The Art of Trees II

I seem to be drawn to trees this year. While staying at The Madonna Inn recently in San Luis Obispo I debated where to photograph in the morning. The obvious spots such as Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay initially came to mind but then I remembered the nice little oaks forest in …

Hog Island Oyster Farm

Travel and food are my two of my favorite things so naturally I can’t resist photographing interesting food whenever I’m out and about. I’m not just interested in shooting food photos for the sake of food photos though. Good restaurants and food have character, and a story. The first time I ever tried an oyster …

The Art of Trees

After having been sick for more than a month, I recently had my first photoshoot of the year. My plan A was to do a 10-mile hike early in the morning but that didn’t work out due to a road closure so I ended up at one of the nearby places that I was familiar …

Favorite Photos of 2016

This is the 7th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2016 was a life-changing year for me and it had nothing to do with photography …

The Evolution of a Landscape Photo

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams Ansel Adams’ most famous prints were printed many different ways over the course of his lifetime. You can see the evolution of his artistic vision (not necessarily better nor worse) over the course of his lifetime by how …

14 Years Later

I moved to San Francisco 14 years ago in order to attend graduate school. My family accompanied me on that trip to help me move in and do some sightseeing. One of the places we visited was Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. It was a magical moment to see the Golden Gate Bridge and …

Dry Creek Valley Barn

Samantha asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. I sheepishly asked if I could go shoot photos by myself. She said yes. Given that I have a four-month old son, having a whole day to have fun by myself was a pretty big deal. Before I had a family, I’d …

Big Sur Milky Way Photos

It had been months since I had traveled outside of the Bay Area due to the birth of my son, Tyler. Now that Tyler is more than two months old, we decided to test the waters by spending Labor Day weekend in the Monterey area. Following dinner on the first night, I went out to …

Support and Encouragement

I credit my wife, Samantha, for me photographing the summer solstice sunset that everyone went crazy over on the internet. Our son’s due date was at that any moment stage so I had been hesitant to go out but I made a remark after dinner how I think there was going to be an amazing …