The Personal Side
I surpassed 1500 followers the other day, very appreciative of the support!
I wanted to remind everyone that if you like the work I put on this blog, you may be interested in my other blog, The Personal Side, at http://fishphotogpersonal.tumblr.com. This is where I post images and things that I like. Some of them are just representative of ideas I like, some of products that I like, but most are amazing images that I find inspirational and push me to make my images better. I will warn you though… there are a few images that are NSFW. If this is a problem for you then you really should not be on the internet at all. For everyone else that can handle a little skin in their tumblr or new feed, check it out, you may find you enjoy some of the same interested and images.
Tree Rider - © Brian Ingram 2014
The only non-aquatic wildlife that I saw while in the Amazon (other than birds, tons of those). We were sitting in our boat, on the backs of the Amazon eating lunch when this guys start coming towards us. He moved through the trees making all sorts of racket, dad and I thought from the sound there would be a bunch of them, but it was only this guy, or at least only this guy that we saw. The guide said it was probably just him as well.
If you think your family cat is nimble and agile, you have not seen anything… This guy moved in constant fluid motions, and that tail allowed him to turn on a dime. Very cool to see how they act in the wild versus how they act in the zoo. I had a hard time shooting him due to the movement of the boat in the water, the available light, and his constant movement. I had to increase the ISO to 1600 to have any chance at stopping his movement. I was shooting with an un-stabilized 70-300 on the 7D at 300, really 450 on that camera, at 5.6. This was one of a couple of images that i found acceptable.
Jagged Fingers - © Brian Ingram 2014
This was from my one full day of shooting along the southern Icelandic coast. This outcropping of rock must have been a popular photographic subject, because there were a couple dozen people on the beach next to me shooting with everything from camera phones to median format cameras. This was surprising because the weather was not great for shooting, if I had more time I would have skipped it and shot this another day, but in the end I was able to get the look and feel I wanted.
Chapel on the Rock with Mt. Meeker - © Brian Ingram 2014
This weekend I was hoping to get some good night shots, but it was not meant to be. Along the way up to RMNP I decided to swing by the Chapel on the Rock in Allenspark. This church is very cool looking. It looks like something you would expect in the Swiss Alps or the Austrian Countryside. It is perfectly poised, in the shadow of Mt. Meeker, for stunning photographic opportunities, as proven by the numerous cars traveling up and down the Peak to Peak highway that would pull off the side of a road with a soft shoulder just to get a pic on their camera phone.
I will have to come back to this location again and try to get a better sunset, this time the typically photogenic Colorado skyline was just not cooperating.
Gore Range Overlook - © Brian Ingram 2014
This is a shot from a recent trip to RMNP’s Trail Ridge Road that connects Estes Park and The Grand Lake area. This is one of my favorite places in the park. You are above the tree line, at over 11,000 feet, and you can see forever. The weather is very dynamic up here, it has gone from sunny and beautiful, to cold, rainy, and windy as heck, and back to high and broken for terrific sunsets.
Last time I was up here I shot a similar scene, only to get back to the computer and discover that my new Canon 7D and older Sigma Ex series lenses were not working well together and the auto focus was off. Sense then I have manually focused all my lenses and have liked the results much better, but it was very disappointing to see most of my previous set of images ruined due to the incorrect autofocus.
Abandoned Farm Series - © Brian Ingram 2014
Another shot from an abandoned farm in an Icelandic river valley on the north side of the country.
I loved all the textures in this scene, the glass, the wood, the metal. Obviously some elements are newer and some are much older, but you can imagine what it would have been like living in this place, even just ten years ago.
More to come from this location.
Mountain Rain - © Brian Ingram 2014
I was traveling last week for my “Day Job”, so I was not able to post anything, however, once I got back home I promptly took my daughter up to the mountains to take her 6 year pictures. We had a terrific time as always.
It was a cool wet day, and the park was packed with people either doing portrait sessions, or taking pictures of the Elk. I was there to shoot Lex, but managed to get a couple of side shots as well. I don’t consider myself a portrait photographer, but may start dabbling in it. It is always a blast to take pictures of Lex, but I suspect that is just because she is my daughter ;-).
I was shooting strictly with a 70-300 (105-450 on my 7D) wide open, because I wanted some that were really close, face, head and shoulders only, but also because I really like the compression that I get out of this lens. This scene was one that I came across while she was taking a break. I would have like to get her up there, or walking up to it, with that lens on the scene was just too far away, and she would have been soaked getting out there and back… Oh well, still think it is a great scene.
Coming In - © Brian Ingram 2014
It’s Friday, I have Fishporn, so it is Fishporn Friday!
This is a Peacock Bass from the Amazon, it is in every way a bass. They hold in waiting under a log, in a shadow, or any debris caught up in the river, and when an unsuspecting fish, or fly in this case, swims within striking distance, they shoot out like lighting and pounce, consuming their prey in a single bit in most cases. Then they return to their concealment and wait for the next victim.
This guy became our victim, but only for a bit. He put on a good fight with lots of acrobatics, and in the end he was set free and went back to his shadow.