This shot is at the foot of the stairs at one of my favorite surf breaks. I waited for hours under this cliff overhang frightened for my safety. These cliffs are crumbling by the minute and pieces of this rocky ceiling were falling all around my as I waited for that perfect moment. The perfect blend of sunset and surfer. The ever-changing Sunset Cliffs coastline in San Diego allows for some truly unique photo opportunities that due to erosion will never look the same again. You can bet that when I saw this image on my screen, I packed up and high-tailed it out of there quickly!
With a sunset like this everyone will be forced to stop and stare. Many took the train. Several sat in cars. One lucky guy rode his bike, and a photographer watched the sky all afternoon from his home just waiting for what he knew was about to be some magic. The sunset we all enjoyed did not disappoint. A shot from the archives taken back in December 2015.
The photo used on the packaging for the GoPro Hero3+ and Hero4 camera packaging. This was also featured in all their marketing and on all their billboards including the giant eight story tall building mural on Hollywood BLVD.
Before I left I did weeks of research into not only location, techniques and the metal sculpted desert inhabitants, but lots of research also went in to the living, breathing ones we may encounter as well. It was on my mind constantly, the thought of an encounter with a rattlesnake. That is, until you are several hours in to the creative process, checking and sharing camera settings, light painting the serpent sculpture with a flashlight, and setting up a large LED. It is right around this point, when you forget all you researched and are in the creative moment that you hear a rattle under your feet in the complete darkness. This is an experience I will never forget, just like the experience of seeing and photographing the sculptures of Galletta Meadows by artist Ricardo Breceda - Metal Sculptor scattered throughout the beautiful desert in Borrego Springs, CA. I can't wait to go back, but this time I will remember to take just as much care throughout the experience with where I am and what I'm around than I do light painting and checking my composition.
Twice a year, the Sun sets directly down the middle of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA. To say it is a madhouse with photographers jammed between the pylons is putting it lightly. For this shot, my son and I arrived early and were the first ones there. I’m glad because due to the massive crowd at sunset getting positioning for your best compisition is as difficult as any shot in San Diego.
A place so near and dear to me and my family. I'm so lucky to live where I can visit "The Del" when I want. This is where I proposed to my beautiful wife and where we stayed on our wedding night. It's where my Dad and Uncle worked as kids, where I would hangout in high school when I was bored, and where I'm so proud to have "come of age." Thank you, Coronado and the Hotel Del Coronado for being such a wonderful place to be.
So much hope, but a land soon forgotten. Bombay Beach now lies in ruin after a short heyday in the 60s that saw the Salton Sea as the next Las Vegas. Not much is left of the place, even the ruins are ruined, along with the hopes and dreams of many who still live here amidst the smell of rotten fish and pesky fly population.
Bombay Beach is a welfare town. A tiny neighborhood on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea where if you cut out the peripherals can easily resemble an atomic bomb testing area. Partly buried in putrid water and dead fish, with not much to do and nothing open past 6PM, the residents spend a lot of time indoors with whatever creature comforts they can afford, which probably isn't much with the median household income here only $16,000 per year. These two ladies were out for a stroll down to their buried trailer park ghost town to watch the sunset, but not without a fly swatter. An American Flag covers the bag draped over the back of this woman's scooter and she told us the government flies in canned goods for them to eat once a month. Despite their poor diet and unsavory living conditions, these two were very kind and outgoing and spoke with pride about their little corner of the universe.
The design team, T.Y Lin International were an Outstanding Award winner in 2012 in the NCSEA Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering awards program (Category – New Bridge & Transportation Structures) for their design of the unique Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in downtown San Diego. This is a bridge where architecture and engineering are integral. For instance, the inclination of the pylon and the horizontal curve in the bridge deck allow the suspenders to be anchored to only one side of the bridge deck.
The potholes at Hospitals in La Jolla doing their thing. Always a somewhat difficult and dangerous shot at this tide since it is one of the most click surfaces you could ever stand on. Add rushing water and it can easily be a recipe for disaster. The textures are oh so worth it though.
A mass lantern release in the night sky should be on everyone's bucket list. My wife and son and I went to Las Vegas with good friends who went last year to Rise, a lantern release festival. I also brought the ashes of my Dad who passed away suddenly this year with me and sprinkled some on the lantern I released along with a little note to him. What a flight and view he must have had! An incredibly beautiful, humbling and powerfully emotional moment shared by well over 10,000 people. I could do this every year. The organizers collect every lantern once the night is over.
Moody, dark and lonely. This is Tahkenitch Lake, just north of Reedsport, Oregon. In the cold month of April, these adjectives are right on the mark. If this image were all you had to go by, you surely wouldn't recognize it in the summer. Lots of rich native history here. The story of Tahkenitch Lake begins over 8,000 + years ago. As one of the most studied archaeological sites on the Central Oregon coast, this lake tells a very fascinating story of human forest management. Native American Indian villages and activity site artifacts, date back over 8,000 years. These natives actively used fire around the lake and surrounding area as a management tool. It is thought this type of forest management was used to keep the areas around the lake open and grass-covered to promote deer and elk grazing, within easy access to their encampments along the shore.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is often a wonderful subject for a photographer. There are so many varying rock formations and interesting vantage points to shoot from. On this day, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard was busy with onlookers for this amazing winter sunset. In the several minutes it took to capture this long exposure shot I was almost photo bombed by a drone and a crazy man with headphones on "tight-rope walking" the six inch concrete ledge in front of me. The scenery on the cliffs can be interesting as well.
Inspired by the beautiful works of Joel Tjintjelaar, this photo was taken between the twin towers of The Grande at Santa Fe Place in downtown San Diego. A friend of mine lives here and while dropping him off one evening I looked up from the middle of these two buildings and had an idea. I have the tools so why not try it out? There are great shadows all over from all the balcony planes along with great reflective surfaces to work with. This shot required 13 stops of neutral density using a BW 10-stop as well as a lee 3-stop in a holder. This shot was taken at around 1 PM and the process of adjusting the shadow and light using masks took about ten hours to complete. I love this technique and will do it again someday. Thankfully Joel is open to teaching his techniques, just like I am.
One of the most breathtaking city views in the world, downtown San Diego from Lucinda Street will make your heart melt for this beautiful city. The view is wide open and on a clear day is a vision you'll never forget. Taken in the picturesque fall with a nice sunset glow off the mirrored skyline.
One thing you learn quickly as a seascape photographer is that green mossy stuff on the reef is slippery! I've been very lucky over the years, but getting struck by waves when standing on this stuff is no joke! This shot was taken right before I shot another long exposure of the same scene with a 10-stop neutral density filter, taking full advantage of such a beautiful sky.
Spent a whole night out in the Anza Borrego desert shooting the sky with good friends during the annual Perseid Meteor shower. This year’s event combined with a new moon and provided the absolute ideal conditions for astro photography. Here, a perseid meteor is seen diving towards the horse sculptures of Galleta Meadows by Ricardo Breceda. There are 129 different sluptures made by the artist scattered throughout this area.
I've waited for over two years to take this photo while our son grew in to the jinbei our good friend Cobra brought back from Japan. The look tells you all, our kid is a badass ;-). Give him anything long and with a handle and watch your nads, feet, head, or anything that can be broken. In all reality, he is so cute and understanding of his Dad's crazy ideas. As soon as I told him what we were doing he had his plastic sword out before my light was even on the stand.
It's very difficult, unless you work at the Birch Aquarium to get a photo like this. Their aquarium is quite a site to behold, so it is always pretty crowded. At least when we've been here. A photo with just your son in it requires a heck of a lot of patience.
When I was working at a marketing agency in North County San Diego traffic on the 5 Freeway could at times lead me to take alternate routes home, and what a route it is! County Highway S21 just doesn't sound like it fits with the absolutely stunning views it provides. This is the overlook above North Torrey Pines beach as your leave Del Mar and enter La Jolla. Growing up here, I would surf this spot a lot and have a lot of great memories at this beach, but one that burns in to your mind is this stunning view. What a great place to live!
I was asked to shoot some photos at Bar Dynamite. The place is pretty cool. I used to come here quite a bit when I was younger. I always loved the dragon mural, but thought it was the bar's doing. Turns out the mural was here before is was "Bar-D." Never knew that.
Sunset Cliffs in San Diego provides us with stunning scenery that is slowly collapsing into the sea. Certain Sections of Sunset Blvd are hanging on for dear life against the inevitable disintegration that is to come. The cycle never stops and with it comes diverse seascapes rich in variation and beauty.
I could easily spend a few weeks photographing one little stretch of beach in Oregon called Bandon. These large rock formations are all over the beach along with caves and beautiful low tide reflections on this massive stretch of sand. A photographers paradise.
Did you know that Flamingos are mean? Yes, they are jerks. Yes, they bite. Just look at how they treat each other. What would they be doing if they weren't fighting and honking obnoxiously? Well, they can also be peaceful for a minute. Even mean birds must sleep and keep clean. Here's one caught in the small window of time when looking beautiful and calm. Don't be fooled, this bird is really just showing me the exact location of where it wants to take some of my flesh with it's powerful crooked bill.
This photo was featured on the packaging for the GoPro Hero3+ Music bundle packaging. Taken in our good friend's back yard. What a lovely location for a photo and stunning backdrop for a little guitar session. Beautiful ladies sure don't hurt either.
Beautiful, cold and dramatic. The Oregon coast is something else! A photographer's dream. I was practically frozen stiff trying to get this shot. Those moving clouds with the high wind provided lovely streaks with the long exposure, but my camera almost blew over and my fingers nearly fell off from the cold.
"Don't worry. Every little thing will be alright." Any time one has a horrible day or the news is nothing but death and destruction, some listen to Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. Others could just look at this photo of one of lovely Kristina's many nice attributes and all their troubles just fade away. Thanks for helping taking our minds off the bad stuff, Kristina!
My favorite rock in San Diego. Isolated and separate from the more popular area just to the north, it stands like a beacon of strength and hope for enduring what nature has in store. Nothing is forever, but I sure do enjoy the times I've spent here.
Don't let that smooth silky surface fool you. The ocean is always moving and always powerful. Keeping one eye on my shot and the other one on my four year-old is always challenging as a photographer in a situation like this. The first thing I do, always, before setting up is assess the situation for him. To know all dangers is priority. If you get a shot, great, if your camera gets swept to sea, you can replace it, but your precious child is irreplaceable. I'm glad we've moved into the part of his life where he's more comfortable around water and can keep his head above the surface, but that eye will still remain on him at all times.
Once an enjoyed feature on a playground filled with happy children, this tire now acts as a defiant gateway for rising and lowering sea and dead fish on the banks of the Salton Sea. This is Bombay Beach. The massive, dying lake is plagued by increasing salinity, receding shorelines and periodic fish die-offs caused by plummeting oxygen levels in its briny waters.
One of the most beautiful parks and home to both a large hippy community, a hub for hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Shakespearean Festival, Ashland is a place you'll never forget. Stop to take in the sites like Ashland Creek in Lithia Park and you won't be disappointed.
Thirty miles north of Eureka, California and almost to the Oregon Border lies Patrick's Point National Park, one of the most beautiful coastal areas on America's west coast with lush, mossy forests and an ocean overflowing with life. Seals, sea lions and migrating whales all within site of your perch way up high on the cliffs as the mighty northern pacific rumbles beneath you. This is country where nature rears back and shows you what it's all about.
How can you make an unbelievably stunning clifftop view better? Add blossoming aloe! The famed aloe blossoms above the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA are always a nice visual treat and since their flowers stick around a while, you can get a good shot of them without scratching and clawing through crowds. Getting a nice sunset in the shot can sometimes be a little trickier and requires patience, luck and a keen watchful eye.
A nice perspective on a very interesting seascape in Bandon, Oregon. The viewer has the added advantage of being able to take this site in without the horrible smell that festers in this cave. Urine and feces, not the combination that makes you want to hangout in here for too long.
Waiting for the right textured water to flow over the potholed reef means you're going to get wet. The longer it takes for the right combination of elements the more the tide comes in adding a higher possibility of getting blasted by an incoming wave. A risky set of circumstances for us photographers. Ah, what the heck. Have to get the shot!
Ever been so fixated on the sky and the beautiful display it was putting on that you forget your common sense? I walked out at low tide and climbed on this rock. I should've checked my tide chart, as the incoming tide just about stranded me out there with very expensive gear! I was so focused on getting the shot I didn't even notice the water slowly surrounding me.
I met some wild friends from Boston in Las Vegas and this image is a collage of memories from the crazy night that ensued. I took the original photo into my reflection in the elevator waiting area on our floor of the MGM Grand.
Sometimes it's great to look around the house for items to make your photos more unique and special. I found these little metal tags in our "projects" box. Mixed with some scrabble pieces you can make wedding ring photos more special.
While in Vegas staying in one of the wrap-around rooms at The Cosmopolitan our three year-old wanted us to spin him in this chair. I couldn't resist to grab my camera with a view like this with my favorite two people in it. With the slow shutter and manually firing my speed light I was able to capture some interesting images of my spinning son.
Photo taken in the middle of Park Blvd in Joshua Tree National Park just west of Skull Rock. From my research I knew the Milky Way would pass directly over this stretch of road at this time of night so timed my spots accordingly. What a wonderful night of shooting with good friends.
Michael Kiner (AKA Mix Skywalker) in the pilot's chair navigating his way through my band Processor's full length album. We are so stoked to have this man working with us. Judging by the single worn cushion on the leather couch this angle is taken from, this is a familiar sight for many musicians who've sat here through the night into the early morning while magic is being made between musicians and one heck of an engineer.