Fuji XE-1 Velvia

 For those who aren’t aware, Fuji Velvia was the slide film of choice for many landscape photographers throughout the 90′s until about the mid-2000′s when digital SLR’s started coming of age. Velvia was characterized by it’s super saturated colors along with contrasty highlights and inky black shadows (or lack thereof). It is only fitting that …

Fuji XE-1 First Photos

 These were images I made during my first day with the Fuji XE-1 camera along with the 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens. I fumbled around like a complete noob. I had never felt so inexperienced at photography before but I did manage to get off a few frames worth of sharing. One thing I have noticed is …

Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks For Photoshop

 Two years ago I wrote about Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop and how they helped me to extract more detail from my image files. My image processing technique has evolved since then and it’s really transformed my ability to execute upon my original vision. Now I’ve recently started to use Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks …

A Typical Bay Area Summer Day

 The San Francisco Bay Area obviously has world-class scenery but the one great equalizer here is the weather. The Bay Area has a reputation for being foggy all the time, which is partially justified. During the summer it looks like this almost every day. Some days worse than others. Yesterday, I got the worst of …

Vollmer Peak

 I’ve visited Mount Tamalpais many times over the past ten years but I have never photographed the mountain itself until this week when I hiked to Vollmer Peak, which is the highest point in the Berkeley Hills. See more of my San Francisco Bay Area photos.  

San Pablo Reservoir

 Tilden Regional Park is definitely growing on me. The trails are great and seemingly go on for miles. Many of the people you encounter up there are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The light can be hit or miss depending on where the fog is but it definitely worked in my favor this time. …

Muir Woods National Monument

 I’ve been deliberately avoiding photography at touristy places around the San Francisco Bay Area since I moved up here in May but Muir Woods National Monument is truly something special. It’s the only old-growth redwood forest in the Bay Area and Samantha had never been to one before (aside from a brief stop at the …

Murder, She Wrote

 Fans of the old CBS TV series, “Murder, She Wrote”, may recognize the Blair House in Mendocino, as the home of the main character played by Angela Lansbury. There are a lot of beautiful Victorian-era homes and buildings around Mendocino but the Blair House really stands out. This was our final stop before leaving Mendocino …

Mendocino Headlands State Park

 I scouted this location just before sunset the previous day when I decided that the best light would be at sunrise instead so I went elsewhere to photograph sunset (see the Mendocino Tide Pools post). The other benefit to waking early is that almost never anyone up and about at 5:30 a.m. so there is no …