Are Shadows Bad in Today’s Photography?

With HDR being such a fad these days, it’s almost as if having shadows in your images is taboo. I say bullshit. Effective use of shadows is what creates drama in photos. Without contrast you have flat, soulless images or you get that garish pig vomit over-processed look. If using HDR techniques is your best option …

Moving Back Up North

After eight long years away, I’m moving back up to the San Francisco Bay Area. When I previously lived up there, I was still a student so it will be interesting to experience life as an “adult” this time. I’ll be hopping back and forth between here and L.A. for a bit until I can …

California Missions Photos Featured in SFGate

21 of my California Missions photos were featured in an article on SFGate yesterday titled, “Visiting California’s missions: Which one is your favorite?“. SFGate is the website for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper so it’s a great honor to have been quoted in the article and to have them run my photos. Though I have photographed …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Requiem for Iconic Landscape Photography

Valley of Fire State Park is not exactly a household name amongst travel destinations at this point but over the past few years it has sort of become part of the “iconic landscape photography tour” within the nature photographer community. The Fire Wave is perhaps the most photographed landscape since being discovered a few years …

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Anyone that has been in L.A. over the past several weeks has probably either gotten a glimpse of Space Shuttle Endeavour flying overhead or heard about it on the news. Today, they began transporting Endeavour on the ground from LAX to the California Science Center. Since driving through the area and parking would have been …