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 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

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Africa, Black and White, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

While on safari in Africa and shooting wildlife, you’re primarily restricted to a vehicle. As a result, there is a lot of driving around looking for animals as well as sitting and waiting for them to do something interesting. But even so, there are many other fantastic photographic opportunities all around you. On this particular day while sitting and waiting, I scanned my horizon and just so happened to see an Acacia tree perfectly aligned with a distant hill. The symmetry grabbed my attention, but the drizzling sky and the negative space created what I feel is a very harmonious image.
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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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Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes collage of my previous image. This shows the steps I take from negative to drum scan to final image to print. This print is 16″ x 22″, but can easily print larger, because it was scanned at 4000dpi. However, I feel that the image speaks better and becomes more intimate at a smaller size.
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This image was shot with a Contax 645 medium format camera.
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Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

This is another image from Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada Flintridge, a suburb of Los Angeles.
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This image was shot with a Contax 645 medium format camera.
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Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden located in La Canada Flintridge, a suburb of Los Angeles. It has quite a variety of plants, but they host the largest collection of camellia trees in North America that are approximately 70-80 years old. Additionally, the garden has a large selection of oak trees and is a wonderful place to visit.
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From a photographic standpoint, there are many interesting opportunities. A simple walk along one of the many trails reveals great studies of light. This image is one that I quite liked and was shot with a Contax 645 medium format camera.
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Culver City, California

Culver City, California

These trees are located in my neighborhood, and I’ve always liked their shape on their own but more so as a perch for the crows. They just beckoned me to take their photograph.
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To get this perspective, I had to lay on the sidewalk, which was covered in bird poop. Furthermore, I had no less than three people stop and ask me if I was okay. One person in particular was a friend, @psandqs, who was out for an evening run. He didn’t know it was me on the ground when he approached, so we had a good laugh after the fact.
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This image was shot with a Contax 645 medium format camera.
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