Dr Marm never without my Nikon!

American River Stormy Views

I am an avid reader and enjoy reading photography books, blogs, e-books–anything I can gain knowledge from and enjoy the wonderful images others have created.  Many times I have read that the best photos come from your location–knowing when the weather and conditions will get you an amazing view.  Usually, this is written by someone who lives near Yosemite, in Hawaii, and other vacation destinations I’d love to live near.

This week in Northern California we went from 100 degree weather down to the high 70s–that was a delightful shift and much welcomed!  There was also a threat of rain.  I was watching the sky and the clouds and noticed they were getting very inviting for a photo outing.  So, I went to the American River–one of my favorite locations and a 5-minute drive.  Have been dealing with severe back and neck challenges due to an injury, so am very limited in what I can do and for how long.  (This outing was less than 20-minutes and SO worth it.)

My Nikon 18mm is a wide angle prime and very light weight and has become my go-to lens.  Do love the continuing “learning curves” of photography! When I got home, realized I had a very slight vignette in every corner of my images.  (Have now taken the rubber hood off of my lens!)  So, decided to embrace the vignette concept..having never tried it before–had a fun time with it:)

The first teasing drops of rain began as soon as I sat down to take a few snaps, so didn’t stay long, but did enjoy the ever-changing clouds!

A few green spots near the river

Played a bit with white vignettes to match the clouds

A small area near the shore with slower moving water, a haven for ducks

Took advantage of a full frame camera and just cropped these, so the vignette was not apparent.  Know too much of a good thing can become boring, so no vignettes on these views!

View down the river

A patch of blue

Ironically, this is not a time I usually visit the river–in the middle of the day and during summer.  Had to take these shots in between folks going down the river on rafts.  Was reminded of this when I drove through the gate, to find limited parking. Am glad I went, though–certainly does validate the concept of finding great views in your own neighborhood:D

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4 responses

  1. Trudy Helmlinger

    Love this part of our neighborhood. Thanks for your post. Reminds me I need to visit my backyard more often. It’s such a treat!

    June 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

  2. Lovely scenic captures, Laura! I love the perspective. You did a great job of capturing the interesting cloud formations. Beautiful!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from your debilitating injury.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  3. cindy

    Hi Laura.. Photography does make us watchers of the sky.. beautiful brooding river views! Sorry to hear you had been injured.. I didn’t know..Heal quickly!

    June 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

  4. Wonderful photos and creative way to deal with leaving your hood on! The vignette looks great!

    June 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

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