miércoles, 11 de junio de 2014

A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

Photographer Cory Richards presents these photographs breathtaking through the pages of National Geographic. The photographer told us a video that tells the most beautiful trips, the best meetings in incredible places. An experience never seen before to discover.

Animals in Black And White by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto did a wild animal series in black and white called “Dioramas” : a series of scenes realized in the Natural History Museum in NYC, entirely made in a darkened room with a painting on a semi-transparent curtain in the background. A beautiful illusion that gives the impression to see these animals in the natural environment.

Credits: Fubiz

lunes, 9 de junio de 2014

Twelve days in Patagonia by Dr. Agnes Chan

Patagonia has always been in my list of places to visit, and I got it checked off in April of 2014. Our trip began in El Chaltén which is about a 3 hour drive from the city of El Calafate. El Chaltén is located within the Los Glaciares National Park – a beautiful village at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains. We checked into Posada Lunajuim in El Chaltén, and spent the next 4 days exploring the area.

It was not very cold in April with temperature hopping around -2oC to 10oC. However, the place was extremely windy most of the time. Wind-proof and preferably water-proof jacket and pants are necessities for visiting Patagonia. We had 2 days of pouring rain and 1 cloudless day in our trip, but most of time it was overcast. While in El Chaltén, we were blessed with some awesome sunrise and sunsets on a few occasions.

Sunrise over the village of El Chaltén with Mount Fitz Roy in the background.
Mount Fitz Roy sunset. The image was taken from a meadow near El Chaltén
Blowing in the wind

We drove back to El Calafate on the fifth day and visited Perito Moreno – an active glacier. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain on that day. The next day, we departed early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It was a pleasant 3-4 hour drive from El Calafate with view of sheep ranches, grasslands, forests and mountain terrain along the way. We stayed at Pehoe Lodge where photographing sunrise and sunset could be done within the hotel property. Since it was fall in Patagonia, the area was covered with gorgeous autumn colors.
Cuernos del paine at sunset from lake pehoe.
Fall color in April

For the next 3 days, we hang around Lake Pehoe searching for beautiful landscape and wildlife. We saw a lot of guanacos, birds such as the rheas, black-buzzed eagles, caracara, condors and white foxes. The wildlife tolerated human presence pretty well and could be captured with a 300mm lens on a full frame camera. The only exception was the condors, which resided in high cliffs.

Herd of guanacos grazing inside Torres del Paine National Park

Cascade del Rio Paine

From Lake Pehoe, we moved to Lake Grey and stayed at the lodge there. Another gorgeous location that you can admire the peaks and see icebergs floating in the lake out of the hotel windows. For closer look of the glacier, you can take a boat tour. Boat tours are available in most of the glaciers and I highly recommend taking at least one of them so you can photograph the texture.

Floating iceberg on Lake Grey
Grey Glacier captured from a boat trip.
A four-minute exposure of the magnificent towers (Torre Sur, Torre Central and Torre Norte) at sunset.

After spending a few nights at Lago Grey, we drove back to El Calafate early in the morning to catch the flight to Buenos Aires. We stayed overnight in the city and took a flight out of the international airport the next evening. All in all, it was such a wonderful trip that I will definitely go back again if opportunity arises.

Agnes Chan with camera and tripod in Death Valley

Camera and Lenses: I bought with me a Canon 5D-MarkIII and the following lenses: Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f3.5, Canon TS-E-24mm f3.5L II, Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5/6L IS USM. I hardly used the 18mm and 40mm. The 70-300mm was used in almost 80% of the images for capturing the mountain peaks. If I am going to the same locations again, I will take a 24-70mm and the 70-300mm. A super-telephoto lens is not really needed unless you want to get close enough to the condors. 

Bio: Dr. Agnes Chan is an immunologist and works in the biotechnology field in Canada. She picked up photography in 2007 when Canon line of Rebel digital cameras hit the market.

You can follow her photography trips by visiting
Web site: http://www.ourphototrips.smugmug.com

E-mail: agnes.photo.trip@gmail.com

Bajo cielos africanos

El fotógrafo británico Paul Goldstein ha pasado años retratando los amaneceres y anocheceres en África.

Paul Goldstein cuenta que ha intentado captar el comienzo y final perfecto de un día en el Masai Mara.

Esta avutarda de vientre negro (Eupodotis melanogaster) fue captada al anochecer.

"El Masai Mara es conocido mundialmente por su calidad de luz fotográfica", afirma Paul Goldstein, "pero sus reservas bien organizadas gozan además de los mejores sitios para fotografiar la salida y puesta del sol, sin mucha gente alrededor".

"Gran parte de estas imágenes no se lograron por casualidad", comenta el fotógrafo. "Me río cuando la gente dice que se levanta al amanecer. Eso es demasiado tarde, hay que estar en posición para ese entonces".

La Reserva Nacional Masai Mara en Kenia es un paisaje de diversos hábitats ricos en manadas trashumantes de cebra, gacela y ñu.

La reserva es el campo ideal para leones. En sus 1.500 kilómetros cuadrados viven 500 ejemplares en más de 20 manadas.

Cuando llegan las lluvias al Masai Mara brota la vida. Los llanos resecos reverdecen y manadas de animales llegan a comer en los renovados pastizales. Esta jirafa camina bajo la lluvia al anochecer. 

Goldstein también captó a estos elefantes antes de la lluvia. Los elefantes africanos tienen una vida social muy interesante y compleja, dirigida por la hembra mayor, la matriarca.

Para los depredadores de la reserva, especialmente los guepardos, el pasto alto es su principal ayuda para la caza. Los guepardos han evolucionado para explotar el Masai Mara. Se aprovechan de los termiteros y troncos caídos para subirse y mirar desde lejos a sus presas nerviosas. El pasto alto les ofrece un escondite perfecto mientras se acercan a las víctimas.
Fuente: BBC Mundo 

martes, 3 de junio de 2014

One, Two, Tree by Andy Lee

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep
{William James}

Credits: Behance
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