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!
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.
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.
Have you tried stacked teleconverters? It gets a bit technical but sometimes you just need the magnification!
Ok, they only look like some fancy chocolate candies but actually are tiny butterfly eggs. How small? The whole clutch measures 9 mm from side to side (a little over one third of an inch). Continue reading These are not chocolate candies!
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
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!
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
Just as promised: Here is a selection of the body paint parade that took place as part of the Festival Flores de la Diáspora Africana 2019, Continue reading Body Paint Parade
Some times five minutes is all you get! A brief rest during a body-paint parade gave me a chance of photographing two of the models. Brick wall by a sidewalk, shooting with my phone, their phone, my camera, dodging passersby… you get the idea. Continue reading Body Paint Photo Session: 5 min
When somebody asks me how to use a new camera my advice is always: set it in one of the auto modes and shoot away for a few days. Let it show you what it can do. Enjoy it.
I had to take my own advice some weeks ago. Continue reading How to use a new camera?
Photographing rain forest birds is a completely different business than shooting water birds on a sunny beach where you get to easily picture birds in flight at high shutter speeds. Inside a dark forest, well… you easily reach the limits of current technology. Continue reading Rainforest Birds in Flight Photography