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 …

Drakes Beach

Drakes Beach is best known for being the rumored landing spot of Sir Francis Drake, the first European to reach the Pacific Coast, in 1579. I have had a lifelong fascination with historical subjects so I’d been wanting to photograph this place for a while now. I’m aware that U.S. history tends to approach history from …

A Day at the Ranch

I’ve always felt that the buildings and trees at Pierce Point Ranch have character as they are extremely weathered. The foggy weather was an ideal complement in my opinion. So much of travel and landscape photography including my own uses the same color palette (sunrise / sunset colors) that I’ve learned to enjoy photographing in dreary …

Panoramic Point Reyes Photo Workshop: Gary Crabbe

My blog posting has been slow for a while due to the death of my dad, and my travel schedule over the past few weeks. I’m back in town now though and decided to participate in the Panoramic Point Reyes Photo Workshop this past Saturday which was taught by my friend, Gary Crabbe. I ran into …

The Scenes Within a Scene

Photography is one of those things where it’s easy to learn the basics but you spend a lifetime developing your art. Easy would be pulling off a technically-sound image of an obvious composition. It’s the first thing you see as a photographer. The above image is something I probably would have done five years ago …

Chasing the Light

It seemed only fitting that I arrive to the only location in Point Reyes at sunset that wasn’t socked in with fog to encounter my friend, Gary Crabbe, leading his one-day panoramic photography workshop. Truthfully, I wasn’t surprised at all because we share a similar philosophy about photography; go where the light is and find …

Self-Discovery Through Nature

In my “Why Nature Photography?” blog post last week, I described what to me is the pinnacle of nature photography; the emotional connection to the land. I had another one of those moments the other day as I explored a forest by myself at Point Reyes National Seashore. I had never been to this location …

Point Reyes Elephant Seals

There were a lot of elephant seals laying out on the beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore. They truly are fascinating animals that have come back from the verge of extinction 100 years ago. The more common locations to view elephant seals are typically at Point Piedras Blancas just north of San Simeon and at …

Point Reyes Weather

I made my first visit to Point Reyes National Seashore in nine years the other day. The day started off promising and it appeared that I might get some sunlight as I drove west into Point Reyes but I encountered a thick wall of fog once I hit the Drakes Bay area which never really …