Best Photo Spots in California

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Reserve

Yolo Bypass is a fabulous area for bird photography, although there’s also some opportunities for other wildlife photography including bugs and mammals. It is a key migration site on the Pacific Flyway, and the wintering site for literally thousands of waterfowl. The majority of the area is seasonal, manmade wetlands,…

Zabriskie Point Sunrise

Death Valley has some of the most unusual colors you’ll ever see in a landscape, and the Zabriskie area is no exception. It’s an alien landscape of maze-like canary yellow ridges tiger striped with chocolate browns. It has ravines of pistachio green rock topped with pink gravel—bizarre and wonderful. You…

Mission Peak

You’re going to want to be in moderate health to climb Mission Peak, as you will climb from either 300 ft. trailhead up to the 2500 ft. summit in about 3 miles; I’d set aside ~ 1.5-2 hours to make the top. I’m not an early morning person, so I…

Muir Woods

Muir Woods is fantastic year round – depending on the time of year, it can be damp and cool or warm and dry – rarely hot. Tripods are allowed and recommended due to the dim light when entering the canopy of tree’s. During sunset, you may catch god-rays splaying thru…

Pt. Reyes

Pt. Reyes has a collection of places to visit – you can go down to the beach and see stunning ocean colors banging off the ragged coast or travel to the Lighthouse and visit its history. Wildlife includes hawks, deer, sheep, big cats, Elk, seals, whales and sea lions.

Point Lobos State Reserve

Cypress tree trail is the most popular. Free tours with volunteers are available during the day. Also famous spot especially for photographers is China cove where wild life rests. Zoom lens will be useful to spot whales and wild life. There are some volunteers with large scopes that will spot…

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite is one of the original national parks, and is really the birthplace of modern landscape photography. It’s hard to take a bad landscape picture in the valley, but because it’s so popular it’s also hard to take a truly standout shot. Any season will yield good photos, but the…

Scripps Pier

The Scripps Pier is photographers’ favorite in San Diego at sunset. The beach crowds have left and there is ample, free parking on the road with a short walk down to the beach.  Sunsets can be random, though. My unique approach – and old surveyor’s aluminum tripod with a thread…