Slot Canyon, Valley of Fire

 I visited my first slot canyon at Valley of Fire State Park and was completely fascinated. This slot canyon looked completely different from the Antelope Canyon slots in Northern Arizona, that has become so cliche in landscape photography. This is certainly not the type of landscape you would want to be in during a flash …

Valley of Fire Sandstone

 Everywhere you go, sandstone has a seemingly limitless amount of patterns to photograph. It also looks completely different at various times in the day depending on the lighting conditions. I liked the leading lines in this piece of sandstone. See more of my Las Vegas photos.  

Valley of Fire

 Valley of Fire State Park totally blew me away. The scenery here rivals that of any national park that I’ve been to. I’m glad it isn’t a national park because that would just mean more tourists to ruin the experience. The cool thing is that it is only an hour from Las Vegas. Windstone Arch …

Mirror Lake

 We spent our last afternoon in Yosemite at Mirror Lake and it was perhaps the perfect way to wrap up the trip. Though I had been to Mirror Lake several times in the past, this is the first time I had seen a significant amount of water there so it was nice to take in …

Southside Drive Fall Color

 Some of the best fall color in Yosemite was on Southside Drive just past El Capitan Meadow. I had gone to the Eastern Sierra to photograph fall foliage on several occasions previously so it was a nice to change things up by photographing the fall color in Yosemite instead this year. See more of my …

Mountain Light

 I was watching a photo processing tutorial recently by a popular online photographer, where he was making statements about how straight photography is boring and HDR (multi-image exposure composites) is more eye-catching. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can have an opinion and be an expert, no matter how ill-informed or absurd. I’d …

Painterly Photography

 My mom had never been up to the Tioga Pass and I had only driven through once before so we spent most of our third day stopping everywhere shooting pictures. I remembered Siesta Lake from my first visit in 2004 so I had always wanted to revisit and try some oil painting-like water reflections. It …

Half Dome Sunset

 I didn’t really have any clouds to work with but with a nightly show of alpenglow on Half Dome, who needs clouds? I messed up this shoot as I accidentally had the camera set on ISO 1600 until my final few frames. The file looks pretty good still at 100% though so I’m keeping it. …

Why Photographers Wake Up So Early

 Yosemite can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for serious nature photographers since there is little solitude to be had in the valley during peak visiting times. Cold, early mornings however weed out the casual photographers and tourists who don’t want it as bad as you so you can pretty much have your pick of …