.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Enter with Caution

Enter with Caution - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 23mm, f/11, 1/20s, ISO 50.
One more from that crazy cool ice cave earlier this year, this time from the entrance with a view into the cave.  I love those icicles hanging from the entrance of the ceiling, we moved quickly through that part.

Mother and Child

Mother and Child - 1DX, 200mm, f/5, 1/250s, ISO 4000.
Another one from Africa in a morning of processing images.

Juvenile Leopard

Juvenile Leopard - 1DX, 350mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 1600.

On our first game drive in the Okavango Delta we spotted this juvenile Leopard who had just been pushed out by his mom to fend for himself, which Leopards do after 12-18 months.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Tunnel of Ice

Tunnel of Ice - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 23mm, f/11, ISO 50.

Another image of the spectacular ice caves of Iceland.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Ice Bubbles

Ice Bubbles - A7r3, 16mm, f/22, 1/40s, ISO 100.

An expected delight one afternoon in Iceland this winter was discovering this lake with all kinds of interesting frozen bubbles.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Pebbles in a Pool

Pebbles in a Pool - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 120mm, f/14, 1/3s, ISO 50.  18 frame stack.

I found these pebbles submerged in salt water from the receding tide and after playing around with a couple of compositions settled on something where the pebbles in the pool were only a part of the frame.  The stillness of that water deceives the eye hiding the water until you get up very close.

Falkland Thrush

Falkland Thrush - 5D3, 560mm, f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 400.

One from back in my bird photography days.  The Falkland Islands, which is where this was made, is still on my list of places to return and explore more.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Shades of Green

Shades of Green - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/14, 1/25s, ISO 50.

I find myself more and more drawn to simple images that explore simple concepts rather than the grand landscape.  This is one such image, and I was drawn to it the instant I saw it as I loved the layering of the different tones of green.  Once again, the few hikers that walked by me had perplexed looks on why this guy with a gigantic camera was spending so much time photographing a few trees.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Curious Face

Curious Face - 1Dx, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/400s, ISO 4000.

And one in color.

Relaxed

Relaxed - 1Dx, 130mm, f/2.8, 1/25s, ISO 3200.

A very relaxed Chimpanzee.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Under the Ice

Under the Ice - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 23mm, f/11, 15s, ISO 50.

It look some effort to set up my camera at the right angle to make this image as the ceiling in this part of of the ice cave was very low, it also didn’t help that this part of the cave was very dark.  Still, I had a suspicion when I saw the scene that a very wide angle lens placed really low and pointed up towards the top of the cave would make for an interesting image.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ice Beach Sunset

Ice Beach Sunset - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/22, 2s, ISO 50.

The Ice Beach was a bit of a disappointment on my winter trip because there wasn’t a lot of ice on the beach, but with a bit of sunset color, there’s still a nice image.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Stream to the Ocean

Stream to the Ocean - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 70mm, f/16, 120s, ISO 50.
When I was capturing this image, I planned on it being a black & white, but when working with it, I really liked the soft pastel color palette. 

Waves of Sand and Snow

Waves of Snow and Sand - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/22, 4s, ISO 50.

Waves made of black sand and snow with the last light of the day highlighting the peaks of Vestrahorn.

Furballs

Furballs - 5D3, 400mm, f/5, 1/200s, ISO 200.

Little furballs with attitude.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Contemplation

Contemplation - Pentax 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 1600.
Another image of a skyward looking Mountain Gorilla.

Looking Skyward

Looking Skyward - Pentax 645Z, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 1600.
One of the things I found striking about seeing Apes in the wild is their propensity to look up.  This could be explained by them looking to the canopies of the trees scanning for activity but I think it gives them a look of majestic curiosity.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Roots and Rocks

Roots and Rocks - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 40mm, f/14, 1/25s, ISO 50.

I made this image on my second day photographing at the Bruce Peninsula earlier this year.  I hiked out early in the morning to this rocky beach and spent a couple of hours working with the trees and the rocks with perfect overcast skies.  I had a few hikers go by with a quizzical look on their face; they must have been wondering why this guy was spending so much time with plain old rocks with a gigantic camera.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blue Skies and Sunshine

Blue Skies and Sunshine - Alpa STC, IQ180, 32mm, ~f/11, 1/2s, ISO 35.

This image appeals to me for many reasons.  First I love how the weathering blue paint on the wall reminds me of wispy clouds in a clear blue sky which contrast the warms sunlight coming in through the far window.  Next I really like the visual element of line and shape in this image with the triangles on the top and bottom and the layers of rectangles inset within each other.  Lastly. while this can’t be appreciated when viewed on a small screen over the internet, there is so much in terms of detail to get lost into with this image with everything from the cracked paint showing contrasting colors underneath to details in the sand.  This one would be great printed large!

Bad Directions

Bad Directions - 5D3, 400mm, f/3.5, 1/1250s, ISO 200.

Never ask a Penguin for directions…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Boulder in Snow

Boulder in Snow - A7r3, 22mm, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 100.

A boulder in snow, made in a field somewhere in the Eastern Fjords of Iceland.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Milky Way, Clouds & Shooting Star

Milky Way, Clouds & Shooting Star- A7r3, 14mm, f/2, 30s, ISO 6400.


A single frame with a shooting star and the milky way from Friday night.  I wish I had the energy to be out shooting tonight!

Bixby Bridge and Milky Way

Bixby Bridge and Milky Way - A7r3, 14mm, f/2, 30s, ISO 6400.

I stopped off at Bixby Bridge on my way back Friday night (technically Saturday morning since it was 1:45AM) and the fog had mostly cleared so I figured I would make a quick image.  There were still some clouds hugging the cliffs which lit up nicely in the first frame I captured.  

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

King Pair

King Pair - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200.
Its amazing that even after nearly 6 years I still find Penguin images from my South Georgia trip that I haven’t seen or worked on in my catalog.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Sails and Moon

Sails and Moon - Hasselblad X1D, 45mm, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 100

I had a really hard time getting this black & white conversion to look right in Lightroom, but fortunately with Silver Efex Pro from the Nik Collection it took only a few seconds to get exactly the tonality I was looking for!

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sydney Skyline

Sydney Skyline - Hasselblad X1D, 45mm, f/18, 2.5s, ISO 100. 4 panel stitch.
Another image of the Sydney Skyline, this time with the beautiful pre-sunrise color.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sydney First Light

Sydney First Light - Hasselblad X1D, 21mm, f/9, 256s, ISO 100.
It was a beautiful morning for some pre-sunrise photography of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara - 5D3, 400mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 400.

One taken many years ago in the Falkland Islands, a Striated Caracara.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Leopard Calling

Leopard Calling - 1DX, 400mm, f/5, 1/800s, ISO 400.
This is one of those things that a single photograph doesn’t fully capture, its a Leopard in a tree mid mating call (which is like a repeated deep throated grunting sound).

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Vestrahorn Sand Reflection


Vestrahorn Sand Reflection - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1/50s, ISO 100.

The area of Stokksness in Iceland has gotten a lot of attention from photographers lately and there is no shortage of images of Vestrahorn Mountain, the black beach or the dunes covered in grasses but this composition really caught my eye I think this set up is ephemeral.  I really like how Vestrahorn is “reflected” by the golden sand and when you pull into the sand there are layers of interesting detail.  Can’t wait to see this printed large.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Pebble Homes

Pebble Homes - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, f/14, 1/4s, ISO 50.
I really struggled in composing this image because while the patterns of these pebble filled holes is interesting, its hard to find a framing where you don’t end up cutting one with the edges of the frame.  Ultimately I decided to embrace it and purposefully make sure that some number of holes were cut on each side of the frame to have some kind of balance and then to have a cluster of complete holes in the center being the main subject.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kelp and Penguins

Kelp and Penguins - Leica S007, 32mm, f/8, 1/90s, ISO 100.
It was starting to drizzle a little that morning at the end of our landing at St. Andrew’s Bay, but rather than just take the zodiac directly back to the ship we went looking to see if we could find a Leopard Seal.  We were ultimately successful, but before then I saw this image screaming to be made with the layers of white sky, King Penguins, rock and kelp.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Indian Head Cove

Indian Head Cove - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 6s, ISO 50.

More of that beautiful colored water of Georgian Bay.  Indian Head Cove is a popular spot and so making photographs there without people in them is a real challenge.

Little Cove, Georgian Bay


Little Cove, Georgian Bay - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32 HR, 12mm rise, 1.5° tilt, f/11, 60s, ISO 50.

I lived in Ontario for 8 years and it wasn’t until a business trip out there this week that I visited the Bruce Peninsula and made some images.  It rained a little bit on and off during my 3 1/2 hour drive there from Toronto, but when I arrived, the clouds were starting to clear a little making for nice conditions for photography.  My first stop was Little Cove which is in and of itself a provincial park and I was immediately struck by azure color of the water.  On the flip side, I was also immediately eaten alive by dozens of mosquitos, a problem I usually don’t have on the California Coast.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sveinsstekksfoss Frozen Detail

Sveinsstekksfoss Frozen Detail - Sony A7r3, 100-400@224mm, f/11, 2s, ISO 100

The stop to photograph Sveinsstekksfoss was a very brief one and while it wasn’t a “big landscape” opportunity, it was an interesting place to practice “detail” compositions made up of fixed elements like boulders and icicles with the flow of water.  The biggest hassle was dealing with the wind which by Iceland standards was tame but made getting sharp images with telephoto lenses a real problem.  A combination of using my body as a wind break, waiting for pauses in the gusts and some luck resulted in this sharp frame which was a keeper.

Pebbles

Pebbles - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp, 120mm, f/14, 1/6s, ISO 50.  3 frame focus stack.
Another composition from last weekend at Bean Hollow.  This was a composition that grew on me while I was out there trying to find an image.  I started off fairly right on the set of pebbles on the boulder to the upper right but couldn’t quite get the framing right.  However when I pulled out a bit and got the pebbles on the bottom creating a base, I found it appealing rather than a distraction.  After getting home and looking at it on the computer the straight line cracks on the boulder and subtle tones on the boulder between where its dry and wet made this probably my favorite image of the morning.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rock Art and Pebbles

Rock Art and Pebbles - Phase One XF, IQ3 100mp 120mm, f/14, 1/3s, ISO 50.
It was overcast on the coast this morning, my preferred weather for photographing intimate landscapes.  I made this image at Bean Hollow State Park and the combination of the pile of pebbles with the beautiful blue and gold tones of the rocks immediately drew me in.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Late Morning Roses

Late Morning Roses - Hasselblad X1D, 30mm, f/32, 1/15s, ISO 100.
I visited the San Jose Rose Garden this morning, one of the finest city run rose gardens I’ve ever seen.  It was a cloudy morning so the hope was to get out there in nice flat lighting, but right when we got out there the sun came out.  In those situations, you just have to get creative and use the sun in the frame.  Sadly, Hasselblad lenses with lens shutters don’t make pretty sunstars.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Tree and Grasses in Wind


Tree and Grasses in Wind - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32 HR, f/11, 20s, ISO 50.

I saw this scene while out for a run in my neighborhood this afternoon.  There are a couple of interesting trees on top of a hill with pathways and I liked how the grasses were waving in the wind so I immediately thought of doing a long exposure black & white.  I finished my run and upon getting home returned here with camera in tow.  I don’t think it turned out as well I thought it would at the time but its still cool scene and one that I will revisit in the future.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Antarctic Sky

Antarctic Sky - Leica S 007, 30mm, f/8, 1/750s, ISO 100.
Cool things happen in Antarctica when the sun goes behind thin layers of cloud under a great tabular iceberg.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Open Door


Open Door - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ~f/11, 1s, ISO 35.

I’ve been working on and staring at this image for a while this afternoon and I find the mixture of tones and texture to be captivating.  I struggled for a while in figuring out if I really needed to go black & white to get the tonal relationships I wanted but in the end color won me over, especially with the slightly washed out vintage look.