Colorado Rockies Rainbow. A while ago I went to the Colorado Rockies to photograph wildflowers and scenic vistas. One afternoon on our way back to the motel We saw this beautiful Rainbow over the mountains. WE stopped and captured a few images that did not turn out as I expected. There was a lot of haze in the area and even though the rain had subsided, my images were a little beneath my expectations. In my last post I talked about my reclamation project and how I was revisiting some of my past images with today’s technology and my increased knowledge of post processing to see how the images might look today. I had never posted any of these images because of the haze over the mountains and how it took away from the magnificent Rainbow. Then along comes Photoshop CC 2015 and its DeHaze filter. I played around with Lightroom using the DeHaze filter and still was not satisfied. So I opened the image in Photoshop and was able to use Layers to finish this image more to my liking. The DeHaze filter in Camera Raw allowed me to lower the haze in the image and bring out the sharp detail of the trees and the Rocks in the mountains. A much better result than earlier reiterations of Photoshop.
While we struggle to “get it right” in the camera, there are just some special opportunities that require the creative forces of digital technology to bring out the best in how we remember seeing the image through the lens. Please remember to Like this image on Facebook, give it a +1 on Google, and Pinit on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Quite a while ago I began what I am calling my Reclamation Project. I have been photographing all across America and around the globe for the past 15 years. Throughout that time I have attended many seminars, workshops, and conference in an effort to refine my craft as a landscape and wildlife photographer. Since I began this journey my skills behind the lens as wells as at the computer have increased and helped me define my own style of work and post processing. When I was teaching at the University I always told my students about the impact of Life Long Learning. After your graduation, you cannot rest on your laurels but must continue to study and learn more about your chosen profession, hobby, or personal self worth. Keeping that in mind, I have returned to some of my images that I captured over a decade ago in an attempt to reclaim the quality of these images with my new attitude and approach to photography in general and the Digital aspect of this great medium. The above image is one of the first from the early 2000s that I chose to revisit.
I was traveling on one of my first ever workshops and was photographing across Alberta, Canada photographing in the Canadian Rockies. Herbert Lake was a fantastic morning shoot and I was able to capture the beauty of this mountain range using 4 separate images that I combined in my computer upon my return to the States. The lighting was great, the fog added a little bit of dynamic to the image, and the reflection in the Lake was close to perfect. It was an awesome moment for us and I have returned to Alberta many times to continue my love affair with the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy!
It has been a busy summer for me, however not much photographically. Looking for a way to jump start the creative juices I decided to update my web site and make a few changes that you might be interested in reviewing for me. This image of a Tiger is from a shoot that I did last February in an animal preserve in northern Montana. It is part of a new issue on my website where I have decided to feature different aspects of my photography. I will update the featured gallery each month with a few images for your viewing pleasure. August’s features include a grouping of Tiger photographs I have taken over the years. Its tough to capture Tigers in the wild unless you find your self in India and do a photo tour over there. I have not had the pleasure of that trip as yet, but the images I have included came from two separate wildlife preserves in Montana where we can get up close and personal with some of these magnificent animals.
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Here is a quick snap image from my trip to the Galapagos Islands. These Sea Lions were really big contortionists. They could rally move their bodies into all different types of configurations. They were pretty slow moving animals, but don’t get too close they would charge you if they were irritated in any way. Enjoy!
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Blue Footed Booby! One of the main attractions when photographing birds in the Galapagos Islands are the Boobies. ( Not those Boobies, the birds! ). Here is an image of the famous Blue Footed Booby. This is a male bird and he is doing his mating dance. Male Boobies try several ways to attract females to mate. This way they lift their feet up and down in a somewhat interesting mating dance. Another way in which they try to attract females is to pick up a stick or pebble from the ground and hold them up in the air as if offering it to the female as a gift. Finally, they spread out their wings and call out to the sky when a female flies by. We witnessed all three types of mating rituals on the island. Two males were in competition and they kept trying to one up each other by picking up bigger sticks or dancing better than the other bird.
One of the reasons we went to the islands in April was to capture the mating birds in all of their glory. Although it was not the best time to see the Tortoises. In the fall there are an abundant number of Tortoises in the wild available for photography. However, in the fall we would have missed the mating rituals of the birds which was our main focus of the trip. We did see several Tortoises in the wild and I will share those images with you shortly. Stay tuned for more, Enjoy!
Marine Iguana! Another post from my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This is an endemic species only found here in the Galapagos Islands. There are several sub species. If you stay tuned to my blog you will see many more of this species of Iguana. This little guy was quite small, but they can grow to be about 40 inches long. Some of the islands had only a few Iguana while other islands had thousands. Marine Iguanas are more subtle in their coloring while the other Land Iguana are quite colorful. They are mostly herbivores. They consume plants for their food source. They lay around and sun themselves on the Lava Rocks found on the island and are not very skittish. We could easily get as close as 2 meters from them and they would not even flinch. Flash photography was prohibited on the islands, but we were pleased to have many days when the overcast skies produced a nice even light and yet allowed for the right amount of exposure to capture great images. Bright sun shining on wet lava rocks generally yield reflective spots that hinder the best photographs. Even light under overcasts skies allows for the rocks to be more subdued and creates an excellent light to capture images of these interesting creatures. Enjoy!
Great Frigate Bird! I have just returned home from a trip to the Galapagos Islands on Ecuador. We traveled the area in a small cruise ship that accommodates 16 passengers and the crew. Here is my first post in a while, but I have hundreds of images to post so come back as often as you can. The Male Frigate Bird is quite unique. It has a small sack under its chin that he inflates in attempts to attract the female birds. This image shows it full of air and quite colorful. They also can keep it inflated while in flight. In addition, the males will wave they’re wings and cry out if a female is flying overhead. Quite the thing to see.
We saw many species of birds, Iguana, sea lions, and other sea creatures crawling along the lava rocks. It was a very educational trip as our guide has been in the Islands for 30 years. She was quite informative as wells as demonstrative in her efforts to share with us the history and ecological impact you find in The Galapagos Islands. Remember to share this post on Facebook, Pin It on Pinterest, are give me + over at Google. Enjoy!
Tiger Crossing! Here is another image from my recent trip to Montana. I posted a previous pic of this Tiger but I like the way that the water is cascading down from her tail on this image. Photographing wildlife in any environment is challenging. As I have said many times before, patience is the key. A watchful eye waiting for just the right moment to trip the shutter often times produces great results. Diligently viewing the subject through the viewfinder can be a bit tiring at times. However, an image of this quality captured at just the right moment is a great reward for persistence and craft. You can add this image to your Pinterest account by selecting the “Pin it” button below. You can also follow me on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. Watch for new updates coming soon! Enjoy!