Archive for August, 2011

Galapagos

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

First a disclaimer: I have never claimed to be a wildlife photographer. After our Galapagos trip in June I have even more respect than ever for those who do it so well. It takes a special skill to capture the excitement you feel when you are up close to other species. So it is with great humility that I am sharing some of the images from our trip to the Galapagos in June.

The trip started in Guayaquil Ecuador. The following image is from the aptly named Iguana Park – before the iguanas in the trees started bombarding me and the camera.

The following are in roughly chronological order as we made our way around the islands in a very small boat (capacity 20 plus crew) and are a combination of landscape and wildlife. One word about the wildlife: everything was really close and very abundant. Birds, sea lions, iguanas, and turtles were close enough to touch.

And finally a picture of Bob, my partner on this adventure as in life. I will try to talk him into letting me post some of his images to extend the experience.

Awards

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Earlier this year – during my silent period – I was notified that several of my images have been recognized by major international photography competitions. The first was a commendation by the Sony World Photography Organisation (British spelling). Out of 51,878 submissions the top 50 are recognized in each category. My photograph of Cremations Along the Ganges received this honor.

The second competition is Px3, Prix de la Photographie Paris. That competition received thousands of entries from 85 countries. I submitted a series of photos of Amsterdam that was selected for honorable mention. These images are a departure for me. They are composites of images of a place and symbols of the place. In this instance I combined an image of houses on a canal with an image of miniature delft-blue Dutch houses given away as liquor bottles by KLM Airlines. The images are then expressed in a range of colors. They are meant to be viewed together. The series is below.

Stonington Maine

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It’s been a long time since my last post. A result of too much travel and not enough time to edit. But I’m home now and trying to catch up. I’ve decided to work backward since the most recent trips are less daunting than the major trip to the Galapagos. So, for all you booby lovers out there, it’s going to be just a bit longer.

Our most recent trip was to Stonington Maine to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary so the goal was not primarily photographic. In fact, we did not once get up before sunrise. Still we managed to get a few images to share. Here is my favorite from the week.

I like the serenity of the picture even though there are many signs of the lobster industry across the top. Speaking of, Stonington on Deer Isle is now the foremost lobster port in the state of Maine. Last year the lobster catch was close to 14 million pounds valued at close to $45 million. Part of the attraction of Stonington is the existence of such an active industry in such a small, picturesque place. The Chamber of Commerce claims a population of 2400, with 364 commercial lobster fisherman.

If you look closely at the next image you will see that the ocean behind the boats is filled with lobster buoys. Our goal for the week was to eat as much lobster as possible. That and wild blueberry pie.

Couldn’t resist at least one lupine picture, even if just a small one.

At last we were rested and on our last night went in search of sunset adventure and found a lovely lighthouse.