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Eye to Eye #5: Ol’ Blue Eye

January 30, 2018

Galápagos Islands

I snapped this portrait of a flightless cormorant from a zodiac boat, whose outline can be seen in the eye’s reflection. Fun editing trivia: I nearly always crop my images, but this is the rare one that hasn’t been cropped at all.

Eye to Eye #3: Unimpressed

January 20, 2018

Galápagos Islands

This brown pelican sat on a rock calmly watching us in our small zodiac boat. As soon as I saw her I knew I just had to get a straight-on portrait. I waited until we drifted by, then snapped this image. She looked supremely unimpressed.

Eye to Eye

January 18, 2018

Galápagos Islands

When I was getting started with nature photography, one of my inspirations and influences was Frans Lanting’s 1997 book “Eye to Eye”. It’s one of the first books that I checked out of my school library (in addition to books that taught me fundamentals such as exposure and depth of field).

Recently when photographing in the Galápagos I was struck by the astonishing accessibility of the wildlife. I realized it was an opportunity for me to get closer. Very close, in some cases. Here is the first image in my “eye to eye” mini-series, of a giant tortoise on Floreana.

Blue and Green

January 17, 2018

Galápagos Islands

Early morning near Elizabeth Bay. This view is characteristic of the western Galápagos coastline: blue water, volcanic rocks covered with green algae, and a thick forest of mangrove trees (seen in the background).

Photographed from a small zodiac boat.

The Next Generation

January 16, 2018

Galápagos Islands

Two blue-footed booby chicks nestled in the reddish bird cliffs of Elizabeth Bay. This concludes my mini-series of “portraits of two.”


January 15, 2018

Galápagos Islands

Two marine iguanas go head to head on the shores of Floreana Island. They pushed back and forth, their bodies occasionally circling around each other. Their foreheads remained firmly locked together at all times. I left the scene after several minutes; it seemed as if the contest would be going for a while.

I snapped some “from above” images too, but getting on my belly and photographing this from ground level was the way to go.