My camera doesn’t take as nice of photos as yours.

“My camera doesn’t take as nice of photos as yours.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t …

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 …

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 …