Sunrise Photo Contest Winner #2

by Sherri on January 20, 2015

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Ivan Was Here

Some of you may have seen the Sunrise Photo Contest winning photo I posted last week through Fine Art America. As it turns out…there were two people with the same amount of votes. Fine Art America automatically selected one of them to be the First Place Winner. I decided it would be appropriate to interview Carol Miller, the Second Place Winner as well and give her some well-deserved exposure.

This contest was just for fun. There were no prizes awarded and the voting was done by numerous members and non-members of Fine Art America. Following are the questions I asked Carol and her response to them.

1. What do you particularly like about this photo?
First of all, the location. I took this at Gulf Shores, Alabama, which has been a favorite vacation spot for me since I was a little girl. I’ve been so many times I’ve lost count. It’s an incredibly special place for me. Then, there’s the drama: the sun just coming up to signal a new day; the splash of the waves caught in the air and reflecting the sunlight; and the mangled pier on the horizon that was shattered by Hurricane Ivan. Finally, the vibrant color of the sky against the dark color of the deep sea. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite photographs.
2. What was hard about creating this photo?
I was using an unfamiliar camera. Also, I was standing in the water trying to keep my balance and shooting without a tripod. Other than that, it was a piece of cake.
3. What was the key attribute that allowed you to create this photo?
Right place; right time. I know a certain amount of taking good photos depends upon the skill and artistry of the photographer. But, sometimes, it just boils down to being in the right place at the right time.
4. What photographic equipment did you use to create this photo?
I used a friend’s camera because I didn’t have mine with me at the time. It was a Sony DSC-H15. I took the photo at F/4, 1/320 second, ISO – 125, even exposure, 72 mm focal length, and no flash.
5. What kind of tools did you use for post processing?
There’s not a lot of post processing on this photo. I used Lightroom to even the horizon, add a hint of vibrance, and enhance the clarity.
6. Is there anything else you would like to share about this photo or your photography in general? Future goals etc.
I shoot because I love it. It wouldn’t matter if anyone else saw my photos. I get enough pleasure out of creating personal treasures and memories from my experiences for it to be more than rewarding to me. But, don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t be upset if I were incredibly successful and made a ton of money selling prints.

There were many excellent images submitted for this photo contest. What I love about Carol’s winning photo is how she was able to capture all of the amazing DRAMA in a single photo and the vibrant colors.

Would you like to congratulate Carol or ask her a question? Please feel free to add it in the comments section below.

Congratulations Carol!

~Sherri Meyer

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Sunrise Photo Contest Winner!

by Sherri on January 16, 2015

Sunrise on the lake.

Sunrise on the lake.

Last week I did something for the first time. I created a photo contest through Fine Art America. I decided for my first one I would do something simple like “Sunrises.” Most people photograph them and I figured it would get a lot of participants. I was right. There were over 800 entries and there could only be one first place winner and that was Peter Mooyman, for his stunning image “Sunrise on the Lake.”

This contest was just for fun. There were no prizes awarded, but I thought it would be nice to interview the winner and give them some well-deserved exposure. Following are the questions I asked Peter and his response to them. Please Note: The voting was done by numerous members and non-members of Fine Art America.

  • What do you particularly like about this photo? What I like about this shot is that I captured a moment that only lasted about 5 seconds. The sun hitting the water, the mist and the mountain in the background all came together at this moment.
  •  What was hard about creating this photo? Being there at the right time to catch the sunrise and the mist rising off the water.
  • What was the key attribute that allowed you to create this photo?  That would have to be patience. I visited this location many times before I could get the right elements together for this shot.
  • What photographic equipment did you use to create this photo? I used a Panasonic Lumix GX1 with its standard 14-42mm lens, and I had the help of a tripod.
  • What kind of tools did you use for post processing? I used Picasa to make minor adjustments to the lighting, saturation and contrast.
  •  Is there anything else you would like to share about this photo or your photography in general? Future goals etc. This is my favorite type of photo to take – one that involves a natural scene where the light is constantly changing, and in this case the mist rising off the water didn’t last long, so I had to catch it at the right moment where it was highlighting the sunlight hitting the water. I also love images involving bodies of water, because of the endless possibilities of how the water reflects light.

There were many excellent images submitted for this photo contest. What I love about Peter’s winning photo is the beautiful color tones and the moodiness created by the light and the fog. To view more of the winning entries visit Contest-Sunrises.

Would you like to congratulate Peter or ask him a question? Please feel free to add it in the comments section below.

Congratulations Peter!

~Sherri Meyer

 

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Waterfalls & Wildflowers Photo Tour

by Sherri on April 2, 2014

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Hiker enjoying a hike at Hidden Falls Regional Park.

Join me for a half day of fun, photos and fitness at beautiful Hidden Falls Regional Falls Park in Auburn. These Photo Tours will be approximately 4 hours long and will involve some easy to moderate hiking. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch and let’s have fun!

We will have the opportunity to photograph waterfalls, creeks, wildflowers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and much more during our hike. You never know…we may even see some wildlife, or people riding bulls!

Please see Waterfalls & Wildflowers Photo Tour for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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End of Year Sale – 2 Days Only!

by Sherri on December 30, 2013

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Photos of Northern California and the Eastern Sierra.

Hi everyone!

We are having an END OF YEAR sale at Sherri Meyer Photography today and tomorrow only. Don’t miss out!

  1. Get 30% off on all orders from our Fine Art America Website. Enter Discount Code JUPAYU, during the checkout process.
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  3. We are offering our Coffee Table Photo Book on the American River “River of Gold” at a discounted price.
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Happy New Year Everyone!

 

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2014 American River Wall Calendar.

Greetings from Sherri Meyer Photography!

Are you all done with your Christmas shopping? Do you like to shop from the convenience of your own home, without the crowds and traffic? Do you love giving the gift of photography to those special people in your life? Maybe you will even be snowed in and can’t get to the malls to finish your shopping! Maybe we can help.

We are having a 25% off sale on all orders from our Fine Art America Website. Simply enter Discount Code CGXXVA, during the checkout process.

Sale starts today and runs through next Thursday.

Get FREE SHIPPING on Our River of Gold Wall Calendar from now until December 10th. Use code: FREESHIP at checkout.

Please visit our E-Store & Gift Shop for more information on our products. Also, please feel free to Contact Us, if you have any questions.

Happy shopping!

~Sherri

 

 

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American River, Auburn, California

by Sherri on November 19, 2013

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Fall color along the North Fork of the American River, Auburn, California.

This was from a recent trip down to the American River. I used my wide-angle lens on this photo, which is something I don’t do very often. I think it’s a good idea to experiment with different lenses whenever possible though.

My favorite lens is still my 80-200mm zoom lens. I doubt that will ever change! What is your favorite lens?

 

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2014 American River Calendar

by Sherri on November 8, 2013

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Photos of the American River, Northern California.

Here is a “Sneak Peek” of some of the images I will be including in my 2014 “American River Series” calendar coming out soon!

Watch for the announcement on my Facebook page, or you can sign up for my Photo Newsletter and you will be notified by email, when it is available for purchase.

This will be the perfect Christmas gift, especially for the people in your life who have a love affair with the American River!

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Lake Almanor, Northern California

by Sherri on October 16, 2013

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Lake Almanor at Sunset

There are no shortages of great sunsets at Lake Almanor! Even on a boring sky day, if you wait long enough you can usually count on a great sunset. Depending on where you are, you can also include Mount Lassen in your composition.

I usually like to include people in my sunset photos such as in this article Plumas County RV Trip I wrote recently. But, I also shoot them without people in them, during my photo sessions. You never know when the need for one over the other may occur!

If you like this photo, please share it with your friends. Also, please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below.

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California Greeting Cards

by Sherri on October 15, 2013

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Downtown Auburn in the snow.

Need Greeting Cards of California? You can now order (24) 3.5×5 (2 boxes) of Greeting Cards for just $35.00. That is just $1.46 per card. Select any two photos from our Featured Fine Art Photography Greeting Cards and Prints Gallery. Ordering is easy and the quality and service are great!

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Sherri

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Plumas County RV Trip

by Sherri on October 2, 2013

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RV camping at Forest Park RV Spaces, Canyon Dam, California.

We did it! Not only did Jeff, me, Hope (my Mom) and Cocoa (our dog) just return from a fantastic RV trip, but it was our first one! We have had the 26 foot travel trailer for several months now, but had yet to try out the many awesome features it has, hence the main purpose of this trip. We baked brownies in the oven, cooked burgers and steak on the RV-Q, tried out the shower, microwave, CD player and more.

Forest Park RV Spaces, Plumas County, Plumas County, Sherri Meyer Photography

Jeff, Mom & Cocoa walking in the Plumas National Forest bordering Forest Park RV Spaces.

We spent a wonderful week at the Forest Park RV Spaces in Canyon Dam. It was the perfect RV park for our needs. The RV spaces were very spacious with plenty of shade, was dog friendly and backed up to the Plumas National Forest. The owners Joe and Crystal were very friendly and helpful during our stay. We did a lot of research on places to stay in the area before leaving home and this was definitely “The best bang for the buck!”

Mill Creek Falls, Hike, Lassen National Park, Northern California, Sherri Meyer Photography

Mill Creek Falls, Lassen National Park, Northern California.

Canyon Dam is located at the Southern end of beautiful Lake Almanor and about a one hour drive to the southwest entrance to Lassen National Park. For one of our day trips, we met up with local photographer and friend Jan Carmichael Davies, for a hike to the very unique Mill Creek Falls in Lassen. It was 3 1/2 miles round trip and a wonderful mix of uphill, downhill and nearly level terrain. It was just what the doctor ordered!

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Jan hard at work!

Before we left home, I made a photo shoot list of some of the things I wanted to do and photograph during our visit to the area. Exploring the back roads is always one of the top priorities. After a recommendation from Jan and studying the California Gazetteer, we opted for a drive out to Round Valley Reservoir for another day trip.

On the way there, we stumbled upon one of the neatest old, abandoned log cabins in the woods I have ever seen. Of course, we hung out there for quite awhile capturing photos of it. Check it out!

Plumas National Forest, Northern California, Old Log Cabin, Sherri Meyer Photography

Old log cabin in the woods, Plumas National Forest, Northern California.

We finally pried ourselves away from this cute little cabin and continued on, taking the wrong fork in the road on the way to Round Valley Reservoir. We didn’t go too far out of the way though and we saw plenty of awesome scenery we wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We eventually made it to our destination and were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was.

Round Valley Reservoir, Plumas National Forest, Northern California, Sherri Meyer Photography

Round Valley Reservoir, Plumas National Forest, Northern California.

Round Valley Reservoir was beautiful at a distance, as well as close up and personal. One end of it had lily pads galore. I love shooting nature close ups and this was a very exciting subject to work with.

Lily pads, Round Valley Reservoir, Plumas National Forest, Northern California, Sherri Meyer Photography

Lily pads on Round Valley Reservoir, Plumas National Forest.

You could find us relaxing by Lake Almanor, waiting for the sweet light all but a couple of nights we were in the area. The next photo is a great example of how I maximize a photo shoot. Included in this image are several of the shots I had on my shoot list for the trip. They are: sunsets, silhouettes, landscapes, outdoor recreation, Lake Almanor and Mount Lassen. We arrived early and I decided on a background first. In this case, it was Mount Lassen. Then I waited patiently for my subjects to arrive and a brilliant sky. This is what I got. It was definitely worth the wait!

Mount Lassen, Northern California, Outdoor Recreation, Boating, Fishing, Lake Almanor, Sherri Meyer Photography

Fishing on Lake Almanor at Sunset, with Mount Lassen in the background.

We did a lot of relaxing too. We also took a drive to Juniper Lake in Lassen National Park. To get there, you enter from the town of Chester. It was a nice drive, but not nearly as exciting as other parts of the park. It was also very windy and cold up there.

Juniper Lake, Lassen National Park, Northern California, Sherri Meyer

Whatever it takes to get the shot! Here I am laying down on the job, shooting Juniper Lake, Lassen National Park.

The photo below is what I was shooting! :-)

Juniper Lake, Lassen National Park, California, Sherri Meyer Photography

Juniper Lake, Lassen National Park, California.

Our first RV trip was a huge success. We learned a LOT, took plenty of notes and photos and we can’t wait to go again! Don’t be surprised if our next trip is BOON DOCKING!

I hope you found this article interesting and informative. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below in the comments section. :-)

Happy travels,

Sherri

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