Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hoodoos in Storm

Hoodoos in Storm - A7r3, 224mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100.

I’ve been a fan of printing images, both to evaluate my own and to experience the photos of others.  For years at Adobe I was fortunate enough to have complete access to an Epson 7900 (which is a phenomenal printer) and after I left Adobe, I bought an Epson 4900 for home, which also produced amazing prints.  Sadly, a couple of years ago, the 4900 died completely (a series of cryptic error codes that I couldn’t really resolve) and I suspect it did so because of infrequent use (it had sat unused for a couple of months) combined with lots of dust in the house from renovations.  Rather than subject another printer to a  similar fate I held off until the renovations were done (which never seemed to arrive).  Finally, this week I got a printer, this time a Canon Pro-100, which while not as amazing as its predecessors, should keep me happy for a while.  This is the first photo that I printed before posting and the print looks spot on.  Unfortunately the image is a little blurry, a consequence of careless handheld photography so really only suitable for social media.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Meandering to the Ocean

Meandering to the Ocean - Hasselblad X1D, 30mm, f/11, 19s, ISO 100.

I went out to my favorite spot on the coast for some quick early morning photography yesterday.  Unfortunately by the time I had gotten out to the beach, color from sunrise was gone but I liked the shapes and tones of this composition, so I ended up making an image anyway.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Arrowhead

Arrowhead - A7r3, 38mm, f/11, 2s, ISO 100.

I was thinking about what to call this image and just as I was wrapping up working on it, Zara, my youngest, walked by and said ‘nice daddy, that looks like an arrowhead’.  I think she can see abstract shapes in images better than I can.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Washed Up

Washed Up - A7r3, 141mm, f/13, 2s, ISO 100.

A chunk of washed up glacial ice right with a sunset in the sky.  Its not the typical Ice Beach image, but I like it. 

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon - 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 640.

I think I want to spend the afternoon just chillin’ like this Leopard.

Strolling Giraffe

Strolling Giraffe - 1D4, 70mm, f/7.1, 1/800s, ISO 200.

Its been too long since visiting Africa, starting to feel the itch to go but I probably won’t be able to swing it for a good while yet.  Until then, I just have to keep going back and looking at and working on images from past trips like this one from the Serengeti.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Kamenice

The Kamenice - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32mm, f/11, 1s, ISO 50.

The Kamenice gorge, carved by the Kamenice river is a great place for a hike in northwestern Czech Republic with the bonus of dense vegetation which makes for wonderful photography.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Snow Capped Hills

Snow Capped Hills - A7r3, 125mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 100.

I like the gentle lines and subtle tones of snow capped hills.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Possession Bay Beach

Possession Bay Beach - Leica SL, 90mm, f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO 400.

A group pf King Penguins just arrived on this beach at Possession Bay, South Georgia Island.  It started snowing lightly during that zodiac ride which was a nice experience but we were unable to make a landing due to fur seals.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Late Afternoon Rest

Late Afternoon Rest - 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 4000.

Today is International Cheetah Day!  While their conservation status is Vulnerable, their population is decreasing and with only about 7000 cheetah left (as of 2017), extinction is a real danger.

Wall of Water

Wall of Water - A7r3, 370mm, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 100.

Another image from Iceland this time from Hraunfossar and while the temptation was high to pull back and go grander especially with the little bit of rainbow on the right, what I really liked was how the water sheet was falling on that slanted rock ledge, hence the tighter framing.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Glacial Remains

Glacial Remains - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 50mm, f/11, 2s, ISO 50.

Not all images of Iceland need to be dramatic landscapes of waterfalls or ice beaches.  This is part of the Svínafellsjökull glacial lagoon which is one of the tongues of the massive Vatnajökull ice sheet.  I found the muddy yellow colors of the lagoon to be funky.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Coastal Pools


Coastal Pools - Alpa STC, IQ180, 32mm, ~f/11, 1/8s, ISO 35.

I made this on the Isle of Lewis and Harris on a photographic trip to Scotland back in 2015.  I had already worked on an image from that trip in black & white but for this oneI liked the little bit of color contrast between the blue skies and the yellow rocks.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dots on Ice

Dots on Ice - Leica SL, 100mm, f/9, 1/640s, ISO 320.

I loved scenes like this in Antarctica, though my biggest regret was not making this image with the Phase One XF and IQ3 100 system I had with me.  Those little black dots in the center on the iceberg are penguins and had I captured it with a higher resolution sensor, on a gigantic print they would be clearly resolved as Penguins.  Oh well, just gotta go back I guess :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lone Gentoo

Lone Gentoo - Leica SL, 280mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 1000.

While I love the dramatic landscapes with hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs of King Penguins of South Georgia Island, if you want Penguins on icebergs, you gotta go to Antarctica.

Undine Harbour

Undine Harbour - 5D3, 70mm, f/5, 1/800s, ISO 100.

Tussock Grass, snow capped mountains and a bunch of Gentoo Penguins at Undine Harbour, South Georgia Island.  This one was from my 2012 trip in a forgotten folder I stumbled across this morning in Lightroom.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ribbons of Light and Shadow

Ribbons of Light and Shadow - A7r3, 18mm, f/7.1, 1/15s, ISO 4000.

I know that Antelope Canyon has been photographed many times by many photographers but I still find images of the light bouncing through the canyon walls mesmerizing.  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Elbe Sandstone Sunset

Elbe Sandstone Sunset - Alpa STC, IQ3 100, 32mm, f/11, 1/5s, ISO 50.

The Elbe Sandstone mountains of Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany just before sunset.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Kings by a Stream

Kings by a Stream - Phase One XF, IQ3 100,  110mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO 100.

A classic South Georgia Island scene, King Penguins by a stream.  I made this on my second visit to South Georgia Island in 2016 at St. Andrews Bay.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Marching Kings

Marching Kings - Fuji XT2,  183mm, f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 1000.

A small group of King Penguins come marching down a slope at Gold Harbour in South Georgia Island.  I think they came down that slope more gracefully that I did.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Three Callas

Three Callas - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 120mm, f/14, 1/40s, ISO 100.

I had some lovely light the spring morning I made this.  I was at the Calla Lily gully this past weekend and it looks like park services has come through and cleaned everything up, ready for the upcoming season.  Hope that the storm we are going to be tomorrow is the first of many for the bay area this season.

At Attention

At Attention - 1DX, 282mm, f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 3200.

A juvenile Leopard standing at attention, watches for potential prey.

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.