California State Capitol

I went to Sacramento two weekends ago for a wedding reception and there was a promising cloud forecast for Sunday morning so I woke up before sunrise the next morning to shoot at the California State Capitol. This display of light only lasted for about a minute or so and didn’t light up as much …

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tide Pools

My first visit to the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve took place more than a decade ago when I was a grad school student. Though I have visited the park probably about ten times since, I hadn’t photographed the tide pool area in more than ten years due to access restrictions due to the …

Bean Hollow State Beach

I was originally planning to photograph another beach along the San Mateo Coast but my friend, Gary Crabbe, suggested we shoot Bean Hollow State Beach since I had never been there. This was one of the many gems found in his excellent book, Photographing California – Vol. 1: North – A Guide to the Natural …

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 …

Favorite Photos From 2015

Well it’s that time of year for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. This is a fun exercise in reviewing the past year and looking back at previous years to see how our work has evolved. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. In …

Napa Valley Fall Sunset

Having visited Napa Valley two weeks ago and not seeing much in the way of fall color I almost decided not to photograph fall this year. But then this weekend I decide to dig around on Instagram and see what images people had tagged from my favorite spots when I noticed some nice color in …

Lovers Point

Presented with the option of how to spend my birthday weekend, I told Samantha that I would like to spend the weekend in Monterey. She found us this great B&B in Pacific Grove located in the downtown area and just a few blocks from the ocean. The nice part of these late fall sunrises is …