On a trip to Antarctica a few years ago we were sailing in a channel between two large mountains photographing feeding humpback whales. It was a wonderful evening with photo opportunities of the starboard and port bows. I was at the stern of the ship and heard a lot of shouts coming from the bow. Something must be happening. A few seconds later, as we moved forward, we got the glimpse of the moon rising next to this mountain. The sky was pink, magenta and the snow had a special color to it. It was a great look, and I got great shots. You know it’s good when the captain of the ship comes out and turns the ship in a circle so he can take a picture with his point and shoot.
A month ago from this post I revisited my images. I loved this shot and decided I needed to see it in BW. Thus, I worked on the BW conversion. This is what I got. I tuned it for dark sky’s and subtle grays. It kind of reminds me of an Ansel Adams photo.
Prior to the pandemic, I was doing a lot of travel. There is so much to see and photograph in this world. My friend Miles from the UK had called and asked if I’d like to meet up with him in Charleston, SC, and do some photography. I was already going to do a trip to the Smokies, and Black Rock, NC, so I added a new destination as well as continued on and make a trip to Naples, FL.
Miles and I had a fun time exploring many areas in and around Charleston. We got some good images. We heard there was an interesting town called Mayesville that might be worth visiting. Mayesville, it turns out, is a town that time forgot. Pretty much abandoned and falling down except for a cotton mill that is chugging along and probably the only business still there.
This image is just one of the hundreds I took in Mayesville and I intend to do a story on PhotoPXL about this trip soon. I’ll post something here when I have it posted.
London offers unique opportunities for some cool cityscapes and street photography. It also challenges a photographer to find a new way of seeing iconic sites. The London Eye is not only a captivating icon of London, but also one photographed a thousand times a day. I tend to always be looking at things differently and in this case, I found the chimneys of building working well with the London Eye to give a different kind of view. I made two versions of this image. One was straight black and white and the other I toned and added a texture.
As a photographer, one of the most frustrating things, especially in the social media times we are in is coming up with an image of an iconic place that hasn’t been done before. This challenge is also a good one for our everyday photography endeavors. On a trip to London, I spent a day walking the city. This is one of the images that I made to show an iconic location differently. I looked up and thought it would compose well as a square and then used the square format to compose the image.
In post-processing, I converted the image to BW and then added the frame using Topaz Studio.
I always have my camera with me. When visiting a hotel in Iceland I went to the elevator bank and while waiting looked down the stairway there. This is what I saw. what a great abstract. I shot it and then converted it into BW for this image.
Iceland is so beautiful in the winter. This image was made at Stockness. It’s different on every visit. I’m leading a workshop there March 20-30. 2017 (this March) and still have room for a few attendees. I will not be doing a winter workshop there in 2018. So, jump on board and see Iceland the way it was meant to be seen. Visit my Rockhopper Workshops for more information. Guaranteed fun plus amazing photos. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, email me.
While in New York recently I spent some time in Grand Central Station. You can spend hours there. There is so much going on and there is an amazing restaurant food court underneath. I did a lot of panoramas while there. I wanted to catch the immensity of the location. I also worked a lot to get images for my seeing double, being square project. Here is one of the Panos I did, converted to BW. Shot with the Sony a6500.
I have been working on a personal project for the last two years and I am now at the editing and selection stage. This is a project of square format images made as double exposures. Lots of fun and something different. I’ll show a major selection of these at my gallery at the end of April. I’ll share more over the coming weeks.
This year like all years when I visit Antarctica there are special defining moments. The defining moment this year was getting married on a beach with penguins and 60 close friends. Quite an adventure. This moonrise was another define moment. And, like a lot of images you’ll see this year I am doing lot of B&W. This is moonrise #12 of a lot of moonrise shots. It was quite a moment to see this moon rise at the same time the sun was setting. Quite a night. Shot with a Sony A7 II and Tamron 150-600mm zoom.
One of the places almost everyone who visits the Antarctica Peninsula visits is the Lemaire Channel. This is narrow channel with huge cliffs and mountains rising from either side. It has never disappointed me on any of my visits. On my last trip I wanted to show the channel in a different way. So, once we were in the middle of the channel I shot 12 exposure while panning the camera from a moving ship. I later stitched these together in Photoshop. This is the result where you can see both openings of the channel. I am presenting a Color and BW version for your viewing pleasure.