Monday, December 08, 2008

Southeast Arizona

I'm camped out in the desert tonight under a bright moonlit sky. Although I'm in the middle of nowhere, there is good cellular coverage (I guess there's nothing to block the signal)... that's how I'm able to make this post.

Photo 1: There was a beautiful sunset last night with dramatic clouds over the Mule Mountains. This one is for my stepdad Tom, who has a general dislike for sunset photos!
EOS 1Ds mIII, 70-200/2.8 lens; Singh-Ray 2 stop ND grad on the sky; 3.2s @ f/14

Photo 2: Vermillion Flycatcher is one of the birds I most wanted to photograph this trip, but I wasn't expecting to have much luck until spring. Boy was I wrong! I found several relatively cooperative birds today. I'll probably spend most of this week photographing them.
EOS 1Ds mIII; 500/4 IS lens with 2x; 1/1000s @ f/8

Photo 3: Self-portrait from atop the Mule Mountains, overlooking the town of Bisbee, Arizona. Here's me this afternoon, proof for my family and friends that I'm still alive and eating well. Craig, thanks for the reminder to shoot some self-portraits!
EOS 1Ds mIII; 24-70/2.8 lens; 1/15s @ f/22

Note: For self portraits, I now use the fancy Canon cable release/interval timer (the one that is ridiculously expensive). I set it to shoot a frame every 10 seconds, which means I don't have to run back and forth to the camera for each shot.

I've got so many more photos to share, but I have to ration the use of my laptop out here in the desert so I don't deplete the batteries. More to follow later...


  1. Hi Ethan, I still check your blog every day and am still inspired. As for your laptop; get a power invertor that plugs into your van's 12 volt outlets. It will keep your laptop charged with little or no effect on your van's battery.
    I am sure you know we lost Jack Vaughn. Very sad

  2. Thanks Wayne. I'm pretty well equipped with an inverter and even an extra battery to run all the electronics stuff. But after several days of heavy usage(hours of photo editing, doing backups, stereo) I drain it down. No problem because I'm usually on the road enough to recharge the battery. But right now I've found a spot so good I just don't want to leave!

    That is indeed sad news about Jack.


  3. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Ethan.. Great work. I love the photo of the bird. and the one of you overlooking the town. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. Nice to see some green landscape photos. Everything here is white.

  4. Anonymous1:33 AM

    and there it is folks...the trademark red sweater (lol)

  5. Ethan, I hope you are not stranded on a toilet perched atop the pit!!! Dave's beer is great but it sometimes works as a colon cleanser! Enjoyed your photos! Hope to see you at the party on Sunday!

  6. Anonymous9:12 PM

    Finally, a self-portrait!!! Good to "see" you, Eth!