Woman mountain biking on the Stagecoach Trail in Auburn, California the "Endurance Capital of the World."
If you are into shooting action as I am, Auburn is a great place to do it. They don’t call us the “Endurance Capital of the World” for nothing. People travel from all over the world to participate in several annual events held here each year, as we have some of the best multi-use trails in the country. Auburn is no longer just a stopping off point in route to Lake Tahoe and Reno. It is becoming a travel destination in it’s own right!
I was on the hunt for mountain bikers the day I shot this photo, while hiking on the Stagecoach Trail. As a local, I know where the hot spots are for action. I was standing on top of a picnic table near the trails edge, ready for my first victim to come flying down the hill. I don’t think she ever saw me, she was going so fast!
Because I was so close to the trail, I had to use my 28-7o mm zoom lens; not the 80-200 mm zoom lens I normally use for panning photographs. Back then, I was shooting with the Nikon D70, so the lowest ISO I could use was 200. My shutter speed was set at 1/30 sec. and my aperture was f 16.
Panning is one of the techniques I use a lot when shooting action. If you would like to learn how to shoot action and adventure, I will be leading a Action & Adventure Photo Workshop nearby on May 1st. I’d love to have you join me. For information and to register, please click on the previous link.
SPECIAL – You can also organize your own group of 5-8 and one person gets to attend for FREE!
Comments or questions are always welcome!
Old Town Auburn, California all dressed up for the holidays!
As we approach Christmas, I wanted to share a photo I captured of Old Town Auburn last year, just after a low snowfall.
If you have never been to Old Town Auburn before, you should check it out, especially during the holiday season. There are a lot of really neat shops and the town is always decked out for the holidays!
I’m planning a trip to Old Town soon, to capture a few 2010 holiday photos to add to my collection. Maybe, we will see you there!
Keep warm & cozy, enjoy your holiday season and don’t eat too many treats!
This image was captured last year in my rural Auburn, CA neighborhood.
Yesterday, I posted this image on my Facebook Business Fan Page, but under a different name; not a name as good as “Transition!” That name was inspired by a comment one of my Fans made about this image. Thank you, Bob!
We have a great chance of getting snow this weekend, where we live in Auburn at the 1,600 foot level. You can bet, I will be out hunting for good things to capture in the snow if it does. We typically get a low snow in Auburn 1-3 times per year and it is a BIG deal to most of us!
We all ready for it. We have plenty of firewood for the wood stove, homemade soup, beer, love, great music and more!
I hope to have some images from the much talked about storm to share with you next week. Stay tuned!
The Foresthill Bridge (California's tallest bridge) stretches over the beautiful North Fork of the American River, Auburn, CA.
Auburn is awesome, especially in Autumn!
Join me this coming Sunday for an all day photo shoot down into the American River Canyon and in Old Town Auburn. See why Auburn is becoming more of a tourist destination and less of a place to just stop on the way to Lake Tahoe and Reno.
I love to share my town any chance I get and that is one reason why I am offering my American River/Old Town Auburn Photo Tour & Workshop.
Here are a few tidbits about Auburn:
- We have the oldest volunteer fire department in the West.
- We also have the tallest bridge in California.
- Parts of Phenomenon and XXX (among others) were filmed here.
- We are the “Endurance Capital of the World.”
- And much more…
I am offering this Photo Tour & Workshop at a sweet 2 for 1 price. For just $125.00, you and a friend (spouse, relative etc.) can enjoy a whole day with me (includes lunch), honing your photography skills and learning more about what makes Auburn so awesome!
Hurry and book before it’s too late. The deadline is this Wednesday!
See more images of Auburn.
Thanks for visiting!
Sierra Buttes, Northern California.
This is a closer up view of the magical Sierra Buttes mountain range in Sierra County. It was captured from Upper Sardine Lake, which is where I captured this photo of the Sierra Buttes.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Jeff Hartnett and Cocoa enjoying Upper Sardine Lake and the Sierra Buttes, Northern California.
This is quite possibly one of the most unique and beautiful mountain ranges in California, but how often do you hear it mentioned?
In the center and top of this photograph, there is an abandoned fire lookout that you can hike to. Part of the Pacific Crest Trail even cuts through this area. This is what the climb up to the lookout is like. From the lookout, you can see 100 miles in every direction. It is pretty cool!
Just below where Jeff & Cocoa are is Lower Sardine Lake. The area is loaded with lakes, hiking trails, off-road adventure trails and more! The best part…it is “Right in my own Backyard!”
Thanks for visiting and have a super weekend!
Historic Auburn Courthouse, Old Town Auburn, California.
We are really excited to announce that we have just launched our new Gold Country Photo Tours & Workshops. It took us longer than we expected to get it off the ground, but that is probably for the best.
Since we are getting the word out without much advance notice, we have some major specials going on. We are offering a “2 for 1″ special. You can sign up for one or more of our photo tours/workshops and bring a friend along for FREE!
To learn more or to register, please visit: Gold Country Photo Tours & Workshops.
Hope to see you there!
Photo: Couple fishing on Lower Sardine Lake, Sierra County, California.
Taking risks in photography can be a good thing! When I took this photo of the couple fishing on Lower Sardine Lake, I was actually trying to eliminate the tree. I wanted to isolate the couple from everything else. That wasn’t possible, however. So, I went ahead and took it anyway, figuring that I would dump it later. Now that I look at it, I think the tree added greatly to the image!
I think this could be one of those images that YOU will either really like, or really dislike. What do you think folks? All opinions and comments are greatly appreciated!
Little Jeff viewing Lower Sardine Lake from Upper Sardine Lake, Sierra County, Northern California.
After leaving our spectacular campsite at Gold Lake, the two Jeff’s and I (can’t forget our dog, Cocoa!) headed for Sardine Lakes. If you ever get a chance to visit this area…go for it. You can hike to this point, or drive via 4-wheel drive. The views in every direction are breathtaking!
I have several more images to share of this area over the next couple of weeks, so be sure to check back soon!
Gold Lake Sunrise, Sierra County, California.
This was taken from our campsite and it is also the first image in our 3 image Gold Lake Panorama, I posted a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks for visiting!