An abstract photo of a firework at Navy Pier

Focus Pull Photography: The Art of Fireworks

Over the summer, I experimented with a style of photography called “focus pulling.” The technique itself is pretty simple: you gradually change the field of focus throughout a long exposure. This creates abstract — often otherworldly — images, particularly when applied to moving lights.

Hermosa Beach Pier at sunset
Travel Stories

The Birth of the Pier Project

Six or seven years ago, I received a print of the Hermosa Beach pier. In retrospect, it was an unremarkable photo of one of the least famous piers in Southern California. But I loved the image nonetheless. It reminded me of home, particularly after I moved to the Midwest in 2013.