The Coast

This is an old shot from the California coast in Corona Del Mar that I dug up while I was looking through old photos. This was my favorite beach to take photos at while I was living out there. The beach is super rocky and there are a lot of awesome photo spots. These were some random rocks that caught my eye while I was looking for new spots on the beach.  This was shot with my Nikon d810 mounted on a Manfrotto Befree tripod. Surprisingly, this is only one RAW image with minimal editing. When I first started photography I overly edited photos, but I have learned to scale it back a bit. I found that the less I edited photos, the better they often looked. All this photo needed were some curves and color balancing adjustments. The Coast Please follow and like...

Jackson Hole

This is an old shot from when I was visiting Mormon Row near the Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole. I have other shots that I posted previously, entitled Mormon Row and Grand Teton, from the same area. This is one of my favorite spots on the trip. I was surprised at how amazing this place was considering I had pretty low expectations for Wyoming. Wyoming and Oregon are tied for my favorite states. I was expecting to use a wide angle lens to take this shot but I ended up having to use a 70-200mm. This helped compress the background and bring the building closer to the mountains. In reality, it is much further than it looks in this picture. I have been editing single photos more often lately instead of multiple bracketed photos. Unfortunately, I got here midday, but the sun still made for a nice shot. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Wayside Inn Mill

This was my first time visiting Wayside Inn Mill and it definitely won’t be my last. This spot is near Boston in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to take photos because I have been so busy with school. I realized I needed a break and took the excursion out to this mill. This spot was only about an hour away and the beautiful fall weather made for a great motorcycle ride. Fortunately, I got here in time to catch some autumn colors. Soon I will be posting another picture of a church that was about a five minute walk from here. I didn’t even know about the church until I got to this spot but it made for awesome pictures. For this shot, I stitched 3 pictures together because a wedding party was taking photos and I had to crop them out. I shot this with my Nikon D810. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Castle Hill

This spot is a hidden gem. I was born in New England and wish I knew about this location sooner. Castle Hill lighthouse, located in Newport, Rhode Island, is just a short walk from nearby parking through a wooded path to the shoreline. It was overcast all day and started drizzling once we got here but the cloudy sky made for better photos. I never like takings sunset pictures of a cloudless sky. I find it make the pictures boring and uninteresting. Once I got here I had to hop out to the farthest rock I could find to grab this shot where I mounted the camera on my tripod and snapped away. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Grand Canyon

I took this shot at the Grand Canyon during my cross-country trip. The Grand Canyon always seems pretty massive in photos but until visiting, I was never able to fully appreciate it. This was my first time visiting the Grand Canyon. I didn’t know when I would be back so I took as many pictures as possible and stayed until sunset. I took this shot as the sun was setting. Usually I will look towards the sun to get the colors of the clouds near it, but the colors here were better on the canyon walls. Most of the gated tourist spots didn’t have the views I liked, but this spot wasn’t too far off the walking path. I took this shot with my Nikon D810, and I had it mounted on my manfrotto befree tripod. I got this tripod specifically for this trip and it worked great. It barely took up any space and it was sturdy enough to hold up my D810 with a battery grip and a wide angle lens. I processed one image for this photo. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Mormon Row

When I was visiting passing through Wyoming, I decided to stop at Mormon Row. I stopped here after I left Yellowstone National Park. Pictures never seem to do the locations justice and this spot was not exception. The barns were in the perfect spot for photos. I would definitely suggest stopping here if anyone was visiting Wyoming. While no one actually lives in these barns anymore, they seem to be more of a historical landmark. Because there were only three people visiting when I went, I didn’t mind. My wide angle lens was perfect to have the fence leading in the frame. I have been working on having more foreground focus points in my wide angle pictures. This image is a single RAW image edited using Photoshop CS6. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Grand Teton

I was traveling on my motorcycle to a campground that was located right off Jenny lake near the Grand Teton mountains when these clouds started appearing. I didn’t want to stop since I was so close to the campground and I knew that I needed to set up my tent once I got there. But I just couldn’t pass up this shot though, so I ended up pulling off to the side of the road to snap this one off. This route through Wyoming is hands down, one of the most beautiful drives that I have done. I went through the middle of Yellowstone to get here and this was my next stop. These mountains are one of those places is hard to believe how amazing it is until you actually see it. The clouds just added to the drama of the scene. I took this with my Nikon D810 mounted on a tripod. There are 5 bracketed photos for this shot and used luminosity masks in Photoshop CS6 in order to get the lighting I was looking for. Please follow and like...

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 results. Please follow and like...

Leading Lines

It’s been a while since I have been out taking pictures and it has been even longer since I have posted any. Since I have gotten out of the Marine Corps and became a civilian I have been keeping pretty busy. Holding two jobs, a relationship, and keeping in touch with friends takes a lot of time but fortunately I was able to venture off the other day for a few hours to get some shots at this beach. This was shot at Corona Del Mar, my usual favorite spot to go to when I am short on time and I can’t travel too far. Every time I have visited this beach I have always gone to the area that is a little South of the beach that is next to the canal. This time I decided to try somewhere new and go a little further South past the second beach down that way. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. There were a whole bunch of different spots like the one shown in this picture where the rocks were leading into the water and it was amazing. The only down side was it was a little more crowded than my usual spot and I found myself fighting for a spot to take pictures with other photographers. Usually when I take photos at the beach I face towards the sunset, but this time I tried something different. There was a nice rock formation that was a little further out in the water that I really like and I wanted to include that in my picture, so instead of facing the sunset I actually faced away from it and I found that the colors were just as gorgeous and unique. This is a standard 5...

Heisler Park

It has been a little while since I have gone out to take any pictures recently because I have had a little change in my life situation. Basically, I just entered the real world. I completed my active duty contract with the Marine Corps and started working a full time job along with a part time job so I have been pretty busy. I love the work and keeping busy but photography will always be a passion of mine that I can’t live without. That’s why I was happy to get to visit Heisler Park, in Laguna. This is a rare occasion that I get to visit somewhere new after being here for a little over 5 years because I have already visited most of California. But surprisingly, some of the closest places to me are the ones that I seemed to have overlooked since they never caught my eye. I saw that the sky might prove to make for a nice sunset on this day and I didn’t have time to go far so I settled with a closer location I guess you could say. Turns out, it wasn’t much of settling after all since I am extremely happy with how this photo came out and was fortunate to get such a great opportunity. I shot this just off the path in the park with my Nikon D810. I wanted to take a sunset shot but when I was snapping away at the sunset, it just wasn’t what I hoped. It wasn’t until I turned around that I saw these beautiful colors in the sky. I hadn’t had a sunset like this in some time and I was so happy to get it. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...