My name is Carol Smith. I am an amateur photographer. I started this blog in 2011 as a way to improve my photography skills. Since then, my blog has become a daily habit and although I started it only as a means to improve my photography, it has morphed into a combination travelog, personal journal, event commentary, and photo gallery with its primary focus still on the art of photography. I enjoy writing it and taking photos for it and I always appreciate it when someone gleans something from my efforts. Photography has been the artistic release I think I have been seeking my entire life. I’m so fortunate that the passion I feel for it has coincided with a time in my life when I can afford to indulge myself in it.
In the past couple of years, my focus has been on wildlife photography, and in particular, photography of birds. Capturing good photographs of birds has been a challenge that has taken me literally around the world. I have been fortunate to learn from the best. Moose Peterson, a world famous landscape and wildlife photographer and Nikon Ambassador, has been a tremendous influence on my photographic endeavors. I have participated in his workshops for the past four years which has resulted in a substantial improvement in my photography skills. I am fortunate to benefit from his expertise.
I belong to the Placer Camera Club based in Auburn, CA.
I believe in patronizing local businesses as much as possible and my favorite camera store is locally owned and operated Action Camera in Roseville, CA.
Here’s what’s in my camera bag:
Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8
Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8
Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5
Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8
Nikkor 24-120 f/4
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikkor 105 f/2.8
Nikkor 70-200 f/4
Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor 80-400 f/4.5-5.6
Nikkor 300mm f/4
Nikkor 600mm f/4
Nikon Speedlight SB 5000
Nikon Speedlight SB-910
Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Versa Series 2 Tripod
Gitzo Series 3 Carbon Tripod, XLong Overhead 4-Section
Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Giant)
Zenelli ZECARBONZX Gimbal head
Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead
Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR Ballhead
What Are My Camera Bags-You can’t have just one?
Think Tank Lily Deanne mezzo (shoulder bag)
MindShift MP-1 v2 (Backpack)
MindShift MP-7 v2 (Backpack)
ThinkTank Airport Airstream (roller)
ThinkTank Airport International (roller)