My first shoot with new model Autumn Skye. This talented model brings endless poses. Shot in Pioneer Park in Nevada City.
I had a chance to take photos of the very talented Kalyja Rain the week after her Mile High single was released.
Pictures taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 with the 56mm f1.2 lens in Pioneer Park in Nevada City.
I had the idea of doing a camp-girl photoshoot at the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City and Alex Jade did an amazing job as the model.
I worked with bay area model Becca on some really special portraits over the weekend in Nevada City.
I had an opportunity to work with model Alex Jade in Nevada City recently. Below are a few of my favorites. Images shot with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the 56 f1.2 and 35mm f1.4 lenses. Some were shot with natural light plus a reflector and some were shot using a Godex on camera flash.
Teen model, Annaliese asked me to do a photoshoot with her in Nevada City this week. The 3 hour shoot included a visit to the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley before it was closed for renovation. We probably had the very last photoshoot in that hotel before the furniture was sold and the wallpaper removed.
I was contacted by Photography Week Magazine a few weeks ago, asking if i would be willing to let them publish one of my pictures. The image they selected was from a recent trip to Nevada City. Photo taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 with the 80mm Macro lens. Published in issue #331
I had a chance to work directly with teen model Annaliese Nobile on a snow photoshoot at the edge of Nevada City. The shoot took place the day after a heavy snowfall, which gave us a lot of fresh clean powder. Below are some of the results.
When the holidays come around, Grass Valley and Nevada City take the festival season seriously. Below are some pictures from Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley and Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.
Nevada county has a few roadside attractions that are unique and fun to visit:
I always find cemetery shooting to be a challenge. I don't always know what compositions will work best to bring out the details of the old headstones and statues. This week I decided to try shooting with the Fujifilm 80mm macro lens and I think it was a perfect choice. I think this will probably be my goto lens for future cemetery visits. A few samples are below.
For one month a year (in April), you can visit the Crystal Hermitage gardens in Nevada City. These impressive gardens feature around 17,000 tulips and flowering trees in a beautiful hillside location, about 25 minutes from downtown Nevada City.
The gardens are visited by 1000's of people and it seems like everyone is taking pictures with either cell phones or full size DSLR cameras. With all of the colors and different types of flowers, you can imagine why it is so popular.
If you are a Macro shooter, these gardens are a great opportunity to get close to some flowers and maybe a few bugs.
When you think about Nevada City, you have to think about the outdoors and the unique camping experience offered by the Inn Town Campground. Located only 5 minutes from downtown Nevada City, the campsite offers you an outdoor experience that includes glamping, RV camping or you can just pitch a tent for a few days.
When you get into the campground, you will immediately see a collection of buildings and tents that you can call home for a weekend.
Once you go inside a glamping tent, you will be impressed with the care and detail put into each unique overnight visit. You can't get closer to a hotel experience while still enjoying the fresh air of being in a forest.
The Inn Town Campground offers 17 different glamping tents with different decorations and features that will make you want to try them all. Different bed configurations are available for the entire family.
The campground offers a place for your own RV or you can bring the family and spend time in a Retro RV with beds and its own bathroom.
If you like old shacks and cabins, then check out the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in Nevada City, California. The park is the location of an 1800's gold mining town and what is left is a mini ghost town.
My first trip to this park was last year in the middle of summer. When I decided to make my 2nd trip to the Malakoff Diggins park, I didn't realize it would be 1 to 2 feet deep in snow, but that really made for some interesting images.
If you visit the park, you will find an old cemetery, historic church, lake, hiking locations and you can take guided tours of some old general stores.
It took a really long time for winter to finally happen in Northern California. Between storms and bad driving conditions, I managed to find time for a few photos before the rain returned to melt the snow. These are my favorites.
The biggest challenge about winter in Nevada City is how fast the snow melts. I want to shoot the snow in 3 or 4 different locations, but I seem to run out of time before the snow is gone.
The National Hotel in Nevada City is the oldest continuously operating hotel in California. It was recently purchased with a plan for total renovation. When you see the pictures below, you will understand why it will cost upwards of $2 million to re-open the hotel.
In Nevada City, you can find a unique suspension bridge that hangs over Deer Creek. It's a pretty easy and short walk from downtown Nevada City.
The creek that runs under the bridge is always changing, and today seemed like a good day to get some updated long exposures. Because of fallen trees and giant rocks, it is a little tricky reaching the ideal shooting spot, but I did manage a location I am happy with.
After moving to Grass Valley in 2016, I soon discovered a really special hiking trail about 10 minutes outside of downtown Nevada City called Independence trail. This happens to be the nation’s first identified handicapped-accessible wilderness trail. The trail is broken down into two different trails, East and West.
The trails are a combination of wooden boardwalks like the one above and dirt trails. All of the trails are mostly flat, although they can get muddy during the winter. The trail also has an ok sized parking lot and bathrooms. I have heard of cars being broken into, so hide your stuff.
If you go West (right turn from entrance), you can walk just over a mile to one of the coolest boardwalks I have crossed.
The real prize on this hike is the not just the handful of small waterfalls, but the impressive switchback ramp designed to allow wheelchairs to reach the water below. Unfortunately age has damaged the ramps and it is closed. The current plan is to get an engineering study completed and make major repairs. The restoration costs are around $750,000.