Maple Leaves Along the Merced River

November 14th, 2014


Last week, Bob Cole and I traveled to Yosemite National Park for a private workshop with William Neill. It was a fantastic workshop. We worked with Bill on many aspects of photographing the park. One of my favorites was intimate landscapes; in particular, strategies for cutting through the clutter in complex scenes. For this image, I used a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field to blur the background and focus the eye on the leaves. The wide aperture had the added advantage of allowing a high enough shutter speed to stop the motion of the gently blowing leaves.

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014


This year’s Halloween image was made using an iPhone on a dark, rainy day in Des Moines, IA.

Majestic Falls, McDowell Creek, Oregon

October 24th, 2014


Over the past week, we’ve been in Oregon — visiting family in Corvallis, exploring the coast and enjoying the storms coming off the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, we visited McDowell Creek County Park and checked out several waterfalls. On this day, the light cooperated and I was able to capture this image from the top of Majestic Falls.