I’ve always wanted to visit this place and I’m so happy I finally did. The ancient bristlecone forest is located up in the white mountains of California with an elevation of 11,000 feet. I’ve been told that many get sick from the altitude, but I was just fine. The air is so clean up there I think my lungs were thanking me. There were a few storms up there so no night shots for me. I was just happy to be up there with the ancients. This place is definitely a must see for those who love to hike. I think next time I’ll camp under the stars. In other words “I’ll be back”!
Took a short trip up to San Francisco. It’s been years since I was last there. When I first arrived I missed out on a great sunset thinking I’d catch it again during my stay, Nope! The weather is a bit wacky during the summer and brings in a lot of coastal fog. I did get some pretty good shots during my stay and I had the chance to do a panorama of the city from Treasure Island.
On my way back home I did get a chance to shoot Pigeon Point Lighthouse. I’ve always seen this historic lighthouse in photos, but it’s so much better in person. Also along the way I stopped off in Santa Cruz and Paso Robles. When we hit the highway where the legendary actor James Dean passed it felt a bit eerie. It was so dark there that you could see the Milkyway in all its glory. I thought a good way to pay tribute to this amazing actor was to name one of my prints after him.
My photo “Grand Falls” was also entered in a contest on Viewbug and made it to the top 10 finalists out of 9,000 entries. Check out Frederick Van Johnson video on how he chose the winner for the TWiP Natural Landscapes Photo Contest. 3:40 mark
Unfortunately you won’t be seeing one from me. I don’t even own a telephoto lens. I did however capture the moonlight in a few images from Joshua Tree. I really like how these images turned out. I even caught a shooting star by Arch Rock. I put together a small time-lapse from “The Visitor” Hope you enjoy it!
What do you do when there’s a new moon? Go to Joshua Tree! Which is what me and my brother did over the weekend. Joshua Tree is the best place to shoot the Milkyway. It’s far away from any major light pollution and just absolutely beautiful during the nights.