I spent the entire month of May, 1992 in the Okavango Delta of the Kalahari in Botswana on a hunting safari. I was second gun on a hunt that included Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Kudu, Lechwe, Sitatunga, Duiker, Sable, Impala, among others. I shot video on that trip, but was not a photographer as I am today. It may be my life’s biggest regret, and someday I will go back, leaving my rifle behind and carrying my camera. This photo represents my wistful desire to return to the Dark Continent and was taken at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee, WI. fortunately, it was a slow day and I had the animal all to myself. Hence, his eyes locked on me the whole time and I captured an almost studio portrait effect.
The Calla Lily is my favorite flower…by far. I shoot them a lot. In this shoot I decided to juxtapose the calla with something that has nothing to do with it and offers massive contrast. It is laying on a bed of coal. This whole blog is available at www.chiaroscurophoto.net and my official photo portfolio and sales site is at www.chiaroscurophoto.com Calla Lily
I was sitting at home one night and noticed the sun getting lower in the sky and casting a very warm glow. I immediately took off for the nearest spot to effectively capture it, the nearby Boom Lake. In this shot I used center metering and exposed for the sun’s reflection in the water. I also cranked up the color temp in manual mode to exaggerate the warmness.