Pioneertown started as a live-in old west motion-picture set that was built in the 1940s. The set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while using their homes as the main street in an old western movie. Here is what you might see. Continue reading
One of our favorite locations in Joshua Tree is the Jumbo Rocks campground and trail to Skull Rock. This has one of the most picturesque rock walls in the park. Here’s how to photograph it.
Mary and I last saw water in Barker Dam in 2009. With the drought in CA these past eight years, this particular photo has been elusive. However, once you see this reflection shot, it’s like crack for photographers. You want to make this photo over and over again. We recently went to Joshua Tree two weekends in a row to try to get the best photo we could. Here’s what happened. Continue reading
Because of all of the rain in Southern CA, the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree has a lot of water for the first time in about eight years. Mary and I made a trip out there just to get that one shot. There’s a lot you can do in Josh in one day. Here’s what we did. Continue reading
We recently went to Joshua Tree with our good friends Mark and Carolynn. We only had time to shoot one afternoon and one morning. We had bald skies again, but did the best we could with what we had. We went to Josh about two years ago as novice photographers (see original blog post for more photos), so we were looking forward to seeing how we might have improved our eyes and our skills. Here is our tight itinerary: Continue reading
Summer is coming to a close and its time to start planning your fall and winter trips. One of the premier deserts in Southern California is in Joshua Tree National Park. Josh is, actually, two large ecosystems – The Colorado Desert with stands of spike-like ocotillo plants and cholla cactus and the Mojave Desert which has extensive stands of Joshua Trees.
The prime time to visit Joshua Tree is October through April. The late Spring and Summer are unbearably hot – in the low 100s many days. However, in the cooler late fall and winter, it is really mild, sometimes even very cold, and very beautiful. Besides better weather, photographing Josh in the winter also is advantageous for the lower sun and flatter light, as well as reasonable sunrise and sunset times. Continue reading