My Friends Call Me Spike!


I live in sunny Mesa, Arizona. One of my greatest passions in life is to record a particular moment in time so it can be treasured forever. I want to look back at photography, yours and mine alike recall or imagine the feelings and thoughts that occurred at the time.

I enjoy several genres of photography, namely, astrophotography, landscapes, nature, wildlife (especially birding), macro, seascapes, travel and even pet photography here and there. In the deserts near my home, you can often find me chasing the stars and Milky Way with my camera. When I am not in the deserts, I enjoy traveling and seeing the many different landscapes and sceneries the world has to offer.

If you will be in the Phoenix area, I do offer 1 on 1 workshop for night photography! Use my contact page or shoot me a direct email at spike_mike@mac.com for more info.

June 2019 Moab Astrophotography Workshop

Come join me along with Peter Zelinka for a few nights under the stars! This works shop will span over a few nights and will be all about astrophotography. We will be in the field in Arches National Park teaching hands on. During the day we will go over processing techniques... 2019 NANPA Astrophotography Workshop

Please note this workshop is now sold out, but you can join the waiting list on the page link above

Check out my Ambassador Feature over on CG Pro Prints website. This is who I use for all of my metal and canvas printing. I have also contributed helpful blogs for the photography industry over there. Be sure to check out the product offerings CG Pro Prints has! Below you will find some of my guides as well.

A Beginner's Guide to Autumn Photography
A Beginner’s Guide to Bird Photography
A Beginner’s Guide to Macro Photography
A Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography
A Beginner’s Guide to Waterfall Photography

Some of My Favorite Gear

SkyWatcher S20510 Star Adventurer Astro Package – I use this for tracking my astrophotography shots
SkyWatcher S20530 Star Adventurer Latitude (EQ) Base, Telescope Accessory – Used for much easier polar alignment with the Star Adventurer
SkyWatcher S20540 Star Adventurer Counter Weight Kit – really helpful if you plan on using heavier, telephoto lenses.
SkyWatcher S20550 Star Adventurer Ball Head Adapter – helps attach your ball head easily
Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | A – My go-to lens for wide angle night photography

Smart Before After Viewer – I have had a few questions about my before and after viewer I use on the site here. It works great on all platforms! Very helpful if you use WordPress.