Sunday, July 10, 2016

When the clouds don't cooperate at Martins Beach

Martins Beach, Half Moon Bay

5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 L IS, f/11 16mm and 35mm, 79 sec single exposure

I went to shoot the forbidden beach just south of Half Moon Bay for the first time and the clouds did not cooperate with me. So faced with a very boring beach shot with the Hay Stack, I thought I would try playing with zoom in a single exposure. I framed the shot at 35mm and let my camera expose for 40 sec and then zoomed all the way out to 16mm quickly to avoid shake and zoom trails and let it expose for another 39 sec, the result is the above image.

Martins Beach is in the mist of a land controversy, the land owner is denying people beach access and there is an ongoing dispute with San Mateo county, is it legal to visit this beach? the answer is currently yes, however I think this will be mired in legal BS for a while.

In the mean time I intend on returning here until I capture the image I'm interested in getting.


Images In Light

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fuji X-T2

Today Fuji announces the very well leaked X-T2. Similarly specked to the X-Pro2. It has a uniquely moveable LCD, that will move in most directions to accommodate all kinds of angles.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hasselblad X1D-50c mirrorless announced

Hasselblad X1D medium format mirrorless.

Hasselblad, today announced the  X1D-50c along with a new line of lenses, nice to see this finally happen, the only other camera close to this has been the Pentax 645z.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Adding a light/sun star in camera

Celtic Cross

5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/13, 70mm, 1/80th sec

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Isle Of Skye

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; The Quirang
The Quiraing
5D Mk III, 16-35 f/fL IS, f/11 at 1/100 sec, 29mm

Monday, May 9, 2016

Abstract clouds

Images In Light: Cloudscapes &emdash;

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Images In Light: Cloudscapes &emdash;

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Clouds 1v

5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 IS L

Some times using a long lens to pull detail from clouds can be more fun than shooting a landscape, these shots taken over Big Sur last year are a good example. See more here



Friday, April 29, 2016

Recent Black and White

Leaning Rocks

Exploding Tree

Shark Fin Cove

I love doing Black and White conversions, in some cases they work and others they don't, sometimes they are easier than color images and other times they are much more difficult to make work.

There is also the personal taste factor, not everyone likes Black and White, while some photographers do only Black and White, in my case I like both. Sometimes color is what an image is all about, the below image I think is one of those cases, even though I liked it in Black and White, I took it for the color.

Seattle Daisies

Lightroom has made it so simple, the push of a button and you can preview a shot in Black and White, like it, don't like it, switch it back.

Seeing in Black and White can be difficult, I do have to thank Cara Weston for helping me see in Black and White, some times an outside influence can be very helpful with your creativity. Take a look at Cara's web site for some beautiful images.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 in Sony FE mount

Sony FE  mount gets a new Zeiss 18mm super wide angle option for their A7 series full frame camera. This will be a nice addition to the 25 f/2 and 85 f1.4. There is a much bigger difference between 18mm and 25mm than it sounds. I would like to see Zeiss do this for Nikon and Canon.

For those looking for a high end wide angle FE lens, this should be the one to get. The Batis lenses alone make me want to repurchase an A7rII.

Buy it here at B and H for $1499.00

More at DPreview here


Images In Light

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Can't see the forest for the trees


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II,  f/11, 1/80sec, 70mm

When doing research on the Grand Canyon, one thing I noticed was the shots where about the canyon and not so much about the whole experience. The first thing you notice when getting there is, it is almost completely surrounded by trees. Some shots of canyon walls are great, but remember there is a lot more to an area that its major attraction. Hiking the rim and getting as much foreground as I could without completely obscuring the canyon was fun. There are so many opportunities for compositions at the Grand Canyon.

I look forward to my next trip to the North Rim.


Images In Light

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Selective editing in Lightroom

The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon

Final modified image: 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II,  f/11, 1/80sec, 70mm

Original RAW Image

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hand Held Landscapes

Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Image: 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8, 33mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, hand held.

Larger Image

Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Image: 5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4, 81mm, f/11, 1/20 sec, tripod.

I have found that I need to shoot at at least 1/500 of a second and use very good technique in order to get a print quality image hand held. A tripod is a must for conditions that are not very bright, even image stabilization is not enough to get a tack sharp image hand held in low light. The upper image can be printed at probably 24 inches (hand held at 1/250 sec), while the lower image can probably be printed at 36 inches (tripod at 1/20 sec).

Some times an image can be shot sharper hand held, I shot the upper image hand held and on a tripod, the wind was blowing at about 20 mph and it was obvious to me that shooting on a tripod was not working out so well, so I switched to a larger aperture, hand held and got the faster shutter speed and also took the wind blown tripod out of the equation. Later when the wind died down I was able to shoot back on my tripod and get sharp images.


Sunday, February 28, 2016



Nikon D810, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, f/3.2, 200mm, 1/500 sec

Wild cats are very elusive and shy, perhaps that's why I love to capture them more than any other type of wildlife. I saw this Bobcat twice on a hike this last weekend, the first time I was not prepared with a long enough lens, so on the way back through this area I had my AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, mounted on the D810 and came through as quiet as possible. I saw him on the trail in front of me, so I snuck up on him as stealthily as I could. With about 20 yards between us I caught a few images before he darted around the corner. When I made it to the corner it was obvious he had left the trail, so I froze. I knew he would be in the grass or trees watching me and as I scanned the area around me, sure enough, there he was watching me from behind some rocks about 10 yards away, I was able to get a few shots off before he ran into the grass and disapeared.

Margay in Costa Rica
Cheetah in Tanzania

A great hike!

Nikon D810, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, f/3.2, 200mm, 1/250 sec

Summit Tree

Canon 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/13, 18mm, 1/80 sec

A great hike!