View From Above

I didn’t watch any football this year so I decided to head up to Mount Wilson on Super Bowl Sunday, figuring that I wouldn’t have to contend with any other cars on the normally busy Angeles Crest Highway. I was right. I pretty much had the place to myself and got to enjoy a nice …

Photographing Scenes with People

The trick to photographing scenes with people in there is to shoot it like you mean it. That’s the main difference between a successful photo with people in there compared to a photo where “those damn people walked into my frame”. People within a scene can add another dimension to the image by perhaps telling …

Arroyo Seco Parkway

I drive the Arroyo Seco Parkway (aka. Pasadena Freeway) often and have long thought there might be potential for a unique downtown Los Angeles skyline photo from this area. I finally decided to explore off the freeway and found my way here though you have to drive through some rough looking neighborhoods to get here. …

Photographing Protests

Photographing protests is not for the timid. These are often high-tense situations so you have to be aware of your surroundings at all times because lets face it, it is safer to photograph trees and rocks than an angry mob. For a photojournalist however, you are often a welcome sight because these people want their …

Mulholland Drive

If you are the “hustle & bustle” type then L.A. is probably perfect for you. As I was turning left onto Cahuenga, I intended to stop inside of the gas station but noticed this Mercedes following way too close to make it into the gas station safely so I kept going. Before you know it, …

Downtown Church

As I was driving down from the Santa Monica Mountains with Patty Griffin’s fantastic new album, Downtown Church, playing on my car stereo, I spotted this large cross overlooking downtown L.A. so I immediately pulled over into a ditch then used the last of my three remaining frames that I had on my memory card. …

Oops!… I Did It Again

This was taken on Wednesday night after another day of rain on Tuesday. I can’t keep talking about the same thing over and over again so I’ll talk equipment this time… My first few attempts at this scene were taken with a Canon 70-200mm lens on the full-frame 5D Mark II but it wasn’t enough …

LA Skyline Twilight

From where I live, Mount Baldy looked great. However, from L.A. not so great. The peak kept getting obscured by haze but then it peeked out just barely for a few minutes as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean. It was cold and windy outside, and I kept having to refresh the Yahoo …

Los Angeles Skyline Photo With Winter Backdrop

I am coming to the conclusion that mid-morning winter light might be as good as it gets in Los Angeles. As a landscape photographer, I am always evaluating air quality and lighting conditions in every way and time imaginable even when I’m not photographing. The morning after a storm is usually as clear as our …

“The Size of the Rat”

If you have been following this blog over the past month or two, this scene has probably become a familiar sight. I have this compulsion to get this photo exactly the way I want but all the stars haven’t aligned quite right just yet. In some shots I even got the bloody red sunset light …