Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Desert Museum

I'm back in Ontario for 2 weeks to shoot winter stock images and do some assignment work. What a shock this cold weather is... I'll be glad to fly back down to Arizona again soon! While I'm here, the van is down south getting some major work done on it including new head gaskets. It should be like new when I return.

Here are a few photos I've just caught up on processing from the last couple of weeks. All were shot with an EOS 1Dsm3 body.

Photo 1: The road into Death Valley National Park at dusk. 24-70/2.8 lens; Singh-Ray 3 stop hard edge ND grad (4x6" handheld in front of lens)

Photo 2: Joshua Tree against starry sky (light painted the tree with a flashlight). I had very limited time in Joshua TreeNP and my photo mojo was off. It's an incredibly scenic park with gnarly-shaped trees and otherwordly rock formations. I'll be going back next month to make the most of its photographic potential! 24-70/2.8 lens; 44s exposure at f5.6

Photo 3: Mountain Lion (captive) at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM). This world-class outdoor living 'museum' has great opportunities to photograph wildlife in a natural looking setting. 500mm IS lens + 1.4x TC

Photo 4: Great Horned Owl (captive) at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. If you make it to the desert museum, be sure to see the live raptor shows offered twice daily... and have your camera ready! 500mm IS lens; 580EX II flash at -2 for fill (the bird was backlit by the natural sunlight)


  1. Your work is fantastic, as are the places you show. If you don´t mint, I want to place a link to your blog, from mine: http://biodiversidadpendientes.blogspot.com/

  2. Anonymous11:25 PM

    man - and I thought my owl shots were cool - great job, Ethan. And I love the light painting...I did that once with some models in New Orleans - very interesting! And welcome home - even it only temporarily.

  3. Anonymous1:21 AM

    Awesome portrait of the GHO. Those are sweet birds and the backlighting is really great here. You're killin' it out there. When I'm a big boy and all grown up I'm totally copying your road trip idea.

  4. I just want to reach out and pet the big kitty.
    Love the shots. I have to give this light painting another try. It gives some great atmosphere to your pic, even with your photo mojo off.

  5. Hey Ethan, I finally managed to get through my 20D shots. Thanks for the lens, some of my Great Horned Owl shots turn out not to shabby, not as good as yours of course.