September 6, 2017

Bertha Peak at Sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)

Summer sunset seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California) I did a quick hike up to Bertha Peak the other day to try to get a different perspective of my local mountains at sunset. This is a slightly different position than the view from Gray’s Peak, offering a more unobstructed view of the sunset and lake. I just filmed this with my phone, so apologies for the quality, and sorry that my face is so close to the camera! ... Read more

August 21, 2017

Great American Eclipse (August 21, 2017)

The sun eclipsed by the moon, with visible corona and sun flares. Seen from the national forest south of John Day, Oregon (August 21, 2017 Great American Eclipse) It’s been almost 100 years since the last solar eclipse swept across the US from coast-to-coast, so I figured it was well worth the drive to try to experience the eclipse totality. That’s the moment when for a few minutes the moon fully covers the sun, minus the visible solar corona. ... Read more

August 1, 2017

Video: Grays Peak and Hanna Rocks at sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)

Just a quick video of my hike up Gray’s Peak at sunset. I was slightly late and didn’t make it to the top at the time I expected, but I did unexpectedly see the sunset from a location about 20 minutes or so from the end of the hike. I decided to be adaptable and setup right down there! I ended up shooting the Hanna Rocks with the sunset in the background, making for a decent foreground plus background combination! ... Read more

July 21, 2017

Video: Søren Kierkegaard's Copenhagen

Søren Kierkegaard statue at the Royal Danish Library Before my trip to Copenhagen a few weeks back, I did a bit of research to track down places of interest in respect to Søren Kierkegaard’s life. I ended up doing more research after my trip, and was able to track down even more locations, all of which I plotted on a map for convenience. That should help you out if you ever visit, and are at all interested in Kierkegaard’s life! ... Read more

July 10, 2017

A visit back in time at Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans, Louisiana

Huge oak trees lining the pathway to the aptly-named Oak Alley Plantation If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, you may find yourself wondering whether it’s worth renting a car or not. Of course you can find plenty enough to do (and eat!) within the city itself, but if cities aren’t really your thing, or you have some extra time, you’ll probably want to venture out of the city. ... Read more

July 9, 2017

Video: Rundetaarn walkway hyperlapse (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Just a quick one! A very quick hyperlapse up the spiral walkway of the Round Tower in Copenhagen. This tower was originally built in the 17th century by Danish king Christian IV, who built it as an astronomical observatory. There’s a little bit of a planetarium of sorts on the top, but it was closed off to the public while I was there unfortunately.

June 18, 2017

Video: Photography Philosophy: Trying to appreciate local nature (vs more exotic locales)

I took a quick trip on a local hike to scout out a location. In the process I made a quick video about appreciating what you have (e.g. local nature) versus more exotic locales. Since I was just scouting out locations, I didn’t take any great photos, but I did snap a few for future reference! Time to come back for a sunset or sunrise! GPS log of my Grays Peak hike in Big Bear Lake, California ... Read more

June 13, 2017

Video: Travel photography in Japan: part two

Check out the first video here. A few weeks back I took another trip to Japan, a few days of which were dedicated to taking photos. In this second video I visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in western Kyoto and the Fushimi Inari Shrine just south of Kyoto city. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan Some general tips from the video: for popular locations, book lodging nearby and walk over SUPER early to beat the crowds (you need to walk because public transportation doesn’t run 24⁄7 in Japan) HDR has legitimate applications when there are extreme exposure differences (bright whites and dark blacks), such as in forests where the light shines through the trees especially for low light situations, bring a tripod and shoot at low ISO if you want a quality print with little noise Fushimi Inari Shrine torii in Kyoto, Japan

May 25, 2017

Los Angeles to Copenhagen on Scandinavian Airlines (LAX to CPH)

Only cellphone photos in here, I apologize in advance! I booked a ticket on Scandinavian Airlines through Hopper. It wasn’t too bad - I ended up flying United (boo) on a quick layover in San Francisco, where I had to weave my way through to the international terminal. I knew I was at the right gate judging by the amount of blonde hair I saw waiting there patiently and quietly! ... Read more

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