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 …

Bay Area Wild

 One of the books that inspired me to pursue the photography that I do was Galen Rowell’s, “Bay Area Wild“. As a lifelong Bay Area resident, Rowell created this Sierra Club book to highlight the wild areas within the Bay Area with a strong message of conservation. Having been exposed to this book early in …

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 …

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 …