What to do when you forget camera gear in the car?

You lend yourself a hand. I noticed this spot during the last sunset I photographed at the Huntington Botanical Gardens so I made a mental note to photograph this scene at a future summer evening event. I obviously made it there to shoot this photo last night but what isn’t obvious is that I had …

Sierra Heritage Magazine Cover

My photo, Owens River Sunrise, is featured on the cover of Sierra Heritage Magazine. The magazine is currently on the newsstands if you wish to check it out. It’s a great magazine that’s been around for many years. Speaking of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I am planning on a trip to Yosemite Valley this fall. …

The Uniqueness of California’s State Parks

In the previous post, I wrote about the impending closure of 70 California State Parks. Though Montana de Oro State Park is not on the proposed closure list, it is just one of the many unique treasures that we have in California. All of the state parks preserve some aspect of natural history or human …

Budget Travel Magazine Cover

I was at the grocery store yesterday and noticed my front cover for Budget Travel Magazine on the newsstand. Budget Travel is a first-class publication to work with; very professional and thorough. After the photo editor selected the McWay Falls photo, their caption copywriter interviewed me over the phone for about a half hour to …

Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …

Favorite Photos from 2010

Jim Goldstein has been running an annual Your Best Photos blog project for several years now, which I hadn’t participated in since I’m usually wary of coming across as self-congratulatory but I figured I’ll give the project a try this year for creative exercise. It was a very memorable year with trips to Yellowstone, San …

Five Places to Take Pictures in All 50 U.S. States

The “Great American Road Trip” is a dream shared by many, myself included. So I got to thinking about what I would like to do if I were to visit every state in the U.S. There are obviously too many great things in this country for one person to photograph everything in-depth during one lifetime …

San Francisco Seal Rocks – Worldwide Photowalk 2010

This was the last photo I took during Saturday’s Worldwide Photowalk at the Seal Rocks in San Francisco which was led by Jim Goldstein. It was nearly pitch black outside except for the lights from the Cliff House beaming down from above which illuminated the Seal Rocks and the Pacific Ocean. I decided to go …

Yellowstone National Park Photos and More

I have finished processing photos of my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park and have added 62 new images to my website. Feel free to check out my new gallery of Yellowstone National Park pictures. A bit more shameless self-promotion: My Vancouver skyline photo was licensed by one of my photo agencies for the opening …

Making Honey From Lemons

Given that it was overcast for the majority of the trip, I often had to work around the dreary-looking skies by focusing my attention toward the ground. I’ll admit to having cursed at the weather more than a few times but I think it also pushed me to look for different compositions than I would …