Calaveras Big Trees

We left the Bay Area knowing that it was probably going to rain a little bit. My original plan was to camp somewhere along the Sonora Pass but I had no desire to camp at that high of an elevation during a storm so I decided on Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was raining …

Rockefeller Forest

Rockefeller Forest, located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is significant for being the world’s largest remaining old-growth redwood forest. Visually it is an interesting place with two “Champion Trees” (one of them already collapsed) within a five minute walk of the parking area. The Giant Tree, pictured above, is a Champion Tree as it signifies …

Panoramic Point Reyes Photo Workshop: Gary Crabbe

My blog posting has been slow for a while due to the death of my dad, and my travel schedule over the past few weeks. I’m back in town now though and decided to participate in the Panoramic Point Reyes Photo Workshop this past Saturday which was taught by my friend, Gary Crabbe. I ran into …

Humboldt Redwoods State Park Camping

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has some amazing campgrounds. I had never spent any time at Humboldt Redwoods before aside from driving part of the Avenue of the Giants a few years ago so it was quite the surprise to find such an amazing campground surrounded by the world’s tallest trees. We spent the weekend camping …

Earth Shadow

The other night as I photographed the earth shadow from Mount Tamalpais State Park, it reminded me of the first time I had photographed it ten years ago in Arizona. It was a breathtaking experience. I’m not a meteorologist but I think earth shadow is a fairly common occurrence. The effect seems more pronounced at …

Just Have Fun

I read a lot of articles and comments about how photographers should always strive for lofty art goals. I do my fair share of rants about the current state of landscape photography as well but at the end of the day none of that matters. Who cares what others think? My point is that photography …

Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks For Photoshop

Two years ago I wrote about Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop and how they helped me to extract more detail from my image files. My image processing technique has evolved since then and it’s really transformed my ability to execute upon my original vision. Now I’ve recently started to use Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks …

A Typical Bay Area Summer Day

The San Francisco Bay Area obviously has world-class scenery but the one great equalizer here is the weather. The Bay Area has a reputation for being foggy all the time, which is partially justified. During the summer it looks like this almost every day. Some days worse than others. Yesterday, I got the worst of …