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 …

Redwood Regional Park

 Redwood Regional Park is a cool little park in the Oakland Hills that I hope to explore more of in the future on an overcast day. This is not an old-growth forest unlike some of the other parks in Northern California but it is nice to have the world’s tallest trees so close to such …

The Smoggies

 The eastern seaboard has the Smokies, meanwhile I get to photograph the Smoggies, aka. San Gabriel Mountains. I grew up here right at the foothills and have always had a love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the place I call home. One thing I can’t complain about though is that we have no shortage of …

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 …