One Lens, Many Styles

Many photographers specialize in one style of photography. They often zero in on portrait, family, street, or landscape photography. I’m a dabbler at heart, always have been, except my dabbling is fairly serious, because I want to be really good at whatever interests me. Here are some examples of photography styles I’ve been exploring lately. Hope you enjoy! 

Corporate headshots

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Creative portraits

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Families

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Landscapes

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Dana McKay, 2021

Late last year, an aspiring model-actor hired me to explore posing, lighting, and different editing styles. Our collaboration resulted in some outstanding headshots and portraits. My personal favorite is the vintage classic pose of Dana on the chair awash in ambient light. I especially like the color version, because of the drama taking place between the color of the eyes and lips. Scroll down, and let me know what you think.

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Northbound

If you drive HWY 5—either north or south—you may pass by the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, sandwiched between Willows and Williams, just north of the 505 exchange. I’ve driven by it countless times over the years before finally poking my nose in there last October to explore. I heard beautiful birdsong and saw splendid things—and communed with a solitary tree for a half hour. Next time you’re in that area, poke your nose in there, too.

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neilson landscape photography bay area sacramento national wildlife refuge portrait hwy 5

North of Redding, there’s a small town called Douglas City. It sports a campground by the selfsame name. Of course, the big draw is the Trinity River, which has some of the most spectacular sport fishing in California during the fall. That’s my buddy below, patient as a spider, catching beefy rainbows.

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North of Redding, CA, Dunsmuir is a quaint town that stretches along the Upper Sacramento River. We often think of the Sacramento River as a slow moving body of water, brown and murky. But the Upper Sacramento River is something altogether different. Between Lake Siskiyou and Lake Shasta, the Upper Sacramento is a narrow fast-moving river, with blue and emerald tints. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world can be found in Dunsmuir. A major perk of Mossbrae Falls is that it isn’t easy to get to. You have to navigate your way there along a railroad track. As a result, there aren’t many people there in the middle of the week. We only saw one, and she was kind enough to let me photograph her.

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neilson landscape photography bay area dunsmuir upper sacramento river mossbrae falls
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neilson landscape photography bay area dunsmuir upper sacramento river twilight boulders leaves

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Yosemite National Park

In the shadow of the valley of light, words evaporate like mist.
A claw and crag, a solitary tree, the changing moods of El Capitan and Half Dome—
Beyond the reach of words, these scenes are a pang in the throat and chest.
Thank goodness for landscape photography!

Claw and Crag

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Tree. Falls.

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El Capitan: Three moods in two days

Half Dome: Handheld at high ISO for a super grainy, painterly effect

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Departure: Driving home through Modesto

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San Francisco Corporate Headshots

I’d like to tell you a story about a 2-for-1. Last year, a client hired me to match the black and white style of their existing corporate headshots. But they also asked me to do something “different,” “creative” without offering specs. I love when an assignment gives me latitude. I can deliver images the client can visualize in advance, meeting a definite need, but I can also deliver something totally unexpected.

Black and white

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Color

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