Best of 2013, #8

(Click an image to see a nicer and larger presentation) “Hills of Green” Arca Swiss rm3di with PhaseOne IQ180 back, Rodenstock 40mm HR ⅛th sec at f/11, iso 35, 14 shot stitch This year I attended a workshop in Yosemite taught by Rodney Lough. I’ve admired his work for many years, not only is his […]

Best of 2013 … #9

Best of 2013 ... #9

“Queen’s Bath” Arca Swiss rm3di, PhaseOne IQ180 back, Rodenstock 40mm HR lens ½ second at f/22, is0 35, 2 shot stitch #9 in my top 10 is an image I really love, but it almost didn’t make the cut. Maybe I’m too critical of my own work, but there are many technical things about the […]

Another year gone … time for best of 2013

Another year gone ... time for best of 2013

“Aspens in Fall” Phase One DF with IQ180 back Phase/Schneider 55mmLS, 0.6 Secs at f/8, iso 35 This series each year is sort of the old “good news, bad news” prospect.  Good in that I enjoy it, bad in that it means I’m another year older. This year was a little tougher in that respect […]

Green River Overlook

Green River Overlook

Green River Overlook PhaseOne DF with IQ180 back, Mamiya 45mm lens, 3 seconds at f/22, ISO 35 I’m in Moab for a few days to attend a workshop with one of my mentors, Andy Biggs.  I’ve always admired  his work … it’s fantastic.  Not only is he a fabulous photographer, but his knowledge in post […]

“Toward the Light” … new version

"Toward the Light" ... new version

Recently I’ve been working on clearing out my entire library.  My goal was to find just the images I think  have potential, and get rid of the rest.   Using a color code system as well as star ratings, I went through my files and eliminated thousands of images. Now I have a “workable” number […]

My best/favorite image from 2012 … “Scripps Pier Window”

My best/favorite image from 2012 ... "Scripps Pier Window"

  As I mentioned in my last post, the reason I chose this as my number one image instead of Antelope Canyon Skylight was based more on an emotional attachment.  I really like both of them, and I can find good points as well as faults with both, but not enough faults to decide one […]

#2 of 2012 … Antelope Canyon Skylight

#2 of 2012 ... Antelope Canyon Skylight

I had a hard time deciding which image was my number 1 vs 2 image for the year.  I really like both of them, and I couldn’t come up with any good reasons to pick one over the other. Ultimately the decision was pretty arbitrary, based on something not related to the quality of the […]

#3 of 2012 … Moonrise over Totem Pole

#3 of 2012 ... Moonrise over Totem Pole

I’m getting near the end of my top 10 list from last year and at this point putting them in order has gotten quite challenging.  Of all the images I’ve taken from the last year, the last 3 are definitely my favorite … maybe they represent my “best of the best”?  Anyway,   choosing the […]

#4 … Black Beach

#4 ... Black Beach

So back to my top 10 of 2012 countdown. On my recent trip to Maui I decided to stay in Hana for a couple of nights.  The drive to Hana is interesting, but doing the round trip thing is really not much fun.  To get to any location there by sunrise would mean driving out […]

Balboa Pier

Balboa Pier

  I thought I would take a break from my top 10 countdown (for all 3 of you that follow my blog) with a few images from tonight.  I’m in Newport Beach for a little golf and relaxation, so I headed down to Balboa Pier for the sunset tonight.  This is the first time I’ve […]

#5 … Mesa Arch

#5 ... Mesa Arch

I considered not including this image this year for a few reasons.  While Mesa Arch may be the most scenic natural arch to photograph, it’s also one of the most photographed.  I like shooting all types of scenes, some are “iconic” and attract thousands of photographers each year, while others are random.  Often online when […]

#6 … Secret Cove Pastels

#6 ... Secret Cove Pastels

No top 10 from me would seem complete without at least one image from one of my all time favorite location to shoot seacscapes, Maui’s Pa’ako Beach (better known as Secret Cove). I visit there for sunset at least once each trip to Maui.  The formation of rocks creating  a channel which the waves wash […]

#7 of 2012 … 3 Bears Falls

#7 of 2012 ... 3 Bears Falls

The next image in my countdown again is evidence I don’t shoot nearly as much as I would like … it’s just a waterfall shot in Hawaii. After my re-work of my last image of Hunt’s Mesa I think this image probably should have moved to #8 but the list was made and Hunt’s Mesa […]

#8 of 2012, Hunt’s Mesa

#8 of 2012, Hunt's Mesa

  My number 8 image of 2012 almost didn’t make the cut.  I’ve worked on images from this shoot at least 8 or 10 times without getting anything I was really pleased with. A couple of friends have commented on how they like them, but I was a little dismissive  since they shared the same […]

2012 … #9

2012 ... #9

Rolling in at number 9 of my top 10 of 2012 is a nice image taken while on Maui.  Those who follow my work know seascapes are one of my favorite things to photograph, and frequently I head to California or Hawaii for vacation and a chance to shoot images of the coast.  I’ve been […]

Top 10 of 2012 … #10

Top 10 of 2012 ... #10

So we come to the end of another year, a time we all look ahead and vow to do something “different”.  New Year’s resolutions and all that. Part of that process is looking back and reviewing what was good and bad about 2012 – after all making change is the result of wanting to do […]

Farewell to Maui …

Farewell to Maui ...

So another visit to paradise has come to an end.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Maui many times, but only in the last few years have I really explored it for photographic opportunities.  This trip there was a little less photography, a little more golf and relaxation, but I still managed to find enough […]

Waianapanapa … black sand beach

Waianapanapa ... black sand beach

A trip to Hana isn’t something one takes lightly … it takes 3 to 4 hours to drive the 45 miles or so from Kahului to this isolated little town on the far east side of Maui.  To drive from Ka’anapali means another 30 minutes or more.  Then you have to drive even further to […]

Secret Cove …

Secret Cove ...

I always head over to Paako Beach (commonly referred to as Secret Cove) at least once each visit to Maui.  I normally stay in Ka’anapali which is on the west side of the island, so the drive there is about 45 minutes each way … that’s why it’s usually only one time each visit.  Despite […]

Another Maui seascape …

Another Maui seascape ...

The weather is odd right now, some slight southerly breezes blowing volcanic smoke from the Big Island mixing with the humid marine layer leaves a pretty strong haze.  They call it “Vog”, I guess short for volcanic fog.  Makes for nice orange suns, but pretty cloudless.  There are a few places close to the hotel for […]

Dragon’s Teeth, Kapalua, Maui

Dragon's Teeth, Kapalua, Maui

The blog has been somewhat neglected lately … nothing like a trip to get things going again, and not many places better than Maui for that.  I’m here for 9 days, including a couple of nights in Hana.  Should be fun.  The last time I was here I explored a rocky location in Kapalua.  I’ve […]

Scripps Pier … redo?

Scripps Pier ... redo?

I enjoy posting things on line as I shoot each day … my family enjoys seeing what I’m up to and it gives me something to do each night.  My normal process is to upload the images from my CF cards to my laptop and external drive as soon as I’m back at the hotel. […]

Scripps Pier … twice a year …

Scripps Pier ... twice a year ...

  OK, that’s sort of a stupid rhyme.  But twice a year events are somewhat common in landscape photography as the sun makes it’s annual trek across the horizon.  This means that some rare locations experience events only when the sun is in the right place.  Sometimes those last a few days such as Horsetail […]

Cottonwood Creek along the Cockscomb Fault

Cottonwood Creek along the Cockscomb Fault

“Candyland” | Nex 7 with aMount Zeiss 18-80 at 18mm   It’s been a great trip with my friends Randy Collier and Richard Ansley.  Weather for our final night in Page wasn’t too great.  The location we headed to looked terrific, but a big storm and intense winds made it impossible to shoot.  I’ll check […]