I’m off to Montana, and thus took a look again at pictures that I took 2 years ago in Elkhorn, Montana, an abandoned mining town. I finally have the software (Nik Color Efex) to turn somewhat bland snapshots into much more interesting photographs.
Archive for the ‘America’ Category
After the overdose of vibrant colors my eyes were subjected to during the first few days in Vermont, I decided to take a break from the colors. Instead, I focused on textures and contrasts to come up with some black & white photographs:
I found these moments of vacation snapshots more interesting than the actual splendor (or squalor, depending on your point of view) of Times Square.
All photos taken with Canon Powershot G12, modified with SilverEfex 2.
Late afternoon thunderstorm gathering over Clinton Harbor, CT.
Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
Watching these graceful herons at our beach sure awakened in me the desire to fly. I’m glad that the Wright brothers did something about it.
Panorama shots taken on a drive across the USA. These are from Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D.
While walking through the endless emerald tinted rain forest of Costa Rica, something as bright and colorful as this is definitely royalty.
Shot with Canon EOS 7D, enhanced with Snapseed iPhone app
All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.
While there’s a constant racket of bird chirps, screeches, and whistles in the background, the birds in Costa Rica’s are actually very hard to find because they hide in dense foliage of the rainforest canopy. I was lucky to get these shots during a week-long visit. Here is a Toucan, the national symbol of Costa Rica:
This was shot at 400mm, and then cropped by 2x. With the naked eye, the Toucan was just a dark blob in the foliage. Here’s another screecher (no idea what this one is called):
And here’s a hummingbird, the hardest one to catch on film because they dart so quickly from flower to flower:
All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm or 400mm, ISO 1000 to ensure fast enough shutter speed.
Saw quite a few lizards and iguanas in Antonio Manuel National Park yesterday morning. This one is a Ctenosaur – it was about 2 feet long and resting on a tree overlooking the beach:
And this one is a Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, for his ability to run across water for up to 20 meters:
And these little ones (20 cm) ran so fast and their heads darted in all directions so frequently that they reminded me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park:
All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/160 sec
Shot during a dust storm tearing through Monument Valley in Spring 2010.
Canon EOS 7D