Colors in the Leaves

Wall Mural

We’re printing a 92″ x 85″ wall mural today.  This should be awesome!  I’ll definitely share it when it’s on the wall!

*Colors in the Leaves – Rural // Cherry Valley, Illinois*

I realized I never published this photo… Woops! Last year, I nearly missed fall colors due to spending a month+ in southern California. Not complaining, just don’t have a whole lot from last year!

Colors of the Leaves William Woodward

Peak Thru the Bridge

Step 14

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer

Peaking Thru the Bridge – San Francisco, California

Love those early morning wake up calls. This a.m. I met Mr. Casey McCallister at Conzelman Road, at that one spot where you can see the Transamerica Tower thru the uprights of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a decent morning for sunrise, and strange to be able to see the whole city with no fog or clouds, as the last time I was up here you could barely even see the bridge!

The Bridge San Francisco William Woodward

As the Sun Rises on San Diego


I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I think the human condition has such a draw towards water.

As the Sun Rises on San Diego

During this shot I was constantly running back up to my car to make sure it wasn’t getting towed. I was certain I heard the beep of a tow truck several times. Luckily, that didn’t happen, and the sun rise cooperated nicely.

Check out the behind the scenes photo HERE.

Sun Rises San Diego William Woodward

On the Edge of Daybreak

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The more I force myself to rise for sunrise, the more pleasantly surprised I am. It’s being able to see the landscape come to life around you, that moment when the colors turn and the sky comes to life.

On the Edge of Daybreak – Colorado National Monument

After rising early at the rest stop in Grand Junction, we quickly made our way toward the Colorado National Monument to find some scenes for sunrise. There was a storm moving in, and the sun coming over the Rockies lit up the rain on the valley. Waiting for that perfect moment when the sun crests the horizon for a little sunburst just topped it off.

I did have one mishap, not checking my messages before going to bed. A friend, Jacob, had invited us to stay the night at their place in GJ, and I’ll admit a bed would have been a little more pleasant than the bed of an SUV, but I may have been a little more tempted to sleep thru sunrise, which in this case would have been a tragedy.

Daybreak Colorado William Woodward

When Morning Calls


California has officially made it in to my ‘most frequent’ used categories on my website.  I wonder if that’s a sign, either that I go too often, or that it’s just such a beautiful place to photograph…

When Morning Calls ~ San Francisco, California

On this fine (albeit brisk) morning, I met Casey McCallister of for a sunrise shoot at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walking up Conzleman Rd towards Hawk hill. We would have had Michael Bonocore of join us, but he was too busy sleeping in from a hard afternoon spent at the Giants game. Karl the Fog monster never showed up, actually we didn’t have much in the way of clouds at all, but having an unobstructed view of the city wasn’t bad either. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for sunburts.

Morning San Francisco William Woodward

Anatomy of a Road Trip – Round 2

From Denver to Salt Lake City

And back again!  I hope that you have been able to follow along on Facebook and Google+ (you can follow and circle me from the sidebar) but in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the last week.

Day 1: Pack the essentials

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Day 2: See some butterflies. Pretty.

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Day 3:  Well, this is awkward…

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Day 3B:  Better.

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Day 3C: Sunset over Salt Lake City

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Day 4:  Get ‘Official Media Pass’, feel fancy.

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Day 4B:  Using aforementioned Media Pass, check out the stage at the Holi Festival.  (see the official page here:

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Day 4C:  Sunset, colors, people, music, beauty.

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Day 5: What’s left of the festival, a piece of each person who came.

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Day 6: Arches National Park, get special tip from a friend for a better vantage point.

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Day 6B:  Spend the evening at Delicate Arch, soak in the beauty of nature.

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Day 7:  Last sunrise leaves me convinced that I will return.

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Day 8:  What’s next?