I can say with all honesty that I have the best week of sports shooting to date this past week. I’ve felt like I have been rusty shooting sports this fall season and then without even realizing it, something clicked and I found myself in the right situations and nailing the right moments. Getting in my groove. Of course this euphoria comes at a time with most sport seasons are coming to a close around Solano County. But I suppose that is just the amount of time it has taken me to work out the kinks. I think I have made good progress and I have been please with what I am bringing back to the photo table and thankfully so have my editors.

The final week of work up in north. I arrived to Redding and then headed east towards Lassen National Park to the last two lodges. The first was Hat Creek Ranch.

These are from Rock Creek Lake Ranch during my second weekend of shooting.

My photo shoots were spread out over the last three weekends. Each weekend I would spend a day at each place. Clear Creek was the second destination of the first weekend and a much different experience than Antelope Creek. Where Antelope Creek leans more to the creature comforts of a beautiful lodge and fine dining cooked by top chef Donny Dye, Clear Creek was set up more for the type of person who is looking for the more rustic weekend. It was on a private family ranch where you find cozy little cabins buried amongst thick vegetation and a crystal clear, big trout infested Clear Creek. Unfortunately we were unable to catch any of the numerous 18+ inch rainbows that were cruising around. Beautiful all the same and it is a place worth checking out.

For the last month I have been doing some freelance work for The Fly Shop in Redding, CA. After returning from my South America trip, I haven’t had much time to get outside. It was great to get back to shooting the sport of fly fishing. I wanted to share some of the photos I took of the places. If any of you are looking for a great weekend getaway, any one of these destinations would be well worth your time. I only wish I had more time to enjoy them myself.

Life in northern California has continued to keep me in a state of continual motion as I go from photo shoot to photo shoot. It has been an enjoyable experience as a shooter but I have been going non stop for a month now with no days off due to some recent freelance work I have been doing. I find that when you are so busy, you have a hard time slowing down to stop and pay attention to all that is going on around you. I am in need of some relaxation time for myself. It will come soon enough. As you can see from this post, lately I have been focused on all the Autumn sports that have been happening around Fairfield. The nice thing about repetition is that it allows me plenty of time to practice. Hopefully I can put it to good use. Thanks for looking, -M

At our paper, we have a lab assistant who also shoots independently for organizations in Fairfield. She is ameteur photographer who is quickly learning the ropes of the trade. She recently sent me some photos that she took of me when I was covering the funeral services of Fairfield City councilman Matt Garcia. These two Where’s Waldo pics of me also happen to be the vantage points of where I shot two of the images that I posted from the services below. Can you guess which ones?