Muir Woods National Monument

 I’ve been deliberately avoiding photography at touristy places around the San Francisco Bay Area since I moved up here in May but Muir Woods National Monument is truly something special. It’s the only old-growth redwood forest in the Bay Area and Samantha had never been to one before (aside from a brief stop at the …

Mendocino Headlands State Park

 I scouted this location just before sunset the previous day when I decided that the best light would be at sunrise instead so I went elsewhere to photograph sunset (see the Mendocino Tide Pools post). The other benefit to waking early is that almost never anyone up and about at 5:30 a.m. so there is no …

Mendocino Tide Pools

 There are lots of tide pools along the Mendocino Coast and they are all full of marine life. I saw a school of fish in this tide pool earlier in the day so I decided to come back at sunset as well and see I could capture some incoming wave action. And I nearly did …

Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve

 Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve is another wilderness park that I’ve wanted to re-visit for the past eight or nine years since I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area. I went yesterday as there were storm clouds above, figuring that it would be a great opportunity to photograph the lush trees and foliage in …

Baylands Nature Preserve

 I had just purchased an Induro CT 214 tripod so my initial plans were to explore Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve or Windy Hill Open Space Preserve to take it out for a test but it was just too windy for me when I was up there… (no joke.) I made it about halfway up …

Choking in Fog

 The fog is so thick during the summer time on the Northern California coast, it’s almost as if you are choking in it. See more of my San Francisco Bay Area pictures.  

Bolinas Ridge

 My first publication credit was an article I wrote for Outdoor Photographer magazine nearly ten years ago, and one of the images used in the article was from a foggy winter sunset I photographed at Mount Tamalpais State Park. Given that was early on in my photography career, I’ve always had this nagging feeling that …

Salt Point State Park

 The cypress tree hanging on the ledge here reminded me of the the famous Lone Cypress Tree at 17 Mile Drive. I think the difference between the two highlights the main difference between the Monterey Bay area compared to the Sonoma Coast. Both have stunning scenery but one is heavily marketed to around the world …

Crissy Field Marsh

 It is interesting to experience San Francisco when it is quiet, early in the morning because it is so much different from the experience during the day when it’s flooded with people (many of them tourists). On this morning, there was no one out and about when I made this image, then as the light …

The Scenes Within a Scene

 Photography is one of those things where it’s easy to learn the basics but you spend a lifetime developing your art. Easy would be pulling off a technically-sound image of an obvious composition. It’s the first thing you see as a photographer. The above image is something I probably would have done five years ago …