Menlo Park photographers

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Earlier this summer, I spent a week and a half in the Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park areas, hiking and taking photographs. I covered more than 100 miles of trail on foot, with either my DSLR or my Canon point-and-shoot (depending on weather and distance), and my iPhone — and sometimes all three.

My photography goal for the trip was to try some new techniques, and I found plenty of opportunities, including night photography at Bodie State Historic Park (a gold-mining ghost town), lightning photography (not something I’d planned for) and sunset reflections on the lake.

The awesome staff at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City helped me choose the right trail maps and — most importantly — recommended their favorite hikes in the area.

Lake Aloha panorama

Each day’s hike showed off Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas from a new vantage point, whether from a different side of the lake, a different elevation, or a different lake entirely.

One of my favorite hikes was through Desolation Wilderness (off of Highway 50, about 12 miles from South Lake Tahoe), starting at Echo Lakes and ending at Lake Aloha.

Night sky over BodieAll of the photos below (except for the night photo at Bodie) were taken with an iPhone. iPhones have some fun features like panoramic mode, video, and time-lapse, and they can take surprisingly impressive photos. But, photos taken on a phone — just like those taken on a standalone camera — still need to be set up well and edited to look their best, even if that’s just cropping the photo and adjusting the angle.

You can see more of my Lake Tahoe and Yosemite photos online.

Sunset at Sand Harbor (top): Google can be a great tool for planning photography outings. I wanted to take some sunset photos over the water, so I first googled ‘best places to watch sunset in lake tahoe,’ and several locations consistently came up. I then used Google image search to see the view from each location and ultimately settled on Sand Harbor — which did not disappoint.

Lake Aloha panorama (first photo inserted in post): I take a lot of panoramic shots because they capture so much more of a location in a single image. In this shot, the panoramic feature let me show Lake Aloha in the distance, with one of the area’s many smaller side lakes in the foreground.

Lightening over Topaz Lake

Night sky over Bodie (above, right): “Once a month during the summer, Bodie stays open until 10pm and is swarmed with photographers. Because it’s miles from the nearest town, the night sky is really impressive. This was my first time taking night photos, and there’s a lot I need to learn, but it was a fun experiment.”

Lightning over Topaz Lake: Driving to Tahoe from Yosemite, I went through a massive thunderstorm, and once I got out to the edge of the storm, I stopped to take some videos. This photo is a still from one of the videos, which I pulled using an app called SnapStill.

Yosemite panorama

Yosemite Valley panorama (above): I’ve done a fair amount of hiking in Yosemite, but this was my first time at Glacier Point, and the view was spectacular. It was neat to be able to look out over places I’d hiked before, from Yosemite Valley up to Tenaya Canyon and even Little Yosemite Valley. I wish there’d been a bit more blue in the sky, but at least it didn’t rain too much on the hike down.

Frances Freyberg is an InMenlo contributing photographer whose works are on display at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts in Menlo Park.

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Photographer Scott Loftesness explores Sydney shooting architectural landscapes

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Menlo Park-based photographer (and InMenlo co-founder) Scott Loftesness packed his Fujifilm X100T camera on a trip to Sydney, Australia. We sat down to talk to him about some of the night shots he took around the Sydney harbor. He explained that he looks for “interesting light.” “I’ve learned that I’ll look in the direction of the […]

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Spotted: Swirly bench at Allied Arts in Menlo Park

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InMenlo co-founder and serious amateur photographer Scott Loftesness stopped by Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park yesterday afternoon. He captured this swirly bench complete with long winter shadow. More of Scott’s work can be viewed online.

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Menlo Park photographer Merrie Asimow works featured at Gallery 9 in November

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An exhibition of photographs, Unbridled Passion by Menlo Park photographer Merrie Asimow, is featured this month at Gallery 9. The exhibit, on display from November 4-30, 2014, includes three bodies of work: Unbridled, Merrie’s renowned pictures of the white horses of the Camargue; Running Hot and Cold featuring extremes in nature, and Loose on the Palouse, a collection […]

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Phillip Nicholas brings his landscape fine art photography skills to Menlo Park

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Photographer. Guide. Teacher. Ask Phillip Nicholas, who moved to Menlo Park from El Portal just outside Yosemite a few months ago, which hat he most enjoys and he can’t quite narrow it down. “My passion is teaching,” he says. “But that said, I love to go outside for the photography and then come in and […]

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Photographer Barry Fleisher is drawn to street photography and construction sites

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Although it took some decades for Barry Fleisher to re-embrace photography, he remembers first getting bit by the camera bug while in his 20s. “I got a Nikkormat in the 1960s and started taking photos of friends and the trips I took,” he recalls. “I was mostly into landscapes.” A retired neonatologist, Barry has lived […]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary is hidden gem tucked behind open gates in Menlo Park

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I have a feeling most Menlo Park residents drive right by St. Patrick’s Seminary on Middlefield Road without giving it a second thought. Maybe this photograph will make them turn up the driveway some day, go in the front door and ask to see the chapel —an awe-inspiring structure well worth the one block side trip. […]

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Photographer Mark Tuschman stages Kickstarter campaign to publish book – reception at Menlo Hardwoods on July 18

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Menlo Park resident and poet Lynore Banchoff emailed InMenlo: “For the past decade, my friend in Menlo Park and professional photographer Mark Tuschman, has been on a mission to document the lack of autonomy that millions of women in developing countries have over their own lives and bodies. “Through his photography, he brings these women and […]

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An iPhone is handy camera to have for “July-ing” around Menlo Park

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Ah, Menlo Park! As shot from my iPhone this week: Farmer’s Market peppers at the peek of perfection. Laurel Street, a sidewalk showcase for strolling. Painterly edited. Black Eyed Susans in all their summer glory. Pumpkins July-ing around on hot summer days. Pictured is Lolly Font, 84, Menlo Park Yogi, doing her daily yoga walk […]

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Ann Eddington photographs the modern and the traditional in Myanmar

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Photographing Myanmar, Menlo Park resident Ann Eddington saw hopefulness. She found the preservation of the country’s decaying temples whispered the days when Burma was a major world power. Amid the many vestiges of traditional Burmese culture, she found sparks of modernity — small details, like solar cells and a newfound enthusiasm for neon lights. The community […]

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InMenlo founder Chris Gulker’s photos in permanent exhibit at Western Reserve Academy

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We journeyed to Hudson, Ohio this past weekend to attend the dedication of a permanent exhibit of InMenlo founder Chris Gulker’s photos at his alma mater, Western Reserve Academy. The event was held in conjunction with what would have been his 45th class reunion. Choosing the dozen or so photos that would fit the Academy’s needs was challenging. […]

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