Dick Estel's Photo Albums

      

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Check back frequently to see what's been added; eventually there should be a slide show for nearly every photo page listed below

   

Please enjoy these photos, share them with friends and family, but do not violate copyright laws by using them for commercial purposes. Click on the links below to open the full album. Click here for commentary about specific photos, and here for camera information. Click here for sample photos. In that section, scroll down to see more samples. Click here for other links. Click here to report non-working links or other problems.

      
Albums
Animals
Arizona Photos

Artifacts 1
: Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Other Stuff
Artifacts 2
: Barns, Windmills and Water Tanks, Corrals, Fences & the Like

Artifacts 3
: Bridges & Tunnels, Railroad, Vehicles
Artifacts 4
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Bodie, Mariposa, Mendocino
Artifacts 5
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Clovis, Sacramento, St. Louis
Bluegrass T-Shirts
Borrowed Photos
Central California

Colorado Photos

Conifers

Fender Tucker Makes a Book
Fire Photos
Flowers

Foothill & Mountain Plants

Four Wheel Driving
Journey of 2014 (California to Michigan)

Junipers

Loadstar Disk Magazine Photos
Merrill's Saw Mill
Midwestern United States
Nevada Photos
None of the Above

Northern California Scenery
Oak Trees

Old Mariposa

Oregon Photos
Parkfield, CA
People
Plants - Other
Redwood Gallery
San Joaquin River Gorge

Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sky & Weather
Southern California
Southeastern US
Utah Photos
Waterfalls

Western United States
   
Sample Photos 
(Text links open the full album; click on the photos to see a larger version in a new page)
Animals Arizona Photos
How Furry Lewis observed his 10th birthday party Rattlesnake, Siera foothills The Four Peaks View from Cape Royal
How Furry Lewis observed his 10th birthday party Rattlesnake, Sierra foothills The Four Peaks View from Point Royal
     
Artifacts 1: Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Other Stuff Artifacts 2: Barns, Windmills and Water Tanks, Corrals, Fences & the Like
Equipment at the Antique Gas & Steam Museum, Vista CA Water turning the wheel at Bale Grist Mill Barn, Fresno, 1966 Old fence in Rocky Mountain National Park
Equipment at the Antique Gas & Steam Museum, Vista CA Bale Grist Mill, Napa Valley Barn, Fresno CA 1966 Old fence in Rocky Mountain National Park
  
Artifacts 3: Bridges & Tunnels, Railroad, Vehicles Artifacts 4: Bodie, Mariposa, Mendocino
California Highway 1 bridge across Russian Gulch near Fort Bragg

Caboose at Parkfield CA

Mariposa County Court House (built 1854) House in Mendocino Village

Highway 1 bridge across Russian Gulch near Fort Bragg

Caboose at Parkfield CA

Mariposa County Court House, built in 1854 House in Mendocino Village
    
Artifacts 5: Clovis, Sacramento, St. Louis Bluegrass T-Shirts

Former Tarpey Station, moved to downtown Clovis from several miles away; now the visitor center

General Grant home at Grant's Farm KIngs River Bluegrass Festival Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

Former Tarpey Station, now the visitor center

General Grant home at Grant's Farm, St. Louis Kings River Festival, Sanger CA, 2001 Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield CA, 2004
    
Borrowed Photos Central California  Scenery
Red Neely at Plumas Fire  "When Joel went out west in 1891" Pegleg Falls from above Millerton Lake, San Joaquin River
Rod Neely at Plumas County Fire, August 1999  "When Joel went out west in 1891" Falls on Pegleg Creek near Highway 49, Mariposa County Millerton Lake, San Joaquin River
   
Colorado Photos Conifers
State Capitol (with real gold on the dome) Looking west at Denver from Cherry Creek State Park Bristlecone pines - the world's oldest living thing A large piñon tree in Dinosaur National Monument
State Capitol (with real gold on the dome) Looking west at Denver from Cherry Creek State Park Bristlecone pines - the world's oldest living thing A large piñon tree in Dinosaur National Monument
  
Fender Tucker Makes a Book Fire Photos
A few books, clamped together to keep things straight A hot iron keeps the glue warm as the book and cover come together Flames dominate the landscape at the Hunter Fire. Rod at Plumas County Fire, summer 1999
A few books, clamped together to keep things straight A hot iron keeps the glue warm as the book and cover come together Flames dominate the landscape at the Hunter Fire Dan Patchett & Francoise Tremblay at the Hunter Fire
  
Flowers Foothill & Mountain Plants
Spectacular Carpenteria blossoms are about two inches across Cactus Blossoms Nature's planter box Lupines and fiddlenecks between Trimmer Springs Road and the Kings River
Spectacular Carpenteria blossoms Cactus blossoms Nature's planter box Lupines and fiddlenecks on Trimmer Springs Road
      
Four Wheel Driving Journey of 2014 (California to Michigan)
Jeremy's Jeep Over the top
Jeremy's Jeep Over the top Upper end of box canyon in Dinosaur National Monument Mountains and tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park
     
More journey of 2014 (California to Michigan) Loadstar Disk Magazine Photos
Issue 44 Issue 45
Entrance to the Sound of Silence Trail in Dinosaur Issue 44 Issue 45
Junipers
      Juniper ont he Kaiser Pass Road
      A pair of junipers near Courtright Reservoir

Juniper on the Kaiser Pass Road

   
Merrill's Saw Mill Midwestern United States
Log rollway Billy Lewis & Jimmy Carlton Ohio Minnesota
Log rollway, 1935 Billy Lewis & Jimmy Carlton, 1939 Ohio Minnesota
   
Nevada Photos None of the Above
Nevada Nevada Not a pair Old ways
Basin in central Nevada Arch in Valley of Fire State Park Not a pair Old ways
  
Northern California Scenery Oak Trees
Mt. Shasta Russian River along Highway 116, inland from Jenner Valley Oak near Parkfield CA Massive black oak on the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail
Mt. Shasta from the south Russian River along Highway 116, inland from Jenner Valley Oak near Parkfield CA Massive black oak on the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail
     
Old Mariposa (The Charlie Walker Collection) Oregon Photos
Charlie Walker's garage, early 1920s Downtown Mariposa, facing north, 1920s Mt. Hood from Dufur OR Crater Lake
Charlie Walker's garage, early 1920s Downtown Mariposa, facing north, 1920s Mt. Hood from Dufur Crater Lake
  
Parkfield, CA People
Cholame Creek north of town The fountain when no one's in town

Donnie over Teddy in a knockout

A misty day in Blue Canyon
Cholame Creek north of town One of two fountains in the town Donnie over Teddy in a knockout A misty day in Blue Canyon
  
Plants - Other Redwood Gallery
Echium plant Barrel Cactus General Grant Tree, Kings Canyon Park Bull Buck Tree, Nelder Grove
Pride of Madeira at Mendocino Barrel Cactus General Grant Tree, Kings Canyon Park Bull Buck Tree, Nelder Grove
  
San Joaquin River Gorge Sierra Nevada Mountains
A unique trail entrance Foot bridge across San Joaquin River Falls on North Fork of the Kings River, near Balch Camp Tehipite Dome from south
A unique trail entrance Foot bridge across San Joaquin River Falls on North Fork of the Kings River, near Balch Camp Tehipite Dome from northwest
  
Sky & Weather Southern California
Clouds Fresno Sunrise Holes were created by volcanic gas bubbles plus weathering Joshua tree and rock formation
Clouds Fresno Sunrise Holes at Mojave Preserve were created by volcanic gas bubbles plus weathering Joshua Tree and Rock Formations
  
Southeastern US Utah Photos
Southern Mississippi Bayou Full size Saturn rocket replica Arches National Park Canyonlands Nat'l Park
Southern Mississippi Bayou Full size Saturn rocket replica Double Arch Canyonlands Nat'l Park
  
Waterfalls Western United States  
Waterfall near Chilkoot Camp Spring waterfall on   Black Rock Road  above Balch Camp Wyoming Montana
Waterfall near Chilkoot Campground Spring waterfall on road above Balch Camp Wyoming Montana
    
Camera Information

I started taking pictures when I was about ten years old, using (what else?) a Kodak Brownie camera. In his younger days, my dad had done some photo processing, so we got out his old trays, bought a cheap film developing tank, and gave it a try. The poor quality of the equipment, and the difficulty of creating a darkroom in our one bathroom house caused us to abandon the effort after a couple of rolls. In addition, we had no enlarger, so all we could make were tiny prints the size of 127 film, about 2.5 by 1.5 inches. A few of the older family photos were probably taken with this camera or its successors.

I continued to take pictures, however, eventually getting into color slides and a few rolls of color print film. While working at a TV station in Bakersfield, I was able to borrow several different 35 mm cameras, and that became my preferred format. I eventually bought a second-hand Nikorex camera, which I always assumed was a low end product from Nikon, but it could have been an even lower end imitation. I also acquired equipment for developing and printing, including a used enlarger, and made many black and white photos this way (this is one of my favorite examples).

The Nikorex reached the end of its useful life, and I finally bought a Nikon, which was stolen in 1987. My insurance covered a replacement, which served me well over the next dozen years. Many of the photos on these pages were scanned from slides taken with the Nikons.

In 1999 I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak DC265, and all photos dated after that time are digital. From 2003 to 2006 I used a Minolta Dimage 7, at which time I acquired a Canon EOS10D digital SLR, which I still use from time to time. The following year I acquired a Kodak Easy Share, which I used when I was in places where I didn't want to carry a heavier model, but I son sold it. Starting in July, 2010, a few photos were taken with my cell phone camera when I didn't have a regular camera with me.

In 2012 there were several changes in my photographic equipment. I acquired an iPad, and a few photos from that are or will be included in my galleries. I stopped using a smart phone and got a basic phone. It has a camera, but the photos are worthless, so I don't use it for photographs.

After six years with the Canon DSLR, I decided I needed a good quality small camera. There was a false step when I got a Sony DSC-RX100. This is an excellent camera, but has no optical viewfinder, and the view screen was impossible for me to use in bright light, so I returned it. Photos taken with this camera appear here only. After further research I settled on the Nikon Coolpix P7100, which so far looks like it will be my camera of choice for many years. It has lots of new features, some of which I will no doubt use. I am keeping the Canon for extreme zoom shots. I also acquired a new smart phone, so photos from that source appear occasionally.

For the most part, I let the camera choose the aperture and shutter speed, although the Canon and Nikon both have manual controls. Both have a close-up setting that I use for flowers and other small subjects.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I have received a number of compliments on my photos, and I usually point out that I only share one or two out of fifty shots.

--Dick Estel, August 2009; updated August 2010, September 2012, October 2013 and June 2016

  
The Cameras
Kodak Easyshare C330 Canon EOS10D digital SLR Nikon Coolpix P7100   
Kodak Easyshare C330 Canon EOS10D digital SLR Nikon Coolpix P7100   
 
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Updated September 15, 2016