I wanted to experiment with some Black and White images from the sand dunes. The best images to convert in Camera Raw Photoshop are dramatic graphic ones with high contrast and interesting lines. You can compare to some of the previous ones in the last post.
We spent 4 days in Death Valley and had great weather with high temps of 65-73 and lows of 45. Most days had some clouds with heavy overcast at times and a few sprinkles. I would not recommend going there from May to September as that is why it is called Death Valley. The temps reach 120 during the summer and can reach 130’s for the record. The best light for the Sand Dunes is sunrise and sunset to get good shadows and soft light. We went to the Mesquite Flat Dunes nearest to Furnace Creek but you have to hike in fairly far to avoid footprints everywhere. Other Dunes include Ibex Dunes and Eureka which require 4 wheel drive and longer hiking to reach but are less visited.
Another photogenic spot is Badwater, with salt flats for miles and interesting patterns. Zabriske Point at sunrise or sunset can be good along with Artist’s palette. I used both wide angle lenses, 17-40 and 70-200 telephoto for some shots. Also be careful in the sand dunes if it is windy as blowing sand can ruin your equipment. Keep cameras in plastic zip lock bags and in camera bags when windy. We had very little wind when there. Always clean equipment with a soft brush or canned air when returning from sandy areas and I don’t recommend changing lenses in the dunes (had 2 camera bodies and never changed lenses).
I Just got back from Switzerland including the Matterhorn, Jungfrau, and Eiger peaks.We were based in Zermatt and Murren, surrounded by peaks over 11,000 ft to 14,000 ft and lots of alpine wildflowers. Although there were a few birds at the higher elevations I left my long lens at home and used entirely a 17- 40 f4 lens with Canon 5D mark IV and concentrated on landscape and flowers.
Owls of Eastern Oregon recently photographed.
The new batch of Peregrine Falcons with 4 juveniles is out of their nest at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Cal. Mostly they are sitting in tall trees screeching and waiting for the parents to bring food- not a lot of aerial action yet.
Some new photographs of Snowy,Cattle,Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron chicks in their nests and fledged. A few images were taken previously. All were taken in San Diego Co, California at several locations.
More photos from the Costa Rica Bird Photography trip including Chestnut-Colored Woodpecker, Aracari ,Golden Hooded Tanager, Magnificent Hummingbird, and Snail Kite.
More photographs from Costa Rica of Birds,Reptiles, and Mammals. I am trying higher resolution images that might load slower but will see how it works. Also reducing copyright info size for a cleaner image. If you order prints they will be far higher resolution with a lot more detail and range – up to 50-60 mb.
Here are additional photos from the Costa Rica trip spanning from 6 miles s of the Nicaraguan border to the mountainous highlands at 8000 ft of the south.
We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and visited many different habitats from dry tropical forest, wet tropical lowlands, cloud forests and coastal mangrove.There were a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles photographed.The birds included many Hummingbird species,Trogons, Toucans, Motmots, Herons, Warblers, Tanagers, Owls, Hawks, Kites, Orioles, and Oropendola, Macaws, Parrots, and Woodpeckers.We stayed at remote lodges in at least 5 areas.Tropical Birding organized and led the trip and did an excellent job of finding birds and locations.It really is necessary to have a guide to find many of the birds as they are not always that obvious. We will be updating with new posts with more images in the coming weeks.