To celebrate today’s 100th birthday of the U.S. National Park system I thought it would be fitting to share a favorite image of mine taken in Yosemite National Park “Winter Morning at Swinging Bridge”. The NPS is often considered America’s Best Idea and I think most would agree. I have made so many amazing memories in our National Parks and witnessed jaw dropping beauty that has warmed my soul
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.
This is the 3rd 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. Withering Vine of Development vs Hipster Revival These days you hear a lot about how film development has withered away to virtually nothing and I even wrote Film is Dea
Every year I like to start off by providing a roadmap of inspiration for myself and those that read my blog by compiling a list of great photos from my blog readers. I am very thankful to everyone that takes part as their enthusiasm has enabled me to turn this into a tradition that is now on its 9th year. It is amazing to think that so many people have embraced this and find it as invigorating as I do. Thank you! If
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