Ten years ago I got my first chance to visit Europe. I traveled to England with my family, cameras and trusty tripod. We rented a car when we first arrived, put 10 miles on it and took it back. We feared that if we continued to drive in this foreign country we would not make it back to the States in one piece. Not having a car put a little crimp in my plans to make the cozy scenes of England part of my portfolio but I did my best, and came back with more than a few images that I was proud of.
A few years later I went to Italy. This time I had a car to explore the countryside with. The Italy adventure included a car accident, (no one was hurt) great food, and in the end, many rolls of film to process when I got home. Another successful European photo shoot!
Then a strange thing happened. I started to notice that right in my own backyard were many scenes of beauty just crying out to be noticed. One day I asked a friend of mine who lived in the Sacramento Delta town of Clarksburg to drive me around with the hope I would find a few places to stop and aim my lens at. I was delighted by what I found! The delta region is rich with images and the light is amazing. My friend knew the back roads where sloughs remain hidden to everyone but locals.
Steamboat Slough I © 2007 Dianne Poinski
Steamboat Slough II © 2007 Dianne Poinski
All these new images and I didn't even have to get on an airplane! I learned a very important and valuable lesson that day. Practice "seeing" and you can take photographs anywhere! Also, it's true – there's no place like home……………………….
Next I will share some images from the foothills just east of where I live.