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.

Colored Rocks by River Brittle

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Scotland &emdash; Colored Rocks by River Brittle

Colored Rocks by River Brittle - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ~f/11, 10s, ISO 35.

This was about as far as I made it on the path to the Fairy Pools largely because I kept getting distracted with all the images you can make without even getting there.  I really liked this scene because I found the colors on the rocks striking and liked the composition with the mountains and the river.  This image also has a coupe of little visual treats with the lichen covered branches and the little fledgling evergreen.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bengal Tiger Closeup

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Bengal Tiger Closeup
Bengal Tiger Closeup - Olympus EM1 Mark II, 420mm (840mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/250s, ISO 6400.
I’m not a big fan of close up portraits of wildlife, mostly because there’s already a ton of these kinds of pictures in the world.  However, when photographing a new species in the wild, I still succumb to the temptation to grab that portrait shot just to have one in my collection.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Callas

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Spring Callas
Spring Callas - Sony A7r3, 21mm, f/9, 1/15s, ISO 100.

I made a bunch of images with a wide angle with these Callas that morning but most didn’t work out because of the distortion of relative size between the foreground flower and the background ones.  Though still distorted, this one worked out the best.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Streaks of Cloud

Aravind Krishnaswamy: California Coast &emdash; Streaks of Cloud
Streaks of Cloud - Sony A7r3, 16mm, f/2.8, 30s, ISO 3200.
The rugged California coast is photogenic even at night, especially when the clouds co-operate and give you interesting streaking patterns.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cap Nap

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Okavango Delta &emdash; Cat Nap
Cat Nap - Canon 1DX, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 1000.
I wouldn’t normally consider a sleeping animal to be an interesting subject, but this guy just looks so comfortable napping in his tree that I find it both amusing and interesting.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Gnarled Branches

Aravind Krishnaswamy: Shoe Box &emdash; Gnarled Branches
Gnarled Branches - Sony A7r3, 24mm, f/22, 0.4s, ISO 100.
Its been a while since I was last at Point Lobos, mostly because the crowds there get crazy even by mid morning, but today I got there right at opening to do a quick walk.  I really liked the way the light was filtering through the gnarled branches of these trees, so made a quick image.  Also, I’ve been playing with the latest release of Lightroom and I think Adobe has upped their color game with the new profiles.  Adobe Standard has always been good to get a consistent starting point when shooting between multiple cameras but I’ve always found its required a lot of work to get the final image dialed in, especially for Sony files where I’ve started to use Capture One more (for this reason).  Now with the new presets, I’m getting results I like faster out of Lightroom and my familiarity with Lightroom’s tools is making me use Lightroom over Capture One, except for Phase digital back files were Capture One is still king.  I did only a few quick edits in Lightroom for this image.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

An Intimate View of Goðafoss

An Intimate View of Goðafoss - Alpa TC, IQ3 100, 35mm, f/22, 1.3s, ISO 50.

Lately I’m finding myself more drawn to intimate scenes rather than big dramatic landscapes, especially at iconic travel locations.  Goðafoss in Iceland is definitely iconic and on this afternoon I played around with taking both grand vistas and also more ‘detail’ images with a telephoto lens.  Just as I was packing up to head out, I saw this scene and was immediately drawn to it.  I love the overlapping curves and texture of the banks of snow in the foreground and for me thats the real subject with Goðafoss being more of a background.