You can take a nature photographer out of nature, but you can’t take nature ouf of a nature photographer. While exploring and photographing New York City last year I found some great subjects for travel stock, but I was most excited about photographing a simple nature scene lost to most rushing by on their “leisure” filled Saturday morning in Central Park. While many New Yorkers were squeezing in th
Every so often the sunsets in San Francisco hardly seem real. What amazes me is how beautifully the entire city will light up from such light shows. San Francisco… always a humbling experience with every viewing. [tags]photography, travel, San Francisco, California, cityscape, stock photo[/tags]
Amazing how time flies, it seems like only yesterday that I found Lands End Labyrinth on a scenic outlook overlooking the Golden Gate bridge back in 2004. I stumbled across the labyrinth while walking with my wife just off the Land’s End trail near Mile Rock Beach and later wrote about it, pre-blog, on my web site (see San Francisco Labyrinths). Having kept in touch with Eduardo Aguilera, the artist behind the
Often hidden in the fog of the northern California coast is the Farallon Islands. On rare days from San Francisco the atmosphere is clear enough to see their outline across 27 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Virtually out my backdoor is a view of these distant islands. The 850 foot elevation of this particular vantage point from my neighborhood helps in conjunction with the 840mm focal length used to capture this image.
Some landscapes are so sweeping its an incredible challenge to portray them properly in a tightly constrained photo, no matter what the format or lens used. The South Dakota Badlands fall into that category. Standing at any one of numerous scenic lookouts one’s field of view is completely filled with this amazingly surreal landscape. South Dakota Badlands Spring Panoramic – Badland National Park, South Da
Recently I had an opportunity to spend some time using the Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens via BorrowLenses.com and had a blast capturing some nature and travel photos in the San Francisco bay area. Below is a video review of the lens with some example photos from my limited time with the lens. The review is not tech heavy and deals with the practical use of the lens. Overall the lens was a dream to use. I only wish the weath
One interesting aspect of the natural world that can wreak havoc with our ability to capture a sharp image is the phenomenon of atmospheric distortion. Atmospheric distortion is particularly troublesome for photographers using longer lenses or telescopes. Temperature variations in the air, whether at ground level or in the upper reaches of our atmosphere, will refract light creating a blurred appearance to our eye. W
After witnessing this beautiful sunset at Lake Geneva near Montreux, Switzerland I felt as though I had been struck with inspiration in the same manner influential European painters like Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet had years earlier. This timeless moment exemplified a misty/smokey golden light that I had seen so many times before in classic paintings I’ve studied. Amazing how viewing the art work of anothe