Smartphone Cameras – Gold Country Photography

Smartphone cameras are getting better and better and the thing about a smartphone camera is,..it’s always with you and available when something spectacular happens in front of you.

My wife, Arlene took these two shots just two days ago as she was leaving work with her Samsung S5.

Although these were edited with Lightroom on a computer and their file size being pretty small, she still got the shot!

Smartphones are also quite good at editing, maybe even better than a computer editor with all of the specialized apps. Here is a list of editing apps from CNET.com

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Yosemite, a different view – by Janet Martinez Photography

Janet Martinez Photography

With so many trips into Yosemite, I try to find a little different view of iconic spots if possible.

Mostly today was just breathing in the beauty and wondering around in places I don’t usually visit. There is always something I haven’t noticed before! This is Bridelveil Fall from across the valley as I was heading west in the late afternoon. The lighting on the granite caught my eye. — at Yosemite National Park

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Redinger Lake by Janet Martinez Photography

Janet Martinez Photography

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!

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“Every Exit” up I-80 by JCameron – Gold Country Photography

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Every Exit – Dutch Flat, a ghost story

My Wife and I moved to Grass Valley in 2011.  Up until then the only thing I knew about Grass Valley was that it was two words on the signs on Interstate 80. Since the move, I have had a quest to venture off of every exit on I-80,  east of Colfax. With a little help from my wife,  kicking me out of the house for the day, I started out on my adventure.

This is the beginning of a three, or four, or more part series. I did not take photos at every exit, or from every exits area, as it just was not that interesting. I am surprised so far with what I have found.

Today’s installment I leave Colfax heading east. I only get as far as the Alta exit as I spent most of the day in Dutch Flat, (In my head I am sounding just like good ole Huell Howser).

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The Road to Tahoe by Ivy Ferl – Ivy Tree Photography

The Road to Tahoe by  www.ivytreephotography.com

January 1, 2018

Day 1:

The last trip of the year. Where to go? Why not Tahoe! Not only is the area beautiful, but it also has so much to offer for activities. We decided a month out that traveling to South Lake Tahoe would be a fun destination to spend our last days of 2017 at. Not only do we celebrate the new year, we also get to celebrate my husband’s birthday (he’s a new years baby, born on January 1st). We started our trip off with a nice break in Chico at the Sierra Nevada Brewing company for an amazing lunch. The food is amazing and who doesn’t enjoy a good beer.

 After our amazing lunch, we continued on our way to South Lake. The sunset was amazing!!!

 I love sunsets. Something about the way the colors paint the sky. I’m use to mountain sunsets, so it’s always nice having a different view. Even if the view happens to be from the backseat.

 Fun fact: the Sutter Buttes is known as the smallest mountain range in the world.

Day 2:

On our first morning in Tahoe my husband and our friend took a short drive to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows for their day of skiing. Normally I would be right with them on the slopes, but I stayed behind to enjoy time with my friends and family. Which turned out to be a good thing considering they left their ski boots behind at the cabin. Silly mistake, but it happens. Me and a friend drove half way to meet them and bring them their ski boots. We chose a perfect destination! Emerald Bay. It’s so beautiful.

 We even did the tourist thing….

 We got really lucky, because it was early in the morning, we had the place to ourselves. Later in the day we took the rest of our group up to Emerald Bay to see the beautiful view and were not as lucky. It was crowded and we were barely able to find a spot to park. Even then we didn’t get the same view. But I’ll settle for what we did get.

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