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Parrot head 2 Moose

Photograph by Moose Peterson

My name is Carol Smith. I am a 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 phoD850tography 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:

Nikon D5
Nikon Df500
Nikon D850

Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Nikkor 8-15mm Fisheye
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 TC-20EIII
Nikon TC-17EII
Nikon TC-14III

Misc. Equipment:
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)


8 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

  7. Mark A.

    Hi Carol,

    recently I have found one of your pictures on your blog. As a fellow (hobby) nature photographer I really enjoy the many great images of birds you made. Looks so easy to make, but you know there’s so much that goes into a good picture.

    I am trying to reach you because of one of your images, which I like very much. Please send me an email to the address I filled in with this post.

    Thank you in advance


    September 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

  8. Sam Kaufmann

    Beautiful photographs. Please contact me about use in a documentary. Thank you

    January 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

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