Chasing the Light

It seemed only fitting that I arrive to the only location in Point Reyes at sunset that wasn’t socked in with fog to encounter my friend, Gary Crabbe, leading his one-day panoramic photography workshop. Truthfully, I wasn’t surprised at all because we share a similar philosophy about photography; go where the light is and find …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Best Light for Landscape Photography

When I first started off shooting photos a decade ago, I naively believed what I’d read in the photography magazines and how-to books about how the best light for landscape photography was during the “magic hour” around sunrise and sunset so most of my photography reflected that. After a while though, I realized how limiting …

Mono Lake Panoramic

Right before we went for the fish tacos, we hiked this cool volcano trail adjacent to Mono Lake and got this panoramic view of the whole landscape. Mono Lake is much bigger than just the South Tufa area that seems to attract all the photographers. Click on the above photo to see a larger version. …

Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile is one of the more surreal California landscapes that I’ve encountered. We stopped by the columnar basalt on the way to Rainbow Falls just after the crack of dawn. Unfortunately it was not long after this point that I realized I had left something out in our campsite in the Lake Mary area …