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 …

When It Gets Hot

It was a warm day on Saturday which meant a perfect day for kayaking at Newport Back Bay, Balboa Bars, and a sunset photo shoot at Crystal Cove State Park. I hadn’t been to Crystal Cove in at least two years and was quickly reminded of why I like this place so much. It was …

Dana Point Sunset

It had been several years since I had been to Dana Point so I took the opportunity to photograph this nice sunset while in town to scope out potential wedding venues. While Dana Point Harbor is beautiful, the landscape photographer in me wishes that all the “hand of man” stuff weren’t there in this scene …

Happy Mother’s Day

I’d like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Last year, I took my mom and grandma to the Almansor Court Champagne Brunch in San Gabriel which was great, but I wanted to do something different this year. To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, I took them to Sherman Library & …

Disneyland

I went to Disneyland with some friends a few days ago and it was my first visit since my senior year of high school. It was my favorite amusement park as a kid so I was pretty excited to revisit all the old classic rides like It’s a Small World and the Mark Twain Riverboat. …

A Look Inside of The Wedge

Though I don’t surf, I keep tabs on the surfing conditions for anything that might be of interest. On Monday, I saw a report on Surfline that said the Wedge was producing waves of up to 15 feet so I thought it might be a good opportunity to practice on my 400mm lens before going …

Canon Trick: Teleconverter

As mentioned in the previous blog post, certain Canon lenses do not autofocus with the 1.4x teleconverter on crop sensor cameras. There is a simple trick to get around this issue however. Just simply tape over the three closest pins to the left of the red lens mount dot. The Canon 400mm f5.6 lens essentially …

Green Heron

I’ve had luck in the past with birds at the Fullerton Arboretum so I took the gargantuan 500mm lens out for another test run. A quick run through of the ponds revealed nothing more than common ducks and American coots until I was about to leave when two green herons flew from out of nowhere …

Tower Records

For anyone that grew up a fan of music and actually bought their records / tapes / cds then it’s hard to not feel a bit of sadness to see Tower Records go out of business three years ago. My dad was telling me the other day that he used to go to the Sunset …

Life or Death at The Wedge

Knowing that a bodyboarder died the day before, I’m sure that had to weigh on the mind of some of these people. It was certainly on the minds of the lifeguards. When I first got there early on Saturday morning there were no lifeguards on duty. At one point there were two surfers caught inbetween …