Ab Initio visits the Galapagos


Links to all the great photographs from my Galapagos trip.

I came back with a total of 711 pictures. During one intense weekend in December, 2005, I reduced the picture count down to a more managable 194. Most the pictures were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop to fix white balance, add shapening and crop where appropiate. The pictures are divided into galleries based on subject matter.

When viewing the pictures, we welcome your comments. There is a comment button on every page when you are viewing a larger sized image (not the thumbnails). You can also order prints of any picture you like. Simply, click the "add to cart" button under each picture. All pictures on this web site are Copyright 2005 by Joel Gould. If you want to use one of the pictures (other than to order prints), just send us an email. We usually grant people permission to use our images for any reasonable purpose.

Link to Tortoises gallery


(24 pics) Pictures of the giant tortoises that make the Galapagos famous.

Link to Birds gallery


(25 pics) Pictures of land and sea birds, on the ground and in trees.

Link to Iguana gallery


(24 pics) Pictures of land and marine iguanas.

Link to Birds gallery

Sea Lions

(21 pics) Sea lions on boats and underwater. Plus pictures of crabs and fish.

Link to Flowers and Trees gallery

Flowers and Trees

(17 pics) Pictures of flowers, trees and cactus plants.

Link to People gallery


(33 pics) Pictures of Ab Initio people who shared the trip to the Galapagos.

Link to Miscellaneous gallery


(50 pics) All the other pictures including landscapes, buildings, etc.


Notes about my equipment

I went to the Galapagos with two cameras. My main camera is a Nikon D70, digital SLR. I also brought a Canon S400 Elph, a simple point and shoot, as a back-up and for the underwater photographs.

For the Nikon, I mostly used my light weight travel lens, the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Zoom-Nikkor. 200mm on the D70 is equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm film camera, which was just barely enough zoom for the wildlife shots. I also had my kit lens, the 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor, for wide angle shots but I never used it on this trip.

Other people on the trip used image stabilized lenses that allow you to take longer duration shots while still hald-holding the camera. I went the other route. I kept my D70 mounted on a light weight travel tripod and took every picture using the tripod for stabilization. For the D70 I brought 4 GB of compact flash cards (and used 3 GB). All my pictures were in RAW mode to give me the most flexibility in post-processing.

For the Canon, I brought my underwater case, a Canon WP-DC800. This allowed me to take pictures on the snorkeling part of the trip, specifically the underwater sea lion pictures that were the envy of the whole company. The Canon had a 512 MB compact flash card that I never filled.

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