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Drama and silence

Clouds rise over a hillside near Highway 26 and Double Springs Road in Toyon. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/16. ISO: 200) Although this isn’t the best time of the year for pictures, the drive to up Highway 26 to West Point was a pleasant one. The peak […]

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The small town of West Point (population 746) in Calaveras County lies about 60 miles east of Stockton. I recently undertook the 1-1/2 hour long trek for an assignment at West Point Elementary School. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 48mm. Exposure: 1/200th sec. @ f/5. ISO: 200) (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm […]

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Relying upon the kindness of strangers

U.S. Forest Service employee Mike Stroude, right, checks a depth gauge while fellow employee Marilyn Meyer writes down his findings the Eldorado National Forest at Corral Flat with a team to take a snow survey. I’m a valley boy, born and raised. I say that because I was totally unprepared for my assignment to photograph […]

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Clouds afire

Returning to Stockton from an assignment to shoot snow in Bear Valley, I was driving on Highway 4 toward a pretty sunset. Usually the most brilliant colors of a sunset are in the direction of the sun as it slips past the horizon. But I glanced to the northeast and saw that the colors that […]

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