My first tests with long exposure photos took place over two days, indoors and out, just after sunset. I learned to twirl a string of LED lights to create colorful streaks, a blister, and to illuminate a cat.
The COVID-19 pandemic limited my travel and photo options in 2020. But, iPhone in hand, I still made a few expeditions and learned to appreciate different beaches around dawn and dusk.
In 2020 I visited Sedona, AZ for the first time. Socially-distanced hikes were easy, as daytime heat kept many tourists away. The views were worth the effort.
Rarely have I enjoyed scenery on a hike as much as my sunset trip to the summit of this mountain in San Luis Obispo. This evening was a great way to start hiking in the area.
As with many places, Pismo Beach’s famous pier closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The beach remained open as long as people didn’t linger in groups. More than a month after lockdown, I took my camera the beach on a foggy Saturday morning.
A compilation of photos I shot during an amazing evening atop Mission Peak.
Walking among the Redwoods of Northern California.
Video with a new app, a new gimbal, and a semi-new lens didn’t quite pan out. But a few hours along the mile-long Redwood Loop Trail puts things in perspective. It’s easy to feel small at the feet of giants.
Two dayhikes, a week apart, took me through four parks and preserves at the intersection of California Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard. The next weekend I returned for a dramatic sunset.
In May I walked down an old section of Highway 1 that’s set aside for pedestrians and cyclists. Meandering a mile and a half down the highway provides plenty of hazy ocean views, geology lessons, steady wind, and the graffitied remains of a World War II-era bunker.