Category Archives: Workshops

Barbets of Keoladeo NP

Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 –  400 mm.  Exposure triad:  f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 8000

Barbets are a species of tropical birds in the family Capitonidae (order Piciformes). Barbets are named for the bristles at the bases of their bills that they use to dig holes in rotting trees where there will nest. They have large heads and short tails and are not agile fliers. They eat insects, lizards, birds’ eggs, fruit, and berries.

The Keoladeo NP has three species of Barbet.  I was able to photograph only the Brown-headed Barbet     Psilopogon zeylanicus and the Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus,  The third, White-cheeked Barbet was not found.

As these birds sit in very dense leaf trees the light is hard to work with and high ISOs become mandatory.

Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm and 1.4X teleconverter.  Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600 

 

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Tanzania – The Great Migration – Photo Safari

August 21 – August 30, 2018

This is a trip of a lifetime for 10 of you to observe and photograph The Great Migration in Tanzania this coming August. More than 1 million wildebeest and over 200,000 zebra migrate from The Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya – crossing the Mara River at the risk of meeting their demise in the jaws of a Nile crocodile. This is the GREATEST wildlife spectacle on earth and we put you in the middle of it and we put you there in comfort!

Not only will you observe the migration but you have excellent prospects at photographing every other awesome animal there is to photograph in Tanzania – giraffe, cape buffalo, leopard, cheetah, rhino, lion, elephant, birds galore, monkeys, hippo, waterbuck, mongoose, baboon, crocs, serval cat(maybe), gazelle, topi, wildebeest zebra, and many, many more.

This safari has an unbeatable price for photographers of all skill levels.  Accompanying spouses/partners are most welcome to participate.  

Call 617.759.0010 or use the contact page if you need more information

 

Check out the details and confirmed camps

 

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Out of Acadia

This is a late post but never the less the Out of Acadia conference was spectacular.  Over a hundred participants and multiple instructors made the event a great success.  Between leading excursions and doing classes there was not much time to do a lot of photography but this was photographed on the last day at Little Hunters Beach.  Given the shape of the cove and the direction of the sunrise, one has to wait for the light to hit is peninsula.

I used my new Leica 12 – 60 mm with the GH5 that I am loving more and more – particularly with Version 2.1 of the firmware update.  Exposure triad: ISO 200, f/7.1, 6 sec at 12mm (24mm equivalent). Benro filter holder with a polarizer and 4 stop ND and a grad.

The image below is the same converted to B&W using Capture One 10.

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Aquatic Birds of Florida

Before I say anything, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a videographer.  I captured these clips while I was in Florida during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, late January 2017.  All these were captured during my photo walks/drives in Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island.  The primary purpose was to tryout the “In Body Image Stabilization” aka IBIS of the Panasonic Lumix G85 camera body.  The camera was used with the Leica 100 – 400 mm lens at its full extension that is an equivalent of 800 mm (most of the time).  All footage was captured hand-held and in many instances during high winds and rain.  

It is important to note, that all the footage was captured before Panasonic released two major firmware updates, one of the camera and the other for the lens.  What this means is that the Dual IS function was not in effect when these videos were captured.  

I was very impressed with the performance of this camera and lens combination and will be doing a comparison to see the impact of the new firmware when I am at the next conference in St. Augustine in April.

To see the video in 4K please CLICK HERE to be directed to YouTube

 

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The Grand Tetons and Mt. Moran

Just back after a truly wonderful trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons.

This is a panorama captured at sunrise yesterday October 8, 2016, just a few hours before heading to the airport to return home.

Please do click on the image for a lager rendition.  In its native state the image is 153 inches wide at 240 ppi.

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Iceland Sept 2016 – IR was fun

On a whim I took my IR converted Panasonic Lumix G7 to Iceland.  Knowing fully well that a lack of deciduous trees could yield not so great IR images but wanted to try it out anyway.  Here are a few from various locations.  All images were processed using Capture One 9.2 and then converted to Monochrome using Silver Efex Pro.

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The sea stacks in Valahnúkur Point in Grindavik

 

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“Standing like this will help capture a great image” More tourists in Iceland this time than I have ever witnessed.

 

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The Black Church in Budir

 

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Fish drying in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Left some color in eyes for impact.

 

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A small church in the Snæfellsnes peninsula cradled by basalt rock

 

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A US Navy DC3 Cargo Wreck

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On Sólheimasandur a black sand beach in Iceland lies the remains of a Douglas Super DC-3 cargo plane that crashed here in 1973. The cargo aircraft was abandoned and is now a tourist attraction.  Though not easy to get to, it is a great photo opportunity. It tail section, wings and engines are all gone and its interior stripped.

The wreck is most photographed from the side you first see it when approaching the beach but on this evening on August 14, last year the dramatic clouds made an exceptional backdrop for the opposite side of the plane.

I am so looking forward to going back this September for another great workshop.

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Cape Cod, Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons

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Just finalized the 2016 Fall Photo Tours and Workshops in Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons National Parks and Cape Cod.

Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons – October 1 through October 8, 2016 – Details Here

Cape Cod – October 12 through October 16, 2016 – Details Here

In addition, the September 2016 Iceland photo tour and workshop is nearly full – two spots are available – Details Here

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View from the Merced

El Capitan and the Valley from the Merced River

El Capitan and the Valley from the Merced River

Although May is a great time of the year for exceptional waterfalls it is not the best time for sunsets.  The angle of the light at sunset just does not hit Half Dome rights from the iconic locations such as Glacier Point and Washburn Point.  Similarly Tunnel view sunsets are weak compared to later in the year. This is one of two evenings where the light on El Capitan made it worth photographing.  (Photographed May 2016 during my Yosemite & Monolake workshop.)

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Beaches of Martha’s Vineyard

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Rocks and the Ocean at Aquinnah

Here are another three images from my Martha’s Vineyard workshop last weekend. The image above and the next were captured on the beach at Aquinnah just below Gay Head Cliffs.  The last image was captured on the last evening at Menemsha.  Menemsha is famous for exceptional sunsets but this was a overcast and stormy evening with no hope of a sunset.  Stormy yet so serene.

 

Aquinnah Beach - Swipe

Aquinnah Beach – Swipe

 

Menemsha Storm

Menemsha Storm

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