Self-Discovery Through Nature

 In my “Why Nature Photography?” blog post last week, I described what to me is the pinnacle of nature photography; the emotional connection to the land. I had another one of those moments the other day as I explored a forest by myself at Point Reyes National Seashore. I had never been to this location …

Point Reyes Weather

 I made my first visit to Point Reyes National Seashore in nine years the other day. The day started off promising and it appeared that I might get some sunlight as I drove west into Point Reyes but I encountered a thick wall of fog once I hit the Drakes Bay area which never really …

Why Nature Photography?

 Life in general is a stressful process. You fight to survive, you fight to eat, you fight to mate, you fight to not end up on the street, you fight for social acceptance, you fight to find your own identity in this world. When I really want to come home feeling refreshed and born-again, I …

Taking Chances

 Playing it safe would have been going to Muir Woods and having a relaxing time photographing really big trees in the forest. That was my original plan. I had been in the East Bay earlier in the day when it was 96 degrees, and suffering from pretty severe pollen allergies so my intent was to …

Redwood Regional Park

 Redwood Regional Park is a cool little park in the Oakland Hills that I hope to explore more of in the future on an overcast day. This is not an old-growth forest unlike some of the other parks in Northern California but it is nice to have the world’s tallest trees so close to such …

The Smoggies

 The eastern seaboard has the Smokies, meanwhile I get to photograph the Smoggies, aka. San Gabriel Mountains. I grew up here right at the foothills and have always had a love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the place I call home. One thing I can’t complain about though is that we have no shortage of …

Cataract Falls

 One of my favorite memories from living in San Francisco was hiking the Cataract Trail either during or right after a storm. Cataract Falls can be quite spectacular during those conditions. On my recent trip to San Francisco, it rained the day I was driving up north so I made sure that we visited Cataract …

Favorite Photos from 2012

 This is my 3rd year in a row participating in Jim Goldstein’s Annual “Your Best Photos” blog project. (Check out my entries for 2010 and 2011.) I hardly traveled in 2011 as I had just become a first-time homeowner so my priorities were elsewhere but in 2012, I got to explore some new places and …

Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review

 I have recently been testing out the Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift lens which was loaned to me courtesy of BorrowLenses.com. I had long been curious about tilt-shift lenses since a large part of my work revolves around landscapes and urban scenes so I was excited to take this lens out for some serious …

A Requiem for Iconic Landscape Photography

 Valley of Fire State Park is not exactly a household name amongst travel destinations at this point but over the past few years it has sort of become part of the “iconic landscape photography tour” within the nature photographer community. The Fire Wave is perhaps the most photographed landscape since being discovered a few years …