My family and I took the day off yesterday for Martin Luther King Day and headed to Seattle for some food and street photography. The atmosphere in town was extremely festive, especially given the fact that the Seattle Seahawks just beat the San Francisco 49ers for a chance to play in this year’s Superbowl. We had one of those rare winter days in Seattle where the sun was out, so the streets were packed with people outside enjoying the atmosphere.
My photo kit for the day was a Nikon D800 with a 14-24mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8. I used my Peak Design Capture system so my camera was out and ready for whatever photos presented themselves. Whenever I walk around with my 70-200mm f/2.8, people always ask about it and want their photos taken with it. The dude shown above was hanging out with his buddies at a park bench and they called me over. “Hey! How far can you see with that thing? There’s a bald eagle way over there on the top of one of those buildings.” This guy said that I needed to take a portrait of him with the eagle in the background. We bantered around for a while, talking about random things, then he said, “Ok, take a pic of me here. It’s going to be awesome. NATIVE PRIDE MAN!” Then, he flashed some Native American hand symbols and acted up for the camera.
I shot the pic with my 14-24mm so I could keep the image close and intimate. Back at my computer, I processed the image using Adobe Lightroom 5. I decreased the saturation a bit while increasing the clarity and vibrance to create a grungy look to the scene.
I think my favorite thing about this photo is his buddy in the background, just staring at the camera with intense eyes. Love it.
Here are a couple more pics from yesterday’s shoot.
If you’ve ever questioned the capabilities of the Nikon D7000, then I encourage you to see this video that Corey Rich recently produced in the extreme Alaskan wilderness. His documentary is a testament to hard work, great vision, and more hard work! Just watching the video made me tired.
We were driving back to our lodge from the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti when we crossed over this small stream. Just as we passed through, we all spotted a tiny lizard sunning itself on a log. We all yelled “baby crocodile!” and stopped our Landcruiser. Upon further inspection, this little guy turned out to be a young monitor lizard. It was a neat find and a totally different photo subject from the lions, wildebeest and zebra we’d been photographing earlier in the day.
It isn’t quite the right title for a new Jimmy Buffet song, but the title “Chameleon in Paradise” will do for this post. I was taking photos of pretty Plumeria flowers (below) yesterday in Kepaniwai Park on Maui and found this little guy sauntering across the landscape. He wasn’t moving very fast, so I was able to lay down on my belly in the dirt to get some eye level photographs. This also helped me move the background farther away from the chameleon for a nice soft backdrop. I used my Nikon 70-200 f2.8 to also enhance the narrow depth of field.
Here’s a two minute slideshow of photographs taken in Northern Tanzania during two of our Photo Safaris. Images were taken with the Nikon D700 or Nikon D300. Lenses used were the Nikon 200-400mm f4 AF-S VR and the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 AF-S VR. Enjoy!