Last Postcards from Hokkaido

In Hokkaido, Images, Postcards From..., Travel by David11 Comments

Last moments in Hokkaido before flying back to Tokyo. I’ve got a longer post in the works about this trip, and have a small collection of photographs to post as well – I’ll get that up in the next 24 hours, along with your desktop wallpaper for March. In the meantime, a couple last hours behind big lenses, spending time …

Postcard from Hokkaido

In Hokkaido, Postcards From..., Travel, Workshops and Events by David19 Comments

A quick hello from Hokkaido, Japan. I’ve got a few seconds to fire this off before we’re back out into the cold with cameras and tripods. I’ll do a fuller re-cap later, but this tour has been truly exceptional. This morning we were up at 4 and out the door an hour later to photograph the Stellar Sea Eagles, and …

Postcard from Yamanouchi

In Hokkaido, Just For Fun, Postcards From..., Travel by David13 Comments

A quick postcard from Yamanouchi, near Nagano, Japan. We’re three days into a workshop with Martin Bailey, and have spent those three days photographing the Japanese Macaque, or Snow Monkeys. This is the only place in the world where the monkeys have taken to hot springs, and like the wildlife in the Antarctic, these monkeys are just completely indifferent to …

Favourite Travel Accessories

In GEAR, Travel by David13 Comments

I spend enough time on the road each year to give the stuff I travel with some serious consideration, but travel’s tough enough on us that anyone that spends much time living even a little nomadically can benefit from the best gear. Here’s my favourite travel stuff these days. It fits the way I live and work. Got something you …

Ongeli Elders

In Lightroom & Workflow, Travel, Workflow & Technical Issues by David13 Comments

On my last day on the field in Northern Kenya, I returned to the village that adopted me two years ago. I brought a bull camel, bags of rice, and assorted goods, and we had a fantastic feast. While the camel was cooking, the elders gathered around me and, with a lot of hand gestures, they re-told the story of …

Northern Kenya on White

In GEAR, Images, Travel, Tutorials &Technique by David18 Comments

The images above are another sample of the photographs from this last month’s work in northern Kenya. I wanted something simpler than the environmental portraits I’ve done in the past. Something that isolated my subjects from their contexts and showed them, and their emotions and character, elegantly. Before I left I talked to the folks at Westcott, and picked up …

Postcards from Nanyuki

In News & Stuff, Postcards From..., Travel by David30 Comments

After 2 weeks in the field in northern Kenya, we’ve settled in for 2 days at the Mt. Kenya Safari Club to shower up, debrief, and get ready to head home. We’ve been in Kenya’s north, from Archer’s Post to Loiyangalani, photographing in partnership with The Boma Project, among Rendille, Samburu, and Turkana tribes, mostly nomadic pastoralists. I’ll do a …

Postcard from Loglogo

In Life Is Short, News & Stuff, Postcards From..., Travel by David23 Comments

I never feel so much a part of something bigger than myself than when I am here, in this wide open red soil, under this vast African sky. Completely out of my context, but totally in my element. I’ve nothing here but a few personal belongings in my backpack, my cameras, and enough Kiswahili to be politely useless. What I …

Long Exposure Light Leaks

In GEAR, The Craft, Travel, Tutorials &Technique by David46 Comments

I shot the image above in Patagonia this year, my first real work with the new Nikon D800, which always makes me nervous. So when I saw the weird banding you can see in the frame on the left, I got a little freaked out. In 25 years of photography, I’d seen some weird things, but never this. I was …