Alabama Hills in Monochrome

The night before we drove home from Bishop, Mary convinced me to “sleep-in” until 7 AM because there was not going to be any good sky the next morning.  We decided we would photograph the Alabama Hills the next morning in infrared.  Our “go-to” sunny day solution.  Here is what we made. Continue reading

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Park and Point: Sunrise at Convict Lake, CA

We just stayed in Bishop for a long three day weekend to capture fall color in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the first weekend in October.  We made photos at Convict Lake for two sunrises.  Thankfully, it was not that cold and not that crowded.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Fall color on the Eastside (eastern Sierra Nevada)

GO NOW.  Here is what we saw last weekend in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Bishop and June Lakes area.  We think the best color right now is along South Lake Road.  With a bit of wind and rain, the leaves will be knocked down soon, so go now if you can.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

An Afternoon Among Ancient Bristlecone Pines

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The entrance to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is located just outside of Big Pine, CA along CA highway 395.  It can take as long as an hour to drive up the hill into the White Mountains, but it is well worth the trip to see some of the oldest living trees on earth.  Here is how to make your own photos. Continue reading

A Cold Morning Photographing at North Lake, CA

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Notice the layer of fog that formed above the lake – it was cold!

North Lake is a few miles outside of Bishop, CA along highway 395.  It is one of the most photographed spots in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.  Here is how to do it. Continue reading

How to Photograph Arch Walk in Lone Pine, CA

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Lathe Arch with Lone Pine Peak (left)  and Mount Whitney (center)

The Lathe and Mobius Arches are the two most famous and most photographed arches in California.  With a bit of planning and a little time, you can get your own photo of these unique structures.  Here’s how. Continue reading

What is “combat photography” and how to survive it

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

First, this blog is in no way disrespectful to actual combat photographers past, present and future.  If you are the average photographer, your battles will be more close to home AND will be with other photographers.  You know what I mean.  When you go to popular spots or been on a photography workshop, no doubt you have experienced “combat photography.”  If you have not had this experience, here is what its like AND what you can do to survive it. Continue reading

A Weekend in the Eastern Sierra Nevada

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The vast area folded between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the White Inyo mountain range is dramatic, infinitely varied, and ultimately majestic.  The south-western end has the highest point in North America, Mount Whitney.  The Owens River Valley splits the area in two, and the 14,000 foot White Mountain Peak anchors the north-eastern end.  In contains the volcanic peak, Mammoth Mountain ski resort, as well as, Mono Lake, one of the oldest bodies of water on earth.  The two-laned CA Highway 395 is well-known, loved and hated, as the artery for ski bums to get their fix, and the only way to experience the entire valley (the “Eastside”) from end-to-end. Continue reading