My Photo Exhibition in Costa Rica!

I have been honored to have a Black and White Photography Exhibition at the prestigious Calderón Guardia Museum in Costa Rica. Opening day on February 26 drew a large crowd of nice people and here are some snapshots from that night. Continue reading My Photo Exhibition in Costa Rica!

A happy family… with stacked teleconverters

In my post about nesting Least Grebes I said I would be showing photos of the distant birds taken with my 300mm lens and stacked 1.4X and 2.0X teleconverters. Here is a photo of one of the parents is about to feed a piece of crayfish to the chicks.

Vibration is a problem with such long focal lengths so you want to employ the fastest shutter speed you dare and any way to minimize shutter curtain or mirror slap. I used the camera’s electronic shutter for this.

Least Grebe family eating a piece of crayfish. Photo by Eduardo Libby Nikon 300mm f/2.8 and stacked TC-14EII and TC-20EIII teleconverters. Processed to taste in Lightroom and Topaz Denoise A. I. (the original was captured at ISO 1800 because you need to close one stop the lens when using stacked TC’s).

 

In the second photo I was lucky to get a nice reflection of the blue sky. This was taken using only the 2.0X teleconverter. Both photos are cropped to about 6 MP from a 20 MP file. More than enough for printing on a magazine or book page.

 

Least Grebes on a Costa Rican pond. Photo by Eduardo Libby

 

Have you tried stacked teleconverters? It gets a bit technical but sometimes you just need the magnification!

Nesting (Cute!) Least Grebes

A few weeks ago my friend Marco Saborío, a very experienced nature photographer, told me there were several nesting Least Grebe couples on a pond. I love the piercing yellow eyes of these diving birds but I had not seen them nesting before: I was in for a nice surprise! Continue reading Nesting (Cute!) Least Grebes

Chicago and Olympus

I must confess I wasn’t expecting Downtown Chicago to be as nice as it is: Wonderful architecture, great museums and parks. Very tourist-friendly.

Throughout the years I have traveled carrying my current dSLR with a normal zoom lens, but the lighter weight, expanded telephoto range and the record-breaking image stabilization of a Micro Four Thirds combo were perfect for city travel: I took all my photos with and Olympus OM-D camera (the EM1 mark II) and the M. Zuiko 12-100 f/4 lens (a 24-200mm equivalent in 35 mm).

Horses for courses of course… There will be times for big cameras, compact cameras or just smartphones… Just not this time!

 

The open space on the waterfront reminds me of some modern paintings... The open space here reminds me of some modern paintings…

 

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Chicago at night seen from the John Hancock Center. Photo by Eduardo Libby Handheld one to four seconds exposures are routine at wide angle settings.
Looking west from Hancock Center, Photo by Eduardo Libby Route 66 to California starts in Chicago…

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Fountain at Millenium Park A child walks by the fountain at Millenium Park seconds before the big face squirts water.
The Flamingo iron sculpture by Calder. Photo by Eduardo Libby The Flamingo iron sculpture by Calder frames the surrounding buildings.

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An approaching storm darkens the Chicago Skyline. Photo by Eduardo Libby An approaching storm darkens the Chicago Skyline

Golden Orb-weavers and Art Installation

By chance I found on the same memory card photos of the Golden-Orb Weaver and the Nylon fishing lines from an Art Installation. They both belong in the same post of course! Continue reading Golden Orb-weavers and Art Installation

Writings about the art and technique of photography. Mostly with Nikon equipment.