Book Review: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks – QT Luong

Like most photography lovers, my living room coffee table features a rotating stable of large-format photography books. The one photo book that has not left my coffee table since it was published in 2016 is QT Luong’s 456 page masterpiece of a book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. If I could …

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 …

Changes

I shot this photo recently in Yosemite National Park as I was wrapping up with a sunrise. Sunrise is my favorite time of day to photograph Yosemite Valley for several reasons. The most obvious is there are few people out and about at that hour but more importantly there is this persistent ground fog in …

Night Photography Book by Grant Collier

I was recently provided an eBook version of Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography to review on my blog. I was very impressed by the amount of detail that Collier covered in the book and the photos were top-notch. Just about everything you need to know about the genre is covered in the book incl. which …

My Most Unique Photo of Yosemite Yet

I’ve never pushed myself so hard for a photo shoot. After countless hours researching one of my favorite photo locations on Google, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram and then tracking down the almost exact location through shared camera GPS data I drove 3 1/2 hours to capture this amazing Yosemite view that is destined to be a centerpiece …

Get Over Your First Impressions

My first impressions of Napa Valley was not a particularly strong one. I first visited ten years ago thinking it would be full of quiet vineyards “out in the country”. That could not be any further from the truth. Napa Valley is super popular. There’s lots of traffic and tourists. It’s hard to get away …

Radian & Michron Timelapse

I was recently asked to test and provide my thoughts on two pieces of timelapse gear; the Radian & Michron. After taking the gear out a few times I have to say that both of them are quite useful to have in your bag if you’re interested in making timelapse footage. The biggest benefits in …

Favorite Photos From 2014

It’s time for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. I find participating in this to be of value when it comes to evaluating how I’ve evolved in photography. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. While my personal life in 2013 had some extreme highs and lows, 2014 was largely a …

Our Wedding Story

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you’ve probably seen my Honeymoon in Rome blog posts so I figured I might as well share a few photos from our special day. After much research and visiting numerous venues, Samantha and I chose the La Canada Flintridge Country Club to host our …

The Insightful Landscape Book

The Insightful Landscape is a collaborative book project that features the works of 26 landscape photographers (including myself). There is some seriously top-notch landscape photography in this book. All profits from the book’s sale are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on behalf of Peter Carroll’s son, Liam. Several hundred dollars have been donated so far. …