Merced River with El Capitan and its Reflection

We spent last weekend in Yosemite enjoying the fall colors. While walking along Merced River, I discovered this spot with El Capitan and a nice reflection. Initially, I walked a bit further and discovered a lot of photographers on the other side of the Merced River taking in the scenery from Valley View. That’s not […]

Half Dome and Elm at Sunrise

Right now in late October is a good time to make sunrise pictures. The light is beautiful and sunrise is rather late in the morning. For a while now, I was looking forward to photograph the famous Elm tree in Yosemite’s Cook’s Meadow backlit by the rising sun. As it turned out, I was not […]

Bay Bridge Construction

The construction of the new Bay Bridge is advancing. The new tower is up, the skyway is almost complete, and the cables are next. Current status and more background informations can be found at BayBridgeInfo.org. I am looking forward to the day the bridge is finished and the old span is gone. At the same […]

Yosemite – A different sunset

Sunset pictures of Yosemite usually include some of the typical features such as Half Dome or El Capitan. I have a few of those too and love them! Sunday, on the way back from Tuolumne Meadows, the sun was setting and we got glimpse here and there showing how the sky turned. And there was […]

San Francisco and Bay Bridge at Dusk

A few months ago, we were on a pier next to the Ferry Building during the evening twilight hours. I was taking some long-time exposures of the waterfront and the Bay Bridge. I like the feeling these black&white images provide. Image exposure times of more than a minute help to smooth out movements. The ocean […]

Evening at San Francisco’s Baker Beach

Last Saturday I went to San Francisco’s Baker Beach to take some sunset pictures with the cloudy sky. Only down at the beach I realized that the Escape from Alcatraz Triatlon will happen the next day. Once the runners past this mark, there is a right turn and then it goes up, all the way […]

Horsetail Waterfall – Firefall

During February for about two weeks, the setting sun just touches the Horsetail Waterfall in Yosemite and creates something that looks like the old Glacier Point Firefall. In order to see the effect of the natural “fire fall”, there must be sufficient water flowing, some wind to generate the mist, and the sun should not […]

Carnival Splendor at night

The sunset was beautiful Friday night. Since I didn’t had my camera with me at work, I first had to fetch it. Once at the dock, the nice sky was already gone. Too bad. Still, I think that this black&white image of the Carnival Splendor cruise ship with the lights reflecting in the sea turned […]

Makeover of Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship

The Carnival Splendor cruise ship is in a dry-dock in San Francisco to repair the damage from the engine room fire from last November [link]. San Francisco is the only city on the west coast with a dry-dock big enough to accomodate this huge ship. This big ship is so close, that I could get […]

Lands End – Still Life

This picture was taken 15 minutes after sunset while the horizon was still glowing. The three rocks in the middle of the Pacific caught my attention. I used a long time exposure to smoothen out the rolling waves. When I saw the result, I was pleased how this afternoon at Lands End turned out. Back […]

Yosemite Impressions

Here are some impressions from a weekend in Yosemite. The first day it was nice and sunny, the second day we had rain. Two totally different sceneries presented us. We already thought that the sunset is over. But wait, the sky opened up and the sun found its spot and illuminated Half Dome. The next […]

San Francisco skyline with bay bridge

The other day I was on Treasure Island taking some pictures of the Golden Gate bridge with the setting sun. Once the sun was gone, the after glow was sitting behind the city. It was getting darker and this is when the city lights where coming out. I converted this picture to b/w and I […]