Book Review: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks – QT Luong

Like most photography lovers, my living room coffee table features a rotating stable of large-format photography books. The one photo book that has not left my coffee table since it was published in 2016 is QT Luong’s 456 page masterpiece of a book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. If I could …

14 Years Later

I moved to San Francisco 14 years ago in order to attend graduate school. My family accompanied me on that trip to help me move in and do some sightseeing. One of the places we visited was Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. It was a magical moment to see the Golden Gate Bridge and …

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 …

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 …

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

It is only fitting that the final photo I shot on the Canadian Rockies trip was of Canada’s first National park, Cave and Basin National Historic Site. We didn’t explore much of the park unfortunately because it was just too hot outside on this day. Despite being a Southern California native, I don’t do well …

Bow Valley Parkway

Driving the 48-kilometer Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise is one of the classic scenic drives in the Canadian Rockies. This route normally has a lot of wildlife so it was closed during the morning of the 2nd day of our trip. Unfortunately we didn’t see much in the way of wildlife this time …

Paint Pots, Kootenay National Park

In my opinion, Kootenay National Park is the least photogenic of the four National Parks in this region but there are a few places worth visiting including the Paint Pots. On my previous visit, I didn’t realize that the trail continued beyond the open meadow so I technically didn’t make it to the Paint Pots which …

Patricia Lake

My mom’s name is Patricia and having seen the road sign for Patricia Lake in Jasper, we decided to pay a visit in the morning before heading back down Icefields Parkway to Banff. We drove there and ended up in the private cottages area by accident which offered no apparent lakeside view. I almost gave …

Maligne Lake

I had thought that Moraine Lake was the most beautiful landscape I had ever visited. That was until my family and I took the Maligne Lake boat tour out to Spirit Island. Many of the landscape compositions that I normally shoot back at home aren’t the type that automatically demand that a camera be pointed at …