A Night Under the Stars

A Night Under the Stars

After a long day of travel I arrived at Arches National Park. The forecast for the week was bleak but tonight looked like it might be special. I forgot how dark the night gets without the city lights. As I pulled up to the turnoff, I looked up and could see the Milky Way as clear as day. As the Milky Way made it’s way through the cold night it passed straight through the arch. I was blown away by the beauty as I felt so small in this universe.

A Hike to Vernazza

A Hike to Vernazza

The hike from Corniglia to Vernazza is filled with sights like this photo.  The 90 minute hike presents many beautiful photos but this was probably the most rewarding. 

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

30 Rockfeller is an amazing building by itself but there is a little spot on the roof that may be the best view of New York City.  On my last trip to New York I had the opportunity to observe a fantastic sunset over Manhattan.  

Valley of the Stars

Valley of the Stars

On this fall night in Monument Valley the brightest stars I’ve ever witnessed presented a beautiful contrast between the ancient buttes of of the valley and the night sky.

Fields of Napa

Fields of Napa

This photo was taken in Napa Valley on a crisp fall morning. I drove past this beautiful field before sunrise and was able to capture the sun breaching over the mountains, reaching towards the sunlit vineyards. 

Eiffel Tower from the Arc

Eiffel Tower from the Arc

Before I left for Paris I did my homework to scout locations I wanted to shoot. Arc de Triomphe was on the list but I was more excited to shoot the Parisian skyline from the top of the Arc at sunset. After a full day of sightseeing I climbed the 284 stairs to the top. I didn't get the sunset I wanted, but dramatic clouds provided great texture to the sky. I snapped a few shots with my tripod and was able to capture this photo before the guard yelled at me to put it away.

Canyon Fire

Canyon Fire

The colors of the rocks inside Antelope Canyon are carved from years of wind and water. Folk lore says that if you look close enough you can see the spirits of the Navajo.

Rock House Jamaica

Rock House Jamaica

Gaudi Sky

Gaudi Sky

Taken at Park Güell in Barcelona, this photo highlights the unique, detailed architecture of a building designed by Spanish artist Gaudi. The beautifully colored tiles and glass are warmed by a vibrant sunset sky.

The Watchman

The Watchman

My trip to Zion National Park was far too short. There is so much to see and so much to experience. This is just one example of the beauty of this place. The Watchman is one of the many famous rock formations that litter Zion.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station has a deep history and beautiful architecture. I took this photo with a slower shutter speed to capture the life of the crowds speeding through the terminal.

Napa Road

Napa Road

This photo was taken at sunset on a quiet Napa Valley road overlooking the valley behind Domaine Carneros Winery. The road is surrounded by young, lush vineyards and seems to disappear into the inviting, sunlit fields.  

Brooklyn Bridge 1

Brooklyn Bridge 1

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of America's most recognized landmarks. I was lucky enough to walk the bridge on a trip to Manhattan. The symmetry of the bridge and its cables provide interesting angles with the Manhattan skyline in the background. 

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

This is a photo of Neuschwanstein Castle, famously known as Ludwig's castle, in Bavaria Germany. I explored a path around the castle and discovered an old, wooden bridge suspended above a 100+ foot waterfall. While intimidating to cross, the bridge offered a picturesque sunset view of both the valley and mountains behind, which frame the historic palace.

Parisian Doors

Parisian Doors

This beautiful door was an amazing find while walking the neighborhood of Ile Saint Louis in Paris. Buildings in this neighborhood had some of the most picturesque entrances I have ever seen. 

Final Push from Scout Lookout

Final Push from Scout Lookout

The hike to Angel’s Landing is a relative short one but that doesn’t make it easy. After all the vertical switchbacks, you hit the chain section. Pulling yourself up the side of a mountain with a steep drop offgets you thinking about who trail blazed this hike. Once you make it up the first set of chains you are welcomed to Scout Lookout which is the the last stop before the scary part of the hike begins.

Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Under the Brooklyn Bridge

This classic view of Manhattan was taken with a shutter speed of 3 minutes, which smoothed out the movement in the water and clouds. The resulting photo contrasts the commanding Manhattan skyline with a glassy river and wispy clouds. 

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is a defining landmark of Paris. It is impressive in photos but even more beautiful in person. I walked around every angle of the tower until I took this photo. The wide angle lens accentuates the height and grandeur of the tower. 

Heracles

Heracles

Florence has incredible public art, especially in the Piazza della Signoria. I spent a good amount of time walking the piazza taking photos of the sculptures from various angles. At one point I found myself behind the sculpture of Heracles and the detail of the sculpture struck me.  Shooting from below makes the sculpture feel larger than life.  I also love how the clouds on the left seem to form a face in the sky. 

Antelope Spirit

Antelope Spirit

The light from above Antelope Canyon pours through the slits in the rocks and creates an indescribable atmosphere.

French Scooter

French Scooter

While enjoying breakfast at Cafe Varenne in Paris, I looked through the window across the street and spotted this scene. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a few frames. There isn't anything more European than a scooter parked next to an old, ornate European building. 

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

This photo was taken in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. The photo is of the Manhattan Bridge and if you look closely, in the arch of the bridge is the Empire State Building. 

Flatiron Sunburst

Flatiron Sunburst

The Flatiron building is one of my favorite New York landmarks. I've never seen a building quite like it. This shot was taken around 3 pm on a cloudy March day. Just as I was about to leave the area something told me to wait a few more minutes. As I looked back through the viewfinder, the sun popped out just next to the building and I snapped this shot. 

French Flag

French Flag

This flag happened to catch my eye during one of my walks through Paris.  The contrast of the flag against the historic and ornate building seemed to capture the beauty of Paris. I kept the flag in color against a black and white background to draw the viewers attention to the flag. 

The Louvre

The Louvre

This was my first time to the Louvre and I was amazed with the size and grandeur of the museum. The courtyard in front of the entrance is surrounded by beautiful, large buildings and in the middle is a glass pyramid. This shot was taken in the middle of the day while the crowds were at their peak. I used my wide angle lens to capture the surrounding buildings and a long exposure to blur some of the crowds. The leading lines from the cobble stones bring the viewers eye toward the center of the frame. 

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

While waiting in line to enter the Colosseum in Rome I attached my wide angle lens to my camera.  The weather was threatening all morning but the unique clouds added to the drama of the scene.  I decided to shoot almost straight up which gave the Colosseum an even larger feel. 

The Port of Vernazza

The Port of Vernazza

One early morning in Cinque Terre I decided to head over to Vernazza to take some photos before the crowds awoke.  One of the images I captured was of the port of Vernazza and the three fishing boats that were still docked. 

The Giants of Muir Woods

The Giants of Muir Woods

Taken in Muir Woods just north of San Francisco, California, this photo is looking up from the base of a group of giant redwoods. Their grandeur is revealed through a wide angle lens, which captures the trees towering over the afternoon sun.

Riomaggiore at Dusk

Riomaggiore at Dusk

I knew I wanted to take this photo the first day I arrived at Riomaggiore.  The location shows the ocean, the shoreline, and the town in a magical way.  Luckily the weather cooperated for me and I was able to capture this image during one of the sunsets in Riomaggiore.  

Mesas of the Navajo

Mesas of the Navajo

Watching the sunrise in the heart of Monument Valley as golden rays of light painted the mesas is an experience I’ll never forget. 

We'll Never Forget

We'll Never Forget

While on the top of 30 Rockefeller, I captured the Empire State Building in the foreground and the newly built One World Trade Center in the background, illuminating both the old and new New York. The beacon of light at the top of One World Trade serves as a remembrance of the heroism and bravery of this great city and country. 

Brooklyn Bridge 4

Brooklyn Bridge 4

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of America's most recognized landmarks. I was lucky enough to walk the bridge on a trip to Manhattan. The symmetry of the bridge and its cables provide interesting angles with the Manhattan skyline in the background. 

Rooftops of Florence

Rooftops of Florence

While touring my hotel in Florence I noticed that they had a restaurant on the top floor. One early afternoon I decided to see what the view looked like.  I was astonished to find that I was above all the surrounding buildings with a direct view of the Duomo and the surrounding city. 

Muir Beach 1

Muir Beach 1

This photo was captured while standing in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach, California. The beach is smaller than I expected, but for what it lacked in size it made up for in beauty. The large boulders are a spectacular contrast against the cold, rocky beach. I used a neutral density filter to capture motion in the clouds and the water.

Muir Beach 2

Muir Beach 2

This photo was captured while standing in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach, California. The beach is smaller than I expected, but for what it lacked in size it made up for in beauty. The large boulders are a spectacular contrast against the cold, rocky beach. I used a neutral density filter to capture motion in the clouds and the water.

Muir Beach 3

Muir Beach 3

This photo was captured while standing in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach, California. The beach is smaller than I expected, but for what it lacked in size it made up for in beauty. The large boulders are a spectacular contrast against the cold, rocky beach. I used a neutral density filter to capture motion in the clouds and the water. From this angle the nearby cliffs frame the rocky coastline.

Italian Sunset

Italian Sunset

While photographing the town of Riomaggiore, I took a moment to enjoy the sunset.  I quickly realized that the sunset was as interesting as the town itself! This was the view from up on the hill overlooking the small bay of Riomaggiore.

Casalciprano Italy

Casalciprano Italy

While in Italy,  I traveled to the village that my mother's family is from.  As I was leaving I looked back and was presented with this scene.  I immediately had the car pulled over and I hopped out to take this shot.  

Napa Valley Skyfire

Napa Valley Skyfire

Taken at dawn on a deserted Napa Valley road, this photo captures the beautiful fall colors of a Napa vineyard at sunrise. The red, yellow, and orange hues are vibrant against the landscape and seem to emulate the glowing sky.

Vernazza from Above

Vernazza from Above

I decided to wake up early and capture Vernazza during one of the days of my trip.  The best views of the town are on the hikes to and from Vernazza.  The hike from Vernazza to Monterrosso is the most difficult and the longest.  This image was captured early in the hike before the trail got narrow and steep.   

Bar Brasserie

Bar Brasserie

Paris is full of amazing sights and places to explore, and the architecture is stunning on every street. This photo was taken during a walk through the city when a local Brasserie sign caught my eye.  

Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain

I found this location while walking around the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. It was early on a Saturday afternoon and the fountain was crowded with people. I managed to fire off a few shots looking up the stairs of the arcade without catching anyone in the shot. The detail of the tiles and floor are what makes this shot special. 

West Palm Beach - Beach Rocks

West Palm Beach - Beach Rocks

West Palm Beach Shells

West Palm Beach Shells

Left Mitten

Left Mitten

The Left Mitten butte is one of the most recognizable formations in
Monument Valley. The silhouette of the butte against the night sky
demonstrate the beauty of this place perfectly. 

Brooklyn Bridge 3

Brooklyn Bridge 3

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of America's most recognized landmarks. I was lucky enough to walk the bridge on a trip to Manhattan. The symmetry of the bridge and its cables provide interesting angles with the Manhattan skyline in the background. 

Navajo Night

Navajo Night

The beauty of Monument Valley was indescribable but possibly overshadowed by the night sky in Navajo Nation.

Firenze Sunset

Firenze Sunset

Apparently I wasn't the only photographer and tourist with the idea of shooting Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo.  After waiting for my spot on the railing and waiting over an hour for just the right light, I captured this image of the sun coming down over the tuscan hills. 

The Rolling Hills of Florence

The Rolling Hills of Florence

After walking through the Piazzale Michelangelo I decided to explore the area further.  I walked another 5 minutes and I stumbled on the church of San Miniato al Monte.  From the plaza in front of the church I was able to capture an elevated image of the entire city of Florence. 

Brooklyn Bridge 2

Brooklyn Bridge 2

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of America's most recognized landmarks. I was lucky enough to walk the bridge on a trip to Manhattan. The symmetry of the bridge and its cables provide interesting angles with the Manhattan skyline in the background. 

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of New York's most recognized buildings. It was completed in 1930 and the Art Deco style continues to add character to the New York skyline. This shot was taken from the Empire State building just after sunset. 

Dusk Over Manhattan

Dusk Over Manhattan

This shot was taken from the top of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. The building in the center is the Empire state building and off  in the distance is One World Trade Center. If you look closely you can see a beacon of light coming from the spire of One World Trade. 

Comet over Merrick's Butte

Comet over Merrick's Butte

Wayne's Wild West

Wayne's Wild West

John Wayne was particularly fond of this location within Monument Valley and even shot a few movies here.

Canyon Overlook

Canyon Overlook

Zion National Park has moved way up on my list of favorite places on earth. This was the last hike I took on my trip and it was by far the easiest. The payoff of the short hike is this incredible view straight down one of Zion’s canyons.

The Snaking Trail to Angel's Landing

The Snaking Trail to Angel's Landing

When the shuttle drops you off at the trailhead before sunrise you know it’s going to be a good day. This photo was taken on the Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park. This is a view looking back toward the trailhead after the first set of switchbacks.

The Trail to Angel's Landing

The Trail to Angel's Landing

The Angel’s Landing hike really opened up my eyes to the beauty of the national park system. I’ve seen photos of our national parks but there is nothing like experiencing them for yourself. On our way to the summit of Angel’s Landing I came across this view just on the other side of Scout Lookout. The canyons of Zion National Park are even more impressive when you see them from the top!

A River of Color

A River of Color

This location was another secret gem from my tour guide. We were shooting reflections from the river bank when he suggested that I head into the river. The fall foliage, clear water and the backdrop of Half Dome made me laugh out loud in amazement. 

High Country in Yosemite

High Country in Yosemite

The Four Mile Trail in Yosemite is full with surprises around each turn. It's amazing what you can find on a 3 hour hike straight up a mountain. While the hike was far from easy, the views made up for any of the sweat and fatigue I felt during the trip. This particular spot was caught my eye because of the leading lines of the mountain and the trees while providing a breathtaking view of Half Dome. 

The Power of Imagination Makes Us Infinite

The Power of Imagination Makes Us Infinite

El Capitan is a magnet for the varying weather that rolls through Yosemite National Park. The heat from the sun is absorbed into the rock and it creates this micro climate when the weather cools down. The weather earlier in the week was warm and sunny and on this particular day a cold front rolled in and caused these clouds to swirl around and on El Cap. It was amazing to sit and watch as the clouds continued to morph over the 2 hours we were there. 

Yosemite Grandeur

Yosemite Grandeur

El Capitan is a magnet for the varying weather that rolls through Yosemite National Park. The heat from the sun is absorbed into the rock and it creates this micro climate when the weather cools down. The weather earlier in the week was warm and sunny and on this particular day a cold front rolled in. This photo was taken moments before the clouds formed on El Cap and swallowed it up.  It was amazing to watch how the weather changed in just a couple of hours. 

Watching over Yosemite Valley

Watching over Yosemite Valley

This location was another secret gem from my tour guide. We were shooting reflections from the river bank when he suggested that I head into the river. After shooting a few images from the river my guide mentioned that the view from a few hundred yards away was also an incredible view. I headed back down the river and shot this image. What I love about this image is how the trees and river frame Half Dome. The compression of the foreground and background really makes this image work. 

In Every Walk with Nature One Receives Far More Than He Seeks

In Every Walk with Nature One Receives Far More Than He Seeks

While heading to this location we passed a group of photographers on a bridge shooting another angle of this shot. While it was a good shot it pales in comparison to the reflections we got from this location. We headed just another couple hundred yards down a "secret" path and arrived at this location. We hung out for around 2 hours as the sun lowered into the horizon. Just a few minutes before the sunset Half Dome was lit with this amazing orange color. 

Yosemite Skies from Olmsted Point

Yosemite Skies from Olmsted Point

Olmsted Point is in the high country of Yosemite. It's about an hour drive from Yosemite Valley. When our tour guide said the sunset would be amazing from there I didn't realize how amazing it would be. It was a cold afternoon when we got there and the temp was falling quickly. Once we parked we had about a 15 minute hike to this location. As the sun started falling the colors exploded into the atmosphere. It is hard to explain what it is like to experience this in person but the images were almost as breathtaking as being there. 

Yosemite Magic

Yosemite Magic

My first day in Yosemite I decided to take an adventure and hike from the valley up to Glacier point via the Four Mile Trail. This is roughly a 3 hour hike both ways and it was vertical pretty much the entire way up. During the hike I stumbled upon many vistas overlooking the valley and Half Dome. I believe that the best way to see any location is by foot and I'm always amazed at the views you can find by accident. This was one of those magical views that you won't see by hitting the highlights of Yosemite. 

Valley View 1

Valley View 1

Valley view is one of the iconic views of El Capitan in Yosemite. The best part of Valley View is that is looks so dramatically different depending on what time of year you visit the park. I was lucky this day with the cloud cover which provided such a serene view of the valley. 

The Falls of Yosemite 1

The Falls of Yosemite 1

The waterfalls of Yosemite are all around the valley. This particular location is right off the road and just in front of the trees is a healthy river. I decided to frame this shot in close to compress the trees with the waterfall and the rock formation. I love the mood of this photo and the colors of the trees in comparison to the rock. 

The Falls of Yosemite 2

The Falls of Yosemite 2

The waterfalls of Yosemite are all around the valley. This particular location is right off the road and just in front of the trees is a healthy river. I decided to frame this shot in close to compress the trees with the waterfall and the rock formation. I love the mood of this photo and the colors of the trees in comparison to the rock. 

Keep close to Nature’s Heart

Keep close to Nature’s Heart

There at Every Turn

There at Every Turn

Tunnel View

Tunnel View