Daily Image

Not every image I take ends up in one of the several Galleries on this site...they can't all be good enough to showcase there.  That said, there are many images which I'd still like to share, and I'll do so here.  I try to post a new image every workday, but can't guarantee it--travel and work tend to get in the way.  

Take a quick journey here:  Click on an image, read the caption, and be transported to someplace new.  Enjoy!

  • The Dancer

    Once you've seen a few Bhutanese festivals, the fun thing becomes trying to photograph it from a new angle or perspective. To do that, I put a wide angle lens on the camera, set the focus to the hyper focal distance, and then basically put the camera on the ground angled up to capture the dancer as he came towards me. 

This dancer was probably only 2-3 feet from my lens when I pushed the shutter, and with the camera on the ground I could not frame the shot at all; I was relying a lot on luck for this image. All in all, it worked out well and provided a unique perspective on a traditional Bhutanese dance.

  • Vivid Sydney II

    Every year the city of Sydney lights up for Vivid Sydney, a showcase of visual arts. The entire event takes place at night, so the art installations are all dealing with light: static light sculptures, light in motion, and vivid displays of color. Perhaps the most incredible sight is to see the iconic Sydney Opera House lit up in a repeating loop of colorful images and graphics, set to accompanying music, and projected on the Opera House from across Circular Quay. If the Opera House looks good during the day in and white, it looks incredible at night in color. I had the chance to visit and photograph Vivid Sydney twice this year. The first night was rainy, but still yielded good results. The second night was clear and spectacular. The projected show on the Opera House lasted about six or seven minutes, so I got to watch it over and over again.

  • Oriental Balloons Over Bagan

    With a predawn wake up call and hotel pickup, we were off to the staging area where we would begin our hot air balloon journey over the temples of Bagan. What an incredible experience as I think back upon it. Watching the balloons inflate, getting into the basket, and then taking to the air for an adventure over this magnificent landscape. I had seen many of Bagan’s pagodas and stupas the day before, but this was a completely different view, literally and figuratively. Only from above can one begin to grasp the scale at which these temples were built, in size, over time, and across the distance of the plain. The sky began to brighten shortly before we took off, but finished its rise over the horizon while we were in the air. The sun’s rays cast soft pink hues over the distant hills, most likely accentuated by the cook fire smoke and dust in the air, while turning the temples a deep red and the vegetation a lush green.

  • Lights in the Sky II

    A shot of the nightly Wonder Full show at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands. This show is Southeast Asia's largest light and water show, and is simply spectacular. The lights turn different colors during the 13 minute show, and here they are shown mostly with a white hue. The entire show lights up the night sky--not an easy thing to do in Singapore, where there is so much light to begin with.

  • Cliff After Cliff

    I wish I could remember exactly where I captured this image. I know it is somewhere along the Great Ocean Road, west of the 12 Apostles. But, beyond that, I'm at a loss. Obviously this before I started using a GPS unit to record where I shot my images. The thing with the Great Ocean Road is that there are so many different photo opportunities along it's distance that it's almost as if one location blends right into the next. The views are also so grand that a single shot usually didn't capture the greatness that I was seeing, so I would shot multiple frames and combine them into a panorama, such as this image. The fact that these rock formations are still standing, especially the one on the right which is surrounded by water, is amazing to me.

  • Vermillion Tunnel

    The Vermillion Tunnel This image comes from The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. It's probably my favorite sight in Kyoto, and I've managed to visit it several times during each of my brief periods in the city. While I love pictures of this shrine, the truth is that pictures done do it justice. Thousands of the red torii gates line the trails leading around and up the mountain east of downtown Kyoto. Donated by individuals and companies, and dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice, the red gates go on and on, and in many places are so densely packed it seems as if one is walking in a tunnel. This image is one of my first attempts at a focus stacked panoramic. Comprised of 22 separate images, I took each vertical slice 2-3 times, each with a different focus point. Back in the studio, I stacked each slice for focus, ensuring a deep depth of field. Each of the seven slices was then merged into a panoramic image. This approach yielded incredible detail, near and far, left to right; even when printed very large.

  • The Boat, Petal and DNA

    Marina Bay Sands is a visual and photographic feast. The lines, colors, shapes and reflections are all wonderful and make for dramatic subject matter. After exploring the area for several hours, photographing it before, during and after sunset, I positioned myself to capture a scene that showed the main elements reflected in the still water below. This viewpoint offered a unique perspective that draws a viewers eye through the scene, from the DNA double-helix bridge to the long swooping hull atop the three towers, to the petals of the Science museum both reaching for the sky above and water below.

  • Sunset Through the Window

    I had already spent the day at Ayutthaya, an ancient capital of Thailand, located about a one hour train ride north of Bangkok. But, one of the best images of the day came as I boarded my train back to Bangkok. I found an empty seat directly across from this Buddhist monk, and as the train left the station and began gaining speed, I noticed the sun setting out the window. Holding the camera steady in the violently bouncing train car was a challenge, but I was able to capture several frames and craft this image. The monk saw what I was doing, but paid little attention and did not seem to mind; though, I couldn't show him what the end result would like like, since it was going to need some work on the computer.

  • Looking Out

    People often ask me why I like (or don’t like) a certain image. Many times the answer is easy and clearcut. Other times it is not. This image falls into the latter category. There is a great wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the Auckland Art Museum that looks out onto Albert Park. Inside the scene is peaceful, outside the trees dominate the landscape. One day, while walking through the museum I came into this area and found a lone woman sitting and enjoying the view. It was simple and serene. So, I cant’ really tell you why I like this image. It’s just something I feel, which happens for some images.

  • Orange Moss Boardwalk

    My November 2012 Milford Track experience yielded many excellent images, including this one taken during my first full day on the track. I'd come to a promising looking side trial, so I shed my pack, grabbed my tripod, and then headed down the dirt trail until it turned into this curving boardwalk. I have a thing for paths, lines and curves, and am grow to them photographically; this was no exception. I set up my tripod on the boardwalk so I would not disturb or harm the beautiful vegetation below. The overcast sky actually helped accentuate the color of the vegetation, both the green and the orange. I used HDR to craft this image, as the dynamic difference between the vegetation and sky was too great, and I wanted detail in both. This approach also helped bring out the richness of the orange, which is exactly how I remember it.

  • Through the Clouds

    There are some places where the photos are more plentiful. Places where ever new view and vista presents a compelling image waiting to be captured. Places where it is almost difficult to take a bad image. New Zealand's South Island is one of those places. I took a long weekend last year and, after flying into Queenstown, I drove north towards the glaciers on the South Island's west side. This drive took me from cold alpine regions all the way down through rain forests to the rocky and jagged coastline. One the way I passed by numerous lakes with turquoise blue water being whipped into small whitecaps by the winds rushing down the surrounding mountains, while overhead the clouds danced in their own way to the same winds. I had to stop myself from pulling the car over at every possible opportunity, lest I not reach my destination before midnight. But, this view caught my eye and I couldn't resist pulling to the gravel edge of the road, watching the scene develop for a few minutes, and then setting up my tripod to capture the image. The initial capture was a bit flat and boring, but I knew the underlying elements where there for a good image: the clouds, the ridge lines, the snow dusted peaks. A little crafting would be needed, but the elements were there. What you see is the end result: an image that captures the brilliance of the scene as well as the mood.

  • Lunettes of Mungo

    There are several great places inside Mungo National Park to see the sun go down. My first evening there I choose the Red Top lookout, which was easily accessible after the 11 hour drive from Sydney. Red Top provides the visitor with a great view from above of the haunting and fragile lunettes. These lunettes are formed from the wind and rain that pelts this area of the Outback, and creates these unique formations at what is called “The Walls of China.” I’ve seen many sunsets in my life, but some of the best have been in Australia’s Outback. Be it in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, or New South Wales, there is just something special about an Outback sunset. Mungo National Park is a place I have wanted to visit since moving to Australia. It is in the Outback of New South Wales, about 1,000km southwest of Sydney. It is remote, and only approachable on dirt roads that are closed after heavy rain. The national park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Willandra Lakes Region, an area of 2,400 square kilometres that incorporates seventeen dry lakes. The remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human remains discovered in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest known human to have been ritually cremated, were both discovered within the park.

  • Fragile Droplets

    Flowers are a great photographic subject…when you find the right flower. So many times I see a great flower, but it is half dead, or bugs have eaten away a portion which just ruins any photographic potential. This image is one of the few times when I've found a flower outside that actually looked good enough to capture. It was on the Coromandel Pennisula that we came across this beautiful private garden. The owners must have spent years, and quite a bit of money, making it into a spectacular example of what is possible. We actually got to meet the gardner who was working on a small section that day. She was nice and gave us a brief tour, before letting us wander the paths and enjoy the sights. The rain had stopped just before we arrived, and many of the flowers were still covered with small dropets of crystal clear water. I knew the droplets would add to an image, if I could find the right flower. It took a bit of hunting, getting up close and personal with the many different flowers and blooms to find the right grouping, but in the end I found this.

  • The Worshiper

    The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is not just a tourist attraction, but a place of worship used by thousands of people each day. I visited the Mosque several times while in Istanbul, trying to soak up its importance, grandeur, and beauty. One morning I arrived before sunrise to see it from the outside, and then to go inside when few people were there. I was one of three visitors that morning, plus a handful of worshipers, including this man. I kept my distance, maintaining the respect deserved for those in worship, but was able to capture this image. I've printed it both digitally and in a darkroom, and in both cases it is simply stunning. Leica M7, Fuji Acros 100.

  • The Blanketed Valley

    The village of Ogyen Choling sits atop a large hill, overlooking the valley approach below. Now accessible via road, I walked up from the valley floor during the trip when I captured this image. Maybe that is why the image resonates with me: I crossed the river below and walked up to this vantage point. I rose early in the morning and set up at a great location to capture this image. The clouds moved through the valley with speed, making each image different from the last, and the changing temperature created a layer of fog that moved rapidly up the valley floor. Working quickly I captured several frames and later merged them into the panoramic image here. It works in color, but in black and white it brings out the details, the chill, and the blanket of dense fog.

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