As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.
Tag: low light
As I reflect on this past year, I’m amazed how much 2015 was a year of learning, growth, and so many firsts for me. I finally began making photographs as opposed to taking them. By this, I mean I diligently began researching locations, learning new techniques, and visualizing the imagery I wanted to capture for the year ahead. I also decided that photography is meaningless unless you share your knowledge and wonder with others; the photographers I respect most are the ones who are always willing to teach others and share what they know. Read the Post A Year of Learning: My Favorites of 2015
The Great Basin bristlecone pine, which grows between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level, is a long-living species of tree found in the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest in California. One member of this species, at over 5,000 years old, is the oldest known living organism on Earth. I had long wanted to capture these trees under a clear night sky, and on a recent trip to the eastern Sierra, we took the long trip from where we were camping at Lundy Lake to this remote area east of Bishop, approximately 70 miles away. Read the Post The Incredible Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Located in Northern California, Lassen Volcanic National Park is an astoundingly beautiful, diverse, yet under-appreciated park in the national park system. Lassen gets approximately 400,000 visitors per year, while nearby heavyweight, Yosemite, overshadows Lassen with an astounding 3.8 million annual visitors! So what does that mean? For introverted nature photographers like me, averse to large crowds, Lassen is a perfect national park visit even in the high season. And, the park is renown for evidence of it’s volcanic activity. Here are some of my favorite highlights, just barely scratching the surface of this beautiful park. Read the Post Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mono Lake, a large, desert saline lake in California, has one of the most surreal and alien looking landscapes ever seen anywhere. One of it’s defining features is it’s tufa rock formations, resembling stalactites, and are in fact, deposits of calcium-carbonite towers caused by the interaction between freshwater springs fed by the tributaries which flow through Lundy Canyon, and alkaline lake water, caused by lack of an outlet causing high levels of salt to accumulate in the lake. Read the Post Milky Way Over Mono Lake
The short, damp days of winter in Sacramento seems to lend itself to exploring a facet of photography that for me, has been up until now, mostly unexplored: the exciting world of night photography. Primarily photographing landscapes, my most engaged time of day to be out shooting as my schedule allows is typically at sunrise and sunset, with some post-processing in the middle of the day. I still have a day job to pay the bills, after all, and going in and getting off of work when it’s still dark can really put a damper on your spirits, particularly when you want to continue to be creative. So these past few weeks, rather than lament the short, overcast, rainy days, I tried some new things, and re-tried some old things. Read the Post The Short, Damp Days of Winter
One thing that Seattle has REALLY got going on is the abundance of scenic vantage points from which to photograph the city. And what a picturesque and vibrant city it is. I was here recently days before the Seattle Seahawks played a NFL playoff home game and the energy and enthusiasm in this town was palpable. There are numerous free and inexpensive vantage points from which to admire the dramatic views and admire the city. Read the Post Dramatic Seattle Vantage Points