I’m fortunate to be able to earn my living experiencing and photographing nature’s beauty. My home in the heart of Northern California puts me within easy driving distance of some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse scenery: Yosemite, Big Sur, Carmel/Monterey, San Francisco, Muir Woods, Pt. Reyes, the Napa Valley Wine Country, the Mendocino Coast, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Lake Tahoe, and Mono Lake (among others) are all within a few hours drive of my front door.
I like to imagine a natural world devoid of human influence, and try to photograph it that way. The camera and human eye see the world differently–rather than attempt the impossible task of photographing the world as I see it, I use my camera’s unique vision to highlight aspects that might be overlooked or unappreciated. I use Lightroom and Photoshop to process my images, but prefer applying my creativity in the camera, not the computer. Everything I shoot is natural light (I don’t even own a flash), single-image capture (no blending of multiple images or HDR software).
My prints are available online, in galleries, and (occasionally) at selected art shows. My book of images, The Undiscovered Country, is sold out at Barnes & Noble, but I have a few signed copies available on a first come, first served basis. My images and articles on photography and scenic destinations appear frequently in photo and travel publications.
Perhaps the best part of my “job” (there must be a better word for the way I earn my living) is the photo workshops I conduct in Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, and Hawaii. Not only do these workshops allow me to visit my favorite spots at all the most photogenic times, they’ve enabled me to meet some of the most dedicated (and fun!) photographers imaginable. I guess the fact that the workshops sell out far in advance, with more than 60% repeat customers, means I must be doing something right.
Whether it’s a career or a pastime, nature photography must be a source of pleasure. Of course we all define pleasure differently–for some it means simply recording our experience of nature, for others it’s capturing spectacular scenery in the best conditions regardless of the sacrifice. Despite a regular diet of frequently photographed locations, my goal is to portray nature in ways that haven’t been seen before–I don’t always succeed, but the challenge keeps me going.