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 …

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 …

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 …

Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Getting to Know a Place

As a landscape photographer, I can totally relate to the desire to travel around and see as much as we can fit into our time on this planet. The drawback to the scattershot type of approach is that it’s nearly impossible to come away with great images at every place you visit if it consists of a “one and done” …

TK Actions Panel

I’ve been an avid user of Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for several years now and have written about it several times (Luminosity Masks blog post, Saturation Masks blog post) so Tony sent me his new TKActions Panel to play around with. You can see the panels on the above and below images. If you want …

Passion

Fuji XE-1 Velvia

For those who aren’t aware, Fuji Velvia was the slide film of choice for many landscape photographers throughout the 90’s until about the mid-2000’s when digital SLR’s started coming of age. Velvia was characterized by it’s super saturated colors along with contrasty highlights and inky black shadows (or lack thereof). It is only fitting that …