Redemption on the Racetrack Playa

The last time I visited the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park was in January of 2013. Despite it being utterly obvious to even write, I was a totally different photographer than I am today. I saw things differently, reacted to things differently, and composed things differently. My camera was different and my choice of lens was, too. On top […]

By |Jan 24th, 2015|

The Catch-22 of the Mesquite Dunes

On one hand, I think it’s great that the National Parks Service has made it so easy for even the modestly mobile tourist to park their car and walk up to the beautiful Mesquite Dunes within Death Valley National Park. Standing in the midst of these beautiful formations is something that everyone should experience. However, the downside becomes exceptionally apparent […]

By |Jan 22nd, 2015|

The Otherworldly Cottonball Basin

I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for not going on an absolute lunacy-driven spell after spending a week without virtually any cell signal. Fortunately, I’m pleased to say that the photo workshop led by me and my good bud, James Brandon, went very well! We took our students to a variety of locations within […]

By |Jan 21st, 2015|

Why you should embrace obstacles

The photographer who I was two or three years ago would look at a scene like this and immediately walk right by it. “There are too many damn trees in the way!” is something that I’d likely bark to myself. I suppose that’s a natural progression of growth for me. I usually start with something laid out in a clear, sensical way and […]

By |Jan 13th, 2015|

Facing off with Little ZigZag Falls

You know what will help clear a Las Vegas-induced cold? Taking in the crisp and fresh air in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon. My good bud, Matt Kloskowski, is visiting town again (he works for onOne, Inc. – a Portland-based company) and so we rallied the troops to get some nature shooting under our belts. Joining us […]

By |Jan 11th, 2015|

A Quick Photo Tip: Fill the frame

I wanted to share a quick photo tip with you that can help tremendously when you want to bring attention to your primary subject. Simply, let it hog up your frame. Now, take that in jest for a bit. You obviously don’t want to completely inundate the frame with your primary subject (unless it makes sense to) but instead of […]

By |Jan 7th, 2015|