Sunday, November 18, 2018

Stretch

Stretch - 5D4, 214mm, f/5, 1/250s, ISO 6400.

Seems all cats love to stretch.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Curious Look

Curious Look - A7r3, 560mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 100.

I made many images of Emperor chicks but this is the only one with the head tilted slightly giving a look of curiosity, or maybe its attitude.  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Desert Reclaims

Desert Reclaims - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ~f/11, 4s, ISO 35.

I like the simplicity of this scene, made at Kolmanskop from my trip to Namibia in 2014.

Dragon's Eye

Dragon’s Eye - A7r3, 16mm, f/7.1, 1/15s, ISO 2500.

Unfortunately I was unable to secure a photographer tour of Upper Antelope Canyon when I was there last month, this was in spite of trying to book it almost two months in advance.  So I had to stick with shooting handheld (only the photography tours allow tripods) which meant high ISOs.  Still, our guide was fun, pointing out interesting combinations of shapes.  This one was probably my favorite, a Dragon’s eye.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sunset over Horseshoe Bend

Sunset over Horseshoe Bend - A7r3, 16mm, f/22, 0.6s, ISO 100.

Those clouds you see ended up blocking any really nice sunset color in that direction, but I prefer this image with the sun in the frame anyway. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Antarctic Lenticular

Antarctic Lenticular - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 110mm, f/9, 1/800s, ISO 100.
I’m always a sucker for lenticular clouds, but combine them with snow capped Antarctic mountains and its a scene I never get tired of looking at.

Pink Clouds Over The Wehlnadel

Pink Clouds Over The Wehlnadel - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32mm, f/11, 0.4s, ISO 100.

The pink colored clouds only lasted for a brief moment the morning this was made.  In addition to the imposing form of the Wehlnadel (the sandstone rock in the foreground), visible are the Bastei bridge and the tabletop mountain of Lilienstein in the distance.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Head On Loon

Head On Loon - 1D4, 800mm, f/8, 1/2500s, ISO 1250.

I ran across this image in my Lightroom catalog purely by accident and its one that I never worked on or shared before.  I don’t know why, as I love the interesting gesture by the Loon, I guess my tastes in wildlife images has changed in the 8 years since I made this one.

Starry Limbs

Starry Limbs - Alpa STC, 32mm, f/16, 3s, ISO 100.

When I saw this scene, I knew right away that I wanted to make an image with it, but it would be non-traditional and challenging to capture what I was feeling.  It took a little bit of work to get it just right, but I love the result.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Figuring Out Where To Go Next

Figuring Out Where To Go Next - A7r3, 63mm, f/10, 1/640s, ISO 100.

I could (and did) sit for hours just watching a group of Emperor chicks go from one place to another.  They are intensely curious, but also cautious, often relying on an adult help blaze the trail.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Snuggles Are The Best

Snuggles Are The Best! - A7r3, 245mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

Several times I was thwarted from making the iconic image of an Emperor Penguin chick framed by its parents, usually because of other chicks cluttering the frame.  The same thing happened here, so instead I decided to go in really tight on the chick cropping everything else out.  This resulting image is now one of my favorites from the trip.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Rolling Fog in Bohemian Switzerland

Rolling Fog in Bohemian Switzerland - Alpa STC, 90mm, f/11, 120s, ISO 50.

This is the kind of landscape image I love making, a simple concept (fog), but an image with many layers to it.  The fog sweeping around the tree in the lower right, the way it fills in the valleys surrounded by Elbe Sandstone mountains.  Looking forward to a large print of this one.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Antarctic Moonset at Sunrise

Antarctic Moonset at Sunrise - A7r3, 91mm, f/6.3, 1/100s, ISO 100.

After days of rolling seas of the Drake, we got treated to a spectacular sunrise the morning we started our approach to Antarctic Sound.  The moon setting at the same time was a bonus.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Emperor Chick Caravan

Emperor Chick Caravan - A7r3, 105mm, f/10, 1/640s, ISO 100.

There was a time over a decade ago when I thought of myself as a bird photographer, but for the last several years, I consider myself close to a landscape photographer who tries to include wildlife.  This kind of image, one that establishes a sense of place but with wildlife being the clear subject are what appeal to me the most.  It was a challenge finding isolated subjects away from the colony, on fresh snow, willing to come close but with some patience it did happen a few times.  Its why having the ability to spend 8-10 hours each day at the colony was critical.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Emperor Family

Emperor Family - A7r3, 251mm, f/10, 1/100s, ISO 50.

It was a long journey to get to Snow Hill Island and visit the Emperor Penguin colony there, but was worthwhile and rewarding.  We ended up having 3 days visiting the colony and each day were blessed with warm temperatures, little wind and and ideal mix of sun and cloud.  I’m not sure that any photo or video can convey the feeling of being there, but that didn’t stop me from making a ton of photos, though I also took the time to just relax and put the camera down.  I’ve spent a bunch of time with King Penguin colonies in South Georgia and but the Emperors were very different and quite special.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Morning Fog

Morning Fog - Sony RX100 VI, 22mm, f/5.6, 1/15s, ISO 200.

Another fog image from that epic morning in Saxon Switzerland a couple of weeks ago.  I can’t wait to go through the images captured with my big camera, but until then the ones from the little RX100 will have to do.

Hoodoos in Fog

Hoodoos in Fog - A7R3, 73mm, f/9, 1/2s, ISO 100.

Bryce Canyon was visited by 2.6 million people last year and has been seriously photographed by at least hundreds of thousands of people over the years.  It was a delight to have some weather in the area which created fast rolling fog through the amphitheater, allowing me to hopefully make some images that are just a  little different from all the other scenic shots.

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.