Resplendent Heron

Minnesota.  Lake of the Woods.

Home to wildlife and pure Nature in quantities that defy comprehension.

This bird was brave and bold.  Hopefully I’ve captured both his color and his spirit in this graphic.







1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–in one shot!


Taken back in June 2012.  This storm was over Connecticut, but was visible just West of the Hudson River in New York.  It was a true behemoth!  I couldn’t capture the entire image in my 35mm lens, so I grabbed a grid of HDR images of the storm system.

A fun fact to start the explanation of the title:  The D300 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor, so nine frames of 12.3 MP actually turns out to be 37.9 MP by 37.9 MP in size.

OR  *drumroll*

1,361,610,000,000,000 pixels–that’s 1.36 quadrillion pixels!
Now the photo.  I recommend clicking on it.


Painted Storm


Interesting storm clouds rolled through the Hudson Valley yesterday.  After the worst of it passed, I went outside with my daughter who looked at this cloud and said, “Wow!  That looks painted!”  So I grabbed my rock and took 50 photos of the cloud–10 5-shot HDR sequences.  I stitched them together with a free program to produce the result below.  This process took about one hour from start to finish and really I intended this project test the stitching software.  If anything could confuse it, clouds could.  But it surprised me by performing flawlessly!  The name of the software is Microsoft ICE.

And how did I fit 10 photos into this square?  Three shots for the top, four shots for the middle, and three shots for the bottom row.  It was a huge cloud system!

Oh–and the original size is huge, too:  25×17″ at 300dpi.