Back in July 2008 I was taking a break from work and went out on the roof of my office building with my camera. Little did I know there would be a huge storm cloud looking East which was almost in the path of airplanes attempting to land.
Canon EOS 40D, 17-85mm EF-S USM IS lens. Developed in Adobe Lightroom 2. Scaling and adjustments in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located east of John Day, Oregon, in the Malheur National Forest. The area includes approximately 68,700 acres. The entire northern section of the mountain was burned in a large fire in 2002, which is why the trees halfway up the mountain look dead and bare. I was driving through here in the beginning of April, and stopped to take a few photos along the way.
I went back to Otuataua Stonefields, a regional park just a 15 minute drive from my house. The sunset was pretty good and I got a few shots (uploaded to my website). This one didn't quite make the cut but I thought it might make a nice wallpaper.
I was very lucky to take this shot of a male leopard in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. I took a couple of shots, but I like this one most where he looks up, seeing some possible prey and you can see the killer-instinct in his face.
Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 400, 1/250 sec., 173mm, f/13. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
In 2009, I spent Christmas at the southern-most point of Africa: Cape Agulhas. I was eager to see another amazing sunset as I did so often being in Africa for a couple of months. However, there was a big layer of clouds covering the whole sky and I was pretty disappointed. That was when the idea for this shot struck me. There was this small strip just over the horizon where the Sun illuminated the clouds, restrained by the Atlantic ocean below and the thick layer of clouds above. I exposed for the sunlight and left everything else pitchblack to achieve this result.
Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/800 second, 44mm, f/8. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2 with finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.