Antelope Canyon

I took this shot while on a tour of Upper-Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. I traveled over here just after visiting Havasu Falls and Horseshoe Bend. The place itself was gorgeous and  exactly what I had expected from other photographs that I had seen of the area. The only difference was how packed it was. There are basically two different tours. The regular tour and the photographic tour. Here I thought I would be able to just wander around it myself but unfortunately you need to go on a tour in order to get into the canyon. I wanted to go on the photographic tour because they will block the traffic of people for you and let you use a tripod but it filled up fast and it was also ridiculously expensive. Fortunately, I was still able to grab a few good shots with no one in it on the regular tour. I had to set my ISO fairly high because it was cloudy and dark in the canyon and I didn’t have a tripod. Because of the short notice, I wasn’t able to book a tour during the peak hours when the sun shines in but I was still able to get some good shots. This is actually just one image, no combined exposures or anything. I did some curves and levels adjustments and basic editing. Hope you like the...

Horseshoe Bend

While visiting Page, Arizona to check out Antelope Canyon, I also ended up stopping at Horseshoe Bend. This was right off one of the main roads going into Page and it was a really short hike, probably about a mile and a half or so. This is an pretty iconic spot for photographers because of the way the Colorado River loops around the canyon. I lucked out on the day I went because it had been cloudy every other day that week and I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to catch a glimpse of the sunset, but fortunately the clouds broke at the right time. It was fairly packed for a weekday night and there were photographers lined up throughout this spot. I was able to squeeze between a couple that were right where I wanted to be without obstructing there view. I took about 7 different exposures for this shot because of the difference in lighting between the sky and the ground. I wanted to get as much detail as possible in this case. You can actually see a group of rafters at the bottom of the canyon if you look closely. I edited this photo in CS6 and used Nik Color Efex Pro which is now free since Google bought them out. Hope you like the...

Havasu Falls

This was the first place I visited on my cross country trip. I have wanted to go to Havasu Falls for a long time because of how beautiful it is with the blue water. Getting there was the hard part. To get to the trailhead you have to drive 60 miles down this road on an Indian reservation and then hike about 8 miles to a little Indian village that is buried in the middle of nowhere in this valley. Not to mention you need to get reservations a few months out which I didn’t realize until I got there. Fortunately I was able to get a day pass and still visit. There are actually several waterfalls at this location but Havasu Falls was definitely my favorite. This shot is composed of 5 exposures that I blended using luminosity masks. I had to make up for the difference in lighting since it was still light out. Hope you like the...

Catalina Island

I recently took a short vacation that I had been long awaiting ever since I came to California, to Catalina Island. I never was able to get too much time off or would always forget about it when I did but fortunately I finally had the chance. Just a few weeks before I leave on my cross country trip too. This is Avalon, the port that we went to and I’m sure most people visit when they go here. This beach is called Crescent Beach for a reason and it is hard to do this place justice in just a single photography. But it was like a little vacation paradise. All the shops were owned by locals and it literally takes about an hour to drive around the whole island on a golf cart. So needless to say it is very small. Two days here was plenty of time to see everything though and I was fortunate enough to be able to snag this shot before it was too late. That little coliseum looking structure is called the casino although it isn’t actually a casino. It has a movie theater, a ballroom, and a island art and history museum. The reason why it is called the casino is because in Italian, casino means a gathering place. I took this shot on the side of a road that skirted the island. This is made up of 5 exposure and I used Luminosity masks for blending. Hope you like the...

Engagement

My best friend came out to visit me in California and asked if I would take her engagement photos so of course I agreed. I love taking photos of people considering it is the area where I have the most room to grow and this was one of those opportunities. We chose to do the shoot at several location since it was spanned over two days. We started at the Huntington Library, from there we went to Huntington Beach, and the final day we ended at Corona Del Mar. I have hundreds of photos to go through still so expect to see many more to come. But this was my favorite of the bunch so I decided that I would post this one. I always love when it works out that both the people that I am shooting are attractive because it makes getting great shots easy. And these photo shoots were no exception. The best part about this day was that it was overcast and made great filtered light. I don’t have too much equipment in California anymore since I brought a lot of my stuff home, so all of my shots are done with natural light and that;s why I felt so fortunate for a nice, filtered, overcast sky. I tried to get a bit of the vines in the foreground to add to framing and keep things interesting. Hope you like the...