I love heirloom items. Things that are made beautifully and made to last. Things that you want to show off, that you will use for decades, that you can pass down to your kids. In the camera bag world, functionality reigns so while the market has plenty of tough and well-made bags, elegant style often takes a back seat. That's why when I saw the new Cooper Collection from Tenba, the selection of bags stood out.Read More
After coming home from a shoot, I uploaded my photos into Lightroom and started sorting through them. When the photo above popped up, I felt a brief wave across my brain and a quick squeeze in my stomach that comes when I see an image I've made and just know: this is exactly right. I had been wondering for years when I would find my voice in photography. It was an evolution I knew would happen if I just let it roll forward on its own. I have waited a long time for it to appear, and during that time I've learned three difficult truths about the process, or really the waiting, behind finding one's own style.Read More
While I long ago switched entirely to digital, I have never lost the love for that beautiful look film provides. Thankfully, Lightroom makes it easier than ever to mimic the look of film for digital files, and Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs has perfected the art.Read More
Every year, millions of birds take flight and wing their way along the Pacific Flyway, which runs from the northern reaches of Alaska, down the west coast of North America, through California and into Mexico.
As birds head down the flyway this winter, how many will be able to survive the trek? Their fate relies on an unexpected ally: the California farmer.Read More
When it comes down to it, the old adage still holds true: the best camera is the one you have on you. Great photos come from the skill of the person holding the gear and not from the gear itself. A quality photographer can make great images with any camera. And as viewers, we will always value content over quality in photography.
Whenever I start to forget that, and fall into the thinking of, "If I just had [insert latest awesome gear], then I could really step up my photography," I remember my experience with this little red fox and a beat-up nifty fifty lens.Read More
Humpbacks and orcas and grizzlies, oh my!!
Have you ever wanted to spend 10 days on a beautiful boat, staring out at the gorgeous coastline of southeast Alaska, watching sea otters splashing on the waves, eagles flying overhead as they hunt for fish, whales breaching and bears prowling the shoreline? And all the while taking fantastic photographs to bring home and show family and friends? This is your chance to have that very experience, and you'll have it with a top-notch conservation organization and me, your on-board photography guide.Read More
It isn't very often that you dial in your ideal settings for a particular scene before having the slightest notion that the scene is about to take place. But that's what happened early one morning, when I found myself suddenly in the middle of a hunt.Read More
Walking among the nest cups of the albatross, a visitor will notice that scattered on all sides of the down-covered chicks are bits of brightly colored plastic. This plastic did not wash ashore. It was brought here. Plucked from the sea by accident or in a case of mistaken identity, it was carried by adult albatross and fed to their chicks along with the rich fish oil and bits of squid that nourish the chicks as they grow.Read More
My conservation photos, for the most part, are not free. I don't think they should be. And I want other conservation photographers -- indeed all photographers -- to require payment for use of the majority of their work. If we do not then we, as individuals and a group, suffer.Read More
By not rewarding the photographers who use baiting, both new and experienced photographers will, hopefully, spend more time thinking about why baiting is an ethically questionable practice. And more photographers will, hopefully, spend more time learning their subject, studying the species, and positioning themselves around the subject for a shot, rather positioning the subject around themselves.
If patience, knowledge of the subject, and skill is the only way a photographer is able to get their image on the cover of the nature magazine, or win the top award from that prestigious contest, then they'll be more likely to wait, not bait. And that can make all the difference for wildlife.Read More
My first time witnessing the height of summer just south of the Arctic circle where days are so long you forget how to tell time. There's also birds in breeding plumage that you never see farther south. And baby musk oxen with their squee-inducing moments of cute. But the light, especially the hours of gold on each side of twilight, just might be the best gift of summertime this far north.
Gathered here are my favorite little moments from five days on the tundra next to the Bering Sea.Read More
Something that tops my list of most enjoyable things in life is to head out the door while it's still dark outside, and drive to a favorite hiking trail with my dog and my camera. Nothing beats the cool, crisp air, the quiet broken only by birdsong, the smell of damp sage or fallen leaves, and most importantly, the colorful transition of night to day.Read More
There are two consistent truths in the conservation industry:
1. No one works in conservation for money, fame, or easy success. The work is difficult, time consuming, and often thankless. Still, you do it because truly passionate about the good you are accomplishing.
2. You cannot succeed on your own. You need to consistently enlist help.
Natalia is both an inspiration to me on the professional front and a kindred spirit and dear friend on the personal front. When she began her project, I was more than eager to jump aboard and go on a hike or two with her and Willow. So at sunrise one spring morning, we met up at the start of a trail where we were greeted by a most fantastic pink sky filled with low thin clouds. While she photographed the hike for her project, I turned the camera and the interview around onto Natalia about everything from how approaches her photography to smart tips for the hiking trail.Read More
The story of the tule elk seems to be perpetually wrapped up with the story of cattle ranchers.
In late 2013, I wrote an article about the surprising story behind the tule elk species. The smallest subspecies of elk, and the only elk endemic to California, the tule elk was nearly erased from the earth forever. It was a cattle rancher who saved the species.Read More
Have you ever noticed a banded bird in the wild and wondered who banded them, why, and what the colors mean? For residents of the west coast, there is a minuscule shorebird for which these bands could mean the difference between survival and extinction of the species in California.Read More
To celebrate Niner's 4th birthday, I wanted to do something extra fun. A few ideas came to mind, including a picnic, a hiking trip, a play date with friends, a special portrait to mark the day. And then I figured, let's do all of them!Read More
Early one morning at sunrise I headed up to photograph some river otters. Or at least I'd hoped to. They were a no-show that morning. It seemed like most everything was a no-show. Some mornings are just annoying like that, and there isn't much you can do to fix it except recognize you're getting skunked and go get a cup of hot coffee. So, I was driving back out to head home when a shape walking across a field caught my eye. A gorgeous young bobcat was strolling across a meadow.Read More