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Vignettes: Wildlife of the Galapagos

Last month I had the privilege of spending 8 days in the beautiful Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. These islands are often referred to as “A Living Museum” and it doesn’t take long to understand why. It’s a paradise for any wildlife lover or photographer.

Most of the images here were created with my new Canon 7D Mark II and the incomparable Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM. An ideal combination for wildlife shooting.

In January of 2016, I will be leading a Photography Tour of the Galapagos aboard the luxury yacht, Beluga. Send me an email of you are interested or have questions about this trip. Enjoy the images!

Galapagos Flycatcher, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/800 second @ f/5.6, ISO 2000

Diving brown pelican, early morning with warm backlighting, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 381mm, 1/1600 second @ f/4, ISO 400

Galapagos giant tortoise, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 200mm, 1/640 second @ f/4, ISO 1000

Sea lion diving, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 24mm, 1/400 second @ f/8, ISO 800

Marine Iguana, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/800 second @ f/4, ISO 800

Blue-footed booby, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 560mm, 1/1600 second @ f/6.3, ISO 320

Sea turtle surfacing, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 32mm, 1/320 second @ f/10, ISO 1000

Sally Lightfoot crabs in the surf, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 55mm, 0.6 second @ f/18, ISO 100

Adolescent brown pelican, Galapagos, Ecuador. Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 519mm, 1/1250 second @ f/5.6, ISO 1000

Greater Flamingo, Galapagos National Park, Ecuador. Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 560mm, 1/800 second @ f/5.6, ISO 200

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Favorite Images of 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year again. This is when I catch my breath during the holiday season, sit down at the computer with a strong drink and look back on my work over this past year: the boneheaded mistakes, missed opportunities, and several hundred things I would do differently if I had the opportunity to replay 2014 all over again. Oh well, there’s always 2015 to make amends.

These ten images are my personal favorites, not necessarily the most popular or successful. Each is a favorite for a different reason but mostly because I didn’t do one of the above while something fantastic was happening in front of my lens. Following each image is a brief stream-of-consciousness commentary. Enjoy – and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Radiance: Arches National Park, Utah, USA (April 27, 2014). Lucky shot in a lame location. Not a whole lot of skill or vision was necessary to capture this scene. Still, I can’t help but laugh each time I see this image because of the humerous circumstances surrounding the shoot with some of my workshop students. Let’s just say you just had to be there…

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 50mm, 1/60 second @ f/7.1, ISO 400

 

Phantom’s Gaze, Mountain Lion, Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada (September 8, 2014). A haunting image of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter in the wild. A moment I’ll certainly never forget.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/500 second @ f/5.6, ISO 1000

 

Namib Riddle: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (May 29, 2014). I’ve been asked more than a few times about the title of this image. “What’s the riddle?” people would inquire, looking for a profound, hidden meaning. “And what’s the answer?” There is no answer and there is no riddle. It just looks like a giant question mark to me.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/80 second @ f/11, ISO 320

 

Hide and Seek, Ibra Market, Sultanate of Oman (April 2, 2014). This one just makes me smile. The people of Oman were so fun and friendly. More images of Oman here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm, 1/80 second @ f/8, ISO 200

 

Light Flight – Flying Zebra: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (June 24, 2014). This image represents the biggest commercial success of any other in 2014. It’s been either licenced to or published in over a half dozen magazines all over the world (not too shabby considering it was captured in June) and some of these magazines you might have even heard of.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/640 second @ f/8, ISO 640

 

Mantled Howlers: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (December 1, 2014). Strong backlighting, edge-of-your-seat drama, and the cuteness (awwww) factor in an exotic place. It’s a tough combination to beat.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 280mm, 1/640 second @ f/5.6, ISO 640

 

Into the Light: Fez, Morocco (February 5, 2014). The man lurking in the shadows looks like a hooded medieval executioner about to exercise his duties on some poor soul. It gives me the creeps yet I can’t look away.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 22mm, 3.2 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 500

 

The Grand Strand, Etosha National Park, Namibia (June 3, 2014). Another fantastic moment in the wild but I had to make some decisions on how it was going to be presented, i.e. processed. Try as I might to preserve details in the shadowed middle ground, I eventually opted for the version above. It tells the same story while infusing just a touch of mystery too.

Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM @ 78mm, 1/250 second @ f/7.1, ISO 200

 

Cordillera Light: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (March 17, 2014). Here was a set of circumstances where I thought everything would come together perfectly: a composition I really liked and approaching light at sunrise. The light, however, never really happened. This was taken moments before the light should have erupted over the scene, a faint blush of alpenglow on the upper peaks and clouds, but quickly faded to grey.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 25mm, 2 seconds @ f/16, ISO 100

 

Essential: Deadvlei, Namibia (June 15, 2014). It’s no coincidence that three of my top ten favorites in 2014 come from Namibia. This country is a photographer’s paradise. Can you believe we still have a few spots open for my Wild Namibia photography tours in 2015?

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM @ 94mm, 1/15 second @ f/13, ISO 100

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Patagonia Adventure IV Comes To An End

Some of our clients having a light party yesterday morning at Torres del Paine, Chile under some impressive mountains. Image © Ian Plant

Ian and I ended our Epic Patagonia Photo Workshop this afternoon and are now resting comfortably in Calafate, Argentina. I am flying home tomorrow morning and images will be forthcoming. We experienced some of the best light we’ve ever seen down here during the past ten days. But then again, Patagonian light is always amazing. To keep up with some of the recent images from this trip, be sure to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss a thing.

Patagonia 2014 is scheduled for March 10-19, 2014 and we have taken registrations already. Let me know if you have any questions about next year’s event.

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Featured Workshop: The Outer Banks Experience, March 8 – 10, 2013

It’s that time of year to begin planning my workshop schedule for next year. The 2013 workshop schedule is almost complete except for the additions of Saint Augustine, Florida in May, Acadia National Park, Maine in October and another great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee workshop in late October as well. There might be a few surprises thrown in at the last minute but, for the most part, that just about does it.

The featured workshop this month is the Outer Banks Experience on March 8 – 10, 2013. There is a good reason why I come back to the Outer Banks of North Carolina year after year: It’s an amazing place to photograph with sand, water, and sky in almost every direction, four lighthouses, and prolific pelagic wildlife.

If you have ever wanted to come to the Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina for photography, this is the time to do it. If you register before January 1, 2013 and mention this blog post when you register, you will receive a 10% discount on the tuition. You can get more information and register here.

Here are some images from past workshops in the Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Enjoy!

Friendly Pelicans

Currituck Lighthouse Staircase

Currituck Sound Sunset

Snow on the Dunes!

Light and Sand

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with Star Trails

The Lonely Shore

Frisco Pier

“Banker Horse” on the Dunes

The Guardian

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Great Smoky Mountains Gallery – Autumn 2012

I just returned from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after 8 days of leading workshops, one-on-one instructional sessions, and some personal shooting as well. Here is a small sample of just some of the autumn color I was able to capture last week.

Just click on one of the thumbnails to see the larger image.

For more information on the Spring 2013 Workshop to the Smoky Mountains, follow this link. It’s beginning to fill up already.

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