Monday, May 30, 2016

Milky Way Arch Rock - Joshua Tree National Park

Arch Rock is one of the more popular attractions and just a short hike from the White Tank Campground. Fun to climb on but even more fun to shoot under the stars. No light painting, no props, no human element, just Arch Rock lined up perfectly with the Milky Way with clouds providing a mystique-like aura over the arch. Sometimes being at the right place at the right time is all you need for a great photo opp.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Second Beach - Olympic National Park

This photo popped into my head the other day as my wife and I were coordinating schedules to make a trip up to Seattle sometime in September. Would love to get back out here but don’t think we will have time so I’ll probably just try and get as many cityscape shots as I can. The seastacks along the coast there are second to none. I wish I was into astro back then. That just guarantees that I’ll have to make a trip back in the near future. 

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200, f/11, 1/5 sec, ISO-100

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Joshua Tree windmill and water tank sunset

The lone windmill in JTNP is another cool subject to shoot. I framed this shot alongside what looks to be an old water tank. It is said that this was a mill site intended to be used for one of the mines in the area. Great subject against a nice fire sunset with the crescent moon making an appearance to the left of the windmill. Not a bad subject to shoot under the stars either. Just another artifact that you can find at JTNP that makes this park special. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Convict Lake Eastern Sierras

Dwelling on the past usually keeps you from progressing forward. Reflecting on the other hand helps you learn to grow for the future. I find that true in all aspects of life including photography. I’m constantly learning (mostly from my mistakes) and trying to make sure the next photo is better. Better exposure, composition, light, edit, and the list goes on. For this reason I don’t mind re-visiting old locations as it forces me to try and improve on my last visit. No doubt I’ll be back up here later this year working both old and new locations. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2, 15 sec, ISO-6400

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Joshua Trees - sunset at JTNP

What can you find all around JTNP? Joshua Trees of course. There are reports, however, that climate change is affecting the growth of these trees and they are gradually dying out. How different would this park look without any Joshua Trees? To me, it is the essence of this park and this shot symbolizes that. Hopefully the population is able to adapt and thrive for centuries to come.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cars and Stars - Joshua Tree National park

The broken down cars along the Wall Street Mill Hike are definitely a must see and surprisingly still fairly intact for being there for so long against the elements. Who drove them? What were they used for? Tons of questions that just make it more interesting that these rusty cars are just sitting out in the desert. The startrails represent time in terms of the earth’s rotation to complement the test of time that these cars have endured. A must see when you visit JTNP.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park - Wall Street Mill Wonderland Ranch window

Joshua Tree National Park has a ton of history, a lot dating back to the 19th century Gold Mining days. The Wonderland Ranch was built by a family who came here searching for gold and now all that is left are the ruins of what look to be a toppled over house. The pink structure is quite unique though and I wanted to incorporate it into a shot. I used it as a frame looking through towards the setting sun and some classic Joshua Trees along the Wall Street Mill hike. There is quite a bit of history that is unique to this park and is what makes this park special.