Pillars of Creation


You know that photo NASA took back in the ’90s with the Hubble telescope called the Pillars of Creation? Well, that iconic photo was the first photo to get me interested in space. This is my first real attempt photographing the Eagle Nebula, which if you look closely, features the pillars in the center. I [...]

Pillars of Creation2024-06-10T07:59:19-08:00

Napili Bay Sunset


After finishing our family portraits at Napili Bay on our recent vacation to Maui (post to follow later after editing), we stuck around for a bit for sunset. Not the most amazing sunset, but it's pretty hard to beat taking seascape photos in shorts compared to cold California water. It's been a long time since [...]

Napili Bay Sunset2024-03-21T18:31:19-08:00

Orion Nebula


In my never ending quest for continuous improvement, here is my latest (and first decent) attempt at photographing the Orion Nebula. Just a tad bit better from my first attempt 3 years ago. I've been fighting with clouds and the moon all month, but I did manage to get a few nights of good data. [...]

Orion Nebula2023-12-13T09:08:37-08:00

Nolan Turns 3


They say astrophotography is the hardest/most technical form of photography there is, but I think children photography (especially your own) is way more difficult. It was a somewhat last minute planned shoot so we would have photos before his 3rd birthday, but I am still happy with the results. This age really is the best. [...]

Nolan Turns 32023-11-13T09:26:37-08:00

Horsehead Nebula


I've wanted to photograph this since I first started, but between my lack of skill and not the right camera, I haven't been able to until now. It is only 10 hours of integration, so I definitely need to add more time. Overall, I am super excited with the result! Lights: 10 total hours (Ha, [...]

Horsehead Nebula2023-11-10T12:49:08-08:00



I’ll probably end up adding more integration time to this one (and edit 20 more times), but I am impressed with how detailed it turned out with just 12 hours from a bortle 7 sky and 50% moon! Lights: 12 total hours (Ha, L, R, G, B) Darks: 30 x 120 second exposures 30 flat [...]


Bubble Nebula and Lobster Claw Nebula


Venturing out a bit from some of the more common targets I might typically shoot, I decided to shoot the lobster claw and bubble nebula. Luckily it is in just the right spot where I could get 6 hours each night. Lights: 24 total hours of Ha, OIII and SII (600 second subs) Darks: 10 [...]

Bubble Nebula and Lobster Claw Nebula2023-09-11T12:07:56-08:00

Photo Critique from Nebula Photos


Wow, such an honor to have Nico Carver of Nebula Photos critique my photo of the Elephant Trunk Nebula (along with an astonishing 359 other photos)! Crazy amount of dedication this guy has to the astrophotography community. I even got featured as the second photo in on the YouTube thumbnail. If you have 9+ hours [...]

Photo Critique from Nebula Photos2023-08-23T13:48:17-08:00

Veil Nebula


Lights: 16+ total hours of Ha and OIII Darks: 10 x 600 second exposures 30 flat and 30 bias exposures Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro Telescope: Sky Watcher Esprit 100 Guiding: 50mm f/3.8 and ASI120MM Mini Computer: ASIAIR Plus Mount: Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro Power: Jackery 240 Processing: PixInsight, BlurXTerminator, StarXTerminator, NoiseXTerminator and Photoshop

Veil Nebula2023-08-18T09:10:52-08:00



Since my brother (and his father-in-law) moved across the country, we decided to meet halfway in Colorado for our annual Father's Day camping trip. It wasn't the best weather conditions for the camera gear I packed, but still a fun time making memories with my family. Here are just a few photos from Dream Lake, [...]


Spring Newborn


Our good friends recently had a baby girl, who I offered to take photos of. Not my usual style of photography, but it feels good doing something nice for them. A ton of credit to her parents and my wife for doing most of the hard work to make this a success.

Spring Newborn2023-04-16T14:49:53-08:00

Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex at Sacramento State


I realized that I never posted this photo of the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex at Sacramento State. Not the best vantage point to show off the planetarium dome, but otherwise I think it turned out pretty good.

Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex at Sacramento State2023-03-09T12:27:51-08:00

Rosette Nebula


Man, after way too many months of clouds, rain, being gone, etc. during new moons, I finally got some clear nights to shoot the Rosette Nebula in the famous SHO Hubble palette. Lights: 12+ total hours of SII, Ha, OIII and 10 x 30 seconds of R, G, B for the stars Darks: 10 x [...]

Rosette Nebula2023-01-22T11:30:38-08:00

California Nebula


Although not my longest integration time for an astro photo, this was probably my most complicated to compile as it was my first 2 panel mosaic taken over multiple nights with multiple filters. A lot to line up! I'm thrilled with the rainbow-esque colors I was able to achieve by really pushing the OIII data. [...]

California Nebula2022-10-03T13:23:24-08:00

Andromeda Galaxy


We spent 3 nights camping under Bottle 2 skies at Plasse's Resort at Silver Lake. Our campsite was probably the worst from a camping standpoint being in full sun during 90 degree days, but it was perfect for astrophotography. I ran into some issues with the ASIAIR app on the first night when it only [...]

Andromeda Galaxy2022-08-17T14:17:25-08:00

Cygnus Wall


This is a closeup of the Cygnus Wall (or Mexico) in the North America Nebula. I shot a wider field of view of the North America Nebula when I first started this hobby. I guess you can say I've made some improvements since then! This photo contains just over 15 hours worth of data all shot [...]

Cygnus Wall2022-08-17T14:17:32-08:00

Tahoe Blue Vodka – New Bottle


These new bottles from Tahoe Blue Vodka have been in the works for quite awhile. I've been helping with test photos throughout the process to help them determine a final design that is as appealing in person as it is through photos. These ones definitely grab your attention more than the previous design and really [...]

Tahoe Blue Vodka – New Bottle2022-06-21T07:52:07-08:00

Pismo Beach


The family and I finally took an actual vacation (since the kids were on Spring Break). We decided to go down to Pismo Beach for a couple days. The weather was a bit cold, but everyone had a great time. I was able to sneak away for an evening at Shell Beach to explore some [...]

Pismo Beach2022-05-09T11:53:28-08:00

Dylan Turns 7


Happy birthday to my second child, Dylan, who is now 7 years old! We ran down to Springview Johnson Park in Rocklin and used the same piece of railroad we found last fall when we did Nolan's birthday photos. It had been moved slightly since then, but was setup with the bridge nicely in the [...]

Dylan Turns 72022-05-09T11:53:56-08:00

Rosette Nebula


Having shot most of the beginner winter astrophotography targets already, the famous Rosette Nebula was next. The major accomplishment on this one was the fact that it includes over 8 hours of integration from multiple nights.  

Rosette Nebula2022-08-17T14:17:58-08:00

California Nebula


Although this is a winter target for me, it seems very fitting of what California looks like in the summer... on fire! I finally feel like I am making decent progress with this very difficult niche of photography. From an image capture standpoint, I've made a lot of errors, but continue to learn from them [...]

California Nebula2022-08-17T14:18:04-08:00

Orion’s Belt


This composition of Orion's Belt, that includes the Orion and Horsehead nebulae, has been on my "to-do" list ever since I got into astrophotography. I've shot them each individually, but I really wanted to get them in a single shot for ease of processing, printing, etc. For this, I used my 275mm Radian Raptor and [...]

Orion’s Belt2022-08-17T14:18:12-08:00

Horsehead Nebula


We finally had some nights without clouds and rain, that coincided with a new moon, which gave me the opportunity to shoot the Horsehead Nebula sitting in Orion's Belt. By no means is it award winning, but I'm happy with the progress I'm making. This is 20 x 5 minute exposures with dark and flat [...]

Horsehead Nebula2022-08-17T14:18:19-08:00



Like most people, I've had a lot more time at home recently than I'd probably like. Add to that a baby that doesn't like sleeping through the night and you get the perfect recipe for astrophotography. I mean, what better use of time in the middle of the night do you have? The 3 photos [...]


Bodie Ghost Town


Another project completed for Catalyst Builders, HMA Architecture and FiveWest Interiors. This team always seems to knock it out of the park. It was a difficult home to photograph due the steep hillside it sits on, but I was able to make it work with a very tall tripod and tilt shift lens.

Bodie Ghost Town2021-10-14T07:06:57-08:00

DGS O Street Office Building


The company I work for, Valley Communications, performed the structured cabling, security management systems and audio visual systems on this new Dept. of General Services building at 1215 O Street in Sacramento. This was a last minute shoot as we needed the photo ASAP for a marketing piece. Rather than spend 10 hours cloning out [...]

DGS O Street Office Building2021-07-28T07:08:08-08:00

Lakes Basin


Another great Father's Day in the books. My brother just moved out to Tennessee, but he and his 2 kids flew back out to keep the tradition alive. We ended up camping at Goose Lake and then doing a day hike to Long Lake nearby. This photo is from Big Bear Lake on the way [...]

Lakes Basin2021-06-24T13:05:41-08:00

RAD Radio


When my wife was pregnant with our 3rd son, she got horrible heart burn at night and couldn't sleep. After trying everything under the sun to help her (us) sleep, she found pickle juice of all things. Since we were buying pickles by the pallet just for the juice I was reminded that the good [...]

RAD Radio2021-05-17T08:39:25-08:00

Rustic Modern


Wow, this rustic modern home was an absolute joy to photograph. All the dark interior wood floors and trim definitely made it a challenge to light though. This was shot for Catalyst Builders, FiveWest Interiors and Donald Joseph Architect. I was really hoping for a fresh blanket of snow for the exterior, but I seem [...]

Rustic Modern2020-12-16T08:29:33-08:00

Donner Summit


I was on my way to Truckee to shoot 3 houses when I came upon this beautiful scene right after passing over the summit. This is just a handheld panorama from the vista point coming into Truckee. The fresh snow, thick fog and pastel sunrise were just too good to pass up.

Donner Summit2020-11-30T13:04:43-08:00

Rocklin Newborn


I'd like to welcome my 3rd son, Nolan, to this world! For this photo, I used a rusty steel background I already had and then built a little bed out of barn wood that is sitting on a small cowhide. Really going for that rustic theme on this one.

Rocklin Newborn2020-11-23T19:09:10-08:00

Classic Mountain


I had the pleasure of shooting this beautiful home for Catalyst Builders and HMA Architecture. It is located in the always beautiful Schaffer's Mill in Truckee. I had to deal with a ton of smoke from the forest fires nearby, but overall made it work.

Classic Mountain2020-09-22T17:13:36-08:00

Orion Nebula


I've always been fascinated by the stars since as far back as I can remember. I've done star trail and milky way photography before, but am now just getting into deep sky astrophotography. It's a little tough from the light polluted skies in my backyard (Bortle class 7), but waiting for a moonless night with [...]

Orion Nebula2022-08-17T14:18:52-08:00

Silver Lake


It's been a long time since I've been out taking landscape photos with all this shelter in place stuff, working harder and more than ever, etc. With all that, the family and I took a short camping trip to Silver Lake to escape the heat in the valley. The trip was full of ups and [...]

Silver Lake2020-07-26T16:56:35-08:00

Most Potent Powders


I recently completed some product photography of supplements for Most Potent and now finished shooting the various ingredients for displaying on their website. It was actually quite tricky to shoot as I had to get the powder in a somewhat uniform pattern on glass so I could have the background below easy to swap out [...]

Most Potent Powders2020-06-29T07:39:02-08:00

6×17 Panoramic Film


Since I've been diving deeper into the film photography world, I knew it was time to try 6x17 panoramic film. The dedicated cameras for that format are rediculously expensive, so I sought out other options. I was able to find a company out of Italy that uses a 3D printer to make the camera that [...]

6×17 Panoramic Film2020-03-26T16:53:20-08:00



I wasn’t quite sure how to make shooting large format film more hipster-ish until I found out I could develop film with coffee instead of regular photo developer! I sort of stumbled upon Caffenol by accident when I was researching alternative developers because I wasted a few sheets of film learning that my developer had [...]


No Hands Bridge


Whenever I get a free afternoon/evening and don't have much time to travel far, I usually head up to Auburn to take some photos along the river. The river was really low, which made some new rocks appear that I've never seen before. I found a cool hole worn away in the rock that reminded [...]

No Hands Bridge2019-11-28T20:42:23-08:00

Northstar Residence


Sometimes you just get perfect light for the twilight exteriors. The sun was setting behind me and behind a bank of pink clouds, which helped add a nice pink soft light to the entire scene. This home in Northstar was shot for Catalyst Builders and Donald Joseph. This was my first time back to Northstar [...]

Northstar Residence2019-10-20T07:20:50-08:00

Napa Farmhouse


I had the extreme pleasure of shooting this newly finished home in Auburn that was inspired by many of the farmhouses throughout the Napa area. I love when I get the opportunity to work with a builder (Landmark Builders), architect (HMA Architecture) and interior designer (Pepperjack Interiors) on a shoot to create a cohesive set [...]

Napa Farmhouse2019-08-07T12:14:47-08:00

Large Format Film: Sierra Buttes


While on my weekend getaway to the Sierra Buttes, I shot a handful of sheets of 4x5 film. Since I mostly focused on shooting digital, I didn't get peak light on film. Though the vibrancy of Velvia was ridiculous even without amazing colors in the sky. Here is a black and white photo of sunrise [...]

Large Format Film: Sierra Buttes2019-08-02T08:29:45-08:00

Sierra Buttes


I try to visit the Sierra Buttes at least once every year. It is by far my favorite “local” spot to visit for the amazing scenery and relatively small crowds that visit. For nearly 10 years, I’ve tried photographing these mountains at sunrise, sunset, midnight, winter, etc. and never really come away with a photo [...]

Sierra Buttes2019-06-30T18:43:57-08:00

Winchester Country Club: Lot 317


Here are a handful of shots I did for HMA Architecture of a modern home in Winchester Country Club. Out of the nearly 40 final shots I provided to the client, none of them required any Photoshop, HDR processing, flash fill lighting, etc. All edits were done with a single RAW file in Lightroom. Gotta [...]

Winchester Country Club: Lot 3172019-06-25T12:01:13-08:00

Shealor Lakes


For our annual Father’s Day backpacking trip, we visited Shealor Lakes just off of Highway 88 near Kirkwood. It was a fairly short hike in terms of distance, but had a decent amount of elevation change considering my little one wasn’t much help with carrying his own pack. I’m guessing I was carrying close to [...]

Shealor Lakes2019-06-17T07:33:41-08:00

Scripps Pier


Apparently we planned our vacation to San Diego right when the sun lines up with the Scripps Pier in La Jolla at sunset, which explains why I made sure to avoid the crowds and come at sunrise. Here are a few early morning shots from under the pier (when the light didn't cooperate nearly as [...]

Scripps Pier2019-05-15T07:45:01-08:00

La Jolla


My wife had a work conference (free hotel) in "sunny" San Diego, so I took a mini vacation with her and the kids. It was overcast most of the trip and actually fairly cold/windy. On one of the nights she had off, I had the choice of visiting Ballast Point Brewing or doing some photography. [...]

La Jolla2019-05-07T19:18:40-08:00

Fair Oaks Bridge


Here it is, the 5th and final bridge shot, Fair Oaks Bridge. The others from the series being No Hands Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Tower Bridge and Guy West Bridge. This was surprisingly the hardest bridge to shoot out of all 5 of them. I took multiple trips here looking at the bridge from every angle, [...]

Fair Oaks Bridge2019-04-07T05:30:19-08:00

Family Self Portraits


Every year or so, I force my family to hike up a mountain/wander around a forest/etc. for our family self portraits so that I can print a large photo to hang above our mantle. I'd like to say we were lucky this year in that the field for the photos was less than a mile [...]

Family Self Portraits2019-03-25T17:18:41-08:00

Guy West Bridge


Here is the 4th (out of 5) installment in my commissioned landscape photos of bridges around the Sacramento area. The others are No Hands Bridge in Auburn, Rainbow Bridge in Folsom and Tower Bridge in Sacramento. Although I was treated with a wonderful sunset, the pungent smell of pot and swarms of mosquitoes really killed [...]

Guy West Bridge2019-03-21T17:56:28-08:00

Tower Bridge


This is the 3rd in a series of bridges I've been commissioned to photograph around the Sacramento area. No Hands Bridge was first and Rainbow Bridge Folsom was second. I stayed through sunset, but ultimately selected a long exposure about an hour before sunset because the yellow Tower Bridge stands out so much more against the [...]

Tower Bridge2019-02-11T20:24:13-08:00

Rainbow Bridge Folsom


I've been commissioned to take a handful of landscape focused photos of some of the more iconic bridges in the Sacramento area with the goal of creating a cohesive set of images highlighting the area for a corporate office lobby. I already have a shot of No Hands Bridge in Auburn and now have this [...]

Rainbow Bridge Folsom2019-03-22T12:22:27-08:00

Lillyan Rivera


I have so much respect for newborn baby photographers! I wonder if they are aware of all the other (easier) things to photograph?? All kidding aside, here is my new niece:

Lillyan Rivera2019-01-28T19:46:10-08:00

Phillips Gulch


This location has been on my shoot list for a couple years now as it is one of only a handful of waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean. The timing just hasn't been right because the creek only flows after a good rain and it is about a 3 hour drive each way. Sure, [...]

Phillips Gulch2019-01-20T07:52:11-08:00

Natural Bridges Sunrise


The family and I spent Sunday at the San Francisco Zoo, drove down to visit some friends in Half Moon Bay, hit up Martins Beach around sunset and then spent the night in Santa Cruz. Since we were staying a few minutes away from Natural Bridges, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to shoot the location [...]

Natural Bridges Sunrise2019-01-02T08:06:24-08:00

Martins Beach


Martins Beach is probably one of the most unique and picturesque beaches along the California coast with its unmistakable jagged rocks. The beach has been in the news recently with a wealthy landowner trying to make it a "private" beach, so I was a little unsure if we'd be able to make it down to [...]

Martins Beach2019-01-04T08:44:14-08:00

Mossbrae Falls


Here is one from the archives (about 6 years ago) as I realized I had never posted the panorama shot of the falls. I definitely need to go back here!

Mossbrae Falls2018-12-04T09:45:13-08:00

Golden Gate Sunset


We finally got some rain in Northern California, so I had planned to go to a waterfall along the coast that only flows right after a rain. We left our house around 11am, figuring 6 hours was long enough to drive 3 hours, hike and get setup before sunset. Unfortunately, we hit some pretty horrible [...]

Golden Gate Sunset2018-11-25T07:56:16-08:00

Tahoe Blue Slide


This one will be used for display purposes at Raley's and is definitely one of the more complicated product photos I've done for Tahoe Blue Vodka. Between the fake snow (which takes forever to get it where you want it, but still look "natural"), then the pile of coffee beans and of course the actual [...]

Tahoe Blue Slide2018-10-28T06:22:22-08:00

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 6


This home was built by Catalyst Builders with interior design by FiveWest Interiors. I got to photograph it unfurnished because it was built as a spec house and the new owner will be moving in shortly. All the details on this home were top notch and a joy to photograph.

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 62018-10-22T12:14:08-08:00

Hanging on to Fall


On my way back from another architectural shoot in Truckee, I stopped by a spot along the Yuba River that had a ton of fall color hoping to get a shot of some rapids with colorful trees in the background. Unfortunately, there just wasn't good light and I couldn't find a composition I liked. As [...]

Hanging on to Fall2018-10-22T08:59:08-08:00

Emigrant Gap


Here I am, just minding my own business, driving to Tahoe for some architectural photography when I start to see the makings of a beautiful sunrise. The timing couldn't be better as I pass by the Emigrant Gap vista point and see the valley below also filled with fog. I didn't have much time to [...]

Emigrant Gap2018-10-07T04:08:16-08:00

Downtown Truckee


After being rained on (and nearly snowed on over Spooner Summit) earlier in the day doing architectural photography for FiveWest Interiors in Reno and Zephyr Cove, I stopped by Downtown Truckee for a fall color photo on the way home. The passing storms created some wonderful movement in the clouds that just begged for a [...]

Downtown Truckee2018-10-07T10:23:46-08:00

Autumnal Lake Tahoe


Wow, the autumnal colors are going off this year at Lake Tahoe! I’ve been trying to get a nice panorama of the lake, but just haven't found the right location until now. After hours and hours of research on Google Maps, I finally found a location that I’d seen before in a few photos, but [...]

Autumnal Lake Tahoe2018-10-04T07:37:39-08:00

Tahoe Blue Vodka


Here are a few shots of Tahoe Blue Vodka's various bottle sizes they now offer. Their bottle is still one of the most difficult bottles to photograph between the shape, texture and lake showing through.  Congrats to Tahoe Blue Vodka in becoming a partner of the San Francisco 49ers!! I can't wait to go to [...]

Tahoe Blue Vodka2018-10-17T10:28:50-08:00

Kauai Shirt


Get your custom Jared Carpenter Photography Kauai Chicken shirt based on those dinosaur movies filmed in Kauai before they run out!

Kauai Shirt2018-08-20T19:05:45-08:00

Fort Bragg


After a long hot/smokey summer, it felt pretty good to escape to the Fort Bragg area for a couple days camping on the beach with my family and my brother's family. We were pretty socked in with fog most of the time (we couldn't even see the waves crashing a hundred feet away at times). [...]

Fort Bragg2018-08-20T18:43:05-08:00

Dragon Tree


The family and I went scouting on Donner Summit a few weeks ago trying to find a new photo location (I didn't bring my camera gear for that trip since we were just exploring as a family). It didn't take us too long, but we found a fallen tree with roots wrapped around a rock. [...]

Dragon Tree2018-07-22T05:59:25-08:00

Royal Gorge


For our annual Father's Day backpacking trip, we had planned on setting up camp along the Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 80 and Donner Pass Road. My brother and dad went out a day before me and ultimately decided it wasn't a great location for a variety of reasons. So we decided to go to [...]

Royal Gorge2018-06-18T16:32:08-08:00

Emerald Bay (4×5 Film)


Although I didn't get that great of a sunset, this shot on Ektar 100 was by far my favorite from the trip. I know people rave about Velvia, but so far I am definitely more of a fan of Ektar. This was shot on Delta 100 before sunset (and before the rambunctious tourists knocked over [...]

Emerald Bay (4×5 Film)2018-05-26T12:06:44-08:00

3 Year Old Portrait


Happy Birthday to my youngest son, Dylan, who is turning 3 year old. I had an old rusty sheet of metal with tons of character sitting around from another project that I thought would make the perfect portrait background. I put him in a blue shirt to bring out the blue in his eyes as [...]

3 Year Old Portrait2018-04-01T09:23:38-08:00

Jittery John’s Cold Brew Coffee


I like coffee and I like alcoholic beverage photography... so why not combine the two for a whiskey style coffee shoot of Jittery John's Cold Brew Coffee Espresso Blend? The coffee comes in a flask shaped bottle, which goes perfectly with the "whiskey" glass sitting on a barn wood table and with a rusty metal background [...]

Jittery John’s Cold Brew Coffee2018-03-29T19:23:54-08:00

Table Mountain


After a very dry December/January/February, we finally got a decent amount of rain in early March. With late Winter through early Spring typically being the best time for photographing waterfalls and me wanting to get the kids out hiking more, I figured Table Mountain would be a good location as there aren't many trails and [...]

Table Mountain2018-03-12T11:59:04-08:00

Large Format Film


I've always been intrigued with large format film photography; the slow pace, unmatched quality/resolution and not knowing if you got the shot until weeks later when the film has been processed/scanned. Since I primarily shoot with a Nikon D850, which claims to be on the same level as medium format film, I knew I had [...]

Large Format Film2018-03-01T07:54:40-08:00

Natural Bridges Sunset


While in Santa Cruz for a family vacation, I knew I had to visit Natural Bridges for a sunset photo. I guess the rest of the town thought they would do the same because it was very crowded. Nothing real special in terms of sunset color, but still nice to be out shooting with my [...]

Natural Bridges Sunset2017-12-28T18:16:49-08:00

Davenport Beach Waves


Last time I was at this location, a big wave came in and soaked me (damaging part of my camera in the process). I apparently didn't learn from my past experience and found myself standing in about 3' of rushing water trying to knock me over. Luckily there wasn't any damage to my camera or [...]

Davenport Beach Waves2018-03-01T08:00:20-08:00

No Hands Bridge


The weather looked interesting enough this afternoon that the family and I decided to make a quick trip to Auburn to check out No Hands Bridge at sunset. My wife took the kids for a walk across the bridge while I scurried down the hillside to find a composition. I found this rock with an [...]

No Hands Bridge2017-11-25T20:18:54-08:00

Loomis Basin Sunrise


What more can you ask for? Fall foliage, fog and clouds that grab the first light of sunrise. Oh, and one of the best views in the area. I went a bit unconventional with the camera setup on this photo. I knew I wanted to use one of my tilt shift lenses to help with [...]

Loomis Basin Sunrise2017-11-24T08:18:52-08:00



Just a little coffee product photography: I've found that turning this one vertical makes for a great phone background:


San Francisco Sunrise


When you are forced to go to San Francisco early for work, it only makes sense to take a small detour to Treasure Island for sunrise. I had planned on checking out a small sea cave along the shore, but while climbing over the boulders to get there in the dark I saw 3 pairs [...]

San Francisco Sunrise2017-11-20T19:14:41-08:00

Lee Filters SW150 Lens Cap


Ever since I got my Lee Filters SW150 filter kit for my 14-24mm lens (back when they were the only ones making a filter system for that lens), I was always a little concerned about using the neoprene “hood sock”. Sure, it would keep the front element clean from dirt/water/etc., but anything bumping the front [...]

Lee Filters SW150 Lens Cap2017-11-05T19:18:30-08:00

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel


We had quite the nice sunset yesterday evening photographing the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Downtown Sacramento (thanks to the predictions of Skyfire/The Photographer's Ephemeris). Besides dealing with the crowds from Disney on Ice letting out from Golden 1 Center, this was a pretty straightforward photo. I had to use my 19mm tilt shift, shifted [...]

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel2017-11-06T19:29:25-08:00

Bishop Creek Milky Way


Since I was not fortunate enough to have any clouds for my sunset photo at North Lake, I figured I'd try to squeeze in a Milky Way shot of Bishop Creek (just West of Aspendell) looking up towards the mountains. I knew it was a bit late in the year to attempt a Milky Way [...]

Bishop Creek Milky Way2022-08-17T14:19:50-08:00

North Lake Autumn


Highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra is probably one of the most beautiful drives in California during the Fall. The whole Bishop Creek area outside of Bishop usually turns a vibrant yellow/orange/red in early October and it has always been on my list of places to photograph. Even though I wasn't feeling well, I made [...]

North Lake Autumn2017-10-07T14:27:32-08:00

Loomis Basin Brewing


One of my first clients, Loomis Basin Brewing, reached out to me late last week because they wanted to update their website with some of their new beers. The goal was to mimic, as best as possible, the photos I did for them years ago and keep with the hops/wheat/grains theme on a black background. [...]

Loomis Basin Brewing2017-09-19T19:32:10-08:00

Bonsai Rock Milky Way


My wife and I were given a 2 night stay in South Lake Tahoe this weekend (thanks Judy!). I somehow convinced my wife to go up with the kids early Friday afternoon so I would have to drive separately and have my own car for some astrophotography. Bonsai Rock, on the east shore of Lake [...]

Bonsai Rock Milky Way2022-08-17T14:19:59-08:00

Kalalau Star Trails


The Kalalau Lookout is probably one of the most beautiful locations I've been to. Had our trip not been so last minute, I definitely would have made sure to get a permit and backpack the Kalalau Trail. Since there aren't too many compositions of this location and fiery sunsets are very rare, I had the [...]

Kalalau Star Trails2022-08-17T14:20:05-08:00

Waimea Canyon


How people come to Kauai and not make the hour or so drive to Waimea Canyon blows my mind. We talked to so many people that said it was too far or too windy to go see. I might even go as far as saying it was my favorite part of our trip and I [...]

Waimea Canyon2017-07-30T10:48:34-08:00

Wailua Falls


Since this is one of Kauai's more powerful falls, I definitely wanted to make sure to at least take a photo while we were there. The waterfall is beautiful from the top, but I was looking for a more unique view and something different. Before coming to Kauai, I watched a handful of YouTube videos [...]

Wailua Falls2017-07-30T10:49:20-08:00

Tunnels Beach


Our flight, with time change, had us landing in Kauai in the early afternoon. That gave us just enough time to get a car (we opted for a convertible), get checked into the hotel and then drive up to the North side of the island for sunset. After countless hours of researching beaches via Google [...]

Tunnels Beach2017-07-30T10:50:07-08:00

Eagle Falls Into Emerald Bay


Since we were fortunate enough to be attending a wonderful family wedding in Galena yesterday afternoon, it only made sense to make the short trip over the mountains to Lake Tahoe for sunset. As we came into Incline Village, I wasn't sure whether to try something along the east shore like Bonsai Rock or Sand [...]

Eagle Falls Into Emerald Bay2017-06-25T18:42:02-08:00

Volcano Lake


To continue our yearly tradition of going backpacking on Father's Day, we headed up to the Sierra Buttes. Even though we technically didn't "backpack" this year and actually stayed in a campground, we did do a day hike up to Volcano Lake. For a relatively short hike, it sure beats all the crowds down at [...]

Volcano Lake2017-06-19T11:40:16-08:00

Glacier Point Milky Way


I've imagined this photo in my head for years, but have just been waiting for the stars of the Milky Way to literally align with the horizon of Yosemite on a moonless night. Summer is the best time of year for this, so there are only a handful of moonless nights that it can happen. I [...]

Glacier Point Milky Way2022-08-17T14:20:15-08:00

Martis Camp: Lot 493


I had the pleasure of getting to photograph this exquisite home in Martis Camp for Catalyst Builders, Chris Heinritz Architecture and Jules Wilson Design Studio. We were going for a natural look to the photos to give the home a bright, open and airy feeling.

Martis Camp: Lot 4932017-04-26T17:03:41-08:00

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 185


This beautiful house, located in Schaffer's Mill, was built by Catalyst Builders. The interior was nicely stagged by the owners prior to my arrival, which really helped in getting some great shots. After a long winter, the snow was nearly completely melted outside besides a few patches by the house. I'm sure that in a [...]

Schaffer’s Mill: Lot 1852017-04-26T16:52:33-08:00

Rainbow Bridge


I've been so completely busy with architectural photography recently that I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot many landscapes. So here is a long exposure from last year that I haven't released until now. After scrambling down the rocky cliffside through the snow and finding the spot that frames Donner Lake under [...]

Rainbow Bridge2017-03-26T18:16:40-08:00

Golden 1 Center


The new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento is such a difficult building to photograph due to it being so tall with no room to back up far enough to compose a shot. Luckily my 19mm tilt shift is just wide enough to fit the entire arena into one shot, shifted up of course to [...]

Golden 1 Center2017-03-13T08:28:17-08:00



My website got hacked in early March 2017. I lost everything, which included over 6 years of blog posts. Time to start over I guess...

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