Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Gold and Blue

Gold and Blue - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 105mm, f/9, 1/1000s, ISO 100.

This is what happens when you mix the warm, filtered morning sunlight with ice and glaciers in Antarctica.  Just another morning in Wilhelmina Bay.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Evening light and shadow

Evening light and shadow - RX1, 35mm, f/8, 1/40s, ISO 120.

One from the archives, from a road trip at the end of 2012.  We drove though Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona just as the sun was setting.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Desert Scrub


Desert Scrub - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 115mm, f/12, 1/4s, ISO 100.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Black-browed Albatross Portrait

Black-browed Albatross Portrait - 5D3, 150mm, f/4, 1/1600s, ISO 200.

Up close and personal with the beautiful Black-browed Albatross.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Painted Black Beach

Painted Black Beach - A7r3, 100mm, f/14, 2s, ISO 100.

The combination of long exposure and black sand in this image reminded me of a painting so when processing it, I chose a white balance that brought out the pastel colors.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stranger

Stranger - 5D3, 400mm, f/18, 1/320s, ISO 800.

One of these is not like the rest…

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Grey Go-away-bird

Grey Go-away-bird - 1DX, 560mm, f/10, 1/1000s, ISO 800.

The Grey Go-away-bird, also known as the Grey Lourie is native to the southern parts of Africa, including Botswana which is where I spotted this pair.  

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Frames

Frames - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32mm, ISO 35.

One from the archives, made just oner 5 years ago in 2014 in Namibia.  There are many aspects of this composition I like, from the combination of colors (blue, green, orange-yellow) to the various themes around frames, the main door frame, the room in the back and the ‘frame’ made by the shadow being cast.  

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Poser

Poser - Leica S007, 47mm, f/11, 1/180s, ISO 100.

Its World Penguin Day today, so its an excuse to share a cute penguin photo.  This is apparently also the day that Adelie Penguins (not the King pictured here) start their migration north toward the sea ice to get access to food.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ice & Cloud

Ice & Cloud - Leica SL, 112mm, f/7.1, 1/1250s, ISO 125.

Happy Earth Day with an image of one of the relatively unspoiled regions of our planet, Antarctica.  While relatively unspoiled, it is still affected by human activity, from exploitation of wildlife in the early part of last century to climate change which continues to today.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

King in Morning Light

King in Morning Light - Leica SL, 280mm, f/9, 1/250s, ISO 400.

Today a King Penguin in beautiful, warm early morning light.  

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Emperor Portrait

Emperor Portrait - A7r3, 560mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 125.

Up close and personal portrait of an adult Emperor Penguin.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Icicles

Icicles - Leica SL, 121mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 250.

Cool icicle details on the side of an iceberg in Antarctica.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Musee d’Orsay


A view of the Musee d’Orsay from a bridge with a lot of locks.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Iconic

Iconic - Leica Q2, f/8, 1/125s, ISO 100.
There is probably a 100,000 images of the Eiffel Tower made everyday, so I just focused on pictures of the kids while there, still couldn’t help but take a quick snap on the way out.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Inspecting the Damage

Inspecting the Damage - Leica Q2, f/5.6, 1/50s, ISO 100.

I was only going to take a picture of the damage, but then this old woman walked right up close almost as if she was inspecting it which I thought made the image more interesting.

Cats and Bird


It was Maya that pointed out these two fat cats sitting on the window as were quickly eating our lunch on the street below.  As the pigeons would walk across, the cats would carefully track their exact movement even though they were powerless to do anything about them.


Monday, April 01, 2019

Rancho San Vicente Sunrise

Rancho San Vicente Sunrise - Alpa STC, IQ4 150, 32mm, f/11, 1/30s, ISO 50.

I made this image yesterday at sunrise and it was looking like it was going to be a total bust.  I only had a little bit of time and wasn’t seeing anything I liked with California Live Oak and wildflowers when I started playing with this rock with lichen growing on it.  Initially I was shooting with the sun but on a whim I decided to shoot into the sun, not expecting much but in the end it turned out to be an interesting photo.  What drew me to the scene as in that in the first few minutes the sun first rises above the hills it bathes only portion of the landscape in warm light making for an interesting layering of light and color.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Cloudy Pool

Cloudy Pool - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/14, 1s, ISO 50.
Its always tempting to make the big, beautiful waterfall the subject, but here I like that Selfoss becomes the background, allowing the little cloudy pool of water surrounded by splashes of color to e the main subject.  I made a similar image from the same shoot in black & white a while ago but I think I prefer this color one.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

World at our feet

World at our feet - Phase One XF, IQ4 150, 120mm, f/8, 1/40s, ISO 100.

There is an incredible world of colors, textures and shapes right under our feet, just waiting to be explored.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Reflected Lines

Reflected Lines - X1D, 21mm, f/12, 1/90s, ISO 400.

I like how the streaky clouds ‘reflect’ the striations on the rock.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Tip Toe Tree

Tip Toe Tree - Sony A7r3, 24mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 100.
When Maya saw this image, her first reaction was that ‘it looks like that tree is going to tip toe away’, which gave me the caption for it.  

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Stone in Wave

Stone in Wave - Phase One XF, IQ4 150, 50mm, f/8, 1/3s, ISO 50.

A very simple concept, but interesting at different levels.  At the higher level (which is all you’ll see in an online image), its a stone sitting along the curve left by a wave on a beach and one might even wonder why it isn’t monochromatic.  But when you zoom in, there is an incredibly complex variety of colors and sizes of the pebbles that make up the sand on the beach and then color becomes very important.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hungry

Hungry - Sony A7r3, 560mm, f/11, 1/500s, ISO 320.

I am chuffed (learned some British slang recently :) ) to release another portfolio image from my trip to visit the Emperors last fall.  I had to make a bit of a heavier crop than I usually like to get the framing right, but the resulting image still makes for a delightful 20”+ print.  

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bones

Bones - Phase One XF, IQ4 150, 120mm, f/8, 1/40s, ISO 100.

The remnants of a coral-like algae.  I’m still not sure I’m completely sold on the black & white version.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Mask


A throwback to almost exactly 6 years ago when I was in Venice for Carnival and the masks.

Valley of Fire SP

Valley of Fire SP - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 50mm, f/12, 1/13s, ISO 100.

There wasn’t color in the sky but the intense vermillion of the late sun hitting the rocks still made for beautiful imagery.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Mist and Waterfalls

Mist and Waterfalls - Phase One XF, IQ4 100, 75mm, f/9, 3s, ISO 100.

A different view/shot of Dettifoss, staying away from the main waterfall but instead going for the mist and the surrounding area.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Three Shells

Three Shells - Phase One XF, IQ4 150, 120mm, f/11, 1/6s, ISO 50.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that while I’ve been visiting Point Lobos for years, its only today that I photographed at Weston Beach.  Wow, have I been missing out!  Weston Beach is probably the best place I’ve visited for intimate or abstract landscape photography.  You just keep tripping over interesting compositions, definitely a place to visit when its overcast and the light is soft.  It was a virtually cloudless morning on the coast so I didn’t have a lot of working time and had to use my body as a light shade for scenes like this one.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gnarled Oak

Gnarled Oak - Alpa STC, Phase One IQ4 150, 23mm, f/8, 1/13s, ISO 50.
Another one from last night, this time with an ultra wide angle and in black & white.  I like this composition and it’s one I will definitely revisit with the hopes of a colorful sky.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lit Oak

Lit Oak - Alpa STC, Phase One IQ4 150, 90mm, f/8, 1/40s, ISO 50.

After a nearly 5 month wait, I received my new Phase One IQ4 150 digital back yesterday and took it out for a spin this evening.  While I have little need for 150 megapixels, I was excited for much improved performance with technical camera lenses.  I wanted to photograph the California Live Oaks near the house, especially with an ultra wide angle and while I did, I think I liked this one I made with the 90mm better.  I walked across this scene just as the sun was about to set, kissing the limbs of the tree with its last light.  I didn’t really like the rock while I was making the image but looking at it now it doesn’t bother me as much, what do you think?

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Ice Jellies

Ice Jellies - A7r3, 16mm, f/22, 1/50s, ISO 100.

I didn’t see it at first, but these trapped bubbles in the ice are kind of like abstract moon jellies.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Highlands Sunset

Highlands Sunset - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 80mm, f/14, 1/8s, ISO 50.
A colorful sunset in the highlands of Iceland.  I think what I like the best is that little cloud over the mountain in the distance, it echoes the framing clouds at the top nicely.  

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Antarctic Sunrise


Antarctic Sunrise - A7r3, 100mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400.

The beautiful sunrise could have happened anywhere but that tabular iceberg the lower part gives it away.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Artists' Palette

Artists' Palette - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 150mm, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 100.

Artists’ Palette in Death Valley is a popular photographer and tourist destination but that didn’t stop me from making my own image there early last month.  I had an idea of the kind of final image I wanted when I captured this, it was going to be a colorful image but with good shadow detail printed on a matte photo paper where both the shadow detail and all the hues of the color palette could shine but without the “punch you in the face” color of a glossy paper.  

I’ve been debating what matte paper to use, back in my Epson 7900 days I really liked their Hot Press Bright but wanted to try something different.  After some reading, I settled on the Hahnemühle PhotoRag, a 308 gsm matte paper with a nice texture thats been around forever.  With a calibrated display and Lightroom’s soft proofing ability, the print came out spot on.  I did end up leaving the web version (what you see here) with just a bit more shadow contrast as it seems appropriate for that medium.

Orange in Blue and Gold

Orange in Blue and Gold - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 120mm, f/14, 0.4s, ISO 50.

An intimate landscape from a beach on the California coast.  I mainly like the palette of gold, blue and orangey red.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

St. Andrews Bay Colony

St. Andrews Bay Colony - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 105mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO 100.

The splendor of the colony at St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia island.  I was trying to explain this scene to a colleague last night and words just can’t do it justice.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Clouds over Vestrahorn

Clouds over Vestrahorn - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/14, 1/40s, ISO 50.

Its not the greatest composition but it is a little bit different than a lot of other images I’ve seen made in this area of Iceland.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Little Black Dots

Little Black Dots - Leica SL, 280mm, f/9, 1/640s, ISO 400.

Those little black dots on the funky iceberg near the bottom are actually Penguins.  Its amazing that they got up there!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sedimentary Deposits

Sedimentary Deposits - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 150mm, f/12, 3s, ISO 100.

I love contrast in my images and for most of my images I try to find  a black point that is deep in the blacks to give the photo an anchor; also not a fan of the washed out blacks look.  However, for this image, I needed to avoid the temptation to crush the shadows and instead keep the contrast low which was original to the conditions but for me also more visually pleasing.  I was also tempted to convert to black & white but I really like the very subtle reds and yellows in the image.  I made a matte print (which I like for lower contrast, subdued colors) of this image and its quite nice.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tobogganing Emperor

Tobogganing Emperor - A7r3, 428mm, f/10, 1/500s, ISO 100
Today is Penguin Awareness Day, a day to learn a little bit more about these flightless birds of the south.  One interesting fact about penguins is why they are colored the way they are (dark/black back and bright/white belly).  Its because they spend nearly 3/4 of their time in the water and is for camouflage.  From above, their dark back helps them blend into the depths below and from below their bright belly helps them blend with the light from above.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Cracked Mud

Cracked Mud - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 100

An abstract of cracked mud made at a geothermal field in Iceland.

Layered Sandstone

Layered Sandstone - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 80mm, f/11, 1/8s, ISO 100.

I love how the different layers of sandstone oriented at various angles makes for interesting lines and textures in this image.  Since it was an overcast morning, the subtle reds and yellows of the rock also come through nicely.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Morning Waves

Morning Waves - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 45mm, f/10, 4s, ISO 100.

There wasn’t a lot of color the morning I made this image but what color was there was very soft giving a calm, serenity to the image.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Colorful Ridges

Colorful Ridges - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 75mm, f/14, 1/6s, ISO 100.

I’ve been to Death Valley a few times the past but during those trips have opted for wide angle images.  Last week, I wanted to spend some time there focussing on picking out details in the interesting landscape rather than just wide images.  The conditions at Zabriskie Point the morning I made this image reminded me of the conditions on New Year’s Day 2010.  It looked fairly overcast but then at the last minute just before the sun came up, there was an epic colors in the cloud.  I was hoping for the same thing to happen, but alas it didn’t as the cloud cover to the east was just too thick.  Regardless, the overcast conditions made it ideal for the kind of tighter images I was seeking to make and this is one such example.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Canyon Wall

Canyon Wall - X1D, 21mm, f/12, 1/50s, ISO 800.

I got to spend the bulk of yesterday morning hiking and photographing Valley of Fire state park, about an hour north of Las Vegas.  The weather for me was ideal, as it was totally overcast meaning that as long as I didn’t include the sky in my frame, all the colors and textures of the brightly colored sandstone and rocks would easily come through.  I started at the north end at White Domes which is supposed to have brightly colored rocks perfect for photographing in flat light.  Unfortunately, with the rains over the last couple of days, when I got about 1/3 of the way through the trail and had to go through a narrow slot canyon, it was flooded.  If I had my NEOS overshoes with me, I would have easily walked through it, but just my regular hiking boots weren’t going to cut it.  So I made a few images with the water in the frame and focussed on capturing what parts of the canyon wall I could.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Desert Light

Desert Light - X1D, 21mm, f/12, 1/320s, ISO 100.

There was rain in Death Valley last night and looking at the weather forecast it seemed like the clouds would break up in the early morning.  So before I went to bed, my plan was to wake up and head to Bad Water I the hopes of sunrise color with water in the basin, something I hadn’t seen before.  However, getting into the car, I noticed that the valley was covered in fairly thick cloud, so figuring that I wouldn’t get a sunset, I changed plans at the last minute and went to Mesquite Dunes instead.  It stayed pretty cloudy and I had resigned myself to doing intimate landscapes and tight abstracts but suddenly around when the sun was supposed to come up the clouds started to break up and I got some color and beautiful filtered light for most of the early morning.  I suspect that Bad Water would have been spectacular photography, but this wasn’t so bad either.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Ubehebe under Cloud

Ubehebe under Cloud - X1D, 21mm, f/12, 1/50s, ISO 100.

I’ve always wanted to spend a day in Death Valley photographing when it was cloudy and today I got my wish.  It did mean not getting much of a sunrise, but then I got to spend hours just hiking and making intimate landscapes (unlike this image which was one of the very few wide angle images I made).

Friday, January 04, 2019

Salt & Earth

Salt & Earth - X1D, 21mm, f/14, 1/6s, ISO 100.

I knew looking at the weather forecast that there wouldn’t be much of a sunset, but I still had to get out and try something.  Given the timing, I kept it simple and just wandered around Bad Water.   One neat difference in my images today was that I stayed at the edges where the salt was primarily at the bottom leaving earth at the edges, which creates a contrast I like.  I think I have better images than this one that I captured as the evening went on, but those will have to wait until I get back to be worked on.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

First 2019 Sunset

First 2019 Sunset - Phase One XF, IQ3 100, 40mm, f/22, 2.5s, ISO 100.
I got to spend New Year’s day doing the 3 things I love the most: playing with the kids, going for a run and of course being out photographing.  I saw that the weather forecast was calling for partial clouds in Santa Cruz and since it had been ages since I last went photographing the beaches there, it was a great choice.  The sunset didn’t disappoint, lasting a good while and with beautiful color.  What a great way to kick off 2019!