Cholla Cactus Garden: Where it All Began

I had the chance to spend three days at Joshua Tree National Park over the holidays. I was not feeling well during this trip so I took it easy on the photography but re-visiting the Cholla Cactus Garden was a must for me. This was essentially where I got my start in landscape photography many years ago …

Oak Glen Apple Picking

Samantha and I went apple picking in Oak Glen for the first time yesterday. It’s a big attraction around this time of year so there were lots of people with the same idea as us. Our first stop was the Willowbrook Apple Farm to do some U-pick apple picking. The people at the farm were …

The Best Hikes

The best hikes are the ones that offer the most solitude. I had been to the Santa Rosa Plateau once before to photograph the Vernal Pools, but that trail is so popular that it was more of a zoo-like environment there. This time (a week ago) since there was no water at the Vernal Pools …

Joshua Tree National Park Stargazing

Since photographing the Milky Way in the Eastern Sierra two years ago I’ve thought of trying my luck at Joshua Tree National Park. Based on previous experience, I figured that the most effective way to do night photography would be to choose a moonless evening that way the photo actually looks like night photography. As …

Light Painting

Light painting is something I experimented with on my last visit to Joshua Tree National Park two years ago and involves the use of long exposures in darkness with the only illumination being flashlights. On this moonless evening, I tried many different lighting techniques and had some fun with it at the end. This particular …

Photographing Joshua Tree National Park

I first visited Joshua Tree National Park as a college student and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. The other national parks I’d been to at the time were the likes of Yosemite, Zion, Canadian Rockies, etc… where the attractions were very obvious and staples of the postcard photography circuit. Joshua Tree NP …

Rodeo Photography Gallery

I just created a new gallery of rodeo pictures from the Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum and the 2011 Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo in Palm Springs. Photos are available for stock photo licensing and fine art photography prints. Also for the first time, I’m offering canvas prints stretched over a wooden frame. I …

Steer Wrestling

It’s kind of hard to appreciate how intense these rodeo events are until you are standing next to the action. I was standing next to the gate during the steer wrestling part and the horses would sprint out blowing right past my camera. In hindsight I probably should have brought a backup camera so I …

Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo

I had a media pass at the Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo in Palm Springs this past weekend so I had pretty much unlimited access to the venue. It was a very interesting experience though even as a photographer at rodeo events you have to keep your eye on what’s going on because you can still …