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.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
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.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
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.
You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.
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
Early morning light along Lake Como, Italy. There is a really nice walking / running / cycling trail along Lake Como starting at the town of Como which is the perfect place to be at sunrise. As you wander down it you find hidden coves and steps leading into the water, presumably so you can easily hop off your boat and go into town.
March 22, 2012 3:09 pm
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
This photo shows the top of the Mont Blanc cable car (Aiguille du Midi cable car) in Chamonix, France. At the top of the cable car there's an elevator inside the rock that takes you 140 feet higher to a lookout, which is where I took this photo from at 12,600 feet. This peak is called Aiguille du Midi. This cable car holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 3,400 ft to 12,600 ft. From here you get spectacular views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, and the rest of Mont Blanc. From up here you can take the Panoramic Mont Blanc lift which is the highest cable car traverse in the world and which connects France and Italy over the mountains. If you look closely to the left of the "patio" you'll see 2 specks which are eagles soaring in the wind.
March 12, 2012 10:35 am
Hiking the Quiraing was the highlight of our visit to the Isle of Skye in Scotland due to the green hillsides and tremendous crags and pinnacles. This was the view that met us when we got to the top, looking down at the ocean below. With names like The Prison, The Needle and The Table, hikes in the Quiraing do not disappoint. This is on the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye.
March 7, 2012 9:53 am
There is so much incredible coastline near Sydney, Australia. This is Turimetta Beach, north of Sydney soon after dawn. The green moss on these rocks only shows up at certain times of the year.
My previous Sydney Seascape at Dawn photo was taken earlier the same morning not too far away from here.
March 6, 2012 10:36 am
This is my daughter running around in the Holyrood Abbey Ruins next to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
March 5, 2012 10:44 am
Morning light on the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, Scotland. The gate to get inside the ruins wasn't opened at this time, and I decided not to climb over the wall, so I had to shoot through the fence to get this photo. This is an HDR from 6 exposures each 2 stops apart.
February 29, 2012 10:54 am
These domed rock formations are named Kata Tjuta, Mount Olga, or The Olgas. There are 36 different domes, though these that you see here are probably the highest, protruding almost 1,800 feet above the surrounding desert. See that "tiny" hump in the distance? Yeah, that's Ayers Rock (Uluru). The Olgas and Ayers Rock are the only distinct feature four thousands of miles in Australia's red center. They are geologically related, having similar rock structure and color. I took this photo from a small plane during a short scenic flight at sunset.
February 17, 2012 9:07 am
This is Cathedral Cove along the limestone coastline on the north island of New Zealand. This photo was taken from inside a big sea cave, looking out to a limestone pillar farther down on the beach (called Te Hoho Rock). Scenes of the Narnia kids re-entering Narnia from the Chronicles of Narnia (Prince Caspian) film were shot here. This is on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand.
My previous Te Hoho Rock photo was taken from above this sea cave.
February 13, 2012 9:26 am
Another photo of the sand dunes of Death Valley. This is the eastern end of Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park, CA. My previous black and white sand dune photo was taken from this same spot.
February 9, 2012 12:30 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
This is the beautiful Quiraing mountain range on the Isle of Skye in northwestern Scotland. You can see the grooved pathways in the grass created by sheep as they graze on these hillsides. We were privileged to get clear weather during our visit since it's often rainy and overcast here.
January 18, 2012 8:07 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
This was our view from Queenstown one evening as rays of light danced in the sky across Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown quickly became our favorite town in New Zealand due to its small size and spectacular location on the South Island.
December 28, 2011 9:59 am
Green & red lichen covering the rocks below a waterfall on the south island of New Zealand. You might be surprised that within a mile of this green, temperate rainforest is the edge of Franz Josef Glacier. The western coast of the south island of New Zealand is unique in that you have glaciers next to rain forest, not too far from sea level. Part of the reason that the ice gets so low is that the mountains are so steep and the glacier moves so fast that it gets quite far into warmer climate before melting.
December 21, 2011 10:22 am
Up close to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The textures and flowing lines of the red rock in contrast with the green trees of the foreground and a great blue sky is what drew me to this scene.
December 15, 2011 9:50 am
Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset. This of course is the classic shot that every tourist to the red center of Australia takes. I tried to find an interesting foreground to add a bit of context to the location. I feel like no photo of Uluru really does it justice, but this is better than nothing I suppose.
December 14, 2011 8:07 am
Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset, showing the famous red glow. This is of course the defining monolith of the red center of Australia and the largest found anywhere in the world. You're only seeing about 1/4 of the visible rock in this close-up photo, but I wanted to show the unique textures on the rock face. Tomorrow I'll post a photo showing all of Uluru.
You may also be interested in my Uluru Time-lapse video which I shot at the same time using a different camera.
December 13, 2011 9:01 am
This is the classic overlook at Echo Point that everyone goes to when visiting the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Australia. This is for good reason, of course, since the overlook provides a great view of The Three Sisters (those sandstone pillars you see on the left) and the rest of the Jamison Valley below. In the distance you can see some of the blue haze that gives The Blue Mountains their name, which is caused by the abundant eucalyptus trees which give off a oil vapor that mixes with the atmosphere.
December 12, 2011 9:06 am
The spectacular Katoomba Falls is one of the highlights of the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Area a couple of hours west of Sydney. This view of the falls is from the Katoomba Scenic Skyway, one of several ways to see the Blue Mountains at "Scenic World." I hope this photo gives a sense of scale, showing the height of this magnificent cascade.
December 8, 2011 9:00 am
As we drove on the north island of New Zealand we couldn't believe how many scenes like this we saw along the side of the road. This particular sheep farm just outside of Matamata is Hobbiton of The Shire from Lord of the Rings. Just around the corner to the left in this photo, dug into the hillside, are the hobbit holes and all the other features of Hobbiton that you see in the films. They had just finished filming The Hobbit when we were there, so they made us promise not to post any photos of the hobbit holes until the movies come out. But this photo is just outside that area, and still gives you a sense of what the countryside of Hobbiton looks like.
December 6, 2011 9:00 am
Sunrise on the beach at Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of the northern island of New Zealand. I hiked in the dark about 30 minutes or so to get here just as the sun was rising. This photo was taken not too far away from my previous Cathedral Cove photo, looking the opposite direction down the coast.
December 5, 2011 10:32 am
It rained for much of my short visit to Milford Sound, which isn't surprising considering it's the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world. Milford Sound has been known to receive 10 inches of rain in the span of 24 hours, which is about as much rain as Los Angeles gets in an entire year. Annual rainfall is over 22 feet (over 6.5 meters). But it isn't just always raining; the weather changed dramatically over the course of my 2-hour boat ride, even breaking up for some sun for a little while. In this photo you can see a new batch of rain descending down the steep glacier-carved peaks.
December 2, 2011 2:21 pm
This is spectacular Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of the northern island of New Zealand. The limestone sea stack on the beach (called Te Hoho Rock) used to be a sea cave connected to the mainland but it eventually eroded, leaving this pinnacle. I climbed above a different sea cave to get the ferns in the foreground while looking down on Cathedral Cove.
See my Entrance to Narnia photo for the view from the sea cave below.
December 1, 2011 9:39 am
This is Turimetta Beach (north of Sydney) before sunrise. The purple in the sky only lasted about 10 minutes before the sun rose behind the clouds this chilly morning. It was a privilege to see this green moss on these rocks as it only shows up at certain times of the year.
Anyone in the Sydney area who wants to photograph seascapes should check this Turimetta Beach Photo Guide.
November 30, 2011 10:29 am
Standing next to the Sydney Opera House looking back towards Circular Quay and the CBD (Central Business District). The after-sunset glow in the sky was amazing this evening.
October 7, 2011 3:24 am
My father-in-law likes to go exploring in a new place like I do, so when he was visiting Sydney we hopped on a ferry from Circular Quay for the sole purpose of finding out where it went. We ended up here at Double Bay with nice evening light as a storm was brewing. I took this photo from the ferry as we left for the next bay: Rose Bay. I continue to be amazed at how expansive and beautiful this harbour is.
October 3, 2011 1:06 pm
The Sydney Opera House is really 3 matching buildings, and this is the smallest one which is the Bennelong Restaurant where one of Australia's most popular and celebrated chefs, Guillaume Brahimi makes his home.
My goal in this photo was to give a view inside the structure to point out how it complements the unique exterior design.
September 29, 2011 3:19 am
It seems I will never tire of shooting the Sydney Opera House due to its interesting shapes and the way it catches the sunlight. There is always a new angle or different light to capture. The sun was bursting through the clouds this particular day. Shot from one of the Sydney ferries as we took our usual trip to Circular Quay from Milsons Point.
September 23, 2011 4:27 am
This tiny sand spit looks like a great place to hang out for the day, but perhaps not such a good place to be marooned. I imagine the snorkeling and scuba diving around this tiny island would be spectacular. This is one of the many islands near the bigger island of Yapen in Papua, Indonesia as seen from the air. It looks like it's on its way to becoming an atoll.
July 7, 2011 8:01 am
This rainbow was God's gift to our group after we finished hiking up a landslide in the rain at the highest point on Yapen Island in Papua, Indonesia. We're pretty sure this proves the discovery of Never Never Land from 'Peter Pan', though we didn't have time to hike down to check. Yes, the rainbow was this vibrant; no HDR or special effects added.
July 5, 2011 10:47 am
This is one of the most beautiful places we have seen in Scotland: the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. On the horizon you can see the "Old Man of Storr", a distinct rock pinnacle. We stayed in a house next to this lake (Loch Fada), and I took this photo after the sun had already set behind the mountains (8:30pm).
April 29, 2011 5:30 am
The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on the Point Loma peninsula with the city of San Diego in the background. Katie's grandfather's remains are here.
March 7, 2011 11:12 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 is the beautiful view we enjoyed while hiking through the rice terraces in Buscalan Village near Tinglayan (Cordillera Mountains), Kalinga Province of Luzon, Philippines.
February 2, 2011 2:57 pm
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
This amazing mansion on Lake Como, Italy is Villa del Balbianello. This villa has appeared in films including the Casino Royale Bond movie as well as Star Wars Episode II. The villa is built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, and the two towers which can be seen in the picture are the campanili of the convent church. Part of what makes Villa del Balbianello so striking is it's location perched on a skinny peninsula of the lake. One of the things that makes Lake Como so beautiful is the steep hillsides surrounding the lake which you can see in the distance.
This photo was taken a bit farther south from my previous Lake Como Villa photo in the commune of Lenno. You may also be interested in my Lago di Como at Dawn photo, Lake Como Cafe at Night photo and Italian Man Drinking Espresso photo.
January 19, 2011 8:41 am
Famed Lake Como (north of Milan in Italy) boasts amazing villas like this along its fingered shoreline. We felt like we were on the Storybook Land canal boat ride at Disneyland as we passed many luxurious Italian villas on our way to the town of Bellagio. Yes, we did see the well-known villa that belongs to George Clooney, but it didn't look as impressive from Lake Como as this one.
January 18, 2011 9:42 am
This cool plateau of flat rocks on the beach is found at Sunset Cliffs Park on the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, CA. The jigsaw pattern of cracks in the rocks reminds me of the top of Devil's Postpile near Mammoth Lakes, CA. The purple afterglow show up after the sun had already set as the sky was changing color. The color in this photo wasn't added artificially; in fact, I desaturated it a bit since it looked "too" purple in the original photo.
January 17, 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
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 Amish buggy was parked outside a country store where we tried some yummy home-made root beer. The ever-present Amish buggies around Lancaster Pennsylvania were hard to photograph on the road, so I was happy to find this one parked in a nice location.
November 15, 2010 11:25 am
The sky was exceptionally dramatic and interesting this day as we drove through Amish farming country. I asked Uncle Tom to pull off the road when I saw this lone windmill in the distance with green fields in the foreground.
November 12, 2010 4:51 pm
These civil war cannons on Seminary Ridge overlook the fields where Pickett's Charge took place during the Battle of Gettysburg. Off in the distance is Cemetery Hill which unfortunately is a fitting name. It was sobering to stand in this place and think about what happened here during the Civil War. If you haven't already seen it, check out the poem excerpt and photo of Irish Brigade Monument also from Gettysburg.
November 11, 2010 1:09 pm
I took this photo out the car window as we drove through Amish country near Intercourse, PA (no, I'm not making up that town name). Scenes like this are still very common in this part of the US, though I felt like I was in a different country. I find it interesting that their hay baler is horse-drawn, but the baler machine itself is automated. If you look closely you can spot their dog tagging along.
November 3, 2010 8:41 am
I walked partway out into the shallow Taughannock River to get this photo looking downstream at the beautiful Lower Taughannock Falls. Notice the stone bridge in the distance. The fall colors were particularly vibrant since the trees were still wet from rain, and it was early morning so the light was even. This photo was taken just downstream from the main Taughannock Falls photo I posted yesterday.
November 2, 2010 9:47 am
Taughannock Falls is a spectacular 215 foot waterfall in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York just north of Ithaca. We stayed overnight down the road from Taughannock State Park at Taughannock Farms Inn. Apparently this waterfall is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. The gorge is especially beautiful this time of year with the fall colors.
November 1, 2010 11:04 am
The weather was perfect, and 2 rainbows were visible for our short visit to Niagara Falls. This is Horseshoe Falls (or Canadian Falls) as seen from the Canada side. The rest of Niagara Falls is the American Falls which is not visible here, but is off the the left of the photo. The large Maid of the Mist tour boat gives a bit of perspective to these impressive falls.
October 27, 2010 9:15 am
Just northeast of Philadelphia is Bucks County, a beautiful area along the Delaware River bordering New Jersey. The drive along Route 32 (River Road) from Washington Crossing (where George Washington so famously crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War) to New Hope is an excellent day trip that takes you to Bowman's Hill Tower, from which this photo was taken.
October 26, 2010 8:00 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
Another photo from the "subway" canyon in Zion National Park. There are a couple places where the water forms narrow chutes like this which are really cool. This one is downstream from the main subway section.
October 4, 2010 4:20 pm
I had the great privilege of canyoneering "The Subway" route in Zion National Park (Utah) for a second time last weekend. It is truly a spectacular canyon, especially this section for which it is named. The light shining through the subway leads you around the corner to the grand exit. Perhaps another time I will post a photo of that part. Oh, and I must point out that the slippery slope coming in from the left makes a great water slide.
To save space and weight while canyoneering I didn't take a big tripod this time, so this photo was taken with my Gorillapod, while lying in the stream.
October 1, 2010 7:46 pm
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
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
Happy 4th of July to the USA. This photo was taken at Mission Bay in San Diego during the annual fireworks show. We had a great time hanging out with the Takahashi clan on the beach, going kayaking, and enjoying the bonfire before the fireworks.
July 4, 2010 10:40 pm
The backside of the Taj Mahal is just as stunning as the front. This Taj Mahal reflection photo was taken from the other side of the Yamuna River which almost serves as a moat to the Taj.
I took this photo just before sunset. This is a first for me since I've never applied textures to a photo before. Let me know what you think. This photo was partially inspired by Trey Ratcliff's excellent work, especially with textures. He also has a shot similar to mine, though I didn't realize that until later.
July 1, 2010 7:52 am
A woman and her bright sari form a perfect foreground to the exquisite Taj Mahal in Agra, India. I stood here for quite a while waiting for this photo, while our guide got restless. I had an idea of what I wanted, but there were so many people that it was hard to get a clean shot.
This image is from a single RAW photo processed as an HDR from 3 images outputted 1.5 stops apart.
You may also be interested in my traditional Taj Mahal photo taken from farther away.
June 28, 2010 8:04 am
Another photo from BC's Sunshine Coast (north of Vancouver), taken March 4, 2010 while hiking the trail we thought was going to take us to Gospel Rock, but instead left us lost.
June 8, 2010 9:17 am
A beautiful time to be rowing near Vancouver amidst a spectacular sunset. This photo was taken from the same place as my previous Rocky Seascape photo. This part of the harbor seemed to have an ever-present line of ships anchored on the horizon throughout our entire visit.
June 7, 2010 9:55 am
I like the way this rocky seascape looks in black and white with the stormy clouds above. This photo looking out at English Bay in Vancouver was taken very close to my Inukshuk photo and also my photo of Vancouver's West End.
June 5, 2010 11:36 am
This epic view from Gospel Rock was the highlight of my visit to Gibsons Landing on BC's sunshine coast. A local told us the name comes from the days of pirate ships, which found shelter in this harbor. The local pastor would preach the gospel from this rock before blessing the pirate ships as they headed out to sea. I'm not sure if this is true, but it makes a good story.
As a side note, if you're ever at the seaside village of Gibsons Landing and want to find Gospel Rock, don't follow the trail marked on the map as going to Gospel Rock. That's a false gospel that will lead you down the wrong path. We got lost following this trail. Follow the main road towards the west instead and you'll see the rock outcropping on the coastal side of the road at a turn in the road. Oh, and don't keep calling it Preacher's Rock like I did.
Technical photo details: The full-size image is about 40 megapixels (8,174 x 4,815 pixels), combined from 4 photos, each processed from 3 exposures as an HDR in Photomatix before merging into this panorama in Photoshop CS4. Then some dodging & burning, curves, and other minor adjustments were made.
My previous I Can Fly photo was also taken here at Gospel Rock.
June 3, 2010 9:49 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
I couldn't resist posting another bamboo photo, taken in the same grove as my previous bamboo perspective photo. No HDR involved this time.
May 22, 2010 9:57 pm
Strangler fig trees, banyan trees, and ficus trees are the best kind of trees for tree climbing, with plenty of roots and vines to grab onto. This particular strangler fig isn't as big as some that I've climbed, yet still a very cool tree. This strangler fig was in Key Largo, but I've seen many like it in the Philippines and Indonesia.
May 20, 2010 10:20 am
Sometimes the best part of a sunset is right after the sun disappears under the horizon. Such was the case this night in Key Largo when suddenly this brilliant color filled the sky, but only for a few moments.
May 19, 2010 9:58 am
A gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) bathed in evening light. The characteristic peeling bark on this gumbo limbo looks like an open 3-way hatch. The locals like to call these "tourist trees" presumably since the bark reminds them of the sunburnt skin of tourists trying to get a tan. These trees are common in Florida along the coast since they are salt tolerant.
May 18, 2010 8:06 am
This freshwater springs north of Orlando reminded me of the spring in Nasuli (Mindanao, Philippines): a perfect place for a good swim in some cool, clean water.
May 17, 2010 10:05 am
A river is formed, ready to be explored. This is the headwaters of the Wekiwa River (some say Wekiva). Clear freshwater comes bubbling out of the ground here to form this beautiful river, which is north of Orlando, Florida. I hope to go canoeing from this spot later this summer.
May 14, 2010 9:09 am
Live oaks draped in Spanish moss at Wekiwa Springs State Park north of Orlando, Florida.
May 10, 2010 11:56 am
I love bamboo. It's one of the most amazing plants in creation. This bamboo grove with ferns was part of the hotel grounds where we stayed in Key Largo.
May 4, 2010 10:16 am
The ubiquitous Florida mangrove trees that grow along the shallow coastlines provide an interesting foreground for this beautiful sunset in Key Largo. Though this was my first time to the Keys, this kind of coastline is very familiar to me from the part of Indonesia where I grew up. The other fun part about the Keys is being able to watch both the sunrise and sunset over the ocean by going to different sides of the islands. Sadly, I did not manage to see the infamous green flash right after sunset that many have described seeing from the Keys.
April 28, 2010 9:30 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
Inukshuk at sunset. A what? As we learned at the Canadian northern house exhibit, it's a stone landmark or cairn built by the peoples of the Arctic region of North America to show the way or mark a significant spot. You may have noticed that the official Vancouver 2010 Olympics logo features an Inukshuk just like this. I found out after taking this photo that this particular Inukshuk is one of the best known in Vancouver (it appears in several postcards). It also happens to be very close to where we stayed while visiting that fine city, which meant I was able to run here at the last minute and grab this photo when I noticed the beautiful sunset.
March 25, 2010 2:09 pm
We came across this old, rusty car in the middle of the forest in BC far from any road. There must be a story behind this, but it remains a mystery...
March 22, 2010 10:10 pm
The West End in Vancouver, BC, Canada along the English Bay, just south of Stanley Park. This is the view across the street from our friends' apartment building where we stayed while visiting Vancouver.
March 10, 2010 11:52 am
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics cauldron in downtown Vancouver. We braved the crowds yesterday to check it out and I was quite impressed. I love the combination of ice and fire with the stormy clouds behind. It's fun being here in Vancouver during the Olympic games since the whole town seems to be celebrating.
February 28, 2010 11:34 pm
Two school kids walking home in the mountainous town of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. These kids live amidst ubiquitous tea fields and beautiful himalayan peaks in the distance. The mountain visible on the horizon is Kangchendzonga (or Khangchendzonga depending on who you ask), the third tallest mountain in the world (Mount Everest is farther west). This region of India is quite distinct since it lies so close to Nepal.
February 25, 2010 10:13 am
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
A rower on the River Arno, with dramatic clouds behind. I grabbed this shot the second morning in Florence as we crossed the River Arno on the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.
December 5, 2009 10:35 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
Manarola is one of the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre, a beautiful section along the western Italian coast. We hiked between the 5 villages on our recent trip to Italy.
November 27, 2009 8:00 am
Entering the main canyon on 'The Subway' route in Zion. This is the first view of the bottom of the canyon as you descend the steep slope to the sandy floor.
November 25, 2009 10:48 pm
Aaron standing in the bottom of a narrow canyon in Zion which is beautifully sculptured by flowing water. This photo was processed as an HDR, and then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.
November 22, 2009 10:55 am
Sunrise photo of a starburst of light peaking from behind some deadwood. The manzanita plant is the one with green leaves and reddish bark below the log. You might think this is driftwood on a beach with all the sand around, but this is on the sandy slopes of Zion above the slot canyons below. We started our canyoneering trip right at sunrise, which was great for capturing shots like this. No HDR involved in this photo.
November 18, 2009 11:11 pm
Another photo from the "subway" canyoneering route in Zion. This photo was taken looking the opposite direction from my first subway canyoneering photo. Notice the swirling water pattern visible on the right of the photo as the autumn leaves floated in the water during this long exposure.
November 17, 2009 2:32 pm
A closer shot of the Red Falls in Zion National Park, UT. The rock in this area is naturally reddish-orange, giving the falls this distinct color. Look closely for the fall-colored leaves embedded in the creek at certain points.
November 12, 2009 8:00 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 orange canyon walls in Zion make a fitting backdrop for the yellow fall leaves, mixed with some green for good measure. Same canyon as my previous canyoneering photos.
November 3, 2009 11:39 pm
The most beautiful waterfalls along the Left Fork, North Creek canyoneering route in Zion are the Red Falls, seen here. This is below the main "subway" section. I could have spent hours taking photos here, though we didn't since we were starting to run out of time at this point.
October 31, 2009 11:07 pm
Tim & Aaron stand with the fall colors reflected in one of the many pools in Utah's canyon land. This photo was taken farther downstream from the last subway canyon photo. From here onward the canyon opens up and there are no more narrow slot canyons. The "Subway" canyon is the left fork of North Creek in Zion National Park, Utah.
October 31, 2009 11:40 am
This is the beginning of the spectacular "subway" section (Left Fork of North Creek) in Zion National Park, Utah, a beautiful canyoneering route which I did with some friends last weekend. The water is beautiful, and cold. See more photos from our canyoneering adventure here.
October 29, 2009 11:00 pm
Morning in Marchissy Switzerland. The cows that give us all that good Swiss cheese are taken out to pasture early in the morning. This photo is actually a single frame from video I shot with my Canon 5D Mark II. View the Morning in Marchissy Switzerland video here. The small town of Marchissy is north of Lake Geneva (Switzerland) near Nyon. You may also be interested in my previously-posted Farmhouse in Marchissy, Switzerland Photo.
September 21, 2009 8:00 am
Look closely to see 2 groups of mountaineers climbing this glacier, one group near the bottom of the photo, and the other near the top. The climbers in the photo help give a sense of the size of the surrounding crevices and fissures. The photo is zoomed in on a small part of Mont Blanc; the hikers still have a long way to go to the top. Most likely they started from Cosmiques Refuge, the base camp near the top of the Mont Blanc cable car which I mentioned in my previous photo.
September 20, 2009 8:00 am
I took this panorama on Mont Blanc in the French Alps. There is an impressive cable car that takes you from the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc to Aiguille du Midi (12,602 feet or 3,842 meters), a peak partway up the mountain. The cable car holds the world record for most elevation gained: around 9,200 feet of elevation gain in the 20 minute ride to the top. This photo only shows a tiny fraction of the Alps (French, Italian, and Swiss) that can be seen from the top of the tram. Specifically, the peak on the left is Grandes Jorasses, and the one on the very right is Dent du Geant. Both these peaks lie on the French-Italian border.
September 19, 2009 2:54 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
Katie and Kai walking into one of the Othello Tunnels near Hope in BC, Canada. No photoshop filters used; just a slow shutter speed. Photo taken March 31, 2005 when we visited Scott & Kai in Mission, BC.
May 27, 2009 8:01 am
Low tide in Birch Bay with my super-wide fisheye lens (Tokina 10-17mm).
May 16, 2009 8:04 am
These silhouetted trees with the vibrant sunset behind remind me of sticks in front of a fire. I took this photo out the car window while we were driving from Seattle to Vancouver.
May 15, 2009 8:04 am
A seagull flies above Birch Bay around sunset. I adjusted the red, green, and blue levels separately to get this surreal effect which conveys the mood of this peaceful evening. This was taken on the same trip up as the previous photo, across the border in Birch Bay, Washington.
May 14, 2009 8:04 am
Now for something different, from the other side of the world: a photo from beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This was on an afternoon walk with good friends we were visiting back in February.
May 12, 2009 9:10 pm
Mount Cyclops near Sentani is visible through the cockpit of the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft as Tim brings us in for landing.
May 3, 2009 9:03 am
For a little variety, here's a shot I took out the plane window while landing in Tokyo/Narita on my way back from Indonesia.
April 25, 2009 10:38 am
The hills around Lake Sentani as seen from the air right after taking off from the Sentani (Jayapura) airport.
April 15, 2009 8:00 am
In this part of the world there are so many unexplored (by most of us, at least) islands like this with beautiful beaches and lagoons. Usually a glimpse from the plane is all we get.
April 14, 2009 8:00 am
I thought it would be appropriate today to pause from the Papua photos for this. Katie and I got to go inside this authentic 1st century tomb in Israel last summer.
April 12, 2009 4:00 am
Equinox sunrise (March 20, 2009) was fun since I was near the equator (about 1.5 degrees north), and with Dad (who is very much aware of such celestial events). Technically, sunrise should have been exactly at 6am, and sunset exactly 6pm. This isn't necessarily the case, though, since our timezones don't always match up exactly to reality. In our case sunrise was 5:50am (at least by my watch). But the part that is true is that everyone gets a 12 hour day, and a 12 hour night. So while I was busy photographing, my dad tried to figure out how far off our time zone was, and whether he could figure out our exact position on the globe. Another fun aspect of Equinox is that the sun rises exactly (due) east on this day everywhere in the world, and at noon you have no shadow whatsoever (this second part is only true on the equator). Of course, this doesn't really say anything about the photo. :)
April 10, 2009 5:00 pm
Sunset at Bunaken Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia with local fishing boats anchored for the night.
April 10, 2009 8:16 am
Mom & Dad enjoying the boat ride to Bunaken, with Manado Tua volcanic island in the distance. Dad is holding a windmill he made out of a discarded beer can he found earlier in the day.
April 1, 2009 9:38 pm
More beautiful rice terraces from the Ifugao region in northern Luzon, Philippines.
December 19, 2008 4:12 am
The village of Bayyo and surrounding rice terraces near Bontoc, northern Philippines.
December 18, 2008 4:12 am
This was last Christmas at Pirate's Cove, a popular place for bouldering. We got there just in time for sunset, and of course my brother Andy immediately did some climbing. This was one of the first photos I took with my Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.
December 14, 2008 2:12 pm
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
Temple Mount (Mt. Moriah), where Abraham prepared Isaac as a sacrifice and God intervened, providing a lamb instead. Also where Solomon built the Temple, and where the Temple stood in Jesus' day. Currently it's the Muslim Dome of the Rock. One of the many things we saw on our Israel/Jordan tour this summer.
December 7, 2008 5:10 pm
Classic Taj Mahal shot with reflection, taken on my recent trip to India. Check out my Taj Mahal High Resolution Interactive Photo to see a bigger version of this photo.
November 22, 2008 9:57 pm
A nun walking to morning prayer in a monastery in Turkey. This beautiful sunrise was a parting gift the last morning of our 4-day stay at this monastery.
August 28, 2008 10:40 pm
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
June 12, 2008 8:14 pm
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
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
Gunung (Mountain in Indonesian) Klabat is another of the many volcanoes in the area where my parents live. My Dad has climbed it once, and we almost climbed it, but canceled the trip due to some foot injuries I had from climbing down into the crater of Mahawu. I took this photo at dusk from the car window as we were driving up the hill towards the town where my parents live.
February 19, 2008 5:32 am
Living in the Pacific Ring of Fire means living close to quite a few volcanoes, such as Mahawu. This is a favorite hiking destination for my parents since it can easily be done in an afternoon from where they live. As I took this photo from the rim of the crater, I could hear the bubbling of the hot center below. It's a steep climb from here down to the bottom, but definitely worth the effort.
February 17, 2008 6:40 pm
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
Andy took Katie, Joe, and I cross-country skiing when we visited him in Canada around the time of his graduation. It was a beautiful day in the Canadian Rockies, and though I fell a lot, I really enjoyed skiing. This is where we ate lunch.
July 25, 2007 10:05 pm
That's not the real name of this mountain in the Canadian Rockies, but when we saw it that's what it looked like. This was one of the few times we had clear skies while we were there.
June 23, 2007 9:32 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
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
Aaron, my cousin, photographer, and friend. This was taken at San Elijo State Beach near Encinitas, CA.
February 14, 2007 6:41 am
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
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
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
My brother Joe takes photos during a beautiful sunset on the coast of Manado looking out at Manado Tua, a volcanic island.
September 20, 2006 9:06 pm
As is probably obvious, this panorama was taken in the same place as the last post to the photoblog. In fact, this was part of the same panorama, which I split into two photos for easier viewing; this is looking back the other direction. It turns out that the local wildlife like this area as well, because this is where Katie spotted a wild boar (which our guides chased with their bows & arrows, but which got away), Andy saw a crocodile (close to the nearby stream), and I saw a large deer sleeping area (there may be a more technical name for such a place, but I don’t know it). It was also the place we were told to watch out for two very rare poisonous snakes (one white, one black-and-white-striped), but we didn’t get to see any.
September 9, 2006 10:12 pm
This was one of the most incredible areas on our trek: we hiked for a couple hours through what used to be part of Aiwasa Fat Lake, but is now a beautiful dry lakebed with limestone "islands" jutting up all over the place. If you look closely in the right of the photo you’ll see Benjamin, our main guide and friend on the trip. I had a lot of running to do to catch up after taking this panorama.
September 9, 2006 10:02 pm
A Sera man sits at the edge of his house overlooking limestone cliffs in the distance.
August 26, 2006 4:56 pm
The really cool lake that the mother & daughter in the previous photo live next to. We canoed across this lake on our trek.
August 23, 2006 7:59 am
Katie overlooks the massive crater of Mahawu Volcano near Tomohon, Indonesia.
July 28, 2006 1:24 am
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
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