Star Wars Canyon

Star Wars Canyon

I’ve long heard stories about military jets making training runs out in Death Valley.  After having a brush with a few of the jets myself while out at the U2 Joshua Tree earlier this year, I had been wanting to go back to Death Valley to try and photograph the flybys. After doing some research online, I found that the prime place to see the jets was a place called

Guest Appearance on jpeg2RAW

Guest Appearance on jpeg2RAW

This coming Tuesday, June 28th, I will be a guest on the jpeg2RAW podcast! This will be my first time talking about photography and my work on the “public airwaves”.  I’ve been a regular jpeg2RAW viewer for a while now, so I’m excited about getting

Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta, California

Many, many moons ago… about 26 years ago to be more precise, 3 generations of women got into a Mazda 626 and made the long trek up the I-5 to Washington State. My mother, my infant daughter and I were making an emergency visit to see

Halos

Halos, Halos, Everywhere!

You know them, those little white halos that border the areas of high contrast in your photos. They seem to appear out of nowhere when boosting contrast in your photos and throw a monkey wrench into your creative vision. You could ignore them, it doesn’t look so bad

Topaz Denoise 6

Topaz Denoise 6

I hate noisy photos! I’m probably more picky about noise in my photos than most photographers. I am, however, trying to calm my OCD in that arena. One of my favorite ways to get rid of noise is using Topaz Denoise 6 from Topaz Labs. In this tutorial I will show you

Little Corona Del Mar

Little Corona Del Mar

So, what do you do when the weather is gloomy, when the sky has been totally grey all day for a couple of days and you live near the beach? You wait for the clouds to begin breaking up a bit and then take your camera out and see what you can get! Luckily for me, the tide was out around

Victoria Beach

Victoria Beach

There’s a thinly veiled secret spot at the south end of Southern Cailfornia’s Laguna Beach. An almost hidden staircase in a small residential neighborhood will take you to Victoria Beach, a small beach with fairy-tale flair. The spot is not easy to get to, especially for my old legs and bad joints, but it is so worth a visit if you are in the area. Victoria Beach is famous for

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Joshua Tree National Park is one of my very favorite local places. It’s the place I run to for a quick get away, even if it’s just for the afternoon and some night shots. Everytime I go to Joshua tree I find new things. It’s a living place that is always changing

Manzanar

Manzanar

If you blink while driving along US Route 395 in California’s Mohave Desert, you might miss an important historical site.  After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order which would solve the “Japanese Problem” on the West Coast. The order resulted