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 …

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 …

Vollmer Peak

 I’ve visited Mount Tamalpais many times over the past ten years but I have never photographed the mountain itself until this week when I hiked to Vollmer Peak, which is the highest point in the Berkeley Hills. See more of my San Francisco Bay Area photos.  

San Pablo Reservoir

 Tilden Regional Park is definitely growing on me. The trails are great and seemingly go on for miles. Many of the people you encounter up there are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The light can be hit or miss depending on where the fog is but it definitely worked in my favor this time. …

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 …