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New Work – May 2014

Arches, Canyonlands, New Work

With the exception of one image, all of my new work in May comes from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in southern Utah. I’ve photographed in these parks a number of times and love them, and will return again and again I’m sure. Both parks lend themselves to iconic compositions and most of the features of Arches National Park are easily accessible (not necessarily true of Canyonlands), so much of these new images will be recognizable. The last time I shot in Arches, four years ago, I was working on landscape astrophotography which, at that time, was still somewhat novel. In other words, there weren’t too many high quality images of, say, Delicate Arch with the Milky Way over it. Shortly after I returned from that shoot, one of my images went sort of viral, accumulating over 16 million views in a very short time. Another one was soon picked up for use by the US Congress. Fast forward to today and the situation is very different: many photographers are picking up the latest dSLRs and trying their hands in night and time-lapse, and it would be a rare night indeed to be alone at Delicate Arch around the new moon. I was accompanying my pal Garry McCarthy who had not been to this part of the Southwest, and so we planned to hit the name arches as well as a few that are less visited by photographers. I got in touch with Brad Goldpaint, one of the top astrophotographers in the world who had been in Arches for some weeks, to ask him how things were looking as far as crowds go. He kindly gave me a quick rundown of what he had seen lately but it was mostly disappointing news — crowds at night and in a few cases, rude and/or drunk photographers were out and about. Dismaying! We resigned ourselves to encountering lots of people in our efforts and just hoped to make the best of it and not have to break out the nunchuks. Well, as luck would have it, Garry and I did have Delicate Arch to ourselves for an entire night, so my streak of being alone at Delicate after dark continues but probably not for much longer. We also had solitude at nearly all the other arches we shot on the trip, with one notable exception. Click here, or on any of the images below, to see a selection of my new May 2014 images. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Light Painting and the Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Light Painting and the Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah
Image ID: 29288
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Image ID: 29304
Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Arch Rock, Venus and Milky Way at Astronomical Twilight, Morning approaching, Joshua Tree National Park

Arch Rock, Venus and Milky Way at Astronomical Twilight, Morning approaching, Joshua Tree National Park
Image ID: 29231
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Sunset over Garden of the Gods, Arches National Park

Sunset over Garden of the Gods, Arches National Park
Image ID: 29261
Location: Garden of the Gods, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Petroglyphs and native American rock art, Moab, Utah

Petroglyphs and native American rock art, Moab, Utah
Image ID: 29265
Location: Moab, Utah, USA

Our one notable exception to being alone on our shooting excursions around Arches and Canyonlands? Mesa Arch of course. Every time I have been to Mesa Arch in the past I was alone. I have heard stories of crowds at Mesa Arch for years. But honestly I had never encountered another person at Mesa Arch — until this trip. Rumors of tour buses taking people to Mesa Arch had reached my ears and indeed it is true. Strangely, most of the visitors, photographers included, left before the sun actually broke through and cast its light upon the cliff and underside of the arch. Mesa Arch is a spectacular spot but I doubt I will return for sunrise again there except perhaps in winter, during a snow storm, when the road is closed.

New Work – January 2014

New Work

October 2013 through January 2014 took my cameras and me around San Diego for sunrise scenes as well as up into the sky around Cabo San Lucas and over gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) during their southern migration off the coast of Southern California. Below are a few of my favorites from the last several months; see more in my gallery of new images released January 2014. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Hospital Point, La Jolla, dawn, sunrise light and approaching storm clouds

Hospital Point, La Jolla, dawn, sunrise light and approaching storm clouds.
Image ID: 28851
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place.
Image ID: 29017
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Clemente, California, USA

North Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point looking south with Middle and South Islands in the distance, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

North Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point looking south with Middle and South Islands in the distance, aerial photograph.
Image ID: 29052
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico

California Brown Pelican head throw, stretching its throat to keep it flexible and healthy, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla

California Brown Pelican head throw, stretching its throat to keep it flexible and healthy
Image ID: 29085
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Oceanside Pier at Dawn

Oceanside Pier at Dawn
Image ID: 28878
Location: Oceanside, California, USA

Aerial photograph of Land's End and the Arch, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Aerial photograph of Land’s End and the Arch, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Image ID: 28890
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico

Residential and resort development along the coast near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Residential and resort development along the coast near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Image ID: 28926
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico

New Work – September 2013

New Work

During the last few months my photographic efforts have been limited so I have just a few images to include in this release. These new works arise from photography efforts at Guadalupe Island (Mexico), the White Mountains, Yosemite National Park, the Owens Valley, a blue moon evening along San Diego Bay and Palomar Mountain State Park. Many of these images were shot at dusk, dawn or at night. Partly this is due to a major shoulder overhaul in February that required me to take a year off of underwater-, backpacking-, wave– and other strenuous types of photography. This put me into “old man mode” and I was humbled into finding relatively sedentary photo pursuits. For the past several years, I have been building a portfolio of landscape astrophotography images for editorial and natural history licensing. So I decided to dedicate 2013 to more of this “landscape astrophotography” as it was easily tolerated by my mending bionics. (Landscape astrophotography consists of nothing more than hiking to a cool spot, waiting around for the sky to get dark, shooting a few photos and hanging out with friends, only to stumble back to the car in the dark and drink coffee on the drive back to the hotel as the sun rises.) August and September included a few such night photo outings that produced five of these favorite seven. Click on any one of them to see more. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Perseid Meteor Shower and Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy and the Pleides Cluster, over Half Dome and Yosemite National Park, Glacier Point

Perseid Meteor Shower and Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy and the Pleides Cluster, over Half Dome and Yosemite National Park
Image ID: 28746
Location: Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

The OVRO 40 meter Telescope, part of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory located near Big Pine, California, USA. The telescope is used to conduct interferometric observations along with the other telescopes in the observatory, as a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) station and as a single dish instrument. Its main focus today is on the monitoring of blazars

The OVRO 40 meter Telescope, part of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory located near Big Pine, California, USA. The telescope is used to conduct interferometric observations along with the other telescopes in the observatory, as a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) station and as a single dish instrument. Its main focus today is on the monitoring of blazars.
Image ID: 28796
Location: Big Pine, California, USA

Blue Moon, Full Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline, approaching jet with headlights appearing in front of the moon

Blue Moon, Full Moon at Sunset over San Diego City Skyline, approaching jet with headlights appearing in front of the moon
Image ID: 28753
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree at night, stars and the Milky Way galaxy visible in the evening sky, near Patriarch Grove, Pinus longaeva, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree at night, stars and the Milky Way galaxy visible in the evening sky, near Patriarch Grove.
Image ID: 28782
Species: Ancient Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva
Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California, USA

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree at night, stars and the Milky Way galaxy visible in the evening sky, near Patriarch Grove, Pinus longaeva, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree at night, stars and the Milky Way galaxy visible in the evening sky, near Patriarch Grove.
Image ID: 28786
Species: Ancient Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva
Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California, USA

Guadalupe Island at sunrise, panorama. Volcanic coastline south of Pilot Rock and Spanish Cove, near El Faro lighthouse, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

Guadalupe Island at sunrise, panorama. Volcanic coastline south of Pilot Rock and Spanish Cove, near El Faro lighthouse.
Image ID: 28758
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Great white shark, research identification photograph.  A great white shark is countershaded, with a dark gray dorsal color and light gray to white underside, making it more difficult for the shark's prey to see it as approaches from above or below in the water column. The particular undulations of the countershading line along its side, where gray meets white, is unique to each shark and helps researchers to identify individual sharks in capture-recapture studies. Guadalupe Island is host to a relatively large population of great white sharks who, through a history of video and photographs showing their countershading lines, are the subject of an ongoing study of shark behaviour, migration and population size, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

Great white shark, research identification photograph. A great white shark is countershaded, with a dark gray dorsal color and light gray to white underside, making it more difficult for the shark’s prey to see it as approaches from above or below in the water column. The particular undulations of the countershading line along its side, where gray meets white, is unique to each shark and helps researchers to identify individual sharks in capture-recapture studies. Guadalupe Island is host to a relatively large population of great white sharks who, through a history of video and photographs showing their countershading lines, are the subject of an ongoing study of shark behaviour, migration and population size.
Image ID: 28765
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

New Work – August 2013

New Work

I made a series of very short trips to photograph Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, along with a brief visit to the Alabama Hills. Here is a small sampling of the images I made over the last couple months; click any one of them to see a larger gallery of just the good stuff! Cheers and thanks for looking!

Panoramic photo of Crater Lake National Park

Panoramic photo of Crater Lake National Park
Image ID: 28675
Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA

Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier is reflected in the calm waters of Reflection Lake, early morning
Image ID: 28703
Location: Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

Milky Way and stars over Crater Lake at night. Panorama of Crater Lake and Wizard Island at night, Crater Lake National Park

Milky Way and stars over Crater Lake at night. Panorama of Crater Lake and Wizard Island at night, Crater Lake National Park.
Image ID: 28641
Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA

Mount Whitney and Lone Pine Peak over the Alabama Hills

Mount Whitney and Lone Pine Peak over the Alabama Hills
Image ID: 28691

Venus sets over Manley Beacon and the Panamint Mountains, viewed from Zabriskie Point, landscape lit by a full moon, evening, stars, Death Valley National Park, California

Venus sets over Manley Beacon and the Panamint Mountains, viewed from Zabriskie Point, landscape lit by a full moon, evening, stars
Image ID: 28677
Location: Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

El Capitan and clouds lit by full moon, stars, evening, Yosemite National Park, California

El Capitan and clouds lit by full moon, stars, evening.
Image ID: 28695
Location: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Crater Lake and Wizard Island at sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake and Wizard Island at sunrise.
Image ID: 28668
Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA

Full moon over Zabriskie Point landscape, Death Valley National Park, California

Full moon over Zabriskie Point landscape
Image ID: 28676
Location: Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Mesquite Dunes sunrise, dawn, clouds and morning sky, sand dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California

Mesquite Dunes sunrise, dawn, clouds and morning sky, sand dunes.
Image ID: 28688
Location: Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Paradise Meadows, wildflowers and Mount Rainier, summer, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Paradise Meadows, wildflowers and Mount Rainier, summer
Image ID: 28715
Location: Paradise Meadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Milky Way and stars at night above Mount Rainier.
Image ID: 28731
Location: Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

New Work – June 2013

New Work

To go straight to the good stuff and skip the verbiage: New Work June 2013.

I released some really strong images in June 2013, including some from what is perhaps the most photographically productive southwest trip I’ve ever made. I froze my ass off during cold May weather high in the White Mountains and soon after sweated my ass off hiking through the parching heat of Utah desert to reach the Wave – fun! This is an eclectic group of images, starting with an image of iconic Scripps Institution of Oceanography Research Pier with the setting sun perfectly aligned within its pillars. I also produced new astrophotography images (night-time star photos) from Zion National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (including the Wave), Yosemite National Park, the ancient Bristlecone Forest in the White Mountains, Mono Lake and my own backyard of Torrey Pines State Reserve. Here is only a small sampling; click any image to see a richer gallery of the good stuff! Cheers and thanks for looking!

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier.
Image ID: 28475
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

Light Beam in Upper Antelope Slot Canyon.  Thin shafts of light briefly penetrate the convoluted narrows of Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, sending piercing beams through the sandstone maze to the sand floor below, Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona

Light Beam in Upper Antelope Slot Canyon. Thin shafts of light briefly penetrate the convoluted narrows of Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, sending piercing beams through the sandstone maze to the sand floor below.
Image ID: 28570
Location: Navajo Tribal Lands, Page, Arizona, USA

The Wave at Night, under a clear night sky full of stars.  Photographer is illuminating the striated rocks with a small handheld light. The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only

The Wave at Night, under a clear night sky full of stars. Photographer is illuminating the striated rocks with a small handheld light. The Wave, an area of fantastic eroded sandstone featuring beautiful swirls, wild colors, countless striations, and bizarre shapes set amidst the dramatic surrounding North Coyote Buttes of Arizona and Utah. The sandstone formations of the North Coyote Buttes, including the Wave, date from the Jurassic period. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wave is located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and is accessible on foot by permit only.
Image ID: 28620
Location: North Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA

Owachomo Bridge and Milky Way.  Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106' high and spanning 130' wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Owachomo Bridge and Milky Way. Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106′ high and spanning 130′ wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky.
Image ID: 28541
Location: Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA

The Virgin River Narrows, where the Virgin River has carved deep, narrow canyons through the Zion National Park sandstone, creating one of the finest hikes in the world

The Virgin River Narrows, where the Virgin River has carved deep, narrow canyons through the Zion National Park sandstone, creating one of the finest hikes in the world.
Image ID: 28575
Location: Virgin River Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Milky Way over Tioga Lake, Yosemite National Park

Milky Way over Tioga Lake, Yosemite National Park
Image ID: 28521
Location: Tioga Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise, San Diego, California

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise.
Image ID: 28464
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA

God Beams, clouds and afternoon light over the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar, California

God Beams, clouds and afternoon light over the Pacific Ocean.
Image ID: 28479
Location: Del Mar, California, USA

Mammoth Peak over Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park

Mammoth Peak over Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park
Image ID: 28514
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA

New Work – April 2013

New Work

To go straight to the new images: New Work – April 2013.

I have been slowing down the release of new work on my web site. This is partly due to my desire to be more contemplative and rigorous during the editing of my images, but also I had my shoulder nearly rebuilt when three tendons were reattached during a major surgery in February. It is only in the last couple weeks that I have been able to get out again and photograph, and even now I have to hold back on what I can do. No wave photography, backpacking or scuba diving for me this year it seems, at least for 6-8 more months.

Included in this release are some favorite locations, such as La Jolla’s Torrey Pines State Reserve, Joshua Tree National Park and Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. I have photographed them at night in order to try to produce images that are new, interesting and hopefully unlike the many images being made at these locations these days.

Here is a small sample of the new work. You can see others at New Work – April 2013. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline.  In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego

Approaching sunrise and star trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline. In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego.
Image ID: 28386
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise, San Diego, California

Broken Hill and view to La Jolla, panoramic photograph, from Torrey Pines State Reserve, sunrise.
Image ID: 28397
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA

Milky Way galaxy rises above the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park

Milky Way galaxy rises above the Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park
Image ID: 28428
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA

Joshua Tree National Park, Milky Way and Moon, Shooting Star, Comet Panstarrs, Impending Dawn

Joshua Tree National Park, Milky Way and Moon, Shooting Star, Comet Panstarrs, Impending Dawn.
Image ID: 28408
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky, the Pacific Ocean in the distance, San Diego, California

Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky, the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
Image ID: 28402
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Image ID: 28426
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

The Fire Wave by Moonlight, stars and the night sky, Valley of Fire State Park

The Fire Wave by Moonlight, stars and the night sky, Valley of Fire State Park
Image ID: 28442
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA

Live Oak and Milky Way, rocks and stars, Joshua Tree National Park at night

Live Oak and Milky Way, rocks and stars, Joshua Tree National Park at night
Image ID: 28417
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

New Work – October 2012

New Work

I’ve been remiss about publishing my new photography and have only released two groups of images on my website in 2012. Tracy and I are about to head off for some R&R in Paris and I figured I should publish a blog post about my new photographs before we leave. (Who knows, if the food is really good we may not return.) As in May, my October collection of images includes many night photographs including some really nice ones from Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah, Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Park. This year I made one good blue whale photo and participated in my first aerial mission for Lighthawk, documenting development in the desert east of San Diego. A few new images of San Diego are mixed in this release. And perhaps the most fun of all: new wave photos! Below are a few from the release but you’ll want to see all of them so please have a look: New Work – October 2012. Cheers!

Milky Way and Shooting Star over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky, Arches National Park, Utah
Milky Way and Shooting Star over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky.
Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA
 
Breaking wave, morning, barrel shaped surf, California
Breaking wave, morning, barrel shaped surf, California.
Location: California, USA
 
Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California
Sunrise breaking wave, dawn surf.
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA
 
Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California
Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible.
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
The Milky Way Galaxy shines in the night sky with a Joshua Tree silhouetted in the foreground, Joshua Tree National Park, California
The Milky Way Galaxy shines in the night sky with a Joshua Tree silhouetted in the foreground.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Mesa Arch and Milky Way at night, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Mesa Arch and Milky Way at night.
Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
 
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
The Milky Way rises above a huge wall of stone, stars fill the night sky and soar over the distant lights of campers, Joshua Tree National Park, California
The Milky Way rises above a huge wall of stone, stars fill the night sky and soar over the distant lights of campers.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Blue whale 80-feet long, full body photograph of an enormous blue whale showing rostrom head to fluke tail, taken a close range with very wide lens, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California, United Kingdom
Blue whale 80-feet long, full body photograph of an enormous blue whale showing rostrom head to fluke tail, taken a close range with very wide lens.
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California, United Kingdom
 
Clouds and mountains, San Diego mountains near Rancho Guejito and Black Mountain, sunrise
Clouds and mountains, San Diego mountains near Rancho Guejito and Black Mountain, sunrise.
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 

New Work – November 2011

New Work

I have posted a collection of newly released photographs from November 2011. Included are some dynamite blue whale underwater portraits including several just a few feet from my underwater camera housing, images of the Hotel Del Coronado, sunset and sunrise cityscapes of gorgeous San Diego, and new underwater images from the Sea of Cortez and Baja California peninsula. Below are a few, or you can see lots more in my New Work – November 2011 gallery. Thanks for looking!

California sea lion underwater, Zalophus californianus, Sea of Cortez

California sea lion underwater.
Image ID: 27423
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset

San Diego harbor and skyline, viewed at sunset.
Image ID: 27146
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Finescale triggerfish underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Balistes polylepis

Finescale triggerfish underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27478
Species: Finescale triggerfish, Balistes polylepis
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Reef with gorgonians and marine invertebrates, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Reef with gorgonians and marine invertebrates, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Image ID: 27502
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

New Work – October 2011

New Work

If you want to go straight to the eye candy and skip the verbage, visit my “New Work – October 2011” gallery!

My October 2011 release of new photography is fairly focused and includes some underwater images of blue whales, nighttime photographs of bioluminescence caused by red tide dinoflagellate plankton, a few close underwater photos of fin whales (the second longest animal in the world, after blue whales), experimental images using new techniques of surf and surfers, and a couple panoramas of Petco Stadium in San Diego (made with the help of my daughter who manned the popcorn and terrible towels while I took the pictures).

The whale images in particular were quite exciting to make. There is a small number of people in the world who have come face to face with enormous blue whales and fin whales in the open ocean and managed to bring home publication-quality photographs to document the encounter. In other words, not only were the images tremendously exciting to make, they represent some of my proudest moments as a natural history photographer. Photographing these giants has been an ongoing project of mine for 17 years, and in spite of having very few opportunities to see whales this year I managed to make some of the best images I have ever made of these spectacular creatures, alongside my good friend (and skilled marine photographer) Mike Johnson.

Thanks for looking! Below are a few, and the rest can be found in my New Work – October 2011 gallery” (that’s your cue to click on it).

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet.
Image ID: 27594
Species: Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet.
Image ID: 27597
Species: Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus

A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance, Megaptera novaeangliae

A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance.
Image ID: 27142
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Del Mar, California, USA

Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale underwater closeup photo. This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.
Image ID: 27324
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA

Lingulodinium polyedrum red tide dinoflagellate plankton, glows blue when it is agitated in wave and is visible at night, Lingulodinium polyedrum, La Jolla, California

Lingulodinium polyedrum red tide dinoflagellate plankton, glows blue when it is agitated in wave and is visible at night.
Image ID: 27064
Species: Lingulodinium polyedrum
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Over 80' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale underwater closeup photo. This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view. Over 80′ long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale.
Image ID: 27325
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA

Athletic young girl underwater, performing isometric exercises

Athletic young girl underwater, performing isometric exercises.
Image ID: 27057

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk.
Image ID: 27052
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Breaking wave fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 27078
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA