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 …

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 …

My Most Unique Photo of Yosemite Yet

I’ve never pushed myself so hard for a photo shoot. After countless hours researching one of my favorite photo locations on Google, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram and then tracking down the almost exact location through shared camera GPS data I drove 3 1/2 hours to capture this amazing Yosemite view that is destined to be a centerpiece …

Spring Snowstorm in Yosemite

I went to Yosemite this past weekend with my friend, John, in hopes of photographing Yosemite Valley in fresh snow. A 100% chance of rain was predicted for most of the day on Saturday with snow forecasted over the evening and morning hours. It didn’t quite work out that way as it didn’t rain at …

Mountain Light

I was watching a photo processing tutorial recently by a popular online photographer, where he was making statements about how straight photography is boring and HDR (multi-image exposure composites) is more eye-catching. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can have an opinion and be an expert, no matter how ill-informed or absurd. I’d …

Why Photographers Wake Up So Early

Yosemite can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for serious nature photographers since there is little solitude to be had in the valley during peak visiting times. Cold, early mornings however weed out the casual photographers and tourists who don’t want it as bad as you so you can pretty much have your pick of …