Saturday, January 31, 2015

Great Egret

GREAT EGRET, TARCOLES RIVER, COSTA RICA, JANUARY 27, 2015

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/2000 sec. f9
ISO 800

This Great Egret was ambling on the tidal flats along the riverbank when I took his portrait from a moving sightseeing boat. Even though the day was bright and sunny, I kept the ISO high in order to stop motion and capture a sharp image.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cattle Egret

CATTLE EGRET, LA FORTUNA, COSTA RICA, JANUARY 25, 2015

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/1600 sec. f7.1
ISO 1600

Getting a good photo of a bird in flight is a bit of a crapshoot, but in this case it was easy. Dozens of cattle egrets roosted in a nearby tree early one morning, one bird launching itself from a branch every ten seconds or so and passing in front of me in a perfect deflection shot. This is the best of about 30 pictures.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gorilla

EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLA, AUDUBON ZOO, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, OCTOBER 23, 2014

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 155mm
1/20 sec. f9
ISO 400

The primate's bored and lonely expression raised disturbing thoughts about confining such sapient creatures in zoos for the entertainment of spectators. The photograph was shot handheld in deep shade.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall colors at the Garden

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 19, 2014

Pentax K-5
Sigma 18-250 at 18mm
1/800 sec. f8
ISO 800

This was the view east from the bridge to the Japanese Gardens this morning. The fall colors are nearing their peak. This is not a real panoramic shot, just a faux one created by cropping the top and the bottom of a full-sized wide-angle frame. It's best viewed by clicking the photo to a large size.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chihuly 2

CHIHULY SCULPTURE DETAIL, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, AUGUST 29, 2014

Pentax K-5
Sigma 18-250 at 60mm
1/13 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Another shot from the Chihuly blown glass sculpture exhibition in downtown Seattle. It was taken handheld leaning against a wall; tripods and monopods were forbidden, as they usually are in venues with lots of foot traffic.

Monday, September 29, 2014

First light at Lake of the Clouds

LAKE OF THE CLOUDS, PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250mm at 18mm
20 secs. f3.5
ISO 400

We got up at oh-dark-thirty to get to the Lake of the Clouds overlook for this one. It was a very dark 20 second time exposure, and to improve the picture quality I slid the Lightroom shadows slider all the way to the right and the highlights slider all the way to the left, then opened up a couple of f-stops. I intensified the blue sky with saturation a little to the right and luminance a little to the left, and finished up with a bit of denoising. If you look closely you can see Jupiter in the top center of the photo.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Eddystone Rock, revisited

NEW EDDYSTONE ROCK, BEHM CANAL, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 55mm
1/800 sec. f10
ISO 400

This was our second visit to the basalt pillar in the middle of Behm Canal, a long inlet along the Alaskan coast, on a sightseeing boat trip to Misty Fjords from Ketchikan. We'd first been there in 2010. The sight is just as glorious.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Misty Fjords


MISTY FJORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 55mm
1/800 sec. f10
ISO 400

This was our second visit in three years to the cloud-bedecked Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan, Alaska, one of the state's best photo opportunities, and we made the most of it.