Fourth Lake Reflection

There's a basin with about a dozen lakes in it up Big Pine Creek. About halfway through someone apparently got tired of naming them, so this is Fourth Lake. The pines here aren't particularly big, but the creek was probably named for tall Ponderosa pines downstream. I've starting a High Sierra album here on G+:
#sierranevada #highsierraphotography #backpacking #landscapephotography


California's High Sierra

I've re-processed some old images for my book, and discovered a few new photos when I revisited the folders they were in. I'm starting a High Sierra album here on G+:
#SierraNevada #HighSierra #landscapephotography


In Album High Sierra

Wild Mustard in Napa Valley

Spring is a great time to visit Napa Valley. This is when the vineyards fill with wild mustard, like this vineyard in Oakville, California.
Here's an album with more of my wine-related photos here on G+:
#napavalley #spring #wildmustard #landscapephotography
+California Photography Workshops


Moon, Mars, Venus Setting Over Mount Whitney

Here's another photo of the Moon – Mars- Venus conjunction setting over Mt Whitney in "blue hour" twilight light a couple of weeks ago. Astronomer +Philip Plait has a nice write-up on the event his Bad Astronomy blog on +Slate, which features the time-lapse video I created:

The moon was actually in a thin crescent phase, but being positioned towards the sun, as seen from the moon the sun was illuminating a nearly "full earth", which provided a lot of "earth shine" to illuminate the portion of the moon's face not directly lit by the sun. It's a pretty cool phenomenon to see, best seen a couple of days before or after the new moon, when the moon is close to the horizon in morning or evening twilight.

I anticipated this alignment with Mount Whitney using +The Photographer's Ephemeris , as I did a moon rise over Mono lake tufa and a lunar eclipse setting behind jagged peaks during the G+/Panoramio Eastern Sierra photowalk in June 2012:

#science #sciencesunday #astronomy #astrophotography #landscapephotography
More of my astrophotography videos:


iPhone Bokeh

Sometimes I pull out my cell phone to capture a shot, either to take advantage of the depth of field, to capture a simple panorama with no extra steps, to use a fish eye or macro lens in my pocket, or simply to record a place, thing or moment conveniently without having to get out a DSLR.

My iPhone 5S has been close to full for months now, so I can either clear out many of the images and videos, or I can (delete them all and) trade up to an iPhone 6+. I've been very impressed with the photos I've taken on +Lori Hibbett 's 6+, but I'm close enough now though to whatever might come out from Apple in the Fall, either a 6S or 7, that the other possibility is waiting for something even better.

#bokeh #iphoneography #iphone5s #landscapephotography


An iPhone Visits a Ghost Town

It sounds like the setup for a joke, but the punch line is… as a camera it did pretty well! The park hasn't touched most of the interiors in decades, and they don't want anyone even disturbing the dust. So having a light "camera" that is easy to maneuver can be particularly handy for low angle perspectives and hard-to-reach places where a big camera would be awkward.

As in past years, most of our Bodie workshops in 2015 bundle six hours of sunrise & interior access with another six to seven hours of sunset and night shooting. Our June 11 date is nearly full, but the others have room at the moment:

#Bodieghosttown #nightphotography #photographywhorkshop #iphoneography +Bodie Photo Workshops


In Album Bodie State Historic Park, California

Free Perfect Effects 9 for 500px Members

Are you interested in trying more black and white conversions with more flexibility? If you're a +500px member, you may be eligible for a free copy of +on1 Perfect Effects 9 software to give yourself more options for black and white conversion (as well as many color effects as well). Here's my blog post today on the offer:

I used Perfect Effects 8 to convert this photo “Moon Rising by Half Dome” to black and white. See it on 500px:
#blackandwhitephotography #on1pics #Yosemite #500px

Moon Rising by Half Dome
The moon rises by Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Converted to black and white using on1 Perfect Effects 8.

500px members were recently offered a free copy of on1 Perfect Effects 9. Check your email inbox for the offer last week, or try this link:

500px Offers onOne Perfect Effects 9 free to Current Members

Trial of OnOne Perfect Effects 8Second BeachHalf Dome from Sentinel BridgeBodie on a Snow Day

onOne Perfect Effects, a set on Flickr.

If you’re a 500px member, they’re offering a free copy of onOne Perfect Effects 9.  Try this link (or if if doesn’t work, check your inbox for an email from 500px a few days ago):

I saw a similar offer a while back to get Perfect Effects 8 for free, so I’ve used it on a few photos.  I find it particularly interesting for conversion to black and white, since I can pre-process in Adobe Lightroom, transfer the photo to Perfect Effects and select from many conversions and fine tune the effects, then a TIF file is transferred back to Lightroom for any additional fine tuning required.  It’s flexible, fast and seamless. (I’m not sponsored by either company, just sharing a workflow that I’m exploring and finding useful.)

There can also be an interesting outcome de-saturating a color image for an aged photo look, or restoring/improving color on an image which has had its color affected by another process such as HDR. Hop on over to my Perfect Effects Flickr album and see some examples. I’ll add more images to Flickr for the album shortly.

Moon and Half Dome

Free Perfect Effects 9 from on1 Software

It’s Not the Camera

Water Cuts RockLast Light in CanyonlandsJoshua TreeFront Lines

It’s Not the Camera, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:

I’ve created a set on Flickr containing over 100 photos taken with “point and shoot”, cell phone, or old DSLR cameras (10 years old or more) with 8 megapixels or less.

Sure, newer cameras and higher-end lenses can offer some benefits in specific circumstances, but basics like composition and light are often more important, as many of these images demonstrate.

Cameras represented in the album include a 2 megapixel Olympus D490-Z purchased in 2001, 5 megapixel Canon Powershot G5 from 2004, a Canon Digital Rebel XT from 2005, a GoPro 3+ Black, and an iPhone 5S.

I’m not going to give up my newer DSLRs any time soon, but there is a lot of truth to the adage that the best camera is the one that’s in your hand!

It's not the camera

Captured on a Canon XT purchased in 2005.

Mammatus Clouds Over Bodie

Don't forget to consider black and white conversion for some of your digital photos. I'm thinking of conducting a black and white workshop in Bodie this year. Contact me if that sounds interesting to you.

If you're a +500px member, you may be eligible for a free copy of +on1 Perfect Effects 9 software to give yourself more options for black and white conversion (as well as many color effects as well). Here's my blog post today on the offer:

I used Perfect Effects 8 to convert this image to black and white. I'll start adding more of the images I processed with PE to an album here on G+:

#blackandwhitephotography #bodiestatehistoricpark #photographyworkshop #on1pics +Bodie Photo Workshops


First Light on the Dry Lake

I arrived before dawn to catch the best light in this location. There are dry lake beds all over Southern California, and most of them offer interesting textures like this.

I captured this image a few months before Google+ existed, so I haven't shared it individually on G+ yet, but I'm trying to catch up on sharing some nice images like this one, one of my favorites from 2011.

#californiaphotography #southerncalifornia #landscapephotography


Horsetail Fall, Yosemite National Park

A number of conditions have to be just right for Horsetail Fall to flow at all, but you also need clear skies to the west for it to also be backlit by the setting sun. It can take photographers years of trying before they arrive in Yosemite National Park before all of the right conditions occur.

#yosemitenationalpark #landscapephotography +Yosemite National Park Workshops


Sunset Reflection at Valley View

I recently re-edited this Yosemite photo in +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Here's the original field edit from 2010:

Lightroom 5 consistently gives me better results when I revisit most of my photos 2 or more years old. I have to reformat a lot of images for my upcoming guidebook anyway (, so I'm ending up with better photos as i go. I'm discovering some new ones that I had originally passed up as well, which turn out well when post-processed with current software.

#lightroom #adobe #landscapephotography +Yosemite National Park Workshops


Earlier Image of the Moon, Mars, Venus Conjunction

I was researching places to catch this event, and +Lori Hibbett suggested "How about Mount Whitney?"
I identified three roads where we could catch the moon setting behind Mount Whitney at three different times, and this first location ended up being the best.

Here's my time-lapse video of the moon and planets setting:

#astronomy +The Photographer's Ephemeris #astrophotography #easternsierra
+Eastern Sierra Nevada Workshops

Originally shared by +Lori Hibbett

Last Friday at Sunset there was a conjunction of Mars, Venus and the Crescent moon. I opted to run down to Lone Pine and capture the moment over Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states of the USA. It was chilly but beautiful!


Slot Canyon in Death Valley National Park

I can't wait to return to Death Valley next month! There were places where the wildflowers should be stunning this year. This photo is from a preview trip I took last month with +Lori Hibbett, +Nicole Sullivan and +Thomas Sullivan last month.
#deathvalleynationalpark #landscapephotography #california
+Death Valley Workshops