Friday, September 19, 2014

Eagle 3

BALD EAGLE, ALASKA RAINFOREST SANCTUARY, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 190mm
1/400 sec. f8
ISO 800

The third portrait posted here of the eagle housed at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, this one reminds me of the famous photograph of Winston Churchill glowering into the camera just after Yusuf Karsh snatched the cigar out of his mouth.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eagle 2

BALD EAGLE, ALASKA RAINFOREST SANCTUARY, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 300 mm
1/1000 sec. f8
ISO 800

This is the same eagle as in yesterday's post, but in a much calmer pose, as if she'd had a relaxing visit to the hairdresser and nail salon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eagle 1

BALD EAGLE, ALASKA RAINFOREST SANCTUARY, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 230mm
1/800 sec. f8
ISO 800

Naturally this eagle, recovering from some kind of accident, was restrained by jesses and handled by a sanctuary worker when it posed for its portrait. This is one of the best profile photos of the species I've ever been able to get. The soft lighting was perfect and so was the dark background.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scarlett Point Light

LIGHTHOUSE COMPLEX AT SCARLETT POINT,  BALAKLAVA ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, AUGUST 31, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 55-300 at 55mm
1/1600 f8
ISO 400

It was morning on the Alaska Marine Highway when the M/V Kennicott passed this light about 40 kilometers northwest of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The heavy fog blanketing the Inside Passage lifted just enough for a shot through the mist.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Chihuly in Seattle

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

Pentax K-5
Sigma 18-250 at 22mm
1/640 sec. f10
ISO 400

This is just one of scores of stunning blown glass sculptures in the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit under the Space Needle in Seattle. This perspective no doubt has been captured by hundreds of thousands of fellow tourists, but still . . .

Thursday, August 14, 2014

And it's only August 14

MAPLE LEAF, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 14, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 115mm
1/500 sec. f8
ISO 400

The title says it all. For maple leaves to turn this early suggests that the winter ahead will be another harsh one in the Upper Peninsula, with deep snows and unending subzero temperatures the norm from December through April.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunset 7/17/14

SUNSET ON LAKE SUPERIOR, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 17, 2014

Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-135 at 135mm
1/2000 sec. f5.6
ISO 1600

Using a medium telephoto added visual interest to this shot of Lake Superior at about 9 p.m. The wind was offshore, not ruffling the close-in water but kicking up wavelets farther out that caught the blue in the sky directly overhead.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Musk Mallow

MUSK MALLOW (MALVA MOSCHATA), GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 18, 2014

Pentax K20D
Tamron 90mm macro
1/750 sec. f8
ISO 400

At first I thought this might be a Wild Geranium, but the lobed petals and delicate, lavender-like scent  bespoke Musk Mallow, a wildflower native to Europe, Turkey and southeast Asia and brought to America as an ornamental plant. Several specimens are growing by the side of the driveway to our cabin through the woods.