Sunday, November 22, 2015

Landcsapes in Portrait mode

The Plantation

Image, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm, 1/80th sec, ISO 400

When doing my research on this shot, I found most images where done in landscape mode, so an easy way to make something different is to do what others have not, this image highlights the moss more than the trees, yet still gives that vanishing point effect that I wanted. Just wish I had better light that day, another trip to Savannah is in order.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brick and mortar - Savannah, Georgia

Pulaski Detail

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 67mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

I recently visited Fort Pulaski, just outside Savannah, GA. on Cockspur Island. A unique history surrounds this fort, the end of an era for brick and mortar.

Fort Pulaski

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

Savannah and its environs are a place dear to my heart, I spent two years living there and I have some close friends that still live there. But in all my time there I only visited Pulaski once and never photographed it, now I wish I had more time to go back and fully document this piece of Americas history from the Civil War.

More coming soon....


Images In Light

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Shooting by moonlight

Moonrise at Panther Beach

Image: 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16mm, 4sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

After a very uneventful sunset at Panther Beach, I decided to stick around and try shooting by moonlight, more for fun than any real serious photography. While trying to keep my ISO as low as possible and not letting my shutter speed get to long, I opened up my aperture to f/6.3 for a 4 sec exposure, that way I would get wave blur instead of completely smoothing out the water, like I would have at shutter speeds of around 20 sec.

I pulled the shadows extensively in Lightroom to balance the image.

If you try this, do it during a full moon for the most light possible, keep your ISO at 100 and try different shutter speeds to see what you get.


Images In Light

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The future of Light

Very interesting concept, that I am very excited about. Light is thinking outside the (DSLR) box. Is this the future of photography? Its interesting to consider, in order to get around a zoom lens, add cameras with varying fields of view. In my business I see a lot of new camera technology and there have been rumblings of multiple camera modules as a way of getting around zoom lenses, also for other reasons.......

I think we will see this technology soon in camera phones, maybe even the next iPhone or Samsung device. The technology has started to mature and calibration of these separate camera modules can now be done very accurately. I see this as very viable. I hope to test this one next year when its available.

This could easily replace small portable zoom cameras and if mature enough, small DSLR and ILC (mirrorless) cameras.

Light here

Fstoppers here

DPReview here


Images In Light

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sigma keeps introducing fantastic lenses and here is one I may consider to add to my lens arsenal.

The new Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM for EF

I would really like a fast wide angle lens that can really produce without breaking the bank, this could be the one. I'll keep you informed here, when the results are in.

Other nice ART lenses include the 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.4

  • As part of the Art line within Sigma’s Global Vision series, this lens’ is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
  • Prime wide-angle 20mm f/1.4 lens is designed for full-frame format Canon EF mount DSLRs, and can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 32mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Both FLD glass and five SLD elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for chromatic aberrations throughout the entire focusing range and help to ensure high image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
  • A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
  • The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
  • Petal-shaped lens hood helps to reduce lens flare when working in strong lighting conditions and also offers some protection to the front element of the lens.
  • The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations.
  • The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
  • This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.

Images In Light

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chaos in color and black and white

Chaos - black and white

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 2 sec, Lee Big Stopper ND Filter

Chaos - color

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 1/500 sec, no filter

Exploring different ways of exposing a scene, I find it difficult sometimes to choose what I prefer. Using an ND filter gives me options to quickly make widely different exposures and decide later on what version of the scene I prefer. The Lee ND filter selection and Lee mount greatly increase the flexibility I have when I'm on a location shoot like this one.

I prefer the long exposure black and white version here, I think it works better for this windy, salt spray, misty day, adding to the stormy feel, even though it was a beautiful day. Taken from Soberanes Point in Big Sur.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Capturing Atmosphere

Coastal California

5D Mk III, 24-79 f/2.8 L II, Lee Little stopper
f/11 at 2 sec

This was an interesting scene, when we arrived it was a hazy/foggy late evening and the atmosphere was not something I thought I was going to be able to catch, often times unsettled air does not allow for good images. Here I feel like I was able to capture the atmosphere of that moment and the long exposure helped, giving it a more dreamy look with the blurred waves.


Images In Light

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee 10 stop ND filter, 5 sec at f/11.
Garrapata Beach

Black and White conversion done in Lightroom. I feel sometimes monochrome images can better convey mood than color and at other times color more efficiently tells the story. Regardless, telling the story is the key to an image, not what camera or what software was used. Composition and understanding of how your camera works are far better than your cameras ability to recover shadows or print large.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Full Frame DSLR, The Future?

Pentax is teasing a full frame DSLR for next spring

So with the edition of a Pentax FF camera, we now have Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony and Leica giving us around a dozen full frame bodies, whether they are mirror-less or traditional, that leaves a handful of companies yet to join the FF fray, including: Fuji, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus. Will they weigh in? I believe they have to, people are demanding it. So what about APS-C?, I think there is still room for smaller sensors, however Olympus and Panasonic look to be in trouble with the smaller micro 4/3's.

With improvements in sensor production and Sony pushing the limits of technology, its a matter of time until the rest fall in place, professionals will choose the larger format, along with enthusiast's. Smaller format sensors will be around for the foreseeable future, I would like one myself and in fact have a Fuji x100s, but for my main stream imaging I want FF and I would like a small format camera that I can use with small primes but can also adapt my FF lenses too. 

Interesting times ahead, I look forward to seeing the evolution and what the late comers will bring to the market. They need to get moving quickly though.

It looks like Ricoh buying Pentax was indeed a good move for photographers. In the film days I shot with a Pentax ME and would love to see a Pentax revival, they are truly a photographers company.

I would shoot with a 50mp, medium format Pentax 645Z (43.8 x32.8mm) if I could only afford one.

 Shot with film back in 1999. Serengeti National Park


Friday, September 11, 2015

When will we hit ISO 1 Million

The new Sony A7sII

See specs here at DPReview

Its not far now until we hit ISO 1 million, the new Sony A7sII gets us one step closer, what is that going to mean in the near future? will we be taking photos at night like we do in the day? I'm guessing yes. Will we still need tripods? yes, I think so, for a while anyway.

Sony's rapid fire introduction of cameras is out pacing any company I have seen before. Some of these devices are being delivered with high price tags and not a lot of thought in to what a photographer really needs. I am still waiting on a Sony camera that will allow for a quick method of selecting an auto focus point,  please Sony a little thought in to ergonomics. I applaud the innovation, but more than that is needed, we are photographers and we want a device that gets out of the way, so we can think about what it is we are photographing and not what button do I find that function under.

Then there is uncompressed 14 bit RAW, when is Sony going to provide that? and just like that, they fix it, here.

See low light 4k video here


Monday, August 31, 2015

New Canon EF 35 f/1.4 II

Now this should be a sweet lens, for those that need a fast and fairly wide lens, this will be the one you should have in your kit, great for landscape, event, portrait and low light.

Key features:
9 bladed aperture
Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
Two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula
Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating
Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces
Water resistant

Getting rave reviews so far.....

DPreview here and here

Photographyblog here

The MTF chart looks very promising. 

From Canon:

New L-Series Lens is First to Feature Canon’s Proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics – That Achieves a Higher Level of Chromatic Aberration Correction For Superb Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 27, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens for EOS system cameras – a wide-angle fixed-focal-length Canon EF lens that is the world’s first* to utilize the Company’s newly-developed and exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics). This new optical technology utilizes organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies resulting in outstanding high-quality imaging performance.
“As the world leader in production of interchangeable lenses, having produced over 110 million EF lenses since 1987, it is with great excitement that we now introduce a revolutionary new technology to add to Canon’s unequaled optical heritage when it comes to chromatic aberration correction,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We continually strive to achieve the ideal lens performance, which has driven the development of Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, found in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This technology is yet another ‘first’ in optical design introduced by Canon to enhance the performance of our lenses for our customers.”

Canon’s proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics) incorporate a new organic optical material with unique anomalous dispersion characteristics for use in camera lenses. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light (short wavelength spectrum) to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control color fringing as effectively as possible. When placed between convex and concave lens elements made from conventional optical glass materials, BR Optics help to produce sharp images with outstanding contrast and color fidelity by thoroughly reducing axial chromatic aberration.
In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting caused by light rays entering the lens at a large angle of incidence. The lens also offers best in class minimum focusing distance at 0.28m (approximately 11 inches) resulting in an increased maximum magnification of 0.21x – ideal for capturing close-up subjects. Autofocusing is swift and virtually silent due to a rear-focus optical system and Canon’s original Ring USM focusing motor. Full-time mechanical manual focusing is also available even when the lens is set to AF mode.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens features improved durability over its predecessor. As with all L-series lenses, this new lens is highly resistant to dust and water ─ making it ideal for outdoor photography, even in harsh conditions. The high-grade design of the lens provides users with a substantial and luxurious feel, as well as optimal operability.  In addition, a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces helps to repel liquids and dust particles, and makes the lens easier to clean.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is compatible with 72mm filters and will be supplied with Lens Hood EW-77B and Lens Pouch LP1219. It is scheduled to be available in October 2015, for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00. For more information including specifications and an MTF chart, please visit

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wide Angle Abstract

5D Mk III, EF 11-24 f/4 L, 11mm, f/11, 1/80th sec

The perfect lens for this shot, the 11-24 f/4 super wide angle lens, can be fun if you find the right composition.


 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16mm, f/6, 1/100th sec

This lens continues to amaze me.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Just for fun - Made With Matter

An App that I thought I would share, called Matter, its fun to play with and currently free in the App store. Make otherworldly images with a few simple taps.

Images In Light

Monday, July 27, 2015


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II at f/3.5

Silhouette's can be a very interesting to shoot, finding the right background is key, here is a fern set against a brooding sky, converted to black and white in lightroom. I especially like to shoot people in profile like this one here or this one.


Images In Light

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormy Weather


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/9, 1/125 sec, 35mm hand held


5Dmk III, 70-200 f/4 L IS, f/4, 1/800 sec, 100mm hand held


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/10, 1/160 sec, 35mm hand held

I love shooting weather, one of these days I'll go storm chasing in the Midwest and chase some real weather, until then I will have to work with the occasional hurricane remnant that works its way up from Mexico like this one last weekend in Big Sur. 

I head out whenever possible if weather is in the forecast, the next trip to Yosemite will be based on that. Incoming weather is always a good opportunity for landscape photography, it sets a mood that sunny blue sky's just can't do. Ideally it happens at sunset or sunrise, adding that wonderful light to a moody sky.