Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hanging onto Mom

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Apes &emdash; Hanging onto Mom
Hanging onto Mom - 1Dx, 142mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 3200.
I like photographs that build up on themselves in layers such as this one.  While the main subject is the juvenile Mountain Gorilla on top of mom’s head, the addition of mom’s head and foundation of the “V” of the arm I think make the image more interesting rather than a tight crop of just baby.

Riceberg

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Riceberg
Riceberg - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 60mm, f/8, 2s, ISO 50.
I like how this piece of ice is shaped kind of like a grain of rice.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Diamond Beach

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Iceland &emdash; Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 4s, ISO 50.
Can’t wait to return to Iceland’s Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Glaciers and Clouds

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Glaciers and Clouds
Glaciers and Clouds - Fuji XT2, 100mm, f/7.1, 1/1250s, ISO 200.
I love the combination of tones and light color you get when you mix clouds and glaciers.

Great Tabular

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Antarctica &emdash; Great Tabular
Great Tabular - Leica SL, 200mm, f/9, 1/640s, ISO 320.
The sightings of great tabular icebergs in Antarctic waters are mesmerizing!

Colony at Sunrise

Aravind Krishnaswamy: South Georgia Island &emdash; Colony at Sunrise
Colony at Sunrise - Leica S 007, 30mm, f/22, 1/180s, ISO 100.
The King Penguin colony at St. Andrews Bay, numbering over 150,000 birds!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gorilla Family

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gorilla Family
Gorilla Family - 1DX, 75mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 1250.
Another black & white for tonight, this time of a Mountain Gorilla family (the Sabyinyo group) from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.  Neither words nor photos can adequately capture the experience of being there with them in their natural habitat.

Light and Dark

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Antarctica &emdash; Light and Dark
Light and Dark - Phase One IQ3 100, 75mm, f/11, 1/800s, ISO 400.
This is another example of why I like working in black & white.  This image is all about the undulation between light and dark tones, first in the waves and then in the glacier and mountains.  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Calla Lillies

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Calla Lillies
Calla Lillies - A7r3, 31mm, f/10, 1/8s, ISO 200.
A group of Calla Lillies from last weekend.  I like working on these in black and white because of all the contrast it allows me to play with.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Moon over Callas

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Moon over Callas
Moon over Callas - A7r3, 24mm, f/11, 1s, ISO 100.
The main goal I had for Saturday morning was to see if there enough fresh Calla Lillies at the gully at Garrapata beach to make an image like this one.  The fact that the moon was setting was a bonus, but in the end I prefer the images I made with the stream going into the ocean a little later.  This is of course a composite image, even at 24mm you’d need some pretty crazy depth of field to get both the foremost Lily and the moon sharp.  However there is something I like about how only the first Lily is really in focus with the background blurring away only to then have the moon sharp. 

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Colors in Totality

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Colors in Totality
Colors in Totality - Phase One XF, 240LS + 2X (480mm), f/10, 1.3s, ISO 800.
I think the most incredible thing about the eclipse on Wednesday was how long totality lasted and the subtle shifts in color during totality, which was just fun to watch.  It starts with yellows and oranges, hitting a deeper red during maximum totality and then going back to more oranges and yellows as totally ends.  Cool stuff.