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First time out in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park here in California was this past spring during the Super Bloom. We left the coast a few hours before sunrise, and arrived just after the sun crested the mountains to find the desert floor blanketed in yellow flowers. Next time we'll have to plan on bringing a 4wd and spending a few nights camping, to explore even further into this amazing slice of mother nature. at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
One of the highlights from my trip to Iceland earlier in the year. Certainly my wife's favorite... and why not? Tearing around on quads is fun, and there are so many gorgeous places to explore that just aren't accessible with your average rental car--even an SUV. One lesson I learned quick... When hanging back to take photos, it's important to pay attention to the river crossings your guide takes... sometimes just a foot to the side can be a hole big enough to swallow a quad and nearly dump an unsuspecting photographer + all his gear into the frigid Icelandic waters... ❄️ 🇮🇸 at Vík
Finally got a drone. It's a bit of an out-of-body like experience, knowing I'm grounded yet peering down on the world. I don't know if anything can quite replace getting up in the sky yourself, seeing the ground below through your own eyes, whether to photograph or just marvel at... but I've been obsessed with aerial views since my first flight as a kid, to the advent of google earth in 2001, my first flight in a Cessna to take photos back around 2004, skydiving, helicopter rides... Yeah, this is gonna be fun 🤑 at Huntington Beach, California
Winter is my favorite time of year in California. Empty beaches, northern Pacific storms bringing big waves and moody skies, snow only a couple hours drive from the coast... tourists can have summer, I'll take winter any day. ❄️ 🌊 at Seal Beach, California
Always been a fan of this pedestrian bridge over the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Carved out from a mass of oil drilling plots and former WWII artillery batteries, these wetlands in Huntington Beach might not initially look like much, but they preserve an important tidal marsh and habitat for many bird species, including three endangered species. And from the right angle...they can look pretty spectacular. at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Sometimes you just can't wait to get out there! at Huntington Beach, California
I always look for natural elements to frame my subject. Whether it's a new location or one I've shot at dozens of times, it's important to conceptualize and plan for something specific. Yet I'm always on the lookout for the found settings and moments. After a few shots in this setup with Brittney, I decided I needed a different lens to adjust for the weather conditions, and still get a shot along the lines I was envisioning. On the way back from switching lenses, with my model in place, I saw a shot I hadn't considered before. It's become one of my favorite compositions from the shoot. (model: @yogawithbrittney) at Laguna Beach, California
I never liked hanging out at the mall as a kid. I did when there was nothing else to do or a group of friends wanted to, but I always wanted to be outside. But then again, we didn't have anything like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest shopping mall, anywhere back in New England... (The original Campari spirits bar and bottling location was here, and the bar still is some 140 years later!) Mall or not, I still had to visit such an impressive structure when in Milan. What started as a day of exploring on the way back from a ski trip in the Dolomites, turned into a much longer/later night in the city than intended. I didn't have a tripod or shutter release cable with me, and the immense, flat, crowded Piazza del Duomo sprawls out in front of the Galleria's entrance. Without proper gear, I was forced to prop my camera on the ground, lay down with it to focus and trigger the shutter's timer for the long exposure, all while getting very confused looks by passing Italians 😋 at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
This is a street in Vernazza, Italy. It's a staircase. A far as things go in Cinque Terre, a pretty gradual, flat, and wide one. Homes in the five towns are built atop each other, climbing the cliffs of steep ravines. Yet still every home has a mailbox just like anywhere else, and I even saw a mailman climbing steps with a handbag delivering mail. They say mail service is notoriously bad in Italy... I think I now know why! at Cinque Terre
If I've got a camera in my hand, odds are I'm snapping a photo of something. A couple years back I was up on a roof in NYC scouting locations for a portrait shoot. It's not often you get on the roof of a skyscraper in NYC, let alone with perfect golden hour lighting. The Flatiron Building is one of my favorites, so I couldn't resist taking a few shots. at Flatiron Building
Being a photographer is often about being really far behind the group you're with and hurrying to catch up, or sprinting really far ahead of them, all to get the shot. With surfers, they're often sprinting out to the waves themselves, even as I'm getting my gear out and mentally composing a few shots on the fly...especially when we find a wave that just has to be surfed on the way to our intended destination. So more often than not lagging behind it is. But who can complain with scenery like this? 🇲🇽 at Baja California
It was an easy start riding the gondolas to climb through the clouds, between jutting granite peaks, and above iconic, banzai-like pines native to the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, China. Then began the climb along some 60k steps, portions believed to have first been constructed some 1,500 years ago. At every turn and peak, it was easy to see why so many iconic drawings, an entire school/style of painting, poems, and films have been of, set, and/or based on these ancient peaks. It's humbling to think of how arduous yet rewarding climbing these mountains would have been well over a thousand years ago... at 黄山Mount Huangshan
For the past seven years I've had the great privilege of covering the Hurley Pro Trestles. I'm sad to see it removed from the pro tour for next year. It was always a bit of a mad house, full of pre-dawn swims, long days under the sun, equally long hours on the computer, and little to no sleep for two weeks straight. Sure, pros will always still come and surf Trestles, but it was exciting to know every year in September the top surfers in the world would be converging there all at once. at Trestles
Dream big and set sail at Lido Marina Village
It's been a rough few days in the surf world. Far too many amazing people taken from us far too soon. I love this photo for a number of reasons, but today it seems to capture my somber mood quite well. at Huntington Beach, California
It's ok to take a little time for yourself now and then, even around the holidays. I recommend finding it outdoors somewhere 🌴 at Heisler Park
I love architecture. Most people know me for and like my surf or coastal landscapes, but architecture and I have a history together. Buildings help define a place as much as a beach or mountain or forest. Equally so an out of place or out of character one can detract from it too. While for me it first started building Lego cities and space centers, I eventually went on to study architecture for a little in college. After taking a few courses in site planning, I found myself switching my degree studies to landscape architecture, eventually leading to my first career as a landscape architect and urban planner. And though I now primarily take lifestyle and ocean and landscape photos, I still always have an eye out for architecture, especially when I travel abroad. I'm certainly thankful for many things this year, including the opportunity to do what I love and the support of all of you, but another one is in my travels, I can now say I've been to both the Duomo in Milan and Florence. They're both really big (how's that critique from a guy who studied architecture!). What are you thankful for? at Firenze, Piazza Del Duomo
Pastel living in Cinque Terre, Italy at Riomaggiore
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