Fitting a huge eye-catching scene into a 35mm frame can often be a daunting task. I routinely see photographers attempting to do this and missing the mark. Experiencing a grand scene and capturing it effectively for others to experience often eludes photographers. One trick of the trade is to leverage a component of your scene for scale. In many instances the object included for scale is the element of focus and othe
I could generate a laundry list of thoughts as to why the Mavericks surf contest is one of the more amazing events to cover, but in the end it comes down to the sheer spectacle of man vs. nature. Having photographed every Mavericks Surf Contest since 2005 I’ve covered most every angle except from a jetski and the water itself. This year I was very fortunate stay dry on the media boat to get some killer photos.
What does it look like when 11 inches of snow is falling in Yosemite Valley? Well it looks something like this. In near white out conditions the iconic Cook’s Meadow Elm was virtually hidden behind a wall of falling snow. At the time this photo was taken, this was the most serene I’ve ever seen the meadow. Not a soul was stirring other than myself. [tags]Yosemite, snow, landscape, photography, Cook’
The past several days I’ve been in Santa Barbara where I caught up both with family, as I attended my sister in-laws wedding, and on some long over due photography. It’s embarrassing to admit, but in the 8 years years I lived in Santa Barbara I never photographed the area. If you’ve never been, Santa Barbara is roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles and is often called the American Riviera. Santa Ba
Fresh off the heels of my Practical Review of the Canon 17mm TS-E f/4 lens I thought I’d post one of my many favorite photos taken with the lens. The areas surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge forever call me when I’m testing or learning new gear. In particular I love exploring between Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge. It never hurts photographing this area when Mother Nature serves up an amazing suns
Glacier National Park in Montana is a location I’ve always been able to travel to with a virtual guarantee of finding a quiet place to soak in Mother Nature’s very best. The incredible snow covered peaks and cliff walls of Glacier National Park are incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring. The light and wind constantly transform the view minute by minute. If you’re lucky, as I was on the morning I too
Both mentally and photographically the most enlightening times I find are in moments of transition. It’s at these moments that my creativity and my admiration of my subject peaks. As it relates to landscape photography “transition” is likely to be interpreted as the transition between light and dark. This is certainly an accurate interpretation, but it is also true of any subject I photograph or ge
The rugged coastline of Big Sur is always a dramatic scene, but especially so when large surf sweeps through the area. This week large surf returned, but I was unable to get out to the coast in time. I’m not losing sleep as more storms are certain to travel through the area this winter. Interestingly while preparing this image I noticed two small streaks in the sky. I can’t prove it with out a doubt, but