Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Get Over Your First Impressions

My first impressions of Napa Valley was not a particularly strong one. I first visited ten years ago thinking it would be full of quiet vineyards “out in the country”. That could not be any further from the truth. Napa Valley is super popular. There’s lots of traffic and tourists. It’s hard to get away …

Getting to Know a Place

As a landscape photographer, I can totally relate to the desire to travel around and see as much as we can fit into our time on this planet. The drawback to the scattershot type of approach is that it’s nearly impossible to come away with great images at every place you visit if it consists of a “one and done” …

Cholla Cactus Garden: Where it All Began

I had the chance to spend three days at Joshua Tree National Park over the holidays. I was not feeling well during this trip so I took it easy on the photography but re-visiting the Cholla Cactus Garden was a must for me. This was essentially where I got my start in landscape photography many years ago …

Re-Processing Photos

One of the fascinating parts of being a photographer is looking back at my work years later and picking it apart with a critical eye. Some images make me cringe when I look back and then there are some images will stand the test of time but could perhaps benefit from current post-processing techniques that …

Favorite Photos From 2014

It’s time for Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project again. I find participating in this to be of value when it comes to evaluating how I’ve evolved in photography. In case you’re curious, here are my entries from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. While my personal life in 2013 had some extreme highs and lows, 2014 was largely a …

Backroads San Juan Islands Singles-Solos Multisport Camping Trip

Last week I had the pleasure of going on a six day, five night Backroads San Juan Islands Singles-Solos Multisport Tour. If you’re curious, here are my photos from the Wine Country to San Francisco Bike Tour that I shot last October. This San Juan Islands trip was less strenuous than the Wine Country trip was but …

Our Wedding Story

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you’ve probably seen my Honeymoon in Rome blog posts so I figured I might as well share a few photos from our special day. After much research and visiting numerous venues, Samantha and I chose the La Canada Flintridge Country Club to host our …