This past week as Christopher Crosby and I went out in search of some elusive cracks found deep in Death Valley National Park I couldn’t help but ask myself what was most important, getting the shot or seeking the adventure? Between shooting Scorpius Arch (where my only hint was extremely vague in nature) and finding these cracks where admittedly Chris had a slightly better sense of direction in locating them than me, the adventure aspect of heading out into the unknown was what got my heart racing. Don’t get me wrong I am all for going on adventures with people who have already discovered the destination, but that’s when you know you are in their circle of trust. Just some thoughts I had recently. I know not everyone will feel the same way as I do on this subject, but finding Joshua Snow exact crack formation last week was really special. I really admire the work that he brings to the landscape photography community and for just one second I felt like I was standing in his shoes.
What can I say about Yosemite that hasn't been told for over a century dating back to John Muir lobbying to dedicate the land to become a National Park? This area of California is absolutely stunning! To think a glacier carved El Capitan, the Three Brothers and Half Dome into what they look like today, each and every time I go I am left in awe of how massive these rock formations are. Truly a photographers paradise, you'd be hard pressed not to return home with a memory that will last forever.
Alabama Hills has a special place in my heart. When I first started shooting Astrophotography last year my first stop was visiting Mobius Arch. Being in a spot with absolute darkness the sky lit up with stars all around me and characteristics of the galatic core I had only seen in photos looked as though I could grab it with my bare hand. Since that cold night in March 2017 I have been back 2 additional times, spending my time exploring the area and capture first light on Whitney Portal as well as star trails over Lady Boot Arch.
I feel very fortunate to have moved to Los Angeles 8 years ago. At the time it was to be closer to family and experience the warm weather I only dreamt of when I left Connecticut in 2005. After 7 years of just "living" in the city I finally bought a camera and discovered areas places I would have never seen without it. My favorite spots to grab some nice zoom comps of the city are from Griffith Park, Ascot Hills, Glendale Overlook and a local hot spot, Kenneth Hahn Park.
Believe it or not up until 2017 I had been down to the South Bay maybe 3 times during the previous 8 years of living in Los Angeles. Since early Summer I am now down there at least once a week. Between the Queen Mary, Vincent Thomas Bridge and the many coves off of Palos Verdes, sunrises and sunsets are always a treat!
When I moved to California in 2005 it was to escape the winters of the east coast and for a new adventure. Living in the city with no car and financially strapped I didn't have the luxury to explore as much as I would have wished during my college years. Fortunately my wifes family lives in Marin County and we make trips up there once every couple of months. The weather can be tricky, but on a beautiful day there is nothing quite like the Bay.