If and when you enter Yosemite National Park you’re likely to see an iconic painted sign welcoming you to the park. I’ve passed by this particular sign at the northwest entrance numerous time. The difference on my last trip was that it was getting a fresh coat of paint and being restored by artist Mark Switlik. I should clarify, while technically it was being restored, it was also being transformed to hav
This past week I ventured off to Yosemite to capture moonbows. Midway through my trip I met up with Brian Hawkins who twisted my arm ever so slightly to make a hike to upper Yosemite Falls for a moonbow shoot. The last time I ventured up to this location I did so solo and while I got great photos it was a grueling hike with the amount of gear I was carrying. For whatever reason this time around while carrying the sa
Yosemite is a place that never ceases to amaze, often evoking a reflexive “Wow!” from my lips as I explore the national park. Indeed on my last visit that wow factor hit me again as snow fell in Yosemite Valley, but I was also wow’d in a way that could only make me facepalm in disgust and embarrassment. What could cause such a reaction? Seeing the recent name changes to much beloved landmarks that h
One aspect of Yosemite National Park that makes it so magical is that Yosemite Valley sits at an altitude that requires just the right conditions for snow. While you can often visit the park in the winter months and see snow atop the cliffs encircling the valley, it’s not as common as you’d think for snow to last for long periods on the valley floor… well at least as of late with drought conditions.
As is my ritual I’ve compiled my best photos of the year. Similar to last year much of my efforts have been focused on stoking my 5 year old son’s curiosity about nature. It would be very easy to focus on my photography, but the reason I pursue outdoor photography is because of my deep appreciation for it. I’d like to pass that on to both my boys and with that in mind most of my outings this year w
This is the 2nd of a 3 part series on my experience jumping back into film photography after a 10 year hiatus focusing purely on digital photography. You can start here at Revisiting Film Photography After 10 Years: The Readjustment if you missed it. Mental Math & Visualization As I’ve been shooting with the Fuji GX617 I’ve had to make a bit of a mind-shift in my approach. On one hand I have to accoun
This is the 1st of a 3 part series on my experience jumping back into film photography after a 10 year hiatus focusing purely on digital photography. The Camera 10 years ago I vowed I’d never shoot film again. I enjoyed shooting film to a degree, but compared to digital it became unnecessarily onerous. Back in the day I was shooting 35mm and medium or large format photography was both imposing and expensive. As
Photographing Fall Color took an interesting turn when snow fell in the mountains above Bishop, California a couple of weeks ago. While the colorful leaves in the trees above me were an obvious choice to photograph I first chose to capture the contrast between colorful leafs past their prime against the snow. To me this photo exudes silence & calm, the quiet after a battle against the elements. Photo Details Cano