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 …

Favorite Photos from 2012

 This is my 3rd year in a row participating in Jim Goldstein’s Annual “Your Best Photos” blog project. (Check out my entries for 2010 and 2011.) I hardly traveled in 2011 as I had just become a first-time homeowner so my priorities were elsewhere but in 2012, I got to explore some new places and …

The First Ten Years

 Since I’ve been a photographer for nearly 11 years now, I figured it would be a good time to reflect back on the first ten years. (I meant to write this last December.) I had been making “snapshots” starting back in the late 90′s but I consider my real start in photography when I made …

Leaf Peeping

 Photographing fall foliage is a nature photography cliche yet I don’t know of any photographer who can resist photographing it either. See more of my Huntington Garden pictures.  

Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review

 I have recently been testing out the Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift lens which was loaned to me courtesy of BorrowLenses.com. I had long been curious about tilt-shift lenses since a large part of my work revolves around landscapes and urban scenes so I was excited to take this lens out for some serious …