Drakes Beach

Drakes Beach is best known for being the rumored landing spot of Sir Francis Drake, the first European to reach the Pacific Coast, in 1579. I have had a lifelong fascination with historical subjects so I’d been wanting to photograph this place for a while now. I’m aware that U.S. history tends to approach history from …

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 …

Muir Beach

My previous and only visit to Muir Beach was all the way back in 2002. My cousin Herbert (a photographer too) had accompanied me on this trip as I was attending an orientation at my soon-to-be grad school in San Francisco so we spent a day photographing Muir Woods and Muir Beach. Somehow I had forgotten about Muir …

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge sort of reminds me of the Salton Sea. There has been so much man-made damage done to the bay that the shoreline is littered with giant concrete blocks. Prior to becoming a National Wildlife Refuge not too long ago this place for example was a commercial salt pond for …

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 …