This quartet of ne'er-do-well juvenile king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) at least appeared to me to be considering some mischief. The king penguin colony on South Georgia reaches as many as two hundred thousand birds, it is loud, a bit smelly and an incredible experience.
Their home is a little chilly, but it's got a wonderful view.
My Eastern Sierra workshop last month had some great weather conditions, a single storm cleared out with all sorts of mixed lighting conditions, including this view down onto the Buttermilk (the foothills east of Mt. Whitney), a road winding through those hills, and clouds hugging the mountains behind. I made a lovely 20x13" print of this today for the workshop's review session, and I'm really happy with it, really beautiful textures up close.
An Antarctic tern skittering around Grytviken on South Georgia Island, pretty closely resembling his arctic cousins I've encountered many times. In both cases, their behavior can seen cheerful and fluttery from a distance, but they can be pretty fierce when irritated.
I won't be returning to South Georgia Island on my Antarctic expedition in January, but I may get a chance in November of next year, stay tuned...
Amazing how the light manages to highlight everything just so here. A remarkable moment.
I'd forgotten about this one... one of the reasons I have not shown as much of my Antarctica work generally is that I feel like at least one, perhaps two more visits will be really required to build out a decent body of work. That having been said, this monochrome series looks like one direction to build in... in just a bit under two months!
Such dramatic far landscapes, I love the "not quite within reach" feel of this set of images from offshore, and the way they communicate a wonderful sense of scale.
No, really, I'm excited about going back. :)
I am finding myself more and more excited about January's return to Antarctica. Expect to see a lot more images from my 2013 expedition there in the coming days, such as this soft monochrome panorama from Neko Harbour.
And don't forget the holiday cards are still available at pre-order prices through the 11th!
Once a year I produce a one-time print run of holiday cards with a winter-themed image, and ... it's that time again.
A pair of adorable penguins bowing, seemingly unaffected by the blizzarding snow. For the Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua), the bowing is often a courtship display. This image was taken near Port Lockroy, Antarctica in 2013, and I shot lying down in the snow to better include the stormy bay behind, as well as the texture of the snow in the air.
The interior of the cards are blank, and envelopes are included. Sale prices last until November 11, reflecting that these are pre-orders, which allow me to better gauge how many cards to print. Pre-order prices are $18/10, $30/20, $42/30, $65/50, $115/100, $225/200, plus tax and shipping.
It's easier than ever to order on-line this year, start here!
Returning from my recent Eastern Sierra workshop, I woke early and started making my way north from Lone Pine toward Independence, and as I drove, early light began to work through the clouds, allowing me to work this light at telephoto focal lengths. I've always been fascinated by cloud bands that hover along mountain ridges, they're not an uncommon sight in fjordy polar places. I've spent some time working today looking at how to create a great print of this image, and it will likely take more work to really nail down, for reasons having to do largely with the very particular shade of orange appropriate to the mountain peaks.
Shifting clouds during a storm clearing the Sierra and the Buttermilk (the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Bishop, California). You can work the landscape at telephoto focal lengths!
As I've mentioned to a few folks, I'm starting to experiment with a DSLR I've had converted to capture near infrared, this is one of my first test images, taken from the camera near Navy Beach during my Eastern Sierra workshop earlier this month. My plans involve creating monochromatic images with the camera, but the poorly converted false color results here are pretty fun, I have to admit.
More on this process as I continue to explore it...
From first working trip with a digital camera body in 2004, for many years I overlooked the potential of the images from some parts of the trip because I hadn't really adjusted to how very different digital originals were from the Fuji Velvia slides I'd been shooting until then. In particular, I only rediscovered this image a few years back, but I'm having fun printing a copy of it today and enjoying the memory of that wonderful adventure.
Once again I am reminded that the edge of changing weather is often one of the most fertile grounds for new images. Plucked off the side of the steep canyon walls overlooking the South fork of Bishop Creek, these mists only lasted for moments.
Blizzards make for wonderful photographic conditions.
I love the moments in which the vision of previous artists, in this case George Seurat or at least the pointillists in general, is explained or alluded to. This is a pretty much straight image taken directly from details of the aspens at Conway Summit in the Eastern Sierra.
I've made a couple trips to Rainbow Falls at Devils Postpile over the years, but got the chance to work through last light tis time for the first time, and also did a good amount of detail shooting from the base. I really like the dark and mysterious figure on the right.
I still have the slide I made in 1999. I'd never been to Mono Lake, I'd arrived in the night, but knew I wanted to get up for sunrise the next morning, so I picked a place based on pretty much no information at all, more or less the grounds of the Forest Service Visitor Center. The slide wasn't all that, but it was the start of what was to be a month of solid photographing in the Eastern Sierra, a month that saw me FedEx'ing slides between my hotels and the lab that was processing my slides, a month that leveled up (I feel) my photographic technique, and a month that set the stage for me going full time only a couple of years later.
This year, faced with the open question of where I'd start scouting for last week's Eastern Sierra workshop, I returned to the original scene of the crime. I picked a spot a few hundred yards away, the focus is better, and I've elected for a panoramic crop. The essential idea of the image is still as strong as my original vision, I've just realized it a little better, and today, I'm finding that satisfying.
The workshop was fantastic, as were often the conditions I had during both the workshop and scouting beforehand. It was a pretty exhausting trip, but I'm very glad to be back, and looking forward to spending some quality time with my images.
Here's a little taste from my scouting along the extremely low shores of Mono Lake.
It's been too long, many months at least, since I've gotten to go photograph in the Sierra, and I'm heading back this morning, in part to give a photographic workshop, in part to get some work done on my own. Fall is a great time to be there, second only to winter. (There are still a few openings if you've got an urge to join this workshop at the last minute--c'mon, you know you want to!)
I do hope to post updates, but may fall short of my usual more-or-less daily habit until my return on or about the 18th.