Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

47 - The Guardian

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso 200, 1/180sec at f/9.5, 3 image composite.

Monday, January 26, 2009

46 - Sailing sailing ...

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso200, 1/750sec at f/5.6, +CPL

I love sailing, still doing it after 45 years. I'm much better at it than I am at photography. Put the two together in either order and I'm there. This group of images was taken today at the US Sailing's Rolex Miami held on Biscayne Bay in South Florida. Sailors from around the world come here to compete so the racing is some of the best. Granted sailboat racing is not a spectator sport, in fact if you've never raced its probable pretty boring. Knowing this I've tried to make these images as artistic and interesting as I could, without spending a great deal of processing time on anyone. This event will last all week and I will try and make it out at least one more day. The logistics of this type of shot has its own built in difficulties, dropping the boat in the water, trip out to the course, chasing the sailboats around the course being sure to keep a proper distance, protecting equipment from salt spray and of course suntan lotion.

Friday, January 23, 2009

45 - Coral Castle

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso400, f/22, -2,0,+2, +CPL

Today I just wanted to go some where new so off I went to The Coral Castle. This place is amazing and a must see if your in the area. It was built by one man working alone named Ed Leedskalnin, between 1920 and 1940. What's remarkable is ED was only 5 feet tall and weighted 100 pounds. The work was done with hand tools made from old car parts.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

44 - Life Moves In

Canon 5DmkII, 20mm, iso 200, f/11, 3 images -1.5, 0, +1.5

Nature loves to fill a vacuum, it is its nature.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

43 - Habitat

Canon 5DmkII, 20mm, iso800, Combination of 3 exposures at f/9.5

The red mangrove is so important to coastal life it is home to so many creatures.

Friday, January 16, 2009

42 - Natures Balance

Click to see complete image Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm w/IS, 1/45 at f/2.8, at 150%

The fish in the right claw looks like a 12 inch dorado. I don't know what the predator is, could be a young eagle. (Wrong, this is an Osprey.. Thanks Stacey for the ID). This was very exciting to watch, so much that the image quality suffers.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

41 - Key to Life

Thoughts that combine my practices, yoga and photography;

The ancient sages said the key to life is balance. Balance in every layer of our being, but what are we balancing? The answer is the three qualities of nature, they are called gunas. Roughly translated as (mass or inertia), (vibrancy or dynamism) and (luminosity or the quality of light). When I'm able to balance these qualities in me my photography is fun and I get better results. When my images convey these qualities in a way that connects the viewer to nature's dance to balance the gunas I am grateful.

Canon 5DmkII, 20mm 1/45sec at f/9.5 iso100 +CPL

Monday, January 12, 2009

40 - High ISO

The following images were taken as a night time 5DmkII camera test. This camera along with the other new high ISO cameras have a wide range of exposure options for night photography. In this test I set the camera in one location on a tripod. I used the same 20mm 2.8 canon lens set at 2.8 for all exposures. I took a sequence of different shutter speeds and ISO settings, however all the images are from the 30sec exposure with the ISO the variable. All images were processed in Lightroom 2 with 50% luminance and 50% color noise reduction. They are cropped from 100% magnification, exported as a 10 jpeg. I included the house that had a single 60w lamp behind relative thin curtains as an additional reference. One thing that is clear, all images at 30 seconds show the stars as small dashes at 100%. The bright star above the bright door is Sirius the brightest star (not counting the sun duh). One more point I let the camera determine when to do the in camera noise reduction.

This is the ISO 1600 image, low noise, some stars, dark sky and a blow out of the closest door to the lamp.

This is the ISO 3200 image, low noise, more stars, gray sky and a blow out of the closest door to the lamp.

This is the ISO 6400 image, high noise, a lot more stars, light gray sky and a blow out of the two closest doors to the lamp.

This is the ISO 12800 image, higher noise, a lot more stars, lighter gray sky and a blow out of all doors. The brown over the house is a fast moving cloud.

This is the ISO 25600 image, higher noise, a lot more stars, lighter gray sky and a blow out of all doors. This image is over exposed the 20 second exposure is much better, but still has unacceptable noise.

The best balance for this location and time came from the ISO 1600 and 3200 series. I further processed and printed (8x10) the image from 31 - Shooting Star and it made it to "the wall".

Hope this gives you a starting point to go catch some shooting stars.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

39 - Jibe-in Norm

Click to see complete image. Canon 40D, 10-22mm at 10mm, iso 100, 1/60 at f/11, +CPL

I set the camera up just to record the afternoons sail, an image every 5 minutes. This image caught a down wind direction change called a jibe, Norm was driving (on the left) I was pulling in the main (middle) as crew watched (right). In this maneuver everything happens quickly so in processing I added the blur to help that feeling. Did it work or over the top?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

37 - The Storm

Canon 5D mkII, 24-70mm at 50mm, 1/250sec at f/8, iso200, +CLP

The Storm a poem by Dean Thorpe

Saturday, January 3, 2009

36 - The Mangroves

Canon 5DmkII, 20mm, iso 400, 1/15sec at f/8 +CPL

The Mangroves a poem by the students of CE 2B Les Flamboyants School New Caledonia

In 2001 children from 12 countries took part in an Art and Poetry contest organized by the Mangrove Action Project. The aim was to create awareness among children (in mangrove countries) about mangrove ecosystems and their protection. Over 4,500 children took part.

Friday, January 2, 2009

35 - The Grass is Always Greener

Canon 5DmkII, 20mm, 1/6sec at f/6.7, iso 100, +CPL

The Grass is Always Greener a poem by Bob Beveridge

Thursday, January 1, 2009

34 - Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart

Canon 5DmkII 70-200mm at 115mm, iso200, 1/250sec at f/4.5, +CPL

'Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart' a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke