Rainbow Vista

 You could probably spend years exploring Valley of Fire and find new things every day. This place is amazing. Rainbow Vista reminds me of one of my favorite ice cream flavors, rainbow sherbet… See more of my Nevada photos.  

The Milky Way at Valley of Fire

 My friend, Don, was in Las Vegas attending a conference for most of the week so I drove up to meet up with him and hangout for a few days after the conference ended. He’s from Chicago and I met him at the same conference last year so I figured this would be a good …

Oregon Video

  Oregon Video “Oregon” is my latest video. I’ve become completely fascinated with and borderline obsessed with cinematography since this summer when I was photographing the Canadian Rockies so I’ve been dissecting filmmaking techniques every time I see something on TV or on the web. It’s kind of hard to see things in the same …

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 …

Lake Mary

 Since our campground was located nearby, it made it really easy to just hop out of the tent on the last morning of the trip and head over to Lake Mary to shoot sunrise within minutes. There was another photographer that was already there by the time I had arrived but we stayed clear of …

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 …

Tuolumne Meadows

 Samantha is a 4th year pharmacy student so it’s a bit of a challenge to make plans but we found some time to go camping during this Labor Day weekend. She had never been camping before and had been talking about it for a while so I decided that we would camp in the Eastern …

Ecola State Park

 After spending the afternoon in Astoria and Fort Clatsop (the place where Lewis & Clark’s expedition wintered in 1805-06), I spent the evening photographing at Ecola State Park. It’s a great place and reminiscent of Trinidad State Beach in Northern California. I’d certainly like to spend more time exploring Oregon’s coast in the future.  

The Kind Act of Sharing Knowledge

 I had packed away my camera equipment and was about to head back down the mountain to my car because I wasn’t eager to hike through an unfamiliar, dense forest in complete darkness equipped with only an LED flashlight. As I was about to leave, the several locals (non-photographers) that were up on the mountain …