Warner Mountains

Warner Mountains.

Warner Mountains.

I’ve been going back through my archives and I rediscovered this photo that I took back in May 2009 while visiting my mother-in-law in Lakeview, Oregon.

I really like this photo. Especially the clouds. I used a color correction technique that I learned from my friend Vincent Versace to remove the color cast that you normally get when shooting clouds–they’re full of water so they tend to skew a little bluish.

But if you add a Threshold layer in Photoshop, you can identify the parts of the image that should be white and black. You then use a Curves Adjustment layer and set the white point and black point of the curve to the white and black points you identified from the Threshold layer. With that simple technique, you can get clouds that look like these.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park, December 2013

Joshua Tree National Park, December 2013

Ft. Lauderdale Morning Clouds


Digging deep into my library on this one. This is from a trip to Ft. Lauderdale (albeit many years after I would have been eligible to attend a Spring Break party) to present at a Kelby Training event.

I had a high floor room at the Westin right on the ocean and on that morning, I woke up very early due to the travel. When I went to the window, this is what I saw. I quickly grabbed my camera and went out on the balcony. This was my favorite shot of the bunch.

Multnomah Falls


I started looking back at some of my older photos and found this one of Multnomah Falls. I took this back in 2011 on an early May morning with my friends Vincent Versace and Brian Matiash.

We had to get to the falls pretty early (around 6:30am – which I guess isn’t that early) to shoot the iconic bridge without any other tourists lingering. Usually, that leads to taking a lot of shots and then quite a bit of masking in Photoshop to remove them all. Instead, we opted to show up early before anyone else was there.

Wishing that there were more opportunities down here in Santa Barbara to photograph water, but given our stage 2 drought, I’m left looking back at photos like this.

Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park

27 second long exposure of Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park

27 second long exposure of Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park

Oh, how I love long exposure photography. This one was 27 seconds long and I used my trusty iOS app, Slower Shutter that I developed to help me figure out just how long of an exposure I needed. I still ended up tweaking the exposure a little in Lightroom, but the app cuts down the amount of trial and error significantly.

Half Dome Profile

Yosemite's Half Dome from Washburn Point

Half Dome from Washburn Point

They should have sent a poet.

We just got back from our first trip to Yosemite. In all sincerity, it is hard to describe just how amazing it is there. The scale of it all is unbelievable. You really have to see it for yourself.

This is perhaps my favorite photo from our trip. There are more coming, but for now, I wanted to share this one of Half Dome. It was taken from Washburn Point.

We were intending to go to Glacier Point, and we ultimately did, but when we came around the corner and saw this view, we immediately pulled in and jumped out.

I’ll never forget this trip. If you’re heading to Yosemite, here’s a Google map for where this was taken.