Photography

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

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, […]

Laguna Beach, California Sunset Photos

I’ve become a beach bum. If you know me, you might be surprised to read that statement, as I have been like the living embodiment of Cartman when it comes to the hippie lifestyle (don’t let them fool you: beach bums are a subset of the hippie movement). However, unlike your typical beach bum who […]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Mountain

After racing back up to the car at Spirit Lake, we had a dilemma concerning where to go for sunset. The sky was already mighty good where we were, so we could just stay in the area for what would likely be a safe bet, plus some good late afternoon light. …Or, we could race […]

The Trek to Spirit Falls in Columbia River Gorge

A lot of our locations on our Columbia River Gorge trip were uncommon spots that were off the beaten trail, and that we only had a rough idea of how to find. In most cases, these spots were off the beaten trail because there was really no way to make an easily-accessible trail to them. […]