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 …

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. …