Exquisite Landscape and Cityscape Images of San Francisco and the Sierra

From Pyramid Lake to Lake Tahoe, Mount Whitney to the Warner Mountains, San Francisco to Fort Ross—and Everything In Between—Patrick Wilkes Photographs Captures the Essence of a Place at a Special Moment in Time

Pyramid Lake Reflections

My photographs have captured the beauty of the Northern Nevada desert and the grandeur of Northern California's mountains from the Southern Sierra near Lone Pine, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes to the Warner Mountains near Cedarville. The streets and neighborhoods of San Francisco also offer plenty of opportunities for photographs.

"A humble pile of detritus can glow like a lost treasure. Flowers and plants appear as in a vision."—Patrick Wilkes

I enjoy taking photos of the vistas least viewed. There are multitudes of great shots of various famous scenes. But I like to travel and hike to vantage points that provide a unique perspective to familiar subjects and fresh photos of areas seldom seen.

The lighting is, of course, important. At particular times of the day, a humble pile of detritus can glow like a lost treasure. Flowers and plants appear as in a vision. Valleys and mountains reveal their glory.

Unless a client specifically requests it, when taking landscape or cityscape photos, I don't believe in enhancements by Photoshop or other similar programs. If the original image is not right, it doesn't make the cut.

Coit Tower at Night

Ultimately my goal is to inspire others to get out there and see for themselves—whether in the wilderness or in a municipal area. Beauty is there, no matter where you look.

I invite you to view the landscapes and the cityscapes in my online Vistas gallery.

Whether you're an interior decorator searching for the perfect photograph to adorn a client's walls, a magazine photo editor in need of a shot to illustrate an article or advertisement, or anyone who enjoys hanging superb artwork on your walls, contact me at 775-560-9453 or [email protected].

View My Online Vistas Gallery Here


“Patrick Wilkes is an amazing photographer and a very professional business man. He photographed my wedding weekend, and definitely went above and beyond with pictures. When he sent me my pictures I did not expect most of them. My wedding was on the beach, and the morning of my wedding he took pictures of shells and the environment. It gave me a feel of what the day was like and how I will always remember it. Even though those pictures were not of me and my husband, they are in our photo album because they are very special. I recommend Patrick Wilkes Photographs to the highest degree.” —Gitaine Reis.

“Patrick’s attention to detail and eye for photography is very impressive. Patrick has a true talent for capturing events and appropriately interacting with people to make sure the right photos are captured.” —Scott H. Carey, Events & Community Relations Manager, State of Nevada


“Fort Ross State Park offers many unique settings. I have enjoyed working with Patrick as he is able to capture the ‘moment’. For more than six years we have worked closely with Patrick and have never been disappointed. Patrick is flexible with our needs, finds ways to cover an entire event, and the volunteers and visitors love him. We do too!” —Robin Joy Wellman, Park Interpretive Specialist at Fort Ross State Park

“Outstanding is a great word to describe Patrick’s photographic ability! Whether a posed or candid photo during our event he was able to capture the essence of the party. I would more than highly recommend Patrick Wilkes to anyone who asks for a terrific photographer and even to anyone who doesn’t ask!” —Marjory MacQuarrie.

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