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 …

Blooming Red Cactus Flower

 I have been very busy as of late so I haven’t blogged in a while but I just had to share this photo taken yesterday at The Huntington Botanical Gardens. The desert garden is alive with lots of color right now including their joshua trees in full bloom. Very beautiful time to visit the garden. …

California Missions Photos Featured in SFGate

 21 of my California Missions photos were featured in an article on SFGate yesterday titled, “Visiting California’s missions: Which one is your favorite?“. SFGate is the website for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper so it’s a great honor to have been quoted in the article and to have them run my photos. Though I have photographed …

When It Gets Hot

 It was a warm day on Saturday which meant a perfect day for kayaking at Newport Back Bay, Balboa Bars, and a sunset photo shoot at Crystal Cove State Park. I hadn’t been to Crystal Cove in at least two years and was quickly reminded of why I like this place so much. It was …

The Smoggies

 The eastern seaboard has the Smokies, meanwhile I get to photograph the Smoggies, aka. San Gabriel Mountains. I grew up here right at the foothills and have always had a love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the place I call home. One thing I can’t complain about though is that we have no shortage of …

View From Above

 I didn’t watch any football this year so I decided to head up to Mount Wilson on Super Bowl Sunday, figuring that I wouldn’t have to contend with any other cars on the normally busy Angeles Crest Highway. I was right. I pretty much had the place to myself and got to enjoy a nice …

Dana Point Sunset

 It had been several years since I had been to Dana Point so I took the opportunity to photograph this nice sunset while in town to scope out potential wedding venues. While Dana Point Harbor is beautiful, the landscape photographer in me wishes that all the “hand of man” stuff weren’t there in this scene …