Mentor Series Trek – California

The California trek was full of beautiful subjects to photograph, guided by two excellent mentors in Michael Schwarz and Dave Black, kept on track by Michelle Cast, our group leader and shared with a fun and interesting group of fellow trekkers. After a morning spent meeting our mentors and learning the technical aspects of light Read more about Mentor Series Trek – California[…]

Nuts, Lavender & Alpacas – A Day in Valley Center

Nuts, Lavender & Alpacas. Sounds like a strange combination, doesn’t it. It was one day in the life of a So Cal Explorer. The meetup started at Bates Nut Farm. Turns out they don’t grow their own nuts anymore, but they have a store, petting zoo and fields to explore. They also hold weddings and Read more about Nuts, Lavender & Alpacas – A Day in Valley Center[…]

Photographing The Flower Fields

Photographing The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California is a funny concept to me. A ranch overlooking the Pacific ocean plants 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus in every color imaginable then charges an admittance fee to admire and photograph the results:) Only open for a few weeks a year, it gets a big crowd wanting Read more about Photographing The Flower Fields[…]

Heritage Flight

Photographing the Planes of Fame Airshow

The challenge of photographing planes with propellers is that you need a slow enough shutter speed to capture the blur of the propeller, but not so slow that the rest of the plane is a blur. When photographing the airshow at Planes of Fame, I put my camera in shutter priority mode and selected a Read more about Photographing the Planes of Fame Airshow[…]

F-22 Raptor

Photographing the F-22 Raptor

Okay. This photo is example of why airshows need to hire photographers to stage their static displays. 🙁 What could be a better photograph of a static F-22 Raptor then looking straight down it’s nose? So why block the view with light stands and other junk? Not to mention the building in the background. If Read more about Photographing the F-22 Raptor[…]

Tower of the Virgin at sunrise

Tower of the Virgin at Sunrise

Before I went to Zion National Park last November, I read a book called Photographing the Southwest by Laurent Martres to get ideas for the best sunrise and sunset locations. The recommendation for sunrise was Tower of the Virgin. The best place to photograph it is from the patio area behind the Zion musuem. The Read more about Tower of the Virgin at Sunrise[…]