360° of South Georgia Island and the Falklands

I’m always looking for unique ways to capture images, and I’ve been very excited by VR. The Ricoh Theta S came out right before my trip to South Georgia, and mine arrived the day before I left (phew!). I wanted to share some of the video and stills I captured, trying to give you a good sense of the experience, like here at Salisbury Plain.

King penguins and an Antarctic fur seal at Salisbury Plains, South Georgia Island #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

South Georgia Island Trip Report

Years ago, I wanted to photograph penguins. Most trips where you can see penguins are ~20 days, 10 of which are spent in transit between the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. So instead, I went to the Falkland Islands. It was amazing, and it made me want to go to South Georgia. Unfortunately, basically no one goes to just South Georgia. I looked into a small boat that leaves from the Falklands and goes there, but it was quite expensive to book, and I wasn’t sure I could find enough people to go with me to make it happen.

The Light L16

Disclosure time, I’m part of the Light Creative Advisory Board. In fact, they first pitched the Light L16 camera to me over a year ago. When Dave (the CEO) and Brad (the VP of Marketing) told me about it, their pitch was simple: DSLR quality with a zoom in an iPhone-sized form factor. My brain immediately went in two directions, a million skeptical questions about how it worked/clarifying every word of that pitch and “want.”

The Light L16

The Light L16

Canon 5DS For Wildlife Mini-Review

I’ll admit I was nervous. I recently went to the arctic and had an amazing trip, photographing polar bears, walrus, and more in autumn light. Before the trip, I only had a Canon 5D MkIII which, while still a great camera, is getting a little old. I wasn’t sure what the right camera to bring would be given the new Canon 5DS seemed to have more resolution than I needed (making workflow in the field a pain) and hadn’t gotten great reviews for its high ISO performance.

A Polar Bear Crime Scene

Our ship sailed gracefully past the edge of the ice demarcating the edge of the north pole. We spotted a group of seals, happily playing on the ice. Or so it seemed. As we got closer, a trail of blood appeared.

A trail of blood

A trail of blood

Window Seat

I fly a fair amount, and when I can, I try to get a window seat and watch for interesting clouds/skies. I’ve collected a number of images the past couple years, and I wanted to share them. They’re free for personal use (the download password is “window”), and I think they make nice backgrounds. They’re shot on a mix of cameras including a Sony RX1, Fuji X100S, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 6. The iPhone images are a lot grainer and don’t have as smooth as gradients as the other cameras, but hey, when it’s the only camera you have on you, the iPhone’s way better than nothing! Enjoy.

The clouds looked like a Rothko painting during this flight.

The clouds looked like a Rothko painting during this flight.

An Aperture User Tries Lightroom

Given the unfortunate news about Apple not actively developing Aperture anymore, I decided to try Lightroom while shooting in Svalbard. I’m trying to figure out if I should keep using Aperture for the immediate future and wait for Photos to be more fleshed out or to switch to Lightroom now and not have to migrate even more photos later (I have terabytes of digital photos from 12+ years of shooting digital cameras and scans of slides about 20 years ago managed in Aperture). The short answer is that I’m still unsure, I’m leaning towards sticking with Aperture, but some small changes to Lightroom (or lack of improvements to Photos) could make me change my mind.