Marcoccia Photography – Sonora, Ca.

http://marcoccia.photography  – Sonora, Ca.

about  bodey marcoccia – (pronounced: BOH-dee mar-KOH-chuh)

Since receiving my first DSLR camera in 2008, I’ve consistently enjoyed the persuit of photography. I live near Sonora, California with my wife and two sons.

I love landscape photography. Whether it’s Pacific beaches, Scottish plains, Eastern Sierra mountains, or any other number of breathtaking locations I’ve had the fortune of visiting, I always try to capture the one shot that can make someone else feel like they’re right there with me.

I’ve spent the last few years transitioning and building my skills as a portrait photographer, and I’d be glad to work with you to create printed memories that will last a lifetime.

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Carson Pass Wildflowers – Laura Ashburn Photography – Shingle Springs, Ca.

Laura Ashburn Photography

Carson Pass Wildflowers

  • Canon 5D mkiii camera
  • Canon EF16-35 mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • Focal length – 25mm
  • Aperture – f:11
  • Speed – 1/6
  • ISO – 160

3 stop soft LEE graduated ND filter for this.
Also shot in RAW and post processing done in Photoshop. This is a single exposure as well, no fancy techniques besides levels, curves, contrast, saturation, sharpening and some dodging. The red casts on the peaks were due to the fires we were having at the time. Not really a relevant detail but it did affect the light. 🙂 – Laura

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Bay Nature Magazine

Congratulations to our member Robin Mayoff for his work in this article!

Robin Mayoff

Birding By Kayak at Big Break Regional Shoreline in the East Bay

by Victoria Schlesinger on January 02, 2018

looking north over Big Break
Looking northwest from the shore through tules and over Big Break toward the San Joaquin River. (Photo by Robin Mayoff, RHM Images)

Produced by Bay Nature for the East Bay Regional Park District

Strings of birds have been passing overhead for the past 40 minutes. There are wobbly lines of starlings, Brewer’s and tricolored blackbirds, all of them flying east toward the sliver of sun that’s pushing above the horizon. They’re commuting to the farmland in the Central Valley where they’ll feed for the day, and tonight they’ll come back here to the Delta to overnight in the tule marshes. The sky is still a diluted blue, and as the flocks fly they call to one another, a cacophony known as the “dawn chorus.”

Mike Moran is pointing out and naming the birds as we stroll toward the water’s edge. We’re getting ready for an early morning kayak trip to seek out some of the birds that live around Big Break Regional Shoreline, which sits at the edge of Oakley, a small bedroom city on the San Joaquin River. The park and region is a hot spot for birding, and I’ve been curious about watching birds from the water, from a different perspective. “You can see the Delta from the Delta’s point of view,” Moran says.

And then right over our heads sails a clump of dark-colored bodies with long curved bills.

“Those are ibis!” Moran whoops. “That’s crazy. White-faced ibis you see as you drive up Highway 99 north of Sacramento in all the rice fields. They’re lousy up there. But I’ve never seen a flock of them here.”

In fact, he says, this is the farthest west he’s ever sighted ibis. Moran’s been a naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District for nearly 25 years and became supervising naturalist at the Big Break Visitor Center when it opened in 2012, so I make a note to look up where else white-faced ibis have been seen in the area. (That night I check eBird, a website where birders can record their sightings, and the last sizable flock of ibis noted at Big Break was in 2000.)

“Well, that’s the sighting of the day,” he says.

To continue reading -https://baynature.org/article/birding-kayak-big-break-regional-shoreline/

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Visit Yosemite Madera County guide – Janet Martinez Photography – Bass Lake, Ca

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“Just picked this up and so honored to have two of my photos make the 2018 Visit Yosemite Madera County guide! The cover photo was taken by my good friend, Darvin Atkeson, who has helped me along with my photography passion! ” – Janet Martinez

Below: My Winter Lace Image taken right after a fresh snowfall in Yosemite Valley.

Top right photo below was taken along Rd 222 next to Bass Lake when wildflowers lined the road.

Honored to be listed with these fine photographers!

To view the entire guide – Yosemite Madera County 2018 Visitors Guide

http://janetmartinezphotography.com/

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Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest Winner – Joe Dondelinger – Foresthill, Ca

The Tahoe National Forest has a yearly photo contest and for 2017, it was recently announced that our proud member Joe Dondelinger has won both first and second places!!

Congratulations Joe!!

1st Place

“Celestial Wilderness” by Joseph Dondelinger, (Castle Peak)

Note from the Photographer:  This is one of my most achieved photos to date planned months ahead of time! This photo is actually a blend of two images taken at very precise and critical times at the same position and angle. On July 22, 2015, I set off on the brutal 1200 foot backpack trip up to near the top of Castle Peak carrying over 60 pounds of gear, including all of my camera equipment! I also carried up my iOptron Sky Tracker, which plays a crucial role in capturing the most detailed shot of the Milky Way possible and was the first image I captured, which also had to be taken in between the sunset and moonrise 45-minute window. During the 4-minute tracked exposure, I managed to capture a spectacular meteor to the south! After this shot, I moved the camera just a few inches over to a stationary tripod keeping the same angle and prepared for the moonrise so I could capture the foreground image just a few minutes later! Timing was impeccable with this as I had to shoot my foreground quick and on time just as the moon was rising, so the moonlight and the warm glow from the headlamp in my tent stay in the right balance! Then finally later in post production I blended the two images together. What I love most about this image is how I can truly reflect upon my memories of just how amazing this little camp spot was that night and the success of all of my hard work to achieve this photo!

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License to Explore ~ Christmas at Jackson, CA By Steph Gabler

Steph Gabler Photography
January 7, 2018 and I found myself in Jackson, CA.  I have made many trips to Jackson over the past 30 years, it is one of my favorite small towns to visit. Happily, life is returning to this Main St, along with many of the others along Historic Hwy 49 in the Gold Country.

When we stepped out of the car, I was not only thrilled, but stunned to see and hear Christmas! Carols were playing on the loud speakers, and all the shop windows still displayed the Christmas cheer. It didn’t take long for me to remember that Jackson has a very large Serbian population and they celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

It was wonderful being surrounded by Christmas! I love the holiday season and wish I could live in it year round.  Main St was all decorated, along with the National Hotel and most shop windows.

I think my favorite store windows were the Antique Stores, it was like stepping back into simpler times. Continue reading “License to Explore ~ Christmas at Jackson, CA By Steph Gabler”

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License to Explore~ Don’t Hide From the Rain! ~Steph Gabler Photography

January 4, 2018 and it finally RAINED!! Hopefully this is just the start of a delayed, long, wet winter.  While many of you may be inclined to put your camera away until the Spring flowers start popping, I urge you to go out into the weather and shoot!

Please be aware… you need to protect your camera first! The two biggest enemies of your camera are sand and water. You can easily find rain / weather covers for your camera on sites like Amazon.  Rain covers are made in disposable and reusable forms. These covers are generally inexpensive and considering how much you paid for your camera and lens, it is well worth the investment.

So, why shoot in weather? It’s wet, cold, windy. I want to stay inside where it’s warm. Well, let me show you why. My personal favorite is fog. Fog is moody, and the image changes almost constantly if you just sit and watch. Fog creates a special kind of light that I really enjoy.

 

See what I mean? Fog completely changes the landscape giving it a “private” feel for me, like it is just me and the landscape. You can set your white balance for “cloudy” if you want to “correct” the light, however I leave mine at “daylight” because I like the look nature has given me.

Rain. This is where I like to look for the “details”. Look down. Look at the leaves and flowers. Raindrops on Roses are truly magical. I have even been known to use a spray bottle on flowers to enhance the feel of the photo.  Here are my “wet” examples;

Do you see the reflection of the tree around the leaves? To me, that image tells a story. If it had not rained, all you would see are leaves on asphalt.

Now to my favorite, snow. I am lucky enough to live above snowline, so as soon as it begins snowing, I grab my camera and head out. This next image was taken from Big Hill Lookout in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area above Pollock Pines during a late Fall, early Winter snow.

The light kept changing, the clouds kept moving and I felt like the luckiest girl on the mountain (OK, I was also the only girl on the mountain, but let’s not get technical) The evergreen bushes give a great pop of color to the image, and I loved the dead leaves that were still hanging onto the tree, despite the winter weather. This photo actually won Nature Photo of the Year in a national competition a few years back.

Ahh, my friend the Canada Goose. He simply stood there and let the snow collect on his back. I find this photo to be very peaceful. I would never have seen this if I had stayed home with my feet by the fire (or more likely with my feet by the washer and dryer, lol)

Gold Country residents and visitors, the rain is returning to Northern California! Grab your gear, make sure it is protected and get out there and take some pictures!

So, my rating for shooting in the weather? 5 cameras!!

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License to Explore~ Mather Regional Park, Rancho Cordova, CA – Steph Gabler Photography

What better way to start the new year than with a new blog? My name is Steph Gabler, owner of Steph Gabler Photography.  I am titling my blog ” License to Explore” because that is exactly what my camera encourages me to do. I plan on sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of my adventures with my camera.

So, Day one…January 1, 2018. Today the weather in Northern California was perfect (if you like mid-60’s in January). My family and I jumped into my truck and headed west to explore a place I had heard of, but had never visited, Mather Regional Park. My goal, the variety of birds that call the pond home this time of the year.

 

The park is cute, but be warned THERE IS A $5 PARKING FEE!!!! First off I noticed this gentleman fishing, with Swans swimming in the background. Now, if you are not a “birder” you may not know that these Swans were not common around here until a few years ago, so seeing them is very exciting!  There is a gravel path around 3/4 of the pond, but it does appear that they are working on making the trail go all the way around.

First goal.. the Swans. I’m guessing 26 swans were enjoying this sunny morning.

 

Aren’t they beautiful? I might add, they are quite large as well.  As I was shooting the swan, I noticed that there was a pair of white Pelicans! Wait! What? Yes! Even though we are about an hour inland from the Pacific Ocean, we had a pair of Pelicans visiting.

Before I could make my way around the pond to get a closer shot of the Pelicans, I spotted a beautiful Great Blue Heron. I have never really gotten a good picture of these majestic birds, they are kinda jumpy. That’s ok… I like a challenge.

Like I said… they are kinda jumpy, but I did get to see him glide by me.

Just ahead, my goal, the Pelicans.  Clearly a mating pair, we enjoyed the male trying to  impress the female (who really could have cared less).  So here is what I saw….

 

Our bird count, Swans, Pelicans, Egrets, Cormorants, Coots, Great Blue Herons, Hawks, Grackles, Canada Goose, Mallard ducks, and Buffleheads. Not bad for a mileish walk around the pond.

I am going to create a rating system for all these adventure locations.  1-5 cameras

Mather Regional Park, Rancho Cordova, CA  gets 2/5 cameras. 

Steph Gabler Photography

 

 

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Through my lens. Part 1 by Jason Scallin-11:eleven Photography

Life is a journey, dont forget to capture the moments along the way.”

One of my favorite things about photography is that I can share the beauty I capture with others. One of my favorite things about the Gold Country, is that there is so much to capture. Through my lens, will be an ongoing journey. I will share with you the beauty, my travels, my experiences.

I’ve been a traveler. A wanderer. And yes, there is beauty to be found in all corners of the world. Some places have beautiful forests, some have gorgeous rivers, or mountains. Some places the beauty is in the people that reside there, or the history that lies within it. In all my travels I have not found another place that has all these things in one place. The Gold Country, set in Northern California has all these things, and more, practically within arms reach of one another. I am currently in the “heart” of the Gold Country, Nevada County. And although I have tried to move away several times, it has a magical draw to it, and I just can’t stay away very long.  I don’t know if it’s the Tahoe National Forest that you can see all around it, the mighty Yuba River that runs through it, the snow capped Sierra Nevada’s that rise above it, or the wonderful, creative people that fill it. Come check it out. See for yourself. Enjoy the journey.

-Jason Scallin – 11:eleven Photography & Artistic Services

Check back here often, as I will be sharing the beauty of the area I call home, my travels, and things that catch my eye. You can also go to my website and view/purchase images I’ve captured along my journey. https://11eleven.shootproof.com/

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