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 - 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.