Self-Discovery Through Nature

 In my “Why Nature Photography?” blog post last week, I described what to me is the pinnacle of nature photography; the emotional connection to the land. I had another one of those moments the other day as I explored a forest by myself at Point Reyes National Seashore. I had never been to this location …

Point Reyes Elephant Seals

 There were a lot of elephant seals laying out on the beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore. They truly are fascinating animals that have come back from the verge of extinction 100 years ago. The more common locations to view elephant seals are typically at Point Piedras Blancas just north of San Simeon and at …

Point Reyes Weather

 I made my first visit to Point Reyes National Seashore in nine years the other day. The day started off promising and it appeared that I might get some sunlight as I drove west into Point Reyes but I encountered a thick wall of fog once I hit the Drakes Bay area which never really …

Part II

 Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself to realize that you are not in a dream. God I love the Bay Area. See more of my San Francisco pictures.  

Why Nature Photography?

 Life in general is a stressful process. You fight to survive, you fight to eat, you fight to mate, you fight to not end up on the street, you fight for social acceptance, you fight to find your own identity in this world. When I really want to come home feeling refreshed and born-again, I …

Taking Chances

 Playing it safe would have been going to Muir Woods and having a relaxing time photographing really big trees in the forest. That was my original plan. I had been in the East Bay earlier in the day when it was 96 degrees, and suffering from pretty severe pollen allergies so my intent was to …

Love of the Great Outdoors

 One of the biggest differences between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles is that the people respect the land more up here. Go on any hiking trail here and you rarely contend with empty beer bottles littering the creeks and tree carvings. Having your compositions dictated by where the tree carvings and beer …

Are Shadows Bad in Today’s Photography?

 With HDR being such a fad these days, it’s almost as if having shadows in your images is taboo. I say bullshit. Effective use of shadows is what creates drama in photos. Without contrast you have flat, soulless images or you get that garish pig vomit over-processed look. If using HDR techniques is your best option …

Redwood Regional Park

 Redwood Regional Park is a cool little park in the Oakland Hills that I hope to explore more of in the future on an overcast day. This is not an old-growth forest unlike some of the other parks in Northern California but it is nice to have the world’s tallest trees so close to such …

Moving Back Up North

 After eight long years away, I’m moving back up to the San Francisco Bay Area. When I previously lived up there, I was still a student so it will be interesting to experience life as an “adult” this time. I’ll be hopping back and forth between here and L.A. for a bit until I can …