A peaceful beach walk

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I took a long walk on the beach with my camera to clear my head. It’s the most peaceful place in the world!

Title: river into the sea
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: wispy clouds in the sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: smoke over the sanddune
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: distant foggy mountains
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The beach up close

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I love using my macro lense because it offers a perspective that normally cannot be picked up by the human eye, like magnifying unique bubbles on the sand.

Title: seafoam
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This lone crab was crawling around on the beach, scared but curious at the lense I was pointing at it. Luckily it stood still for a second for me to capture.

Title: crab on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


These bubbles in the sand are made by small crabs burrowing under and creating air holes, quite crafty.

Title: holes in the sand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Water is the perfect catalyst to a great photo, and this one I captured shows the ripples of time hitting the solid rock.

Title: ripples over a beach pebble
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Simple seashell

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One of the many perks about going to the beach is finding unique sea shells, and there are thousands, if not millions of them. The variety is endless.

Title: Cobalt blue & rust colored seashell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This is one of the most unique sea shells I ever came across, and it does look like a space ship!

Title: Sea urchin shell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Sometimes shells can be both smooth and rough, just like this lightly tanned clam shell.

Title: Peach colored seashell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


With a pattern of reds and tan, this sea shell is easy on the eyes.

Title: seashell up close
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Shades of pink floral blooms

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Carpet coral blooms from late spring through fall and is a genuinely easy-care groundcover rose. The flower blooms don’t fade in the sun instead their shade deepens as they age, as you can see this rose is a deep rich coral-red color.

Title: Carpet coral red rose
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This rose is the perfect pink! Grandiflora Rose are known for being hardy, with big pink blossoms and dark green foliage.

Title: Grandiflora Rose-Tournament of Roses
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


I passed by this rose and instantly smelled it’s strong citrus fragrance. As I got closer this glowing soft pink rose bloom caught my eye, this was my favorite rose at the garden.

Title: Orchid romance rose
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


In the winter after a little rain the succulent flowers begin to bloom. This simple flower created an amazing minimalist photograph.

Title: Pink succulent flower
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Succulent garden

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Fresh dew drops on this aeonium urbicum succulent makes for quite the picturesque plant.

Title: Sage green aeonium urbicum
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Succulents can change shades of color quite easily in the right sun light.

Title: small tree houseleek succulent
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


My favorite part about this plant is the extreme gradient it offers from light green to a vibrant red.

Title: Aeonium valverdense
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This plant is the silver stone succulent, a very memorable and unique part of the succulent family.

Title: silver stone succulent
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

wildflowers up close

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This purple leaf was found at the Seaside Garden in Carpinteria, CA. While hidden in a pile of other leaves, it’s beauty was not ignored.

Title: Dew drops on a purple flower petal
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This leaf was perfectly blanketed with fresh dew drops and looks absolutely amazing.

Title: Dew drops on a maidenhair tree leaf
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


The detail on this flower shows the intricate system of veins that plants have.

Title: Silene vulgaris flower
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


From long leaves to a fuzzy stub, this plant is quite vibrant and has many different tiers. Such a wonderful piece of nature.

Title: Forest green fern
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

The big apple in fog

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This is the new World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York. Some days it get’s so foggy that you can only see the lower half of skyscrapers, creating an interesting effect.

Title: New world trade center in fog
Location: Manhattan, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Like a sudden stop, this building was blanketed with low hanging clouds.

Title: The city in fog
Location: Manhattan, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A more upclose view of the World Trade Center and it’s awesome facade.

Title: World trade center disappearing into the fog
Location: Manhattan, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The 9/11 memorial is a place for solace and remembrance. In the background is a new sub station under construction, with a very interesting design.

Title: A rose of remembrance
Location: Manhattan, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Artist interview featuring Danielle of SailorsRavineStudio

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I would like to introduce you all to Danielle the owner of SailorsRavineStudio. She is a Northern California photographer who is inspired by the books she read’s and the beauty of the California foothills she calls home. I love her rustic style of photography, let’s get to know more about her creative process.

SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Danielle: I try to take my camera with me if I’m doing anything besides the everyday routines. I am currently using a Cannon Digital SLR but I will and do use anything I can get my hands on. I upload all my photos to an external Hard Disk and use primarily Photoshop. I love working on my images and sometimes will work on them for months before I feel they are finished. I print my own photos up to a certain size which I love doing I think it really completes my vision when I am able to hold the product and see what is going to my customer. Larger prints I use the services of a local printer who lets me breath down his neck looking over his shoulder as he works on printing my image.

SammyPhoto: How did you get started with etsy?
Danielle: I started in 2008 and my photos were hardly seen. I also had a few vintage items, mini books, some jewelry. I didn’t spend much time on my shop then as I had my 3 teens still at home and I didn’t even know about the forums!
My favorite part of Etsy is the platform they offer at a reasonable cost, I think, for me to have a shop and sell my items and be part of a larger group. I also love the teams. They have really been a big help to me in many ways. My least favorite part is trying to be seen as the number of Etsy shops grow and now competing with shops that have a staff and can produce large amounts of products.

SammyPhoto: Could you give us some helpful tips?
Danielle: Read the forums. It’s the best for keeping up with the latest news and someone usually will always know the answer to your questions.
Join some teams. They are great for promotion and you will also make friends.
Put a link back to your shop section in your item description. It will help your customer find more similar items and will keep them in your shop a little longer.

SammyPhoto: How did you get into photography?
Danielle: My parents had old family photographs and they were important to them and I guess it was here that I learned a respect for photography. Since I was about 10 I would get their cameras as they updated theirs. I have always taken pictures it was something my parents encouraged for enjoyment, but not as a profession. My first camera was some sort of Instamatic.

SammyPhoto: Who inspires you?
Danielle : Ansel Adams comes to mind first, but there are so many nameless photographers I admire from the first photographers in the West carrying their equipment from the mountains to the desert. Gritty photography from the streets of New York in the 40’s up to some of the current surreal images produced mostly with the aid of computers.

SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Danielle : Home is out in the country, a rural area in the Sierra foothills between Sacramento and Tahoe.

SammyPhoto: Could you share some of your hobbies with us.
Danielle : I also make journals and mini books. It helps fulfill my yearning for tactile projects after working with equipment so much.

SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Danielle : I am self taught, my degree in college allowed for only one elective during my 4 years and that was photography.

SammyPhoto: Thank you so much Danielle for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out SailorsRavineStudio on Etsy HERE and follow her on social media her here…. Facebook
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