San Francisco Open Studios 2017

The Open Studios season in San Francisco is about to start. This Thursday is the kick-off with the ArtLaunch Party at SOMArts where over 400 artists have one of their pieces on display. It is a great way to get an overview and to meet many artists. This year I’ll be showing during two weekends: […]

Patrouille de France – San Francisco Flyby

La Patrouille de France is the French equivalent of the Blue Angels. Currently they are on a US tour with their Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets and an accompanying Airbus A400M. They criss-cross Northern America and had a Golden Gate Bridge flyby here in San Francisco, something I couldn’t miss. The Alpha Jets flew all over the […]

Cut Favorites – 2016

There are a few images that didn’t make the cut for the Favorites post from a few days ago. But I wanted to share them with you as well since they really are close to my heart.                        

Favorites – 2016

It is this time of the year where one revisits the past 12 months. For me, among others, this means reviewing some of the 13,000 images I took during the year and select my favorites. Let me tell you that’s not an easy task! Already during the year, I pre select candidates.  But at the end, […]

Favorites 2016 – Abstracts

I am working on the selection of my favorite images of 2016. But there are some that don’t really fit into in with my regular images. So I put them in a separate gallery. The camera doesn’t always need to show what our eyes see. Sometimes moving the camera creates interesting patterns. The images shown […]

Half Dome with Alpenglow

I spent last weekend in the Eastern Sierra enjoying fall colors. It was a very delightful, although windy and cold, trip. Late Sunday afternoon, while I stopped at the gas station in Lee Vining, a few snowflakes started falling down. A storm system was moving into the Sierra. Since I didn’t want to cross 120 during a […]

Introducing Greeting Cards

It has been two years since I first tried to make greeting cards. Due to time limitations, I abandoned this plan after a few failed attempts. Then a few weeks ago I got a customer request for San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge greeting cards. So I pulled out my card stock and gave it another […]

Calmness

I spent some time today with a friend who wanted to learn more about solid and graduated neutral density filters. After some theory lessons, we went to the beach to practice. While my focus was not on taking pictures, I ended up with some keepers and a new project idea: Calmness Calmness is the mental […]

A Juniper Tree in Yosemite

A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend in Yosemite. It was yet another reminder how fast the weather can change. At 6pm the sun was shining, at 7pm it rained and at 8pm, the clouds parted for a beautiful sunset. For that sunset, I went to Olmsted Point since it provides nice views in different […]

Death Valley Wildflowers – Second Take

Recently I was in Death Valley for the wildflowers “super bloom”. The valley floor was dominated by the yellow of the Desert Gold flower. I took panoramic images showing the extend of the color bloom as well as intimate detail shots of the flowers. After a while I needed a break, so I started to take […]

Desert Gold

Death Valley is experiencing a rare “super bloom”. This is when the valley floor is covered in the yellow of the Desert Gold flower. Every spring, some wildflowers bloom, but you very seldom see the amount currently on display.The last times there were so many happened in 2005 and 1998, both El Nino years. “If you get […]

They didn’t turn on the light.

A few weeks ago, San Francisco hosted the festivities for the Super Bowl extravaganza. A lot of buildings had their celebration lights on, like they do for the Christmas Holiday season. The Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge were up and shining again, and the Transamerica Pyramid was dressed up for this happening too. I didn’t want […]

Glowing Horsetail Fall

Each February, a small seasonal waterfall on the east side of Yosemite’s El Capitan brings on a show: the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall. When looked at it from the eastern side, this backlit waterfall glows intensely for a few minutes before dusk. It is something beautiful to see. Some call this effect the natural […]

Favorites – 2015

This is the fifth time that I have made a selection of my 10 favorite images of the year. It is always a very informative and fulfilling exercise. Here are the links to the previous year’s selections: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 My Lightroom catalog tells me that I took almost 20,000 images in 2015. […]

Starry Christmas Night in Yosemite

In the last 10 days, Yosemite and the entire Sierra Nevada received ample amounts of precipitation. Having some free time on hand, we decided to make a short trip to Yosemite National Park to experience what we haven’t been able to see in the last few years: Yosemite with plenty of snow! When we arrived […]