Monday, May 28, 2012

Clouds and moon

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Nikon D300, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, f/8.0, 1/200s, ISO 200.
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The lens I took this with got stolen from my luggage on a flight to Sweden recently. Pity as it was one of my favorites. Very sharp, very light, very affordable.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Silver city walls

These images were created in Silver City, New Mexico some time ago. Silver city has one of the best playgrounds you'll find anywhere around the area so if you find yourself in southwest New Mexico with kids, head to Silver City and find the playground. The town also has an older area with lots of interesting structures to photograph. Here are two images that I liked mostly because of the color and composition. Enjoy.

Guards. Buy a print.
Tech: Nikon D300, Nikon 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 30mm, f/8.0, 1/500s, ISO 200
Same image on Flickr. Google+ post.

The telephone. Buy a print.
Tech: Nikon D300, Nikon 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 55mm, f/8.0, 1/500s, ISO 200
same image on Flickr. Google+ post.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Yellow flowers along the Enchanted Forest Trail in Apex open space. I snapped this with my iPhone on my mountain bike ride yesterday. In May these flowers show up for a few days in large numbers. I photographed them before (See here for example) but have never been able to photograph them in numbers this large.

Flowers on the Enchanted Forest trail
Flickr link. Google+ post.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Solar eclipse 2012

We only had a partial one here and lacking any really high ND filters, I just made a simple pinhole camera to show the eclipse to the kids. I punched a approximately 1 mm hole in a metal cap of something and used that to project an image from the sun. Worked great as you can see below. Nice low-tech solution and to complete the low-techness I photographed it using my cellphone. Due to the way a pinhole camera works, the image is upside down (and mirrored but that is not that important here). We also did not have a full eclipse in the Denver area. The light was very interesting for a short while though with the sun mostly covered.

Solar eclipse 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sunrise over De Lek

Symmetry. Buy a print. Enlarge.
Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm at 16 mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200. 2 stop Grad ND. Slight edits in Lightroom 4 to bring out the fog near the little pier and the sand.
Smugmug image. Flickr image. Google+ post.

This image was created looking out over De Lek river towards the rising sun. As a child and teenager I spent lots of time swimming from these sandbars near the river as well as sailing it. On the opposite side of the river is Langerak and Nieuwpoort where our old wooden sailboat was usually in the harbor.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunrise at the Bol

I went to photograph the sunrise at a small natural area forming a riverdune in the Lek (an extension of the Rhine river) in The Netherlands yesterday morning with my father (an art silversmith living in Schoonhoven - check out the link, he makes extraordinary stuff). This is an interesting area with lots of beautiful flowering trees, tidal planes and more. Here is an interesting reflection captured in the clay-like mud.

Fingers. Buy a print.
Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 at 11mm, f/16, 1/50s
Smugmug enlarge. Flickr image, Google+ post.

This was a wonderful morning where we saw lots of pheasants, hares, and other animals but also gorgeous skies.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sunrise at the tip

Sunrise at the southernmost tip of the white rim called white crack. From here it is still a day's walk to the confluence of the Green and the Colorado.

The tip
The tip. Buy a print.
Technical: high resolution composite assembled from 9 images each from D300, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 at 35mm, f/16, 1/8s, ISO 200
Enlarge on my main site. Flickr image. Google+ post.

The red is far out of sRGB color space and so you will not see what I experienced but this is a general limitation of the web.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ephemeral pool sunrise

Continuing on yesterday's theme, here is one of the ephemeral pothole pools on the White Rim at dawn. These potholes are very interesting in that they harbor extremely hardy life such as brine shrimp that can survive long periods of drought and resprout to life when there is some rain.

The eye
The eye - ephemeral pool in Canyonlands NP. Buy a print.
Assembled into ultrahigh resolution (50 MP) from 2 sets of 9 images each from a D300 with Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 34 mm, f/16, 1/5s (exposed for the sky) and 2.5s (exposed for foreground)
Smugmug enlarge. Flickr page. Google+.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Big Puddle

A sunset reflection in one of the bigger rain-filled pools at the tip of white crack in Canyonlands National Park. These things are teeming with life that lies dormant for weeks sometimes when the pool dries out.

The big Puddle
The big Puddle. Buy a print.
Assembled from 9 images to a 53MP images as rendered using hugin. Individual images from D300, Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 34mm, f/16, 1/8s, ISO 200
Smugmug enlarge. Flickr image. Google+.

Horizontal pool. Buy a print.
Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 at 11mm, f/11, 1/20s. 1-stop grad ND.
Smugmug enlarge.