Just when I was resigned to the fact that we were going to go from Fall to Spring here in the Gold Country, Winter arrived with a BANG! 14″ of beautiful, white snow arrived overnight and into the morning, so of course I grabbed my camera and went out to explore.
Camino, CA is probably better known as Apple Hill, and is absolutely gorgeous any time of the year. However, on those fairly rare occasions that it is covered in snow… it’s simply magical.
I started my trip down Carson Rd, at the bottom of “downtown” Camino. I saw this magical scene just minutes after getting off the freeway…
I drove into the mountains today, above Redinger Lake, to take a look at the snow in our area. It was gorgeous but hazy. The haze was from the numerous burn piles as the Forest Service took advantage of the weather. This old tree just caught my attention as it frames the view of Redinger Lake. I’m a sucker for old oak trees! Just think of what they have endured over the years! Sometimes I feel old until I think about these trees, twisted and gnarled but still standing!
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
“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!
Welcome back to the forest! We wrote another book! Our new book is MAGICAL FOREST FAIRY CRAFTS THROUGH THE SEASONS. Celebrate every season with whimsical crafts inspired by nature. We’re delighted to share new fairies, gnomes, and crafts. The new book releases in August, 2018. Preorder your copy today. And find our first book, FOREST FAIRY CRAFTS, to entertain you while you wait. Hip hip hurrah!
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!!
I have fallen in love with the world in a black and white form. Not because I don’t appreciate color, or enjoy it’s beauty. But because I feel it is through the lack of color you see the true image. It’s structure. The lines. The details you might overlook had you been distracted by bright reds, or vibrant greens. The patterns that make up the petal of a flower are intricate, beautiful, and amazing. The way a drop of water hangs in balance on the tip… The slight imperfections each tell a story. All details that are easily overlooked when hidden within the wonderful colors of nature. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the beautiful colors of our world, and think nature has done a perfect job of painting the scenery. I often shoot in color just for this reason. But in my newest gallery, I’m looking beyond the colors and enjoying the deeper beauty of nature, people, and things we see in our every day life, but maybe we’re not really seeing them….
So, join me as I travel into the world of black and white. Visit my newest gallery at 11:eleven Photography and see the beginning of this journey, and check back often as I continue to add more images from this adventure.
Featured Prints are a small group of photos available for purchase from various artists. Simply hover over the image and it will flip to show you the artist, click on it and it will wisp you away to that artists website 😉
I drive past this nearly every day. It is a highlight of my commute. I look forward to seeing it. Not because it is especially beautiful, although when the sun is just right, it is a lovely view. I just love the solo tree, standing all alone. It doesn’t complain. It doesn’t make excuses. It doesn’t wish it were somewhere else, doing something different. It is not affected. It can rain buckets, the sun can beat down on it from sunrise to sunset. It can be freezing cold, and the wind could be blowing fiercely. And it just stands there, through it all, just being a tree. Doing what it is meant to do. Trees make good teachers. People should be more like trees…
Located along Hwy. 49, between Auburn and the Lake of the Pines area. If you’re in the area, see it for yourself. 😊 Or you can just go to my website and see this, and more beauty, from around the Gold Country.
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.
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/
“My photography of landscapes, trains, old signs, bridges, and abandoned buildings started out with a focus on the San Francisco bay area. I moved to Grass Valley, California in the spring of 2016 and I am now developing my collection of Sierra Nevada Foothills photography.
My award winning photos have been published by the East Bay Regional Park District, Landscape Photography Magazine, Bay Nature, Bay Area Open Space Council, Huffington Post, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Contra Costa Water District. My Nevada County work has been published in the California Visitors Guide and Santa Clara University Alumni Magazine”.
I love photography because it gives one the ability to freeze a moment of time & preserve it. Being behind the camera is my happy place. Whether it’s on the street, exploring nature, portraits, or product photography… count me in.
What inspires you? What drives you? What lights that fire deep within your soul? What defines you? THAT is what I want to capture. Let’s capture that moment.
Photographer/artist, based in the heart of the gold country, Grass Valley, Ca. Available for all of your photography needs, portraits, family photos, pet photography, real estate, events, and product photography.