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 …

Support and Encouragement

I credit my wife, Samantha, for me photographing the summer solstice sunset that everyone went crazy over on the internet. Our son’s due date was at that any moment stage so I had been hesitant to go out but I made a remark after dinner how I think there was going to be an amazing …

Changes

I shot this photo recently in Yosemite National Park as I was wrapping up with a sunrise. Sunrise is my favorite time of day to photograph Yosemite Valley for several reasons. The most obvious is there are few people out and about at that hour but more importantly there is this persistent ground fog in …

The Value of Time

When I was in my 20’s, I probably took time for granted more often than not. I wasn’t able to fully appreciate my time spent out in the field. I would run from location to location checking off a list of things I wanted to see or photograph for stock. I would leave the house …

The Forests of Marin County

I experienced an El Nino winter during my previous stint of living in the San Francisco Bay Area a decade ago which made the lush forests of Marin County an ideal photography subject. There was in-fact record levels of rainfall during that winter. In my previous two years of returning to the Bay Area however …

Yosemite December Storm

Last month I went to Yosemite in order to try timing for a late fall snowstorm. I ended up catching the storm part of it while getting very wet in the process. These transitional seasons are most interesting to me as there is a wide variety of color contrasts that can be photographed. Also, having …

Favorite Photos From 2015

Well it’s that time of year for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. This is a fun exercise in reviewing the past year and looking back at previous years to see how our work has evolved. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. In …

Big Trees

There is nothing quite like walking in a forest among giants. Giant sequoia trees are the largest living things on the planet by mass. The coast redwoods are taller and there are thicker trees but none have the combination of height and girth as giant sequoias. The biggest trees in the species are located in …

The Passage of Time

Returning to a location multiple times over period of years is something I like to do because it feels like visiting an old friend. As time passes we gain and lose loved ones, relationships come and go, jobs are just another line on the resume – everything becomes a distant memory over time but the sum of …

You Almost Missed It

Last weekend, Samantha and I went camping at Humboldt Redwoods State Park then walked to dinner shortly after arriving home. There was humid, thunderstorm type of weather above us with a few slight raindrops so I couldn’t help but sense potential for a nice sunset. After wrapping up dinner, the light started to warm up …