Maroon Bells, Colorado
Maroon Bells is good to be visited at fall season for the colors, usually the 3rd or 4th week in September. I was there at September 24, 2016, a Saturday morning. I'd like to warn you how popular this place is. Sunrise time was 7am. When I got there around 5:30am, there had been already tons of photographers standing along the shore line. more...
Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada
We did a 6-day, 5-night, backpacking trip in Assiniboine Provincial Park in the first week of September, 2016. Here is my brief trip report and hope it helps when you plan your trip. The temperature was between 33F to 55F. It rained a lot during the trip. If you do backpacking like this you should ensure yourself can comfortably pitch tent in a rain. more...
Banff National Park, Canada
Kearsarge Pass, California
Updated on 6/20/2016. We did a weekend trip to Charlotte Lake. The best sunset location for Bullfrog Lake is at GPS location N36° 46.473' W118° 24.225'. more...
Canyonlands National Park - The Needles, Utah
We did a 4 days 3 nights backpacking trip at 2016 Memorial Day weekend (May 28, 2016) to explore The Needles district in Canyonlands National Park. Here is the trip report. Our itinerary was: Day 1, start from Squaw Flat trailhead to Big Spring Campsite 2. Day 2, to Elephant Canyon Campsite 3; then day hike to Elephant Hills; then day hike to Druid Arch. Day 3, to Chesler Park Campsite 1; then hike the Chesler Park loop trail. more...
Kauai, Hawaii
Updated on January 15, 2016 - Kalalau Trail This trip was mainly for full length of Kalalau Trail, which we only covered for the first two miles in our last trip becasue of limited time. The hike requires permit. Becasue of popularity one might need to book the permit months before. There were two times we encountered rangers during the hike and they both checked our permit. The hike is about 11 miles one way. more...
Pinnacles National Park, California
The best view in this park is at the top portion of the High Peaks trail. The park is small. You can stay at east side and hike to west side in a loop. One can probably cover all the trails in one day or two. more...
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Jasper National Park, Canada
Yoho National Park, Canada
The Wave - North Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Alabama Hills, California
Lone Pine Peak, California
Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Rim-to-Rim (R2R) hike On May 24, 2015, we did a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim (R2R) hike. I'd like to share our experiences and hopefully it helps your next adventure. We decided to hike from south to north. Before the trip we booked Trans Canyon Shuttle from North Rim to South Rim. Their staff were very knowledgeable. more...
Reflection Canyon, Lake Powell, Utah
Reflection Canyon is located at Lake Powell, Utah in Glen Canyon Recreation area. The photo of this canyon was originally published on National Geographics magazine in 2006. Since then, more and more information about how to venture to this hidden gem is posted online. Here is my report after we finished the trip in Feb 2015. Water level of Lake Powell is important. more...
Escalante National Monument, Utah
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
We did a snow camping in Feb 2015 in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It was fun, enjoyable and also solitude. The park is not easy to photography. Snow certainly made the photos more interesting. The best location to photograph the canyon, in my opinion, is Cedar Point. more...
Colorado National Monument
This park is photographer's heaven. It is relatively small but with many nice rock formations. The best sunrise location is Grand View, which is also suggested by park's web site. more...
Big Bend National Park, Texas
South Rim is no doubt the best hike in Big Bend National Park. If you want to take sunset and sunrise photos, you would want to camp on the rim. There are many designated camp sites along the trail. You can download the camp site map from National Park Services web site. The Big Bend Chat web site also provides lots of useful information. more...
Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky, Utah
Some nice photo spots in Canyonlands National Parks are: Sunrise: Meas Arch White Rim Overlook (less than half mile hike) Sunset: Grand View Point Overlook - be sure to hike along and check out both sides on the trail. Green River Overlook - be sure to explore this area. There is a small hill at right, which offers better views and more foreground objects. Murphy Point - this 1.8 mile one-way hike, in my opinion, offers one of the best views in the park. more...
Tour du Mont Blanc, France, Italy, Switzerland
My wife and I completed Tour de Mont Blanc (TMB), one of the best hike in the world, between September 1 and September 10, 2014. The hike has some best alpine sceneries I have ever seen - numerous glaciers, mountain peaks, ranges, European villages, alpine meadows - you name it. We primarily used the book "Cicerone Guide by Kev Reynolds, Tour of Mont Blanc" to prepare the trip. The book is very informative. Before we start the hike, we also bought two 1:25000 maps, 3630 OT and 3531 ET at Chamonix. more...
Paris, France
Yosemite National Park, California
Dewey Point While there are tons of information on photographing Yosemite, there is not much on Dewey Point, the popular snowshoeing destination. I'd like to share my experiences here. We did an overnight snowshoe back country camping at Dewey Point on Dec 31, 2012. Dewey Point offers some great views at both sunset and sunrise time, where you can see both El Capitan and Half Dome. Although it is not as dominating as what you see in Yosemite valley, the vantage point is unique. more...
North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is a mountain park with numerous alpine lakes. The Rainy Pass trail that goes to the top of Lake Ann is a good spot for sunset photos. You would need to hike one hour in the dark to get back to the trailhead though. I knew the Hidden Lake trail at east side was also picturesque although I did not get a chance to hike it because of leg injury. If I had enough time, I would do an overnight backpacking trip to camp on the top of Hidden Lake. more...
Big Pine Lakes, California
In July 2014, we hiked north fork trail and camped at Sam Mack Meadow, a beautiful hidden valley carpeted by thin grass. With a short ascending from valley floor to the ridge, one can enjoy the spectacular view of three glacier lakes. Both sunrise and sunset are good. A few nice photo spots are at GPS locations: N37 07 11.4 W118 30 10. more...
Mount Whitney, California
Mt Whitney is the highest peak in lower 48 states. The hike to me is more of a physical challenge than a photographing trip. Lens People on the Internet recommended Canon 24-105 lens and I took the advice. However, in retrospect I think 17-40 lens are a better option. 24-105 is just not wide enough to shoot reflections of mountains in the lake at Trail Camp. more...
London, England
Stonehenge, England
Bath, England
Cotswolds, England
Windsor, England
Oxford, England
Redwood National Park, California
Glacier National Park, Montana
Machu Picchu, Peru
On May 19, 2013, we spent two days on visiting Machu Picchu. Same as most of visitors, we rode train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and stayed in hotel there. Everyday we rode bus to the ruins. Here are some tips I'd like to share regarding photography. Gears There are many places online mentioned tripod is not allowed in the ruins. more...
Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
Between May 23, 2013 and May 26, we spent 4 days and 3 nights on Santa Cruz Trek in Peru. I'd like to share our experiences and hope it can help you to plan your trips. We finished this backpacking trip independently without hiring guide or animals to carry our packs. Most of the trail was moderate, except for the day 3 (see below). I believe most of backpackers should be able to finish this trek independently. more...
Lima, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Huaraz, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Harbin, China
This is my hometown, Harbin, China. The famous attraction is the ice sculptures in winter. more...
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah, New Mexico
We visited Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah as a side trip to Bisti Widerness. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah receives even less visitors than Bisti. We hiked entire day but saw no one. Rock formations are amazing. The place is worth exploring a couple days. more...
Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico
In January 2013, we did a two-night backpacking trip in this very remote area in New Mexico to see those amazing rock formations. It was lightly snow-covered. Temperature was about 6F at night. There is no water in this area. You can hike 1 to 2 miles before setting up tent; then spend days to explore this area. more...
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
We spent three nights in Havasupai Indian Reservation in Havasu Canyon during the 2012 Christmas long weekend to see the spectacular blue-green waterfalls located deep in the heart of the Canyon. There are 4 major falls in the area: Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls, and Little Navajo Falls. The area is so stunningly beautiful that I think my pictures do not do its justice. You have to be there to experience its beauty. The Indian village of Supai next to the falls is the most isolated village in United States that still uses mules to carry mails. more...
Mount Baldy, California
Mount Baldy (Mt. San Antonio), at elevation 10,064, is the crown of San Gabriel Mountains. There are three primary trails to climb the peak. In May 2012, we did a loop trail starting from Manker Flats via Devils Backbone and returning from Ski Hut trail, about 10 miles round trip with 3900 feet elevation gain. In Oct. more...
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A few good sunrise locations in Rocky Mountain National Park are: Moraine Park, Sprague Lake, Dream Lake, Gore Range; good sunset locations are Rock Cut, the trail to Dream Lake. Note that Dream Lake and Emerald Lake are backlit at late afternoon. So, in general, they are not ideal locations for sunset. Laurent Martres' book "Photographing the Southwest" provides excellent descriptions of Rocky Mountain National Park. I highly recommend it. more...
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
During our visit, I found two good spots for photos. One is at Watchman area. The top of Watchman trail is good for sunset photos. At sunrise, photos will be backlit but still interesting at the first a few minutes when the sun comes up. Another location is Rim Village area, which is also good for both sunrise and sunset. more...
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
We visited Great Sand Dunes National Park at Labor Day long weekend in 2012. The main feature of the park is, of course, sand dunes. We did an overnight backpacking trip to stay among the dunes. After we set up the tent, we hiked High Dune and waited for sunset. There was a time weather became extremely windy. more...
Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska
We spent 3 days in the park from July 1st to 3rd, 2012. The only trail in the park is Harding Icefield trail. It is said if you want to do only one hike in Alaska, this is the one. I totally agree with that. The view becomes better and better as you ascend on the trail. more...
Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm, Alaska
Seward highway along Turnagain Arm is the most famous drive in Anchorage area. This is a heaven for landscape photographers. You will want to stop everywhere. Sunset is at about 11pm in July. My suggestion is to drive from Anchorage to south at around 9pm. more...
Katmai National Park, Alaska
From July 5th, 2012 to 8th, we spent 4 unforgettable days in Brooks Camp, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Without being there, there would be absolutely no way one could imagine there is such a fascinating place on this planet. Bears were everywhere and you could see them really up close! Here is some information I'd like to share. Hope it is helpful for you trips. We flied from Anchorage to King Salmon with PenAir. more...
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Saguaro National Park is divided into two parks, east part and west part. We stayed there for two nights during the Memorial Day weekend. The temporature was high 97 degrees. Needless to say, hiking was not enjoyable at all. There were numerous Saguaro tree in west park, which was truely impressive and interesting. more...
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
This is a very nice park. It is not too big but rock formations are fascinating. We hiked a loop about 8 to 9 miles including Echo Canyon Trail, Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail, Sarah Demming Trail, Heart of Rocks Loop, Big Balanced Rock Trail, Mushroom Rock Trail and Ed Riggs Trail. The best parts are the first part of Echo Canyon Trail and the Heart of Rocks Loop. The best sunset place should be Massai Point but unfortunately we missed it. more...
Channel Islands National Park, California Southeast Coast, South Island, New Zealand
Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, New Zealand South Island, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Routeburn Track is one of the highlights in our trip. more...
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
To explore Guadalupe Mountains National Park you will have to hike around because there is no road system cross the park. more...
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
We hiked down the Natural Entrance, did a self-guided tour in the Big Room and ranger-guided tour in King's Palace. more...
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
White Sands National Monument is a very unique place. more...
Montana De Oro State Park, California
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the highlight of our Big Island trip. more...
Big Island, Hawaii Fall Colors, Sedona, Arizona
Usually the peak time for fall colors in West Fork of Oak Creek is at about the third weekend in October. more...
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
The Skyline Trail at Paradise area and Burroughs Mountain Trail at Sunrise area are both breathtaking. more...
Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park is huge. more...
Vancouver, Canada Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada
Wedgemount Lake trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park is certainly one of the most difficult day hikes I have ever done. more...
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California Yunnan, China
Disneyland, California Death Valley National Park, California
Sedona, Arizona Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Mammoth Lakes, California Cancun, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico Tulum, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico Merida, Mexico
Uxmal, Mexico Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Carrizo Plain National Monument, California Wind Wolves Preserve, California
Joshua Tree National Park, California Mono Lake, California
Sydney, Australia Melbourne, Australia
Great Ocean Road, Australia Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
Grand Pacific Drive, Australia Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Everglades National Park, Florida Disney Wonder Cruise
Nassau, Bahamas Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Magic Kingdom, Florida Disney Epcot Theme Park, Florida
Disney Animal Kingdom Park, Florida Big Sur, California
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Four Corners Monument Gooseneck State Park, Utah
Muley Point, Utah Monument Valley, Utah
Oahu, Hawaii Bishop Creek Canyon, California
Zion National Park, Utah
We pretty much did all the day-hike trails in Zion National Park. more...
Hong Kong, China
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon has lower canyon and upper canyon. more...
Arches National Park, Utah
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Salt Lake City, Utah Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Peekaboo & Queens Garden trail is probably the best hike in the Bryce Canyon National Park. more...
Los Angeles, California Las Vegas, Nevada
X Games, Los Angeles, California San Diego Airshow, California
Huangshan, Anhui, China Hongcun, Anhui, China
Getty Center, Los Angeles, California Grand Prix Racing, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles Marathon, California Maui, Hawaii
San Diego, California

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