San Francisco for New Years

Samantha and I went to San Francisco last week for New Year’s. It was an unforgettable trip for a number of reasons. Napa Valley wine tasting, good weather for SF winter standards, trying Burmese food for the first time, tasty dim sum in Chinatown, a great New Years Eve, hiking in Marin County, and meals …

Favorite Photos from 2012

This is my 3rd year in a row participating in Jim Goldstein’s Annual “Your Best Photos” blog project. (Check out my entries for 2010 and 2011.) I hardly traveled in 2011 as I had just become a first-time homeowner so my priorities were elsewhere but in 2012, I got to explore some new places and …

The First Ten Years

Since I’ve been a photographer for nearly 11 years now, I figured it would be a good time to reflect back on the first ten years. (I meant to write this last December.) I had been making “snapshots” starting back in the late 90′s but I consider my real start in photography when I made …

Leaf Peeping

Photographing fall foliage is a nature photography cliche yet I don’t know of any photographer who can resist photographing it either. See more of my Huntington Garden pictures.

Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review

I have recently been testing out the Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift lens which was loaned to me courtesy of BorrowLenses.com. I had long been curious about tilt-shift lenses since a large part of my work revolves around landscapes and urban scenes so I was excited to take this lens out for some serious …

Seasons

The nice thing about photographing The Huntington so often is being able to see all of the changes as the seasons progress. This was photographed about three weeks ago in the parking lot at The Huntington. We don’t have fall foliage around here til late November typically but there is always something to photograph if …

A Requiem for Iconic Landscape Photography

Valley of Fire State Park is not exactly a household name amongst travel destinations at this point but over the past few years it has sort of become part of the “iconic landscape photography tour” within the nature photographer community. The Fire Wave is perhaps the most photographed landscape since being discovered a few years …

Rainbow Vista

You could probably spend years exploring Valley of Fire and find new things every day. This place is amazing. Rainbow Vista reminds me of one of my favorite ice cream flavors, rainbow sherbet… See more of my Nevada photos.

The Milky Way at Valley of Fire

My friend, Don, was in Las Vegas attending a conference for most of the week so I drove up to meet up with him and hangout for a few days after the conference ended. He’s from Chicago and I met him at the same conference last year so I figured this would be a good …

Oak Glen Apple Picking

Samantha and I went apple picking in Oak Glen for the first time yesterday. It’s a big attraction around this time of year so there were lots of people with the same idea as us. Our first stop was the Willowbrook Apple Farm to do some U-pick apple picking. The people at the farm were …