I’d like to share my view of this great and glorious state with you through my eyes and the lens of my Camera. There are a lot of other places in the world; I’ve been to a few, but nothing really compares.

As an amateur photographer, I wanted a place to display the photos that, to me, tell stories about me and about the majesty of the natural beauty of California. As of last year, I began selling some of my pieces, so I guess that makes me a professional now. So I thought I could share a few photography tips with other amateur photographers out there, perhaps you’ll be published as well.

Even though I love the Golden State, my collection of images is from more than just California. If you my portfolio page you’ll see an awful lot of images, some from a trip I took to Italy. I am featuring my favorites, mostly from California, bits and pieces of the scenic beauty of the mountains and deserts. Most of these are from the Sierras and the quiet places in the deserts, but since I’m really a city boy at heart, interspersed you’ll find images from some of California’s more urban habitats. I have been all over the world; Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, Asia will be next, but I keep coming back to California. As Dorothy so aptly put it in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home…”

Desert Flowers…

The red flower above is one of the more striking beauties found in the desert; Indian Paintbrush. It’s blazing red plumes add color to an otherwise bland landscape.

With thousands of species of flowers, some which only show their grandeur every twenty, thirty or forty years, the desert comes alive for a short time in the spring. Between the winter rains and the summer heat is a short spring which blazes, even in the desert, with the beauty of myriad colors from natures palette.

As this picture demonstrates, lighting can show the glory of the ordinary. For the best results, take pictures in the morning and evenings; the light at dawn and dusk brings depth and softness to objects and people.  The golden hours. This is a single blossom.  To see them by the millions; keep browsing… 

Beginning Digital Photography Tips

My first digital was an HP. Simple, but sure. I was used to 35mm, and have taken hundreds of photos which I had printed and ordered on CD. But once I got hooked on Digital, I could never go back. The first year after I bought a Nikon Coolpix 5700, I took over 2500 photographs. Yeah, most were pretty bad, but a few turned out well. It took me almost two months just to learn how to use all the features of this well built, versatile camera.

After using it for a year, though, I realized what I really wanted was a true SLR Digital. I couldn’t control depth of field with this electronic gem, and I just DID NOT like the pause when I clicked the shutter release. I also had lots of problems with the auto focus, among which it is too slow, and the manual focus is a huge pain in the ass!

So, as luck would have it, in the spring of 2005 I was skiing at Mammoth and somehow the 5700 fell out of my backpack. Oh shit! Well, I had been looking and drooling over all the SLR digitals and decided for the cost/benefit combination to get a Nikon D70s. It was cheap, light, and I acquired a fast wide angle zoom and a 70-300 telephoto and it’s been like a dream ever since. Next year the D80/D90…


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