Should You Only Show Your Best Work?

When it comes to deciding which photos to show on websites and on social media I often see two different philosophies employed by photographers. One type of photographer decides to only show a limited selection of what they deem to be their best work. These photographers typically have a low output but of consistent quality; …

A Photographer’s Rookie Mistakes

Occasionally I’ll get some flattering comments about my photography but it always makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. In my mind, I’m just a photographer that has made more rookie mistakes (and still does!) than the average person but keeps plugging away at it. Here are some photography mistakes and mishaps that I’ve made over the …

Favorite Photos From 2017

This is the 8th consecutive “Your Best Photos” blog project that I’ve participated in. Thanks to my friend, Jim Goldstein, for hosting this project as usual. Here are my entries from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. 2017 was a transitional year for me and my son, Tyler, transitioning from being a newborn to a 1-year-old toddler. Parenting became much …

Book Review: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks – QT Luong

Like most photography lovers, my living room coffee table features a rotating stable of large-format photography books. The one photo book that has not left my coffee table since it was published in 2016 is QT Luong’s 456 page masterpiece of a book, Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. If I could …

Stay Until The End

I was recently exploring some trails on Mount Tamalpais during an afternoon that had less-than-ideal weather. The odds of seeing a sunset didn’t appear to be very high but since I don’t get out as much these days due to family reasons I wanted to make the most of time regardless if I found any …

Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy …

Walking The Camino de Santiago

I recently had a chance to photograph and walk the Camino de Santiago in Portugal & Spain with Backroads. Walking and hiking is something I enjoy doing but I’ve never experienced anything quite like the Camino de Santiago. If you’re not familiar with the Camino aka. The Way of St. James then I would suggest …

Photographing Vancouver in the Spring

The Vancouver area is a place that I’m fairly familiar with. My parents took me there when I was a kid to see Expo ’86, I revisited with my mom several years ago when we spent 12 days photographing the area, and I was most recently there two years ago. Given where I am in …

The Art of Trees II

I seem to be drawn to trees this year. While staying at The Madonna Inn recently in San Luis Obispo I debated where to photograph in the morning. The obvious spots such as Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay initially came to mind but then I remembered the nice little oaks forest in …