So-Cal Nature Photography Message Board › Welcome!
Wow! I never imagined this group would grow so rapidly! We had nearly 100 members within the first day! It goes to show that there are a lot of people in living in Southern California who have a passion for nature photography.
I started posting individual greetings for new members but the group was growing so rapidly I decided to give that up and write a longer greeting to the whole group. So, first of all, thanks for joining us!
I also thought I would share a little about me and my vision for the group. Ever since I received my first camera—an Olympus OM-4 film camera—as a Christmas gift when I was seven, nature photography has been my primary photographic passion. Since moving to California about three years ago, I've been doing a lot of travel & nature photography but I decided I want to start sharing this passion with other photographers, sharing what I've learned and learning from others.
My vision for the group was to start in January of the New Year and schedule a couple events per month initially as the group grew. I opened the group a few days ago hoping I would have some members by January for a kick-off event. However, I had no idea so many people would join! I still plan to start organizing events in January, partially because I'll be gone for the holidays anyway.
My hope is that as the group grows, other people will start hosting events as well so photographers have more opportunities to get out and shoot. I do plan to add more organizers over time but would like to get know people before making them organizers. One fantastic thing about this group is we have such a wide range of photographers, from beginners to seasoned experts with far more experience than I have. This means there will be a lot of people to learn from so come prepared to share and learn from others.
As for me, I love nature and the outdoors. In addition to taking pictures I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring, kayaking and my latest passion: rock climbing (if anyone wants to try it out, let me know!). I am a math teacher by trade, though I am taking time off to finish up my M.S. in mathematics. I live in Glendale with my wife who is currently pursuing her Ph.D.
If you have any specific questions, send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I can. I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!
Marina del Rey, CA
Thanks for the introductory message. Looking forward to the upcoming year and meeting other members of your group. Have an enjoyable holiday season.
|A former member||
Hi Justin, I too used to do a lot of rock climbing and mountaineering before injuring my achilles tendons whilst backpacking the John Muir Trail. That ended my outdoor activities unfortunately. I had climbed so many great mountains, peaks and technical routes, but without a camera as this was all pre-digital P&S era.
The above image was a poser photo... I came across this route and it looked so difficult, yet it was only rated 5.8... I onsighted the climb and figured out the reason it was such a low rated climb is that below me are some chiseled footholds making the climb very doable. Without those footholds, it would be massively difficult as the crack is very wide and offwidth so you cannoth get a hand or fist jam easily...
Yes, it really is a horizontal roof... very rare in Joshua Tree... but once I got to this point, I place a big cam directly above me, had my belayer well anchored and had her lock me off and another climber buddy took the photo. After this photo, I finished the climb, set up an anchor above the roof and then we would take turns photographing them in this position...
It's not a great shot as I had to really crop this image so you could barely see it's me... but my 2 friends were not photographers and didn't know to zoom in or move in closer for better detail... But I'm happy just to have this image.
Royal Robbins (also a member of my climbing group) was so lucky to have his friend Tom Frost taking so many photos of their amazing climbing adventures which helped him become one of the great rockclimbing legends of our time. He's about 10 years older than me and still climbing!