Photography

Photography tips, gear reviews, and other camera-related info from Tom Bricker.

Tips For Taking Photos Into The Sun

Shooting into direct sunlight can make for intriguing and compelling photos. This post covers techniques for taking photos when shooting into the sun, recommended settings when taking photos into the sun, and what to avoid. Depending upon your perspective, this may not seem like all that earth-shattering of advice–it may be your standard practice, anyway. […]

Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

Yosemite Firefall Photography Tips

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon that can be seen for a couple of weeks each year in late-February, assuming ample water flow. This post highlights some of my tips for photographing the Firefall, based upon my recent trip to Yosemite Valley to see and photograph it. Made famous by […]

Merry Christmas from Crystal Cove!

Well, Merry belated Christmas, that is. Yesterday, we headed to Crystal Cove State Park to see some of the vintage-inspired holiday decor and enjoy a “traditional” white (sand) Christmas. I think it’s going to take years to get used to trading in the snow and evergreens of the Midwest for the beaches and palms of Southern California, […]

Colors of Christmas at Montage Laguna Beach

It’s Christmas season in Southern California, which means two things: palm trees covered in lights and gorgeous sunrise and sunset skies! After a week of traveling when I landed at LAX last night, I decided to check the weather and noticed conditions were predicted to be ripe today in Laguna Beach for a nice sunrise. […]

My First Winter Day in the Sequoia

Every tree calls for special admiration…Were they mere mechanical sculptures, what noble objects they would still be! How much more throbbing, thrilling, overflowing, full of life in every fibre and cell, grand glowing silverrods—the very gods of the plant kingdom, living their sublime century lives in sight of Heaven, watched and loved and admired from […]

Sunrise Surprise at Maligne Lake

Captain’s log, stardate 93337.74. Our location is Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, as we await the sunrise. It’s 6:05 a.m. (for those of you losers who can’t convert from stardate 😉 ) and the clouds are quickly rolling across the Canadian Rockies in the pre-dawn sky. Unlike our previous adventure in Yoho National Park, […]

Glacier National Park Photos

I recently visited Glacier National Park in Montana with a few other photographers and spent a few whirlwind days photographing sunrises, sunsets, the Milky Way, and everything in between. It was an excellent trip, one that offered a lot of fun with fellow photographers and great variety in the scenes we photographed. After visiting Yosemite […]

Thunder Over Louisville Photos & Tips

Thunder Over Louisville is an airshow and fireworks display that starts the week of festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby. In this post, I’ll share some thoughts on the event, plus photos and tips if you’re thinking about visiting. For starters, Thunder Over Louisville is purportedly the largest annual fireworks show in North America–given […]

Fall Vacation in Laguna Beach

Summer vacation ended today for the tourists, and fall “vacation” started for the locals in Laguna Beach. The Pacific Coast Highway, moving at a snail’s pace all summer, flowed at a pleasant cruise. Swimsuit-clad pedestrians weren’t overrunning the town like astray Walkers. Heck, today is even the last day of the Pageant of the Masters (yes, […]