Gold Country Stock Photos

Whitewater-Rafting

All female group of whitewater rafters having a "boatload" of fun on the South Fork of the American River, Pilot Hill, California.

This month has been a great month for capturing new travel and adventure images here in the California Gold Country. The image above is just one of several new images we captured during a recent photo shoot at the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park.

To see more images from this shoot, please visit our Fan Page. Feel free to become a Fan of Sherri Meyer Photography while you are there, by clicking on the “Like” button. To learn about becoming a Fan, please read “Why Become a Fan of Sherri Meyer Photography.”

You can see a lot more of our travel and adventure images by visiting our Website.

As always, thank you for visiting and comments & questions are very welcomed and appreciated.

Cheers,

Sherri

5 Ways to Shoot a Subject

by Sherri on March 9, 2010

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Spring shot of the Historic Auburn Courthouse, Auburn, California.

Capturing a subject in many different ways can be done all in one photo shoot, or over time. It’s always a good idea when you have a great subject in front of you to really explore it and shoot it as many ways as possible. You may never get to return and re-shoot it later!

The Historic Auburn Courthouse pictured above is a subject I have access to 24/7/365 and I have shot it many different ways. If you have a good subject close to home, I recommend practicing these tips on it first, before taking that once in a lifetime dream vacation.

Here are 5 examples of how I have shot the Auburn Courthouse:

Different Seasons – In order to shoot your subject in different seasons, obviously you need to be able to return to the location. I have shot the Auburn Courthouse in both Spring (see photo above) and Winter. Here is a shot of the Auburn Courthouse in the Winter.

At night – Shooting at night can be challenging. I also don’t have a lot of night shooting experience, but here is a night shot of the Auburn Courthouse I did manage to get that I really like.

Different lenses – Experiment using different lenses. The shot above was taken with a 12-24mm wide-angle lens. For this shot of the Auburn Courthouse, I used a 28-70mm lens.

Shoot Horizontal and Vertical – Many subjects work equally well shot in both formats, others don’t. If you are shooting for publication, vertical shots are the desired format for COVERS, while horizontals are often used for CENTER SPREADS. Here is a horizontal shot of the Auburn Courthouse.

Frame Your Subject – You can frame your subject many different ways. For examples of how you can frame your subject, check out this link. Here is a shot of the Auburn Courthouse using this technique.

For a few more ideas on how you can shoot a subject, check out this link.

What are your favorite ways to shoot a subject? Feel free to add them to the comments section below.

Thank you for visiting!

~Sherri

Featured Outdoor Lifestyle Photo of the Day

by Sherri on February 9, 2010

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Active Baby Boomer Peg Challender kayaking on Lake Clementine, Auburn, California.

Could I possibly be dreaming of warmer weather?

Yep, that is one reason why I choose to feature this photo of Peg kayaking on Lake Clementine for today’s post. Also, Peg is a great friend and model, who appears in a lot of my Outdoor Lifestyle photos.

You, go girl!

See more of our kayaking photos.

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Top 10 Lightroom Tweets of the Week

by Sherri on January 29, 2010

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Foggy January morning over the American River Canyon, Auburn, California. This image was processed with the wonderful Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.

Hi everyone! You probably thought I had disappeared and was never coming back. No, that isn’t the case at all. I’m just spread a little too thin right now and I had to space these very time intensive posts out a little bit. I hope you understand!

That said, I have put together another collection of mighty fine Lightroom tips for you.  Here they are in random order. Enjoy and have an awesome weekend! [click to continue…]

Cabin Fever No More!

by Sherri on January 28, 2010

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Fog hovers over the American River Canyon, Auburn, California. This image was developed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.

After 12 days straight of rain, there was a major case of  “Cabin Fever” at Der Meyer Haus! Yesterday, the sun finally showed it’s pretty face and Jeff, our dog Cocoa and I took a hike. 😉

As we were driving to the Stagecoach Trail, we were rewarded with this scene above. It was a definite cure all for “Cabin Fever!” Fog hovering over the American River like this is very common this time of the year, but it does require a bit of planning to get shots like this of it. If you are not willing to get up and get out early, you will miss the golden opportunity!

More images of our foggy morning adventure to come soon! To see more of our Auburn images, please visit our Auburn Stock Photo Gallery.

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:-) Sherri

Tallest Bridge in California

by Sherri on January 22, 2010

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This photo of the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn, CA was taken last month, during our Big Sierra Snowstorm. This bridge crosses the American River and connects Auburn to the tiny town of Foresthill.

One of the most popular searches on this Photo Blog is for the Foresthill Bridge (also known as the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge). I can understand why. Not only is it the tallest bridge in California, but it’s the 3rd tallest bridge of it’s kind in the United States.

This bridge was featured in the movie XXX and has become quite the base jumping spot. To see more of our images of this famous bridge, visit our Auburn Stock Photo Gallery, or you can do a search for the Foresthill Bridge on this Blog.

We will be adding more images of this Auburn Icon to our Website in the near future, so be sure to check back often.

Have a great weekend everyone!

:-) Sherri

West’s Oldest Volunteer Fire Department

by Sherri on January 19, 2010

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Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, Old Town Auburn, California. This image was taken last month, during a low snowfall. I used a combination of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 & Adobe Photoshop CS3 to develop it.

During last month’s low snowfall, I was able to capture this photo of one of Auburn’s popular icons in the snow. This was only the second time I have had this rare opportunity.

Here is the photo of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department I captured, during the low snowfall in March of 2006.

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Chinese Coolie Statue 2

by Sherri on January 15, 2010

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Close up shot of the Chinese Coolie Statue in Downtown Auburn, California. This image was processed using both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 & CS3.

As I was editing images yesterday, I came across this close up photo of the Chinese Coolie Statue featured in my previous post. I have a few more variations as well, some of which will also be included in our Auburn Photo Gallery.

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Have a great weekend!

:-) Sherri

Chinese Coolie Statue

by Sherri on January 12, 2010

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Chinese Coolie Statue, Downtown Auburn, California. This image was also taken during our rare, low snowfall last month and developed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.

Auburn is awesome. It is not only beautiful, but it is full of history and things to see and do. In my last post, I featured a photo of a statue of Gold Miner, Claude Chana, created by local dentist Ken Fox.

The statue of the Chinese Coolie above was also created by Ken in 1972. The Coolie is 33 feet long, 22 feet tall and weighs 70 tons. You can view this statue at the old train station site and Chamber of Commerce. Directions: Auburn Chamber of Commerce, east of I-80 on Lincoln Way between Hwy 49 and Harrison Avenue.

If you plan to visit Auburn, let me know and I can give you some more ideas of what to see and do in the area. While you are here, be sure to check out my previous posts about Auburn.

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Historic Auburn Courthouse in the Snow

by Sherri on January 5, 2010

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The Historic Auburn Courthouse & Museum in Old Town Auburn, California. This photo was captured last month, during a rare low snowfall and developed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.

Capturing a photo of the Historic Auburn Courthouse & Museum in the snow is a rare opportunity. In fact, this was only the second time I have had the opportunity to capture it in the snow. There was a lot more snow this time and my photos are much better. That said, I’ve decided to replace the images which are currently in our Auburn Gallery, with new images from the storm last month.

The Auburn Courthouse (which was completed in 1898) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also contains a museum and gift shop, which are open to the public free of charge.

If you love the California Gold County, Auburn, History and Architecture, you owe it to yourself to visit the Historic Auburn Courthouse (Placer County Courthouse), one of Northern California’s most beautiful buildings.

Location: Placer County Museum, 101 Maple Street, Auburn, California.