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March’s images – a great opportunity for black & white

Yes, I just love black and white.  I started in photography with Kodak black and white 120 film in my Father’s box Brownie camera at the age of 10.  More recently I enjoyed using the same film type in my Hasselblad cameras, now using my Nikons and the digital darkroom I still love the results!

These are from two magnificent places in California that we re-visit as often as we can.  Yosemite National Park and Lone Pine.

Here are a few of those black and white photographs (and some colour images) from my processing last month.  I Hope you enjoy!

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Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View After Sunset

Water Patterns, Bridal Veil Falls

Boulders, Merced River, Yosemite National Park

Alabama Hills, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, CA

Winter Landscape photographs of Yosemite National Park, CA, USA

Alabama Hills and Sierra Nevada, Lone Pine, CA

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24.0-70.0mm f/2.8, Nikk0r 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII; Lexar Digital Film

February Images, Back to Landscapes

Most of February was spent visiting Death Valley National Park and then Lone Pine, one of our favourite towns just outside of the Park.

Here are a few images from the month.  Click HERE to visit the whole collection from February’s processing.

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Zabriskie Point, Manly Beacon, Sunrise

Ubehebe Volcanic Craters, Death Valley National Park, CA

Death Valley from Dante’s View at Sunrise

Death Valley from Dante’s View just after Sunrise

“Tee Time” The Devil’s Golf Course, Death Valley

Rainclouds and Godbeams, a rare sight, Badwater, Death Valley

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor 18.0-35.0mm f/3.5-4.5, Nikkor 24.0-70.0mm f/2.8, RRS Tripod & Ball-head, Lexar Digital Film

January was time to work on some Warbirds

I know that I blogged too little last year.  With our adventure to Alaska and then through the Yokon, Northwest Territory, British Columbia and Alberta back South there really were too few bad weather days (yes a strange sort of complaint) in order to process images, update photography websites and blog!

I also struggled with the separate of my photography blog and our fulltime RVing blog.  I think I have that one resolved now. (If you are interested in our RVing blog you can subscribe at www.fulltimervingwiththekings.com).

So in January, in Southern California I worked on some of the warbird images from 2016.  Here are a few, to acquire any just click on the picture and it will take yo to the sales page.  To see all of the January images click HERE.

It is always very special to see a heritage flight and here we were treated to a two ship formation of the F-35A Lightning II and P-51D Mustang one at fairly full throttle ad one a tad above stall speed!

Heritage Formation P-51D Mustang and F-35A Lightning II

This was the first (and sadly last as the flight was being retired after the show) time of seeing the two ship Dassault Mirage 2000N display team.  They were fantastic to watch and flew a great show with just two aircraft.  Here is one in airshow uniform.

Final appearance of a two ship display team of the Dasault Mirage 200N

Always a special treat to watch the Red Arrows.  Precision flying at its best.  Here a moody image in black and white (reflecting the moody weather!)

Red Arrows Display Team

Aviation photography from RIAT RAF Fairford, England

Always a photographer’s delight to get an image of a modern jet fighter being put through its paces and creating a lot of condensation over the wings.

F-22 Raptor with full after burners on and condensation over the wings

F-22 Raptor climbing with condensation over the wings

Gear: Nikon D4S, Nikkor 80.0 – 400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor TC-14 EII, Lexar Digital Film

Kenai Fjords National Park – what a dream

We took the Wildlife  excursion with Kenai Fjords Tours from Seward.  it was 8.5 hours of pure delight.  Captain Mark Lundstrom did an excellent job of getting us to the locations and providing insight on the birds, marine mammals, glaciation and volcanic activity.  We had the good fortune to meet Mark when we went to the Cordova Shorebird Festival earlier in the month, so we were hoping that we could get on one of his cruises – weren’t we just so lucky?

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Reflections of clouds and Snow Capped Mountains.

Reflections of clouds and Snow Capped Mountains.

Across Resurrection Bay to the Aialik Peninsula

Across Resurrection Bay to the Aialik Peninsula

Part of the tour was to get up close to the Aialik Glacier. We watched for about half an hour and we did see one large section of the glacier “calve” with an extremely loud crash.

Approaching the Aialik Glacier and reflection.

Approaching the Aialik Glacier and reflection.

Aialik Glacier snout showing the bedrock beneath.

Aialik Glacier snout showing the bedrock beneath.

Aialik Glacier close up.

Aialik Glacier close up.

As Captain Mark said, the mistake was to wait until you heard the calving because by then it is too late to see the ice fall.

Unfortunately as the glacier has receded and now end on the shore, we do not get large, house sized, icebergs calving as that happens when the bottom of the glacier is below the water.

We also got to see some wonderful wildlife – but more about that in later post.

#Nationalpark, #Alaska, #blackandwhitephotograph

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24.0-70.0mm f/2.8, Lexar Digital film; Adobe ACR; NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

Witnessing a Natural Phenomenon

As the blog from our full-time RVing in North Americas says – serendipity strikes again.  We visited Haines in Alaska for images of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) but instead discovered all three species of Scoters (Surf Scoter, Black Scoter and White-winged Scoter) in this feeding frenzy.

Oh how I love wildlife photography! Mother Nature is simply amazing!

To see the complete blog click HERE to follow the link

Surf Scoters, Black Scoters and White-winged Scoters feeding frenzy

Surf Scoters, Black Scoters and White-winged Scoters feeding frenzy

Why do they call Haliaeetus leucocephalus “Snow Pigeons” ?

This is a recent blog from our full-time RVing travels about Wildlife Photography of Bald Eagles in Alaska.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephlus) having lunch.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephlus) having lunch.

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Ell Fishing on the Klamath River

This is a recent post from our travel blog www.fulltimervingwiththekings.com  It is yet another amazing thing that we literally just stumbled upon, witnessed and then learnt more about.

 

Eel Fishing at Klamath River Estuary

 

Hope you enjoy

 

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII; Nikkor TC-17 EII; Lexar Digital Film

Inside The Hospital at Alcatraz

OK, it is difficult with two blogs running to decide which should be used to post a given blog.  Most of my posts on the www.fulltimervingwithhtekings.com are about places I have visited with my Nikons – so they qualify for both blogs.

Here is a link to the blog I recently posted on the RVing blog about our visit to Alcatraz Island National Park.

Go to the full Bog Post – click here

 

black and white image of a bath in the hydro-therapy room of Alcatraz Prison

The Hospital Hydro-Therapy Room Alcatraz

#Alcatraz #Nationalpark #blackandwhitephotography

 

Both Avro Lancasters Flying Together

I recently received and watched the BluRay “Reunion of Giants”.  It is an incredible feature of a truly unique event.  It is the story of how the Avro Lancaster Mk. X owned and operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) was readied and flew to England in order to fly in formation with the only other flying Avro Lancaster (Mk. 1) in the World, owned by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

The CWHM Lancaster “VeRA” from her code letters was in fact manufactured in Canada.  During the war a British built Avro Lancaster was flown to Canada so that it could be “copied” and manufactured to assist the war effort.   This was reliably reversed engineered with eh exception that, at the time, the Canadian industry had not mastered the “flush rivet”. so today VeRa has non-flush rivets.

Both Lancasters were ably supported by two Supermarine Spitfires of the BBMF.

I can still hear those 10 Merlin engines thrumming away – what a sound!

Watching the film inspired me and made me feel guilty that I had been at the first public display of these magnificent aircraft flying and that I had not processed any images.  It brought home the preparation that the CWHM had to make, the troubles that can occur with 70 year old heavy bombers and the fact that they are a non-profit organization.  Louise and I had contributed a little to the cause by attending the annual CWHM event in Hamilton Ontario, it’s home.

So I worked on some images of this historic event. Personally I love the black and whites, but I do understand that I am in the minority in this day and age.  What do you think?

Black and white photograph of static Avro Lancaster Mk. X with stormy sky

“VeRA” at her home base in Hamilton Ontario

color photograph of two Avro Lancaster and a Supermarine Spitfire flying in formation

VeRA and Thumper escorted by a Spitfire

Black and white photograph of the CWHM Lancaster "VeRA" and the BBMF Lancaster "Thumper" flying off

Lancasters Mk. 1 and Mk. X flying in formation

black and white image of two Avro lancastejs flying in formation

BBMF “Thumper” and CWHM “VeRA” flying in formation

color images of two Avro lancastejs flying over the English Channel

“Thumper” leading “VeRA” in tight formation over the English Channel

To see the current crop of Lancaster images click here to go to my warplane photography website

Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRII, Nikkor TC-17 EII, Lexar Digital Film

#Warbirds, #Aviation Photography, #AvroLancasterflying, #blackandwhitephotogrpahy, #colorphotography

 

Oh to be able to shoot them in their natural environment!

This was my first “long exposure” (pun intended) to photographing gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), especially since I started wildlife photography a couple of years ago.  While this is not their natural jungle environment this enclosure at San Diego Wildlife Park seemed to work well for the gorillas.

Silverback under a tree

Silverback under a tree

We just stood and watched them for a while and witnessed the Silverback doing his job.  Although, in this environment, there would not be a challenge to his leadership from another Silverback, we saw him looking after his group – especially the baby.

Silverback looking out for a family member

Silverback looking out for a family member

Silverback "piggy-backs" the baby

Silverback “piggy-backs” the baby

We also happened to be there for feeding time.  The rangers dropped the food from above.

Younger Gorilla with food, Silverback awaits his

Younger Gorilla with food, Silverback awaits his

Collecting Lunch

Collecting Lunch

Is there any more?

Is there any more? Pretty Please?

I guess two beans is it!

I guess two beans is it then!

I really enjoyed this experience and will return for an even longer visit with these interesting critters.  Their faces are so expressive.

Buddha

Gorilla Buddha

Gorilla Buddha

Gear: Nikon D4S; Nikkor 80mm-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor TC-17 EII; Lexar Digital Film