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
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.
Happy 125th Anniversary Yosemite. In 1890 Yosemite was designated the 3rd U.S. National Park thanks to legislation signed by President Benjamin Harrison. Since that time it has been a source of endless inspiration to outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and artists. Personally Yosemite plays a special part in my life being one of my favorite places to connect with nature and find creative inspiration. Learn more abo
Even at the end of a long day of shooting in the wee hours of the morning it’s important to never let your ‘visual awareness’ down. After spending 8 hours running various time-lapse sequences at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park I was mid drive back to Yosemite Valley around 2am with my sunroof open and noticed that the Milky Way was directly overhead. Even though I was exhausted I decided cap
I’m happy to share photography and travel tips for my favorite location to take landscape photographs, Yosemite National Park. In the September 2015 issue of Outdoor Photographer I have an article titled “3 Days in Yosemite” that is a guide to getting the most out of a long weekend in Yosemite. In this piece I share tips on how to avoid paralysis by analysis in deciding what to photograph, how to ad
I never thought I’d say it, but it’s been fun dabbling with film again. While I still haven’t resorted to 35mm film in my old SLR I have been enjoying my time with an ONDU pinhole camera. I bought this camera via a Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Turns out ONDU is running a Kickstarter campaign for their 2nd generation pinhole cameras. If this type of photography interests you I highly recommend their
Sometimes a short break in the clouds is all you need… along with a lot of patience, a nap in your car, and a notion something might develop out of nothing. All that being said the Sun and the clouds do the hard part in these situations. While waiting for conditions to unfold the hardest part is fighting the nagging doubt that you made the wrong call on where to shoot. This self-doubt is particularly potent w