One new photograph, almost every day of the year


My name is Carol Smith. I started this blog as a way to improve my photography skills. I take at least one photo every day and post it here. Of course, with today’s digital cameras, it’s pretty hard to take just one photo. And when that camera is set on burst mode, watch out!

I have always loved taking photos. When I was a kid, I used the family’s Brownie to take a zillion black and white photos of the cat and dog playing in the backyard from a distance of 20 feet. My mom gave me my own camera the first summer I worked in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming when I was in college, a Kodak 126. My husband introduced me to SLRs in 1979 but I couldn’t understand the exposure triangle and there was no “auto” setting on that camera. I got an Olympus XA range finder 35mm camera in the early 1980’s, an early 35mm point and shoot although it had aperture and shutter speed options like other 35mm cameras. I used that camera for 20 years until I got a Casio digital camera with a resolution of 72 DPI. I got away from photography for a few years until I got my Canon point and shoot about 5 years ago. That’s when I really got the bug. The Canon took great photos but I had little control over the photos and I couldn’t crop the shots and still have a decent resolution. That’s when I started researching DSLRs. When I reconnected with my college roommate, Melinda, after a 30 year separation, I discovered she had recently rediscovered photography herself. She encouraged me to get my Nikon D90 in 2010. She also encouraged me to get my Nikon D800 in 2012. We both have photography blogs and support each other’s efforts, take photography classes together, and share our photographic failures and triumphs. You can check out her blog at Melinda Three Six Five.

I’m retired so I have lots of time to devote to my newfound passion. I love to photograph birds (especially raptors), flowers, and anything else that strikes my fancy. Studying photography, both on-line and in classrooms, has been an ongoing pastime since I got my first DSLR. I belong to the Placer Camera Club. As you can tell by what’s in my camera bag, I’m almost as passionate about buying camera equipment as I am about using it. My favorite local camera store is Action Camera in Roseville, CA.

And photo credit goes to Melinda Anderson Photography who graciously photographed me holding my brand new Nikon D800 using my brand new Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens and her Nikon D7000.

What’s in My Camera Bag:

Nikon D800 and Nikon D90

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G (my new favorite lens)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8 (DX)
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 (DX)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm,3.5-5.6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm, 4.5-5.6

Misc. Equipment:
Nikon Speedlight SB-910
Crumpler Industry Disgrace Camera straps
Cullmann Magnesit 525 tripod/monopod

What Is My Camera Bag?

Lowepro Passport Sling for everyday use
Jill e Medium Black Leather Camera Bag
ThinkTank Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag

6 responses

  1. Henry Ochoa

    Hi Carol we met last night. After viewing your gallery – you do have quite the knack for picture capturing ..
    That’s how I look at it : ) . There waiting to be captured ..

    Call me some time perhaps we could commiserate about photograpy ..
    : )

    916 622-7545


    August 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

  2. Hi Carol. You have some great photos and I feel it is a shame that your not getting in the WordPress reader. I think if you used the tag ‘Photography’ a lot of interested people would find your blog. Unless of course your just blogging for yourself then forget I said anything. But I think I will add your blog to my new blogroll🙂 hope that is ok?

    July 31, 2014 at 1:45 am

  3. Hello there!! I met you while photographing fireworks at the El Dorado Town Center. You handed me your card with your blog’s web address on it. After exploring, it I was inspired to start my own blog!! I hope you don’t mind, but I mentioned you and your blog in my first post. Happy photographing!!!

    July 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  4. Carol you are an amazing photographer! Melinda keeps telling me, but until today I’d never found my way to your blog. Wow I am blown away!! Can you sign me up to get your updates? I don’t see anywhere here using my iPhone to subscribe. It was great seeing you on Sunday and that tart was fabulous!!

    September 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

  5. jim

    Hi Carol, your passion shows well through your images; many times Amazing and always Awesome. Take us with you!
    Member PCClub

    June 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

  6. Jenny Fitzgerald

    Hi Carol,
    My name is Jenny Fitzgerald and I am a graduate student conducting independent research about ecotourism. I have chosen the bobcats viewed on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park as one of my focus points. I am trying to estimate the economic value for tourism of one bobcat on the Madison River by collecting information from people who have sought out viewing opportunities both successfully and unsuccessfully.

    Your input is invaluable to my work, and I would sincerely appreciate it if you would participate in my study by answering some quick questions in a word document. Also, if there were multiple people with you when you sought out the bobcat or know of other people who have, I would appreciate you passing this on to anyone else.

    If you are willing, please send me an email to and I will send you the questionnaire!

    Thanks for your time and I enjoyed looking at all your photos!

    August 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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