The Elegance of Black and White

Long Exposure Water
Long Exposure Water

The Depth of Vision

As most of you know that have followed me over the years, know that I have a passion for photographs when they are in Black and White. There is just something about them that keep my eye on the photo and look for all the details. Sure, color can do wonders for so many photos, but for me it is the Black and White that has an Elegance that can’t be explained. It almost gives the photo a sense of pride and belonging.

Mirror Lake

I traveled with my daughter a few months ago to Yosemite, California and I came across this shot of a stream that flowed down from Mirror Lake. I have been experimenting with my ND Filter and came to the scene of this stream flowing. I thought it would be great to capture this moment in Black and White. The photo almost looks like mountains of sand in the Sahara Desert.

Conclusion

It was one of my favorites that I caught over that weekend. I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you all enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Yosemite – El Capitan

El Capitan
El Capitan

Yosemite’s El Capitan

If you have ever been to Yosemite, then you are familiar with El Capitan. It is a very large mountain that sits in the middle of the park and is a remarkable site to see. It attracts thousands and thousands a year so that people can climb it and see its amazing view.

Rain Makes For Amazing Waterfalls

The recent rains has revived some amazing waterfalls that haven’t been seen in a very long time. Not to mention the amount of water in the rivers. If you get a chance to go up and visit the park, please be sure to be careful around the water, as we have already had a few incidents where people have drowned.

Conclusion

It has been a while since I have been up to Yosemite, but I was offered an opportunity to go with my daughter and her class. It was a great time to see all the kids working to get great shots. I can’t wait to see some of their work. I will continue to post some of my photos online, either on the site or somewhere on social media. Be sure to stay up to date by subscribing to all of my posts.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven
Stairway To Heaven

Yosemite

If you have ever been to Yosemite, you know that the park has a lot to offer. Especially, if you are a photographer. From the waterfalls and the green trees and the beautiful blue sky.

Glacier Point

I took this shot a few years ago when some family and I went up to camp at Yosemite. I had heard of the view from the top of Glacier Point but had never experienced it until the day I shot this. From the top you can see Half Dome over on the left and just below you can see Vernal Falls and the Merced Falls above that.

Conclusion

If you have time to stay in Yosemite and see all of the park’s beauty, I insist you camp or stay at a hotel nearby so that you can experience so much more of the park.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

USMC Drill Instructor Creed

USMC Drill Instructor Creed
USMC Drill Instructor Creed

Are you tough enough to take the challenge?  Sure, you can take the Boot Camp challenge but are you ready to take the Drill Instructor challenge?  Being a Marine Drill Instructor is not only tough while in the process but also tough to become a Drill Instructor.  Drill Instructor school is probably one of the toughest military trainings next to Navy Seal School.  (not that I know from experience but from what I have heard.)

Drill Instructors go through training that is similar to Marine Recruit training although the Drill Instructors being that they have already gone through Boot Camp are familiar with the games.

Once the Drill Instructor has completed school then they are assigned their duty station.  For Female Marines they will get assigned to Parris Island, NC and the Male Marines get assigned to either San Diego, CA or Parris Island, NC.

If you are a Marine Drill Instructor or have been a Marine Drill Instructor then I would love to get your feedback about your experience.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manny Perez

The Dinosaurs In Cabazon, CA

The Dinosaurs In Cabazon, CA

If you have kids and they are in the dinosaur stage then they will love to visit the Dinosaurs In Cabazon, CA.  It is right off Interstate-10 just about 30 miles north of Palm Springs.  There is so much for the kids to see and do but I know they will get a kick out of crawling inside the huge Brachiosaurus  through its tail and see the amazing store inside.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

Have you ever visited the desert and looked for those cactus trees that they show in the cartoons but seen something similar to the one above?  The desert is funny like that because there are so many different types of deserts and so many different living creatures and plants within them.  The one above is called the Joshua Tree and if you have never been to Joshua Tree National Park then you are missing out!  It is amazing with all the scenery.

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Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Devil’s Bathtub

devilsbathtubMy wife and I went on a weekend getaway on Labor Day back in 2003 and we did some hiking!  We tried to get higher and farther than we did but my old Dodge Neon wasn’t cooperating too much off road. 

We just explored the mountains as we approached Shaver Lake which was nice but we wanted to go higher.  We then finally approached Huntington Lake which was also nice but we wanted to go farther.  We couldn’t go any further because the day was ending and we needed a place to camp.  We setup camp there and decided to go up higher the next day.

We looked at the map and we seen so many places that we wanted to see.  From the John Muir Wilderness area to the Ansel Adams Wilderness it was all amazing places to see.  We took the Neon up as far as we could.  We stopped at a couple of places along the way.  We got to Edison Lake which was just so peaceful.  There was only one small boat in the middle of the lake. 

We drove on and saw that the road was getting rough.  We turned back to a small parking lot.  We parked and looked at two paths.  One said “The Devils Bathtub – 4.5 miles” the other said “Glacier Point – 15 miles”.  I asked my wife which one she wanted to take and she laughed.  We took the shorter one of course.  It was amazing that we didn’t see too many people on this hike.  We passed a couple of groups along the way and then it got quiet and I mean very quiet.  Finally I was excited to see a man coming down from the trail.  I asked him, “How much farther?” and he said, “You are about half way there.”  I thought oh my it seems like we had been walking forever and we are only half way there.  We continued on not coming across anyone else.  We came to about a mile before the finish line when it just seems to go straight up hill.  We kept on moving and finally reached the top. 

The Devil’s Bathtub was beautiful.  Looked like a piece of glass was the water because it was so calm and clear.  We had our lunch and just enjoyed the moment of piece and quiet.  We headed back home and we thought to ourselves, “We have to do that again but with a bigger car.”

That’s all for today!

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez