First and Last Man Standing

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you probably know that I’m scared of heights. So while the Grand Canyon is one of the amazing places on this planet, I’ve never really been able to enjoy it in the past because I never enjoyed looking over into the canyon. Whatever mental hurdles I previously …

Favorite Photos from 2011

Last year I participated in Jim Goldstein’s annual “Your Best Photos” blog project for the first time so I made a post about my favorite photos from 2010. Last year’s post has been one of my most visited posts over the past year so I wanted to continue that trend this year. Initially I was …

Jackson Pollock

I first became familiar with Jackson Pollock’s work while attending grad school in San Francisco. I didn’t think very highly of his work to say the least. Somewhere along the way, I have grown an appreciation for his art and abstract expressionism in general. What I like about it is that it’s impossible to replicate. …

Defacing Our Natural Treasures

It is unbelievable how selfish some people are. It only takes a minute of human stupidity to destroy tens of thousands of years worth of work. I see a lot of photographers shooting pretty pictures but few show the effects of tourism on our landscape. Let’s keep it real and shine the light on the …

Wild in Arizona: Book Review

Nature photographer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry sent me a copy of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers – A Guide to When, Where & How in exchange for a honest book review. Colleen co-authored the book with fellow Arizona photographer, Paul Gill. I was not familiar with either photographer’s work prior to receiving the book so I …

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park totally blew me away. The scenery here rivals that of any national park that I’ve been to. I’m glad it isn’t a national park because that would just mean more tourists to ruin the experience. The cool thing is that it is only an hour from Las Vegas. Windstone Arch …

Mountain Light

I was watching a photo processing tutorial recently by a popular online photographer, where he was making statements about how straight photography is boring and HDR (multi-image exposure composites) is more eye-catching. The beauty of the internet is that anyone can have an opinion and be an expert, no matter how ill-informed or absurd. I’d …

Why Photographers Wake Up So Early

Yosemite can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for serious nature photographers since there is little solitude to be had in the valley during peak visiting times. Cold, early mornings however weed out the casual photographers and tourists who don’t want it as bad as you so you can pretty much have your pick of …

Joshua Tree National Park Stargazing

Since photographing the Milky Way in the Eastern Sierra two years ago I’ve thought of trying my luck at Joshua Tree National Park. Based on previous experience, I figured that the most effective way to do night photography would be to choose a moonless evening that way the photo actually looks like night photography. As …