A lone California Live Oak silhouette with double starburst, black and white. I walked through lots of stickers to get in the right spot to get the sun starburst directly behind the oak’s tree trunk. I’ve never captured a double starburst like this before, but I really like what it adds to the silhouette, especially as a B&W photo (shooting at a small aperture like f/16 or f/22 is the best way to achieve this result). This particular live oaks was perfect for a silhouette photo with its distinct shape and balanced set of branches. I had originally envisioned a double silhouette with the oak that was next to this tree, but decided it was a bolder photo with the other live oak cropped out. This photo was taken in Concord, CA next to the California State University East Bay Concord Campus (CSUEB Concord Campus) which is a beautiful campus up on some hills.
For a different kind of oak silhouette, check out my previously posted Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette photo.
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January 23, 2014 5:07 pm
The Rock Arch in Joshua Tree provides a perfect foreground for milky way photography. This was my first attempt photographing stars in Joshua Tree (actually any night sky photography). The better part of the milky way was actually in the other part of the sky, but in order to make the composition work with the arch I had to shoot this direction. I’d like to come back in the summer to get a different part of the milky way into the photograph.
Technical details: This photo was at 16mm on a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II (my widest lens, though I wish I could go wider), f/2.8 for 30 seconds at ISO 4000. No HDR here, but I did some curves and levels to increase the contrast in the sky to bring out the stars more. I light painted the foreground rocks with a flashlight - my hand blocking most of the light since it was too bright. With this type of shot, the basic goal is to get as much light captured without getting star trails. At 16mm this means not exposing longer than 30 seconds. Be sure to come at new moon if you want to shoot the milky way because otherwise you won’t see much since the sky will be too bright from the moon.
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January 22, 2014 10:53 am
A really great destination in Joshua Tree National Park CA is this rock arch. It’s just a short walk to the arch from White Tank Campground site #9 in the center of Joshua Tree. The natural rock arch is easy to get to on a half mile hike.
The solid granite arch is a perfect subject for taking photos, especially if you can get a nice starburst effect like this. It was tricky to get my camera + tripod setup in the perfect spot to photograph the sun peaking through the rock arch. The sun moves surprisingly fast in situations like this. An aperture of f/22 produced the nice star burst effect. I processed this as an HDR photo using HDR Efex Pro, cleaned it up in Photoshop, and used Color Efex Pro to add some more pop. You’ll want a wide angle lens to get a photo like this of the arch; I was at 16mm on my full-frame Canon 5D Mk II and I wished I could have been wider.
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January 21, 2014 11:18 am
California Live Oaks silhouetted on a golden California hillside - this is one of the scenes that makes you realize why California is often referred to as the Golden State. I took this photo in Walnut Creek, CA, but this scene is common in much of the central coast of CA: golden hills rolling through the distance with random California live oak trees amongst grass and mustard plants.
These two distinct live oaks stood out to me as awesome silhouette subjects when I saw them earlier in the day while visiting this area and I envisioned a photo similar to this. When I came back later at sunset, I was stoked to see that the scene I had pictured before was actually going to work out! This very often doesn’t happen, but in this case I was able to get a composition of the trees on the hillside in a way that worked well with the position of the sun. As the sun set, the golden light started pouring out to complete the scene.
January 17, 2014 5:28 pm
This is a sweet place at low tide because the waves create this waterfall down these partially submerged rocks. I found this place mostly by accident last Saturday night. This is Woods Cove in Laguna Beach, CA just off Diamond St. and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Don't miss the orange starfish on the rocks which seemed to be posing for me and makes this photo all the better, I think. Getting completely soaked and eating my Wahoo's dinner cold was my small sacrifice for getting this shot. I have no regrets.
April 5, 2012 10:25 am
Who wants to stay in this house on the cliffs overlooking the ocean in Big Sur? Or is it a hotel? I'm not really sure, but either way it has a great location with awesome views of Big Sur, CA. This is some of the most spectacular coastline of California.
March 20, 2012 10:30 am
Dreams under the redwoods. This is Muir Woods (named after the naturalist John Muir) just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods National Monument was established to protect this old-growth coast redwood forest from destruction, and is one of the few places in the area which still has an old-growth forest of coast redwoods.
I used a small aperture (f/22) to get this starburst effect of the sun coming through the trees. This is an HDR processed from 8 exposures each 1 stop apart, and then I added a bit of vignette & blur around the edges to give it a bit of dreamy feel.
You may also be interested in my Mighty Coastal Redwoods photo also taken in John Muir Woods.
March 15, 2012 9:37 am
Fiery sunset light under the Santa Monica Pier.
I took this photo while on a large (200+ people) LA photo walk that Trey Ratcliff organized Sunday Feb 26.
February 28, 2012 9:56 am
Abandoned in San Diego.
This is an abandoned bridge in Spring Valley, CA built in 1929 over the Sweetwater River. It runs parallel to the newer highway 94 or Campo Rd. that replaced it.
February 20, 2012 8:39 pm
This is one of the amazing moving rocks, or sailing stones found in this unique lake bed in Death Valley, shot at sunrise. This seasonally dry lake (playa) has quite a few of these rocks, each with unique tracks. There are a lot of theories as to what causes the rocks to move, involving wind, ice, and water. Racetrack Playa is located in the northern part of the Panamint Mountains in Death Valley National Park, California. It's a long drive on a dirt road to get here, but when we visited the road was in great shape.
February 2, 2012 10:31 am
Pre-dawn colors painting the desert sand dunes in Death Valley. Aaron and I got up at 4:30 in the morning and hiked on the sand dunes for an hour or so in the dark to get to this spot as the first light of day appeared. This was still almost an hour before actual sunrise. This photo is from the western end of Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park, CA.
February 1, 2012 10:05 am
These are the Mesquite Flat Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park. This photo was taken from the top of the highest dune looking northeast towards the rest of the dunes. The eastern part of Mesquite Dunes is the best place to go for photography since those dunes don't get as many footprints from visitors.
January 30, 2012 10:02 am
Dramatic clouds and lighting on the road to Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras of California. You may also be interested in my previous Convict Lake photo showing the lake and sheer mountains behind.
January 12, 2012 9:16 am
The moon above the Casa de Balboa Building in Balboa Park, San Diego. This building houses the San Diego History Center, Model Railroad Museum, and Museum of Photographic Arts.
January 11, 2012 8:00 am
I love Balboa Park in San Diego, and it's especially great at night for photography. This is a hidden doorway at the House of Hospitality at one end of the courtyard near The Prado Restaurant.
January 9, 2012 8:00 am
This is one of my favorite moments at sunset along the coast: when you get a glimmer on the ocean as the sun reaches the horizon. This was a long exposure (5 seconds at f/22), which gives the water a dreamy feel.
My Purple Afterglow photo was taken a bit later from the same location.
February 4, 2011 9:42 am
This beautiful cove has a sea cave or tunnel which would be really fun to kayak or swim through. I used a long exposure to highlight the interesting pattern of the waves on the beach. This is along Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, San Diego, CA.
You may also want to check out my photo of the Sea Arch at Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA.
January 26, 2011 11:21 am
The moss-covered cliffs of Point Loma. These waves at Sunset Cliffs remind me of a painter's brushstrokes, as if the Creator were painting a beautiful scene with water.
January 24, 2011 11:30 am
A lonely lupin flower shooting up from a field of green, illuminated from behind by the setting sun. I took this photo last night in the hills of Irvine, CA seconds before the sun dipped below the horizon. My camera was only about 10 inches away from the flower, zoomed out to a wide 16mm. This is an HDR merged from 6 exposures 2 stops apart.
January 10, 2011 10:53 am
What drew me to this scene was the rock layers in the cliffs meeting the flowing ocean waves below. I feel like the scene works best as a black & white HDR to match the mood of the coastline. I took this photo in the same general area as my last Point Loma Cliffs photo.
January 6, 2011 10:24 am
I took this photo the day after Christmas in Cabrillo National Monument on the Point Loma Peninsula. This is the "tide-pools" area of the point Loma Lighthouse Park, a short drive down the steep road to the right as you enter the park. It's crazy to think about the powerful wave that left that suspended boulder on the edge. This is a combination of 2 exposures (1 for the sky) - around 5 and 20 second exposures, but this time I didn't use Photomatix or any fancy HDR program.
January 4, 2011 9:31 am
Early morning light hits a rocky hillside in Joshua Tree National Park, with Joshua Trees and Yucca plants in the foreground.
December 3, 2010 10:47 pm
This is about as close as you can get to a "teddy bear" cholla cactus without getting stuck with their stickers. This photo shows a closeup of a cholla cactus with more of the cactus garden visible behind. If you haven't already seen it, you may want to check out my other Teddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise photo.
December 1, 2010 7:20 am
Sunrise in the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park. This section of the park isn't really a garden (it wasn't intentionally planted), but it seems that way with hundreds of teddy bear cholla cactus plants growing together.
November 30, 2010 10:21 am
Sunset in Corona del Mar below one of the mansions along the sea cliffs. Despite the awesome location of this very expensive house, it seems like it's empty most of the time.
November 29, 2010 10:47 am
Ocean wave frozen in time at sunset. The waves at Little Corona weren't particularly big, but this rock was positioned perfectly to cause a good amount of spray. This is an HDR processed from a single RAW image outputted at multiple exposures.
November 27, 2010 2:59 pm
Catalina Island is visible on the horizon below the incredible painted sky as seen from Corona del Mar. This sunset kept getting better and better, until this final moment before all the color faded. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after my previous Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset photo.
November 18, 2010 8:46 pm
This egret landed in front of me on a cool rock partway out into the ocean and stood there as if watching the sunset. By this point the sun had already set, but the colors kept getting more and more vibrant. This photo was taken last Sunday at Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA.
For the photographers out there, you may be interested to note that this photo was taken at ISO 800, which to me is quite impressive considering how clean it looks. I applied a slight bit of noise reduction to the horizon, but mostly it's a testament to the awesome Canon 5D Mark II low light performance. I used a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached at f/5.6.
November 17, 2010 11:37 am
Early morning fog erases away the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. I like the elegant beauty that this simple photo brings out of this classic Bay Area icon.
What you can't see in the photo is the intense wind that threatened to launch my tripod and camera over the edge, and the shivering photographer nearby.
October 8, 2010 10:38 am
This is one of the most awesome coves along the CA coastline. How can you beat an 80 foot waterfall spilling right onto the beach, in a secluded cove? This is McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA.
Of course, it would be way cooler to be standing on the beach below right next to (or underneath) the waterfall. I have wanted to do that ever since the first time I saw this falls (and I know the best route down), but have so far restrained myself due to the very clear signs telling you not to go down there. I have been told the fine is hefty.
October 7, 2010 10:15 am
I love how this white (no doubt due to bird droppings) rock island seems to be suspended in the air, floating amidst the fog. The coastline along Big Sur is always changing along with the dynamic fog. No fancy HDR involved this time.
October 6, 2010 8:00 am
This is one of the best views in Montana De Oro State Park along the cliff trail. The chimney rock island that you see here has a cave or hole that goes all the way through to the other side. I used a really wide (16mm) lens to get the foreground in as much as possible.
September 23, 2010 9:51 am
Montana De Oro State Park near San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay boasts amazing coastline just waiting to be photographed. To capture this photo I added as many polarizers and ND filters as I could to get a slow shutter speed, since I was there in the middle of the day, but I wanted to show the movement of the ocean. I like the diagonal lines with the shape of the waves flowing over the shallow rocks.
September 22, 2010 10:17 am
During an early morning walk in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park we came upon this spot where beams of light were illuminating part of the path. It was a brief, but beautiful moment.
September 21, 2010 8:51 am
Morning light highlights Bixby Bridge against the shadowed Pacific behind. I drove up a dirt road to find this spot where the rocky island fit right under the arch of the bridge. I've been trying to be more intentional about my composition lately, and I think it paid off in this case. You may also be interested in my Bixby Bridge from Above photo which I posted recently (Big Sur, CA).
September 18, 2010 8:00 am
The green grasses growing on the Pismo (Oceano) Dunes near Pismo Beach, CA. The low light near sunset provided for some interesting contrast between these 2 small dunes which I tried to use to my advantage in composing the photo. The grass on the hillside behind is leaning away from the ocean due to the strong winds. It almost looks like underwater soft coral.
September 17, 2010 7:45 am
This is the portal, or sea arch rock at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). I took this photo right after the sun dipped below the horizon, leaving behind a yellow-orange glow. At high tide like this it's fun watching the waves funnel through the opening in the rock.
To get this photo, I raced down the windy road to Pfeiffer Beach and then dashed like a madman from my car down the path and across the beach a ways to this spot carrying my tripod and camera backpack. There were some couples on the beach leaving as I arrived, and I think they were a bit bewildered to see me zoom by and throw down my tripod. I had hoped to make it here before the sun actually set, but I'm happy I still was able to get a good shot.
September 16, 2010 9:48 am
Look up in awe at the mighty coastal redwoods with their ridged reddish bark. This photo was taken in Muir Woods, just north of the San Francisco Bay in Mill Valley. The coast redwoods thrive in places like this that often have dense fog. They are generally taller but not as thick in diameter as the related giant sequoias.
September 14, 2010 9:31 am
I climbed up to a precarious (and windy) outcropping to take this photo looking down on highway 1 in Big Sur, CA as it meets the famous Bixby Bridge. You can see the off-shore fog in the distance threatening to move inland, and the beautiful colors of the pacific ocean coastline.
This is an HDR image processed from 3 exposures 2 stops apart.
September 13, 2010 8:00 am
The truck above and sailboat below give a sense of scale to the San Francisco Bay Bridge in this early morning silhouette. The original photo didn't have much color in it anyway, so I liked it as a black and white. I took this photo our last morning in San Francisco.
September 12, 2010 8:04 am
The spectacular azure indoor pool at Hearst Castle (Roman Pool). This is the most awesome swimming pool I have ever seen, and certainly the most beautiful pool bottom around. They show you this as the final highlight of the main tour, though they don't give you much time to take it all in. They also don't allow tripods on the tour, so I had to snap these away with a steady hand and a higher ISO than I would have liked.
This photo was partially inspired by Trey Ratcliff's photo of the same pool, but I'm jealous of the custom tour he got which allowed him to roam around and bring a tripod.
September 11, 2010 2:39 pm
We spent 2 days near Pismo Beach, and I really wanted to take cool photos of the Pismo Dunes (or Oceano Dunes). Most of the time the weather didn't cooperate, and I also had limited time to get out on the dunes. But this moment was beautiful, and I'm happy to have captured it. The blue sky didn't last long.
September 9, 2010 11:35 am
There's a reason they call it Joshua Tree National Park: these unique Joshua "trees" are found only in this high desert region of California, especially within the national park. I should note that Joshua Trees are hard to climb, a fact I have found out first hand. I've made many trips to this area, and this is a photo from back in 2005 that I ran across today.
This HDR was processed from a single original RAW photo outputted to 3 separate images at 1.5 exposures apart.
May 29, 2010 11:10 am
This continues my series of desert wildflowers, showing a panorama of the painted hillsides in Antelope Valley, CA. Notice all the sections of different colored flowers. This panorama was put together from 4 HDR photos (3 exposures each).
April 13, 2010 8:19 pm
The California Poppies are out in full bloom on the hillsides of Antelope Valley right now, as long as you come at the right time. The poppies close up at night and don't open again until around 9 or 10 am, when the full color slowly spreads across the hillsides. It's amazing to see the gradual spread of color as the flowers open. This photo was taken near my last Desert Bloom photo.
April 12, 2010 9:54 am
This beautiful once a year occurrence in the desert is not to be missed: splashes of orange, yellow, green, and purple appearing out of nowhere. The California Poppies tend to steal the show, but I like the mixture of color found in this field. Thanks to Aaron Nystrom for alerting me to the great conditions in the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve and drawing me a helpful map to the good photo spots.
April 10, 2010 7:06 pm
There is a small trail along these cliffs near the Point Loma Lighthouse (Cabrillo National Monument). The park was closing, and I was being chased by the park rangers who were trying to make sure everyone went home. I ran ahead and stopped briefly to fire off a couple shots here. I was bummed I couldn't stay longer for the sun to peak out. I realize this shot might be too HDRish for some, but I like how the rich green and orange from the scene comes through. I'm still experimenting with HDR to see what I like.
February 17, 2010 10:10 am
Looking up at Crystal Crag on Mammoth Crest across from Twin Lakes. I captured this two weeks ago when we were up in Mammoth.
I wish I could have taken this a bit earlier when there was more light on the mountains, but having a newborn around makes timing a bit more complicated. :) This is my first attempt at an HDR panorama. I did the HDR part first, and then the pan stitching. To me that seemed like the best order, but I haven't tried it the other way.
February 12, 2010 10:50 am
The southern Channel Islands (from L to R: San Clemente, San Nicolas, and Santa Catalina) under a dramatic sunset. I took this photo from Point Loma peninsula.
February 10, 2010 8:42 pm
Ok, maybe it's not that much of a mystery, but anyone want to guess what this is a photo of, and how I took it?
February 10, 2010 8:00 am
Low tide in La Jolla, CA with tide pools in the foreground and crashing waves in the background. I took this photo the day after my last photo of Point Loma peninsula. The storm had passed, but the sea was still rough.
February 9, 2010 10:50 am
I took this photo on Saturday while visiting the Cabrillo National Monument on the Point Loma peninsula. It was a stormy weekend in San Diego, and this high peninsula was a perfect place to get a view at sunset. Unfortunately the place closed before the sun actually peaked through, and we had to leave. But I like the stormy feel to this shot.
February 8, 2010 10:16 am
And now for something completely different (no HDR involved): beautiful snow textures in the high Sierras. I took this photo near the side of highway 395 not too far from the turnoff for Crowley Lake on Sunday. What you can't see in this photo are my freezing feet. I waded into the deep snow wearing wet socks & sandals since I had already taken off my boots in the car, and there was a fussy baby waiting so I didn't want to take the time to put them back on.
February 2, 2010 10:30 am
The final moments of sunlight, with the sun bursting through three palm trees on the beach near San Clemente Pier. This photo was taken not too long before the last photowalk photo I posted.
February 1, 2010 9:36 am
Two seagulls taking flight as a wave comes in next to San Clemente Pier at sunset. I took this photo on a photowalk with Trey Ratcliff on Wednesday.
January 30, 2010 1:23 pm
At least one trip to Joshua Tree is a must when my brother Andy is in town. Here he is being lowered after a climb in Indian Cove, Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday. My brother Joe is belaying his wife Jessica on the next climb over (she's just behind the rock outcropping so you can't see her). This spectacular sunset was a great way to end our day in J-Tree.
January 3, 2010 3:32 pm
The last golden light before sunset makes for a beautiful shot of the koi pond in Balboa Park near the arboretum (behind me). This was taken about 30 minutes before my previous Balboa Park photo.
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November 30, 2009 8:30 am
I took this photo last night while at Balboa Park with Katie and her family. Balboa Park is one of our favorite places to go when visiting San Diego. Most of the buildings (like the one here) are built in Spanish Colonial Revival style.
This is an HDR from 5 exposures (1 stop apart).
November 28, 2009 10:00 am
Another shot of the ghost town of Bodie. Part of the rest of Bodie is reflected in the window of this boarded up door. You can see some of the old draperies still hanging on the inside of the window. Part of the fun of this HDR shot is seeing all the details in the wood, and even the nails.
If you like this shot, you may want to see the rest of my photos from Bodie.
November 6, 2009 10:37 am
An old car rusting away in the middle of Bodie, CA. This gold mining ghost town (now a state historic park) is an interesting place to visit just north of Mono Lake and Lee Vining in central CA. Within one year (1878) this town grew from 20 to 10,000 miners, gamblers, and other entrepreneurs searching for wealth. Years later it was quickly abandoned, leaving behind a well-preserved town.
November 4, 2009 11:13 pm
The perfect place for rebellious Singaporeans to come. Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, CA (SLO) is a 15-foot high by 70-foot long alley whose walls are covered in used bubble gum. Apparently this has been the spot to leave your used gum since the 50's, and it has survived at least 2 full cleaning attempts. The locals have long since given up on cleaning it, and leave it as a tourist attraction.
June 20, 2009 4:16 pm
Looking west from the 395 at the Sierras south of Mammoth Lakes.
June 17, 2009 8:41 am
I took this photo by the side of the 395 driving from Mammoth Lakes to Bishop last weekend. This was one of many stops that Katie endured so I could take photos.
June 16, 2009 9:22 am
Clouds rolling in above Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras, taken this weekend.
June 15, 2009 8:01 am
This is probably the best sunset I've experienced in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends and I were already heading down from Ryan Mountain when this brilliance opened up. I ran back up to the top to capture this panorama. After about 10 minutes, the color was gone.
December 13, 2008 2:12 pm
I'm not sure what these purple flowers are called. Anyone know? Update: Bill has informed me these are shooting stars. This photo is also from Rock Creek in the Sierras (like the last one I posted). I took this while lying down, with the camera about a foot above the ground to isolate these two particular flowers from the rest that were in the field.
July 6, 2008 9:09 pm
God's fireworks for this 4th of July - Indian paintbrush from our hike today at Rock Creek in the Sierras.
July 4, 2008 6:30 pm
Early morning light dusting the rocks in Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, CA
June 27, 2008 8:13 pm
These saline soaked roots at Mono Lake look to me like a wooden octopus emerging from the lake.
June 16, 2008 3:43 am
Looking west towards the sunset over the Sierras at Mono Lake South Tufa.
June 15, 2008 12:09 pm
On our way from Lee Vining to Bodie we saw this flock of sheep enjoying this meadow. The shepherd and his sheep dogs were nearby resting in a small trailer.
June 14, 2008 11:04 pm
Peering through a tiny hole in one of the houses in Bodie.
June 13, 2008 8:51 pm
June 12, 2008 8:14 pm
I will most likely be posting quite a few photos from Bodie here in the coming days. This was taken near the center of town where some old wagons and a well can be seen. The larger building has now been converted into a museum.
June 11, 2008 8:14 pm
The gold mining ghost town of Bodie (now a state historic park) is an interesting place to visit just north of Mono Lake and Lee Vining in central CA. Within one year (1878) this town grew from 20 to 10,000 miners, gamblers, and other entrepreneurs searching for wealth. Today visitors can wander through the deserted streets and peer into old houses and buildings, many of which were abandoned in haste when the last train left town.
June 11, 2008 9:03 am
Mono Lake is one of my favorite places to take photos, but the conditions are different every time. The first photo on this photoblog was taken very close to where this one was taken, on a day with no wind or ripples. This time the water wasn't so cooperative, but I did notice an interesting sky.
June 9, 2008 9:16 pm
Katie noticed these pussy willows at Rock Creek up from Bishop, CA.
June 7, 2008 3:51 pm
The Buddhist pagoda in the foreground contrasts with the LA city skyline in the distance in this photo taken last night from the hiking/biking trails above Turnbull Canyon in Whittier. Apparently this pagoda, built on the highest point of Rose Hills Memorial Park, is the largest in the US. I took this as Brian and I hiked across the hills and down to Rio Hondo Community College.
June 6, 2008 3:51 pm
Early morning above Twin Lakes in Mammoth, CA
June 6, 2008 11:07 am
The creek above Twin Lakes in Mammoth, before it plunges down the waterfall to the two lakes below.
June 3, 2008 8:55 am
As you can see, I'm posting some older photos. This one is from a hike we did with Joe and Andy Christmas day in Carbon Canyon. We enjoyed having both Joe and Andy around this last Christmas, though we were bummed Mom & Dad couldn't be here.
August 22, 2007 4:36 am
I don't like to eat them, but they can be fun to take photos of.
August 19, 2007 4:01 am
I don't usually think much of pelicans, but when this one flew right over me, I noticed how big and majestic they can be. I especially like this shot because you can see his eye, and the orderly feathers under the wing.
June 27, 2007 5:00 am
Three terns showing three positions in the sequence of dive-bombing for food. It's almost as if I captured multiple exposures of one tern, but these are three separate birds fighting for the same school of fish. I took this last night at Bolsa Chica while hanging out with Dan Issler.
June 25, 2007 8:26 am
The photoblog is not dead....at least not anymore. Yes, I have neglected it. But here's a shot to get things going again. I took this about 20 minutes ago from the porch of the cabin where Katie and I are staying in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I didn't have much choice in framing, since this was the only spot I could see the moon through the trees, and the moon has been hiding in the clouds most of the evening. But I think the messy foreground adds a bit of interest to the shot.
May 31, 2007 9:52 pm
Waiting at the Pico station.
Katie and I rode the Metro Rail to downtown LA 2 days before the LA Marathon to pick up her race packet.
March 23, 2007 6:55 am
So, this is kind of a different direction from any of the other photos I've posted here. This was an attempt to be creative and find a photo where I would have otherwise not seen anything worth shooting. The photo was taken at the Pico station of the metro line in LA.
March 20, 2007 9:52 pm
Sorry for the lack of posts here of late. I've been spending most of my photo time setting up a high-speed fileserver as a place to store my growing gigabytes of photos, and trying to get them more organized.
This peaceful shot is from Sept. 2005, taken on the beach at Little Corona. I don't know who these people were, but it looked like a great place to spend the evening.
March 18, 2007 11:24 am
My cousin Tyler enjoying surfing at sunset.
February 16, 2007 9:52 pm
Aaron, my cousin, photographer, and friend. This was taken at San Elijo State Beach near Encinitas, CA.
February 14, 2007 6:41 am
Katie and I spotted this hawk along Highway 156 near Hollister, CA as we were heading east to the 5 Freeway. The first time we stopped, he flew away too quickly for me to get a photo. But fortunately, he landed again farther down the road, and I captured this shot right as he was taking off again. Anyone know what kind of hawk it is?
February 11, 2007 9:16 pm
I took this photo from the parking lot of a strip mall in Irvine. The sky was dynamic, and I needed a good foreground, so these "CA Palms" worked out well. These palms are trimmed to look like tropical palms, even though they aren't.
January 21, 2007 11:14 pm
I took this on Wed (Dec 13) at Newport Back Bay. I had raced down to the bay after dropping Katie off somewhere, hoping to get some bird photos before the sun went down. I didn't really manage to do that, but got this shot instead.
December 17, 2006 9:47 am
Notice the dual rock veins (either side of the little canyon) which lead you to the suspended boulder in this photo from Joshua Tree National Park.
December 2, 2006 3:17 am
Manzanita means "Little Apple." This small tree is one of my favorites in this area because of the really cool bark.
November 8, 2006 3:33 am
I guess I don't have much to say about this one except that you should visit Balboa Park if you're ever down in San Diego.
November 5, 2006 3:28 am
Katie and I found this oak on a hike while in Julian celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary.
Interesting facts from my Dad: This is most likely a Black Oak. There are two basic categories of quercus (cork comes from oaks in Spain so the genus for oak sounds like cork). There are the white and the red. This is in the red group, I believe. The white ones have less tanic acid in the acorns and include the California Live Oak. They are more edible and are evergreen. A deciduous oak in southern California is generally called a Black Oak.
November 3, 2006 4:20 am
It's not too often that you see these guys resting. This one was perched on a dead tree left by the 2004 fire that hit the area around the town of Julian, CA. The surrounding branches were already mostly black and white in the original photo, so I decided to take it one step further and make the background completely black and white.
Dad says it's probably Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna). There are times the Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) looks similar, though. Maybe Jon or Libby Rowley have some thoughts.
November 1, 2006 9:42 pm
In a complete departure from past photos, I present the awe-inspiring Blue Angels (though they don't look very blue in this photo) from the Miramar Air Show today. There is something completely awesome about watching F/A-18 Hornets in action!
October 15, 2006 10:47 pm
We here in southern CA have finally been promised some rain. That means clouds for interesting sunsets! This was taken tonight, before the rain started.
October 13, 2006 10:43 pm
Big Corona, in Corona Del Mar, is one of my favorite nearby beaches for photography. Though you would never know, only a couple hundred meters away is a busy beach with lots of people.
June 18, 2006 12:33 pm
Taken at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. What kind of bird? I don't really know. Maybe someone can tell me. I just like how it comes out in B&W.
June 17, 2006 12:33 pm
Yay, my first photoblog post.
This is Mono Lake after sunset. By this point the rest of the photographers had left, and it was almost completely dark. For a few minutes this pastel scene emerged, only to fade away moments later.
June 16, 2006 10:41 pm