December 31, 2017
A little about myself, in photographic context…I started being a ‘serious’ photographer about 18 months back. That is when I looked beyond taking pictures to document my vacations/trips and my grandkids. Unlike many photographers, I started rather late in life…around the time I turned 65+. However, I have plunged myself into the art of shooting with a DSLR in RAW format and in manual mode!
I have always had a camera from the time I came to the US in 1970…first the point and shoot Kodak film cameras, a Minolta SLR, then point and shoot digital cameras and finally graduating to a crop sensor DSLR and now for a year, a full-sensor DSLR.
I find that travel and photography go hand in hand…one enhances the other. I have no choice but to travel single (having been a widow since 1996). But then it also allows me to shoot at my pleasure and leisure and where ever I want to, which means stopping impromptu at the side of the highway or road, as I make my trip to destinations beyond my dreams!
So I have found that my first love is landscape photography and I am equally in love with astro and night time photography.
My photo-journeys have take me to Oregon, Washington, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, all over California and internationally, to the Netherlands, Canada, and Mexico in 2017.
Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, situated in the valley surrounded by ten peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of 50 hectares (120 acres).
The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinctive shade of blue. The colour is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis. (source is Wikipedia)
Oregon is a state with such diverse landscapes from the rugged coast to the beautiful lakes-Trillium Lake at the base of Mount Hood and the marvelous Crater Lake, created by a volcano about 7,700 years back, in the center of the state. To the north east in a region called Dufur, you see the evidence of the Oregon Trail and the settlers and homesteaders. Once beautiful buildings are now just shells…a reminder of the distant past when life was rather harsh but simple. Seen here are two buildings…the Charles E Nelson House and a one-room school house, still preserved and conjure up many discussions and imaginations of a bygone era!
My penchant for night and astrophotography takes me everywhere…the desert in California-Joshua Tree National Park and Borrego Springs and even in the middle of the city-the cross on Soledad Mountain in San Diego!
Landscapes excite me and long exposures sure are a priority for me any chance I can get! I love being around water…and this is quite evident in my collection of photographs!
Lately, I have been going to the zoo to shoot animals and the reptiles through glass walls…definitely a challenge, but oh so rewarding!
The flora and fauna of the San Diego Zoo are very impressive!
Lastly, Portland has become one of my favorite cities and a panoramic view of Portland downtown is a must.
And of course, a few other pictures from my beloved home for almost 48 years- San Diego, California
San Diego Skyline as seen from the harbor
A beautiful sunset at the Hospital Reefs in La Jolla, California
A gorgeous sunset over the Pacific
She may be our Little Old Point Loma Light House…but she certainly is a beauty, especially on a warm spring evening!
Hope you have enjoyed my humble beginnings and I hope to be honing my skills of photo-taking and editing throughout 2018 and am certainly continuing my travels around the world. The Netherlands and China are definitely on my radar as well as travels within the US. There is just so much beauty around the world that I want to witness and bring to others who might not be able to go there and/or bring my perspective through my lens and eyes!
Thank you for sharing my photo-journey 2017!