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.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Trawler in the fog

FISHING TRAWLER IN JOHNSTONE STRAIT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, AUGUST 31, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/640 sec. f9
ISO 1600

As the M/V Kennicott sailed up the Alaska Marine Highway, this ghostly trawler loomed in the early morning fog of Johnstone Strait between Vancouver and West Cracroft Islands.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Otter

DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-3 TURBO OTTER, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/2000 sec. f8
ISO 400

Originally called the "King Beaver," the Otter is a considerably larger bush plane, "the one-ton truck to the Beaver's half-ton truck." This one, captured on landing in Ketchikan Harbor, has been up-engined to turboprop status. I wish I had used a much slower shutter speed to blur the propeller.