Shell Beach in Pismo Beach, CA

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Shell Beach is just a few miles north of Pismo Beach, CA.  These photos were taken at Sea Cliff Park or Memory Park.  This is a wonderful sunset location.  Here is how: Continue reading

Huntington Beach Pier, CA

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We all love a good pier.  They can be hard to photograph because they are so large.  I grew up in Orange County and spent many summer days near this pier. Continue reading

The Lone Cypress on the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel, CA


This is the iconic image of the Lone Cypress.  The 17 mile drive is one of the most famous scenic drives in California and an easy park and point. Continue reading

McWay Falls in Big Sur, CA

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McWay waterfall is a very popular photography location in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA.  It is so close to the ocean that it is considered a “tidefalls”.  When you are on this part of the California coast, you have to see it.  Here’s how: Continue reading

Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

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Everyone loves a pier.  Crystal Pier is a beautiful old wooden pier in Pacific Beach just north of San Diego.  Here is how to capture it: Continue reading

Bryce Canyon National Park


Bryce is an ideal “park and point” national park – maybe the best.  The whole orientation of the park and main road is to “look down and into” the red-orange canyon.  There are eight lookout points and most are easy to walk to.  Here is how: Continue reading

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA

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This is the iconic image of the Golden Gate bridge from Baker Beach.  There are many other ways to photograph the Golden Gate bridge, but this is our favorite. Continue reading

The most famous Park and Point ever – Tunnel View Overlook

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This is the iconic image of Yosemite and one that is so familiar to all of us from Ansel Adams and many other photographer-artists.  This is one photograph that any of us can make. Continue reading

Windmill on Las Amigas Road, Napa Valley, CA


Everyone loves a windmill, even a newer looking one.  This windmill is a pleasant surprise in the middle of wine country. Continue reading

Beetle Rock at Sequoia National Park


Sequoia is my father’s favorite National Park because he worked their as a young man.  Now that he is 70 years old, it is hard for him to hike.  We settled into Beetle Rock for some incredible sunsets. Continue reading