Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Ramblings | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This snapshot embodies the impetus for my safari images in Tanzania that I’ve recently shown. The woman depicted here is my Mother, and a couple years prior to this trip, she was hit by a car while crossing a street. Luckily she survived, but there is long-term damage in other ways that still lingers to this day.
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Anyway, several months after her accident, I was traveling in Bali, Indonesia and she was on my mind. I couldn’t help but think how fragile life is and how quickly things can change. It was at this moment that I realized how fortunate I was to be traveling and having the means to do so. I then recalled that my Mom’s dream had always been to go to Africa, so I vowed to make it happen. Within two weeks of returning home from Bali, I had researched and booked our reservations for a safari with Andy Biggs and Thomson Safaris. Being a photographer, I chose the trip with Andy out of selfish reasons, but it was a fantastic experience for both my Mom and I. We would do it exactly the same next time around.
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At this point, I want to personally thank Andy Biggs, @theglobalphotographer, and Thomson Safaris, @thomsonsafaris. They made the trip an experience of a lifetime that my Mom still remembers to this day. Thank you!
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is a grand space with an even larger sky. When filled with beautiful clouds and shining light, the landscape is transformed into a magical place. My memories and photos are real, but I often feel as if the trip was a dream.
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@theglobalphotographer @thomsonsafaris
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Color, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Yellow-billed storks are a wading stork species, and often referred as a wood stork or wood ibis. They fly with alternating flaps and glides, and often fly in a soaring and gliding motion as seen here.
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@theglobalphotographer @thomsonsafaris
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

There’s nothing quite like flying over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon at sunrise. If you ever visit Africa, I highly recommend it.
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@theglobalphotographer @thomsonsafaris
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Ngorongoro Crater National Park

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Ngorongoro Crater National Park

The Ngorongoro Crater was my favorite location on safari with @theglobalphotographer and @thomsonsafaris. As we descended from the crater rim along a winding dirt road to the floor below, I felt transported back in time. For the most part, the crater is untouched by mankind with the exception of dirt roads and a couple small buildings at a picnic area. Wild rhinos, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, lions and more roam the area as they have done for thousands of years.
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This particular image was shot at sunrise while descending into the crater. With my senses overwhelmed, fleeting moments like this enveloped me throughout the day, which I still hold as the fondest of memories.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Behind the scenes with some technical details of my last image of the Acacia Tree in the Serengeti that was shot with a large format 4×5 camera.
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The original JPG that I posted yesterday is unable to show two hot air balloons just above the horizon and below the tree on the left. With this image, I cropped the original scan at a 100%, pixel-for-pixel crop of the area and overlaid it on top of the resized JPG. Only one balloon is visible in this crop, but you can clearly see how much detail the high resolution drum scan provides. The image was shot on Fuji Provia, processed by a local lab, wet mounted on a cylindrical drum, and scanned with my Howtek 4500 drum scanner at 4000dpi. This results in a RAW scan that is 1.7GB and 19647×15512 pixels at 16bit. Without resizing the image, I can print at 360 pixels/inch at roughly 43″x54″. This is at the native resolution without resizing!. Thus, the image quality is retained at any print size that I want.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Africa, Color, Film, Instagram, Landscape, Large Format | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Large format 4×5 in Africa? You betcha!
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It was ten years ago this year that I had the opportunity and pleasure to go on safari with Andy Biggs, @theglobalphotographer. Although a bit unorthodox, I brought my 4×5 camera, yet I was realistic about how much use I’d get out of it while primarily shooting wildlife from vehicles. So I told myself that all I wanted was one stellar image to take home with me and then it’d be worth the extra 20 pounds of gear. With this image of an Acacia tree in the Serengeti, which was taken on the very last day of the trip, I feel I met my goal and couldn’t be happier.
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This image was shot with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Provia.
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Salton Sea, CA

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 in Color, Film, Instagram, Landscape, Large Format | No Comments
Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at sunrise of dead trees in the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Toyo 8×10 view camera on Fuji Provia.
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Salton Sea, CA

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Color, Film, Instagram, Landscape, Large Format | No Comments
Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at sunrise of dead trees in the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50.
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Salton Sea, CA

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Color, Film, Instagram, Landscape, Large Format | No Comments
Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Zone VI 8×10 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50. .
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