Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunset in the Rice Fields

In early February I went out into the flooded rice fields of Glenn County to try to capture a dramatic sunset and the reflections off the still water. I was luckier than I imagined, and witnessed and incredible sunset.

Here are few images from that shoot (click on images to view full size):






Friday, February 17, 2012

"Ten Years Ago Today" e-book on sale now!

My ten year retrospective e-book, Ten Years Ago Today, is finally available for immediate download!
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Ten years ago, in 2002, I broke away from the clich├ęs of landscape photography and began the long process of learning my own photographic vision in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California.

Today I am releasing Ten Years Ago Today, a retrospective and a celebration of my break from simply trying to recreate the images of others and setting off on the process of discovering my own vision style.
"It's a celebration of the year that I finally began to really see. It's a celebration of the images that emerged from that learning process. And most importantly, it's a celebration of freeing yourself from the common to explore something new; it's a celebration of the value and necessity of finding and expressing your own vision. If nothing else, I hope this book inspires to find your own vision." In the book, I examine 20 images I took in 2002 - ten years ago - why I took them, what I like about them, their compositional elements, and any special techniques or post processing used to make the final image stand out.
The book is a journey of photographic self-discovery and reflection. I learned a lot about myself in the process of writing this book. I learned the ways in which I've changed and grown in the past ten years, and some ways in which I haven't changed much at all.

The book contains 20 of my best images from 2002 - mostly from Northern California - and includes a detailed discussion of the thought process behind the image, as well as the composition, techniques, and post processing used to create the image.

Here are a few sample pages (click on the images to enlarge):




Anyone who is a photographer will learn something from this book. And anyone who appreciates beautiful landscape photography will enjoy the stunning images!


It's on sale now for immediate download!
Order now for only $6.95! Add to Cart View Cart   Buy Now
Details:

  • Full Color
  • PDF format
  • 54 pages

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sacramento and Colusa Wildlife Refuges

I am blessed to live in one of the greatest wildlife areas in the country. The Sacramento Valley is one of the prime wintering destinations for ducks, geese and other waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway. More than three million ducks and a million geese call the Sacramento Valley home during the winter.

Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
As a result, we have incredible opportunities to photograph wildlife from November through February, and I try not to waste those opportunities!

Just before Christmas, I went out to the Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges on three consecutive days armed with a Canon 600mm f/4 lens, 1.4x teleconverter and my Canon 7D. 

This combination is ideal for wildlife photography, giving an effective focal length of 1344mm and unparalleled sharpness, allowing me to capture detailed close ups. The weather was perfect, and there was no shortage of birds and other wildlife. 

It was a wonderful three days. Here are just a few images for your enjoyment (click on the images to view at full size):

Mule deer, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Red Tail Hawk, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Harrier on the hunt, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge 

Female Mallard, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Snow Goose, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Snow Goose, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

White-fronted Goose coming in for a landing, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

White-faced Ibis, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Great Egret, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

American Bittern, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

All photos:

  • Canon 7D 
  • Canon 600mm f/4
  • Canon 1.4x Teleconverter

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ten Years Ago Today eBook Coming Soon

I'm almost finished working on my new ebook, Ten Years Ago Today, a retrospective of my photography from 2002, the year I got really serious about photography. At the end of 2002, I made the decision to shoot professionally.

This ebook is a celebration of my break from simply trying to recreate the images of others and setting off on the process of discovering my own vision and photographic style.
"It’s a celebration of the year that I finally began to really see. It’s a celebration of the images that emerged from that learning process. And most importantly, it’s a celebration of freeing yourself from the common to explore something new; it’s a celebration of the value and necessity of finding and expressing your own vision. If nothing else, I hope this book inspires to find your own vision."
In the book, I examine 20 images I took in 2002 - ten years ago - why I took them, what I like about them, their compositional elements, and any special techniques or post processing used to make the final image stand out.

The book is a journey of photographic self-discovery and reflection. In fact, I learned a lot about myself in the process of writing this book. I learned the ways in which I've changed and grown in the past ten years, and some ways in which I haven't grown at all.

I think anyone who is a photographer will learn something from this book. And anyone who enjoys beautiful landscape photography will enjoy the images!

I've included a few sample pages here (click on the images to view full size):




When the book is ready (scheduled for February 17th), I will post a link to where you can purchase it here in my blog, and also on my website.