Monday, August 21, 2023

Perseid Meteor Shower 2023

 Headed out to the California desert to shoot the 2023 Perseid Meteor Shower which fell on a new moon this year allowing for a dark sky.

I pointed one camera towards the Milky Way / anti-radiant and one towards the North Star / radiant and let both timelapses run.


Since my main camera was facing the North Star, I also processed a startrail time-lapse and overlaid the meteors onto the final photo

 Overall a successful night watching the meteors wiz by under clear dark skies. Until next year! Brandon 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Moonlit Firefall - bucket list photos in Yosemite

A surreal and magical experience and years of planning and waiting for the exact alignment to be able to photograph my all time bucket list shot from Yosemite National Park. Firefall is a phenomenon where Horsetail Fall is lit up by the setting sun causing it to look like falling lava which generally happens during a two week period in February as long as conditions are favorable. On the rarest of occasions, the setting full moon will be in position at the same elevation and azimuth for this occurrence to be made possible by moonlight.

I awoke to a 3am alarm and made my way to Yosemite Valley to a location along the Merced River that I had scouted out the day prior. While Firefall in February draws an insanely large crowd, I setup my equipment accompanied by only two other individuals. The smell of smoke filled the air from controlled burns in the area. I chose to photograph this with a wide angle lens to capture the full ambiance of the event; including the setting moon, the Merced River and stars in the sky. As the moon moved into frame it not only illuminated Horsetail Fall in a fiery glow but also the smoke from the controlled burn causing smoke rays to fill the air. As the moon set and the glow on Horsetail Fall dimmed, a sense of peace and joy rushed over me as a new day begun.

Words cannot describe the feeling of being able to witness this so I did my best to document it the only way I know how….through my lens.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Yosemite National Park NFT's on OpenSea

 I've memorialized 30 of my favorite photos from Yosemite National Park on OpenSea as 1/1 images

Link: Yosemite Through The Seasons

Yosemite National Park is amazing all year round. Winter brings snow, fog and the famous Firefall phenomenon. Spring brings raging waterfalls, meadows of wildflowers and flooded valleys. Summer is amazing for hiking and visiting popular areas that are accessible after roads are cleared such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Fall brings amazing reds, yellows and oranges blanketing the valley floor as trees show off their color. This collection represents countless hours photographing my favorite National Park in every season to show the world its true glory. 

The mood and ambiance changes with every season and it's one of the few National Parks you can visit all year round and come away with great memories no matter when you visit. This is my photo paradise captured in 30 unique 1/1 images.

Monday, February 10, 2020

LAX and Pylons lit up in purple and gold for Kobe Bryant tribute

Purple and gold variations at sunset at the LAX Pylons in Los Angeles

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Los Angeles from Palos Verdes

A unique view of Los Angeles and the city skyline as seen from the southbay coast of Palos Verdes with rare snow on the lower elevation San Gabriel mountain peaks