Picture of the Month

November 2010



Clearing Storm, Antarctic Sound

Antarctic Peninsula


Eight years ago, in Antarctica, I had a revelation. I was traveling with my first digital camera, a Nikon D100. I also had my F100 film workhorse - for serious pictures...  In those days, digital was still an experimental lark; I didn't take it all that seriously, or realize how quickly it would transform nearly every aspect of my profession, and my life.

There were many days on that trip when the light simply didn't lend itself to color photography - it was flat, uninteresting, or otherwise unshootable. One night, looking at a day's worth of mediocre images on my laptop, I started playing with transforming images into black and white. Wow. It was visual alchemy : I could take a lousy color picture and create something stunning in black and white, using simple tools like Levels or Saturation. Pretty soon, that's all I wanted to do...

I leave tomorrow for 3 weeks in Antarctica - my first trip to the Peninsula since that memorable trip. And although I look forward to the penguins, the seals, the icebergs and all the rest, I'm most excited about shooting b&w landscapes. I can't wait.


Nikon D100 with Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 lens ( I think)


Life, Color, Drama, Reality .... No Digital Manipulation




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Review a previous Picture of the Month:

Yellow-eyed Penguin, 10/2010

Harebells in Wind, 9/2010

Coy Polar Bear, 8/2010

Bathing Beauty Bear, 7/2010

Maned Sloth, 6/2010

Sarus Cranes, 5/2010

Black-winged Stilts, 4/2010

Macaque/Gibbons, 3/2010

Cormorants, 2/2010

Silky Sifaka, 12/2009

Amazon Dolphin Polo, 11/2009

Yucatan Bats, 10/2009

Gulls and Flies, 8/2009

Callanish Stones, 7/2009

Amazon Dolphins (2), 6/2009

Golden Langur, 5/2009

Island Foxes, 4/2009

Puget Sound, 3/2009

Border Fence, 2/2009

Amazon Islands, 1/2009

King Penguins, 12/2008

Darwin's Fox, 11/2008

Blacktip Shark, 10/2008

Greenland Fisherman. 9/2008

Ladyslipper Orchids, 7/2008

Wild Cassowary, 6/2008

Painted Hands, 5/2008

Zion Park, 4/2008

Marine Otters, 3/2008

Mt. Hood Sunset, 2/2008

Mountain-Biking, 1/2008

Tent Bats, 12/2007

Nunbird, 11/2007

Alaskan Otters, 10/2007

Amazon Dolphin, 8/2007

Madagascar #2, 6/2007

Baja California, 5/2007

Pelicans, 3/2007

Darien Gap, 2/2007

Grey Whale Calf, 1/2007

Galapagos Sea Lion, 12/2006

Rockhoppers, 11/2006

Hummingbird, 10/2006

Madagascar, 9/2006

Whales, 7/2006

Sea Lions, 5/2006

Tiger, 4/2006

Jaguar, 2/2006

South Georgia, 12/2005

New Generation, 11/2005

Childhood, 9/2005

Penguins, 8/2005

Sea Palms, 7/2005

Aster Flower, 6/2005

Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005

Humpback Whales, 4/2005

Christo GATES , 3/2005

Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005

Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005

Nesting Turtle, 12/2004

Autumn Berries, 10/2004

Costa Rica, 3/2004

Aurora Borealis, 10/2003

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