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!
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!
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
The state flower of California is the Golden Poppy.
In spring, they are abundant and can be found many places–on
freeway hillsides, in neighborhood yards and along the American
River, to name a few locales. Actually, my header on my blog
is from a few years ago. I had hoped to find both Poppies and
Lupine in bloom and took me quite a few trips before I found what I
was searching for. These are a few shots I got to enjoy when
hunting for them this year.
landscape shot, so decided to enjoy both options! Do you have
a preference? The clarity of the water seemed to make this
vision even more impressive! This photo was not at the American River, but I
made certain I got to enjoy this amazing view. Taken on
Mother’s Day. Well worth fighting the traffic to get it.
I was not alone! Numerous cars pulled up and
stopped along this 2 lane highway to capture the beauty. The last two photos were taken with my new
camera, the Nikon D800E. Have been waiting for a fullframe
camera for quite some time. The wait was worth it! Look
forward to sharing more photos with you taken with this amazing
Haven’t really dedicated much time for my Lensbaby lately, so this week made a point of doing just that.
Visited the American River Parkway and caught a few views…
In California, we are falling into Winter and signs are everywhere…
A Winter Tree with a majestic blue sky background
Visited Old Town Sacramento this week and switched to my Composer with Double Glass and a Star Aperture. This aperture makes single points of light into a “star” which seemed fitting for the holidays. Yes, I do know too much of one thing can be overkill, but let’s just say I had a happy reunion with my Lensbaby!
One of my favorite aspects is how the mundane can be turned into magic…a view from the passenger side.
This is just the lights from cars on Interstate 80…kinda fun view, IMHO!
Any point of lights will shift with this aperture.
A view from an Old Town window…
One last view of a more traditional source!
Hope your holidays are merry and bright and filled with those you love!