Why Nature Photography?

Life in general is a stressful process. You fight to survive, you fight to eat, you fight to mate, you fight to not end up on the street, you fight for social acceptance, you fight to find your own identity in this world. When I really want to come home feeling refreshed and born-again, I …

The Smoggies

The eastern seaboard has the Smokies, meanwhile I get to photograph the Smoggies, aka. San Gabriel Mountains. I grew up here right at the foothills and have always had a love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the place I call home. One thing I can’t complain about though is that we have no shortage of …

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 …

Double Rainbow

The sunset clouds were great in every direction but the double rainbow commanded most of my attention. The rainbows were too close for me to capture the full 180 degrees with my 24mm lens so I had to do a five-image panoramic stitch in order to capture it all. I’ve seen double rainbows like this …

Sunset Ridge

I had been up to this local location scouting several times recently without my camera and was waiting for an evening such as last night to photograph. As if the sunset wasn’t exciting enough, it started raining while I was up there and I barely made it off the mountain before lightning strikes lit up …

Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …

Walden

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Walden, Henry David Thoreau

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 …

Winter in Southern California

After a week of heavy storms that has brought big snow to the local mountains, it promises to make for some amazing photos. I’m so excited! I’m crossing my fingers to see if I can get enough clearing to get my dream L.A. skyline photo.