It was 12 years ago July when I first photographed the Rosati Family Winery vineyard perched high above the Russian River in southern Mendocino County, California. Over the years I have been to the vineyard during every season from mid Summer heat to frost covered ground in the midst of Winter. The vineyard has a personality that is always interesting and changing. Here are a few images from August about a month before harvest of the 2018 vintage of fine cabernet grapes.
Its been some time since I photographed water falls and though the timing was not the best with smoke from distant forest fires clouding the air, it was still great to work on composition and technique that will pay off next time.
Images from the Rosati Family Winery vineyard, Mendocino County, CA
I recently had my slide film scanned from my participation with Cordell Expeditions in 1988 as a diver/photographer when we were the first divers to explore a remote seamount 4 miles off the coast of Pt. Sur, California. Back then these were heady dives to depths exceeding 150 feet in the open ocean while fighting strong currents and sometimes rough seas. More about this adventure here.
It has been 30 years since I last had an opportunity to explore what lies beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Big Sur, California. The last time, I was a diver/photographer for Cordell Expeditions exploring and documenting a remote seamount 2 miles off shore from Pt. Sur. During the expeditions conditions would not always allow us time to dive on the seamount – “Schmieder Bank” (the seamount was later named after our expedition leader Dr. Robert Schmieder). We would make the most of what ever mother nature served up and explore the near shore coastline along Big Sur. Fast forward 30 years later and I joined a group of experienced divers aboard the Truth Aquatics – Vision dive boat. We set off at 3am on a foggy Friday morning and headed north to the remote coastline off Big Sur. We spent 3 days diving remote off shore pinnacles including the famous “Jade Cove“. Underwater photography, even with the advent of digital photography remains one of the most challenging forms of photography but also one of the most rewarding!
Video from this trip – Diving Big Sur 2018
This is a clip from a year long project to document the construction of a Sonoma County wine country custom home. The project started in January, 2018 with both still photos and video of the construction process and will wrap up once the home is completed by the end of this year.
Santa Rosa Fire Department’s first recruit class of 2018 begin their journey with a 6 week intensive training academy to get them ready to join the ranks of the department as Firefighter Paramedics.
Underwater photography off Maui, HI. Images taken at Molokini Crater and the “landing craft” site of Maui.
Collection of underwater videos from recent years:
February 2018 trip with images from the waters around San Miguel Island and Santa Cruz Island. These are part of the Channel Islands off shore in Southern California.
Luck came my way while at a planned trip to Bodega Bay, on my birthday no less! A Super Blue Blood Moon was scheduled for early on the January 31st 2018. After some research into timing, position and finding a compelling foreground for this event, the last factor was the weather. Certainly not every photo shoot comes out exactly as planned and one thing I have found is that it is good to have a pre-plan but just as important is to be flexible and ever vigilant for moments that exceed your preconceptions. The last time there was two full moons in the same month (blue moon), a total eclipse of the moon (blood moon) and the moon being extra close to the earth (super moon) was over 150 years ago. The next one is just around the corner in 2037!
Winter in the Sonoma Valley after a couple of days of rain. Vineyard workers prune grape vines, Red Shouldered Hawk waiting to pounce on prey and mist clears from an Oak tree that survived the Nuns Fire in October.
A few images from the Rosati Family Winery located in southern Mendocino County. Though the weather was not ideal for landscape images, it was great to back on the ranch taking photographs to document 2018!
Peregrine Falcon, a resident of the Sonoma County Coast while they love to eat pigeons, on the coast shore birds are the meal of choice. This is a pretty typical spot for a Peregrine to hang out waiting for prey.
4th of July fireworks in wine county.