When It Gets Hot

 It was a warm day on Saturday which meant a perfect day for kayaking at Newport Back Bay, Balboa Bars, and a sunset photo shoot at Crystal Cove State Park. I hadn’t been to Crystal Cove in at least two years and was quickly reminded of why I like this place so much. It was …

The Smoggies

 The eastern seaboard has the Smokies, meanwhile I get to photograph the Smoggies, aka. San Gabriel Mountains. I grew up here right at the foothills and have always had a love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the place I call home. One thing I can’t complain about though is that we have no shortage of …

View From Above

 I didn’t watch any football this year so I decided to head up to Mount Wilson on Super Bowl Sunday, figuring that I wouldn’t have to contend with any other cars on the normally busy Angeles Crest Highway. I was right. I pretty much had the place to myself and got to enjoy a nice …

Dana Point Sunset

 It had been several years since I had been to Dana Point so I took the opportunity to photograph this nice sunset while in town to scope out potential wedding venues. While Dana Point Harbor is beautiful, the landscape photographer in me wishes that all the “hand of man” stuff weren’t there in this scene …

Napa Valley

 One of the highlights of my recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area was a day trip to Napa Valley. Samantha and I both had individually only been there once before so we wanted to try some of the wine and dining that the region is so famous for. Our day started off with …

The Cliff House

 The Cliff House has sure become quite the attraction in the past several years. With all of the recent renovations and additions in the past several years, this area is almost unrecognizable compared to what it looked like when I last lived in San Francisco. Lands End for instance now has a NPS visitor center …

Cataract Falls

 One of my favorite memories from living in San Francisco was hiking the Cataract Trail either during or right after a storm. Cataract Falls can be quite spectacular during those conditions. On my recent trip to San Francisco, it rained the day I was driving up north so I made sure that we visited Cataract …

iPhoneography

 As mentioned in the previous blog post, I received an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I have been spending some time experimenting with mobile phone photography, or “iPhoneography” for those who are too hip to call it photography. The image quality from the iPhone 5 kind of took me by surprise so I didn’t expect …

San Francisco for New Years

 Samantha and I went to San Francisco last week for New Year’s. It was an unforgettable trip for a number of reasons. Napa Valley wine tasting, good weather for SF winter standards, trying Burmese food for the first time, tasty dim sum in Chinatown, a great New Years Eve, hiking in Marin County, and meals …