>Day 044 – 02132011


The smoke of a controlled brush fire helped me create this dramatic photo at the Doran Beach Park marshlands.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens.

Technical data: 1/800th sec at f/5.6, ISO 100.


>Day 043 – 02122011


This seagull graciously stayed in the same spot long enough for me to get close and take its picture while I changed the position of the polarizer filter on my lens. This filter helped me to get a deeper blue in the sky, as well as to eliminate glare and unwanted shine from the bird’s feathers and beak.

Contrast and color adjustments, as well as sharpening, were performed in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: 1/2000th sec at f/5.6, ISO 100.

>Day 041 – 02102011


It is quite a beautiful sight to watch a great white heron (Ardea alba) take flight. Their grace and beauty is unmatched.

I watched this bird on the Santa Rosa Creek where another fellow photographer was attempting to get closer to it. At first I thought this bird to be a very large snowy egret (Egretta thula), however he pointed out to me the differences between the two species:
1) black feet, yellow beak = great white heron
2) yellow feet, black beak = snowy egret
Upon returning home I verified this information online and it appears to be correct.

…amazing what we can learn from strangers…

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/640th sec, ISO 100.

>Day 031 – 01312011


Another one of my forays into HDR territory. This photo was taken during out latest hike along the beautiful Sonoma Coast while the rain clouds broke for a while. I do not know who the hiker is, however it caught my attention when I saw him all alone walking on the plain.

Using Adobe Camera Raw, I created six copies of the original raw file, changing the exposure value on each copy and saving them as a 16-bit TIFF. Subsequently I combined all the resulting TIFF in Photomatix Pro and chose the Fusion Enhanced preset. Lastly, the file was processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 to improve the detail and to add the frame.

Note: I finally had the chance to use my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens and I absolutely LOVE it! It is a heavy lens, but used on bright light I was able to hand-hold the camera with this lens mounted on it and the Image Stabilization feature did a great job helping to eliminate movement blur.

Technical data: f/8.0, 1/500th sec, ISO 100.