Marin Farmer’s Market

 The Marin Farmer’s Market is one of the largest in California and takes place each Thursday and Sunday at the San Rafael Civic Center. I finally had a chance to go recently totally over-indulged in organic strawberries, tofu sushi rolls, a slab of pepper smoked salmon and a pint of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. Never …

Earth Shadow

  The other night as I photographed the earth shadow from Mount Tamalpais State Park, it reminded me of the first time I had photographed it ten years ago in Arizona. It was a breathtaking experience. I’m not a meteorologist but I think earth shadow is a fairly common occurrence. The effect seems more pronounced …

Just Have Fun

 I read a lot of articles and comments about how photographers should always strive for lofty art goals. I do my fair share of rants about the current state of landscape photography as well but at the end of the day none of that matters. Who cares what others think? My point is that photography …

Tidal Abstract

 One can only photograph so many seascapes before they all start looking the same. Since I walk Alameda South Shore Beach several times a week, I can see the beach during the various tides. The most interesting conditions that I’ve seen are when the high tide starts to recede and reveals a network of patterns …

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.