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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 […]

Adding a Slideshow to Backlight Based Pages

This is another one of these techie posts. But I have one image for you too. I shot it recently on a trip to Mendocino. More image related posts are coming soon!   I am in the process of migrating my site over to The Turning Gate’s Backlight toolset. Currently, one important feature is missing: slideshows. […]

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 […]

It was snowing in Yosemite.

We had reserved a cabin in Yosemite’s Curry Village several months ago without knowing what weather to expect. Late November is kind of in between seasons, a bit late for fall colors and a bit early for a snow covered winter landscape. While preparing for last weekend’s trip, we obviously checked the weather forecast and were […]

Show at Jolt ‘n Bolt

After last weekend’s Open Studio show at Fort Mason, I was busy today to setup my next show! During the month of November, a selection of my Waterscape series as well as a few images from my recent trip to Washington’s Palouse region are on display at Jolt ‘n Bolt café. Jolt ‘n Bolt, 2325 […]

Open Studios Gallery

  A big thank you to everyone who visited my booth during this past Open Studios at Fort Mason. This was a lot of fun! For those who were not able to come, I have created an online gallery so you can see my latest work too. The gallery is at danielleu.com/events/sfos2015. If you like to […]

It is Open Studios Weekend!

Just a little reminder: My Open Studios show is coming up this weekend! I will again show my work together with Studio Nocturne. The big difference is the location. We will be in the Herbst Pavilion! You’ll find me in the middle aisle in booth #93. Location: Fort Mason, Herbst Pavilion, Booth #93 When: October 24 […]

Dancing the Wood Line

At my opening reception of the Bay Area Swiss Artists Show, I met Natalie Wagner, a Swiss dancer and choreographer, who is here in San Francisco for a six month residency. We decided to collaborate on a photoshoot and a few days ago we made it happen. Yes, I love the outdoor and landscape images, but […]

Barley and the Palouse

A few weeks ago, I visited Washington’s Palouse area for the first time and hopefully not the last. This region is famous for its cereal grain fields and rolling hills with red barns spread throughout. When I was working on the image selection for the show at Misho Gallery, my visual memories of this trip […]

25th Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic (2)

This is the second post from the 25th Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. In my previous post I showed images from the dawn patrol. The only balloons that got up that day were the tethered balloons, and they only made it to 30 feet above ground.   As the saying goes, the show must go […]