Category Archives: Landscapes

Panama Jungles in HDR

Having gone on a long overdue vacation to the jungles of central america, I had brought a fairly light kit with me including my 11-16 DX Tokina.

I am not a huge HDR fan but for some of the jungle shots I had tried to get the 3 exposure shots and here are the results. Enjoy these while I work on the Faces of Central America collection … coming soon!

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in panama jungles – HDR shot
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Panama River in Boquete – HDR shot
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Whats better than 1 4×4 from USSR — 2 4×4 in HDR – cars in panama
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Boquete mountains open up towards the city in the south. HDR

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Taken this one on the street with a lot of street traffic, thus people look like ghosts. Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

 

San Francisco and Beyond

This summer I had gone down to Silicon Valley (silicone or silicon?) and had a fantastic time including a trip down through SF and the ocean front areas. On the way back we had stopped in at the Windfarms just east of SF and took some shots.  From fishing in the ocean, to pelicans, and horses to massive wind farms here are some of the photos from that trip.

 

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Supermoon Sunset with vancouver in the background.

Jumped into the car and drove to Jericho near UBC to take some quick shots of the moon (super moon ? blood moon ? ) the MOON. Looking east I could not see it, well that was because with the partial eclipse which was ongoing from the moon rise, it was too under lit by the sun. and looked pale until the sun had set and it became dark enough to really see the moon.

Here are some shots, Jericho / Spanish banks, people getting ready to shoot and some wide angle shots.

I was shooting manual iso 500 – then up to iso 1600 using my sigma 400mm, 105mm f2.5 and 24 f2.8

Manual lens magic. Moon!

moon and super moon
moon and super moon
beach shot
beach shot
people Vancouver and super moon
people Vancouver and super moon

Mt. Garibaldi and the Chief

Took some pictures while on a hike in Squamish British Columbia last weekend. The view from Chiefs’ first peak was quite amazing of the valley below to the north, and to the south was Howe Sound. Truly truly beautiful.

 

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Here is a shot of Mount Garibaldi  which is to the north of the Chief. I used my 18-200 mm lens and focused on infinity. I did do some post production because of the ultraviolet light was very bright in sunshine and because I did not have any filters with me.

How about some more pictures from my phone too. And just below is the super large picture if you want it for a wallpaper.

Very BIG version of the pic
Very BIG version of the pic

Phone Pics!

Valley North towards Squamish and Whistler beyond it
Valley North towards Squamish and Whistler beyond it
View to Whistler
View to Whistler
The ladder to First Peak of the Chief
The ladder to First Peak of the Chief
Double Ferns
Double Ferns
Howe Sound View
Howe Sound View
View of Trees
View of Trees

BC Ferries Photos

Went out to hunt down some photos of nature, wildlife and managed to get a couple of shots of the BC Ferries, with the Queen of Oak Bay and Queen of Surrey – one was leaving Horseshoe Bay sailing for Nanaimo while the second one was coming in from Gibsons. Attaching a couple of pictures. Both were very visible on the clear sunny day from Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver.

Equipment used Nikon D300s + 400mm Sigma Prime.

Queen of Oak Bay
Queen of Oak Bay
Queen of Surrey
Queen of Surrey

Night Time Photography (Sony Stabilization Problems?)

Night time is always a time for magic, as long as the air between you and the subject is clear and there is sufficient light (For your subject), and you have a tripod with you.

 

Beyond that its a mater of not being too cold. Having gone out yesterday I had taken some pictures of downtown Vancouver using a Sony NEX7 and the 55-210 Lens.

 

Camera was on the tripod, lens seemed to be auto-focusing very nicely, ( I have to say I am very impressed with the Sony NEX-7 and the E-Mount lenses). Even though the 55-200 is a fairly basic lens it looked like some nice shots were coming up on the screen. Being careful I checked them at 100% on the camera screen …  and they were blurry. On a tripod? Using a 2 second shutter release? Why?

 

Well what I found that the SONY NEX7s OSS (Stabilization) must be turned off in order to ensure a sharp shot on a tripod. Strangely, my Nikon with IS/VR turned on (weather on a tripod) does not interfere with the shot if the camera is on a tripod. With the SONY NEX7 they were coming out blurry with a shift to the right and slightly up.

 

I checked the tripod, tightened it, focused, re-focused, put on a 10 second shutter delay, then a 2 second, then walked away just in case my personal gravity was affecting the camera. Then thinking perhaps its the stabilization (OSS) that was being weird I had disabled it and voila fantastic pictures.

 

The shot attached is a 2 frame HDR combination with EXIF of the second shot attached (first one was one and a half stops lighter).

2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
  2 shot combined photo out of the Sony NEX7 with 55-210 lens of the Vancouver convention center.
Shot of the Port
Shot of the Port
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center
the exif for the night time picture of the Vancouver convention center