I have been blessed to spend time in some beautiful locations with my camera and my ideas. Recently, my wanderings have taken me to Yosemite, Eastern Washington, and California’s North Coast. I also found inspiration right here in my hometown of Lafayette, California.
For my photographer readers, you’ll notice in the notes below that I’m using two camera bodies these days — a Sony a7RII and Canon 5DsR. They are both wonderful cameras and I use each for different purposes and situations. I tend to use the Sony for high contrast images and night-scapes because its superior dynamic range and noise control. I prefer the Canon for situations where I rely on autofocus, such as wildlife or street photography. I am also quite fond of the Canon’s optical viewfinder.
I’ve provided technical details about the images below, including camera models and settings for readers who might find the information useful for their own photographic journey. If you are not interested in technical information, that’s ok. I’ve provided some background stories too.
As always, I appreciate your questions and comments.
“Ahwahnee Meadow Cottonwoods”, Yosemite National Park — I have been photographing this grove of Cottonwoods for years now, always at different times of day, different seasons, different conditions. I haven’t been happy with any of those other attempts until this one. It was a partly cloudy day. The sun broke through the clouds just for a moment, illuminating the section of meadow with the grove. Sony a7RII camera body with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 1/6 sec.