29 Years Later

 It had been 29 years since my mom had visited the Canadian Rockies. On that trip, it was my dad, my mom and myself. My brother was just a baby at that time so he stayed at my grandparents’ house. Fast-forward to 2015; my dad is no longer with us and my brother is an …

Night Photography Book by Grant Collier

 I was recently provided an eBook version of Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography to review on my blog. I was very impressed by the amount of detail that Collier covered in the book and the photos were top-notch. Just about everything you need to know about the genre is covered in the book incl. which …

Impressions of Morro Bay

 Having visited Morro Bay for all of my life, and photographing Morro Rock multiple times, I don’t feel pressured to focus my attention on the iconic views though I certainly do photograph the rock when the opportunities lend themselves. As there was no visible sunrise on this recent foggy morning I spent as much time experimenting with other …

My Most Unique Photo of Yosemite Yet

 I’ve never pushed myself so hard for a photo shoot. After countless hours researching one of my favorite photo locations on Google, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram and then tracking down the almost exact location through shared camera GPS data I drove 3 1/2 hours to capture this amazing Yosemite view that is destined to be a centerpiece …

Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

 Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Yosemite Falls and Merced River

 My initial sunrise destination was Tunnel View but too much chatter about early-80’s George Brett at 6 a.m. left me driving off to Swinging Bridge in search of less talk and more photography. I lucked out as I got to enjoy this sunrise to myself before a few photographers came later on after the brief light show …

Drakes Beach

 Drakes Beach is best known for being the rumored landing spot of Sir Francis Drake, the first European to reach the Pacific Coast, in 1579. I have had a lifelong fascination with historical subjects so I’d been wanting to photograph this place for a while now. I’m aware that U.S. history tends to approach history from …

Muir Beach

 My previous and only visit to Muir Beach was all the way back in 2002. My cousin Herbert (a photographer too) had accompanied me on this trip as I was attending an orientation at my soon-to-be grad school in San Francisco so we spent a day photographing Muir Woods and Muir Beach. Somehow I had forgotten about Muir …