As I look back on 2016, as cliche as I know it sounds, it was a whirlwind, busy year. I had photography trips planned out a year in advance, and many miles were spent on the road during my downtime from a full time job. After a loss in my family at the end of 2015, I did not take much time to stop and reflect, electing instead to keep pushing and keep my mind, feet, and camera occupied.
Tag: Lake Tahoe
As I reflect on this past year, I’m amazed how much 2015 was a year of learning, growth, and so many firsts for me. I finally began making photographs as opposed to taking them. By this, I mean I diligently began researching locations, learning new techniques, and visualizing the imagery I wanted to capture for the year ahead. I also decided that photography is meaningless unless you share your knowledge and wonder with others; the photographers I respect most are the ones who are always willing to teach others and share what they know. Read the Post A Year of Learning: My Favorites of 2015
Recently, I’ve been taking some much needed downtime, with less weekends on the road for photographic outings. This is a good thing! We all need time to decompress and recharge our batteries. For me, this has also been a good time to revisit processing some photos in the “later, when I have time” pile to look at images with a fresh set of eyes. And also, intuitively this has led me to some experimentation with black and white. Read the Post Black & White
I have to admit, summer is not my favorite season for photography. For a lazy photographer like me who likes her sleep, I find the early sunrises and late sunsets challenging, as well as the harsh bright light in the middle of the day. But I love photographing sunflowers and lupine, and in Northern California, we get both! Sunflowers in Sacramento, and lupine on the shores of Lake Tahoe, both occurring in early to mid summer.
Spectacular 109′ tall Bassi Falls is located in the Crystal Basin area of the El Dorado National Forest, west of Lake Tahoe. These gorgeous falls at peak springtime flow crash over enormous boulders and the water sheets over huge, flat slabs of granite. It is located off a rural, pot-holed dirt road (high clearance vehicles recommended). Photographic possibilities abound in this location, not just of the falls themselves, but also among the pines, foliage and granite boulders at the base of the falls.
When I moved to California, and saw Lake Tahoe for the first time, it literally took my breath away. The juxtaposition of clear, emerald water, blue sky, towering pine trees and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada is truly a sight to behold. The challenge can be that you want to capture it all in one photograph! Read the Post Lake Tahoe’s East Shore