My interest in landscape photography stems back to my high school years of skiing, hiking and fishing in the Sierra Mountains. It was during those years that I became influenced by the work of the late Ansel Adams and combined with my growing awareness of the beauty surrounding me, began photographing and printing my own black-and-white landscape images.
Photography as a career began for me with my graduation in 1982 from San Jose State University's photojournalism program. Although I originally focused on sports photography, a serious interest in photographing the landscape was rekindled once again with the advent of digital in the mid-90's. Photoshop allowed me creative control over my color images with even more precision than I had with my black and whites.
Lately I have transitioned even further into photographing the western landscape. I am blessed to live within short drives of the Monterey/Big Sur coast, Yosemite and the eastern Sierra. I spend many hours with my camera exploring these awe-inspiring locations. Ten years ago, I started teaching photo workshops in the Bay Area.
In 2006, I started braching out teaching in: California’s Big Sur coast, Northern Arizona (Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Sedona), Arches/Canyonlands National Parks, Bryce/Zion National Parks, Kauai and Grand Tetons National Park. I am constantly seeking new areas and will begin soon in Yellowstone National Park.
Currently, most of my energies are put into my landscape photography although I am still co-team photographer for the NHL's San Jose Sharks and I cover a handful of assignments and games for NBA Photos. Personally, I see a real connection between sports and landscape photography. I am not a passive photographer; I believe in pursuing the potential photograph as opposed to hoping the image will materialize if I simply wait long enough. Photoshop allows me the freedom to fine-tune my images the way my eye saw them and also allows me the control I once had in the darkroom (minus the smelly chemicals)! I strive to make my images as natural as possible but I also allow my artistic "creative license" to come through my images. I now teach my years of creative techniques to help my students personalize the look and feel of their images.
I can often be seen hiking, climbing or running if necessary to get myself into position. I seek magic light and color in the majority of my images. Thus I work around the fringes of the day. A simple philosophy of mine is to seek the light first and find something within the landscape to match.
All of my work is repped by Getty Images.
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Currently I live in the Monterey Bay Area with my wife Beri and our two sons Rob and Aaron.