My passion is to create images that grab the viewer’s eye and compel them to explore the photographs in more detail. I try to express in my photographs the awe and inspiration I feel when viewing a scene. I love to travel and the outdoors, especially unspoiled wildernesses and specialize in scenes from the national and state parks. Recently, my work has expanded to include night and star photography to help convey the expanse and magnitude of our natural world.
I became interested in photography in 2009 while preparing for a trip to New Zealand. I began reading everything I could find on photography and began taking pictures whenever possible. I have taken several classes at West Valley Community College and participated in local workshops. I also joined the Los Gatos / Saratoga Camera Club and began competing in 2010.
I've been blessed with a few awards along the way including a Second Place and People's Choice Award for my image, "While the Valley Sleeps" at the Yosemite Renaissance showing at the Yosemite Museum. Additionally, my image of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC was selected as the cover photo for Memorial's annual calendar in 2018.
During my talk, I will be covering some basics of photography, light, and composition and tips for capturing images during your travels. I'll share a few favorite travel images as well as show eclipse and astrophotography images for fun.