Stay Until The End

I was recently exploring some trails on Mount Tamalpais during an afternoon that had less-than-ideal weather. The odds of seeing a sunset didn’t appear to be very high but since I don’t get out as much these days due to family reasons I wanted to make the most of time regardless if I found any …

Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy …

The Art of Trees II

I seem to be drawn to trees this year. While staying at The Madonna Inn recently in San Luis Obispo I debated where to photograph in the morning. The obvious spots such as Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay initially came to mind but then I remembered the nice little oaks forest in …

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 …

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 …

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” …

Calaveras Big Trees

We left the Bay Area knowing that it was probably going to rain a little bit. My original plan was to camp somewhere along the Sonora Pass but I had no desire to camp at that high of an elevation during a storm so I decided on Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was raining …

Rockefeller Forest

Rockefeller Forest, located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is significant for being the world’s largest remaining old-growth redwood forest. Visually it is an interesting place with two “Champion Trees” (one of them already collapsed) within a five minute walk of the parking area. The Giant Tree, pictured above, is a Champion Tree as it signifies …

Just Have Fun

I read a lot of articles and comments about how photographers should always strive for lofty art goals. I do my fair share of rants about the current state of landscape photography as well but at the end of the day none of that matters. Who cares what others think? My point is that photography …