Don Smith
(@don_smith_photography)

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I am a full-time professional landscape photographer and workshop teacher. My passion is landscapes and sports. I am also a Sony Artisan of Imagery.

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I was in London about 10 days ago and decided to go the the Victoria and Albert Museum to see an exhibit on the History of Photography. Much to my surprise was an exhibit of Linda McCartney's work. I was touched by the way she saw gesture and light. She worked in the music industry as a full-time photographer before meeting Paul McCartney. Now her daughter Mary is a full-time photographer - you can follow her on IG. This was my all-time favorite image of the great Jimi Hendrix captured by Linda. What was even cooler was that they had the original 12-frame B&W contact sheet of this shoot. Coming back to Kensington Station Underground I spotted these posters and had to make an image - art is everywhere - just get past literal and the world's your oyster! #lindamccartney #paulmccartney #martymccartney #london #albertandvictoriamuseum #kensingtonstation #england #uk #bealpha #sonyartisan

I'll be leaving this week for two workshops in Grand Teton NP. I'll be taking along my new Sony a7RIV. Here is a video where I show you how I set my menus up for optimal landscape shooting: https://youtu.be/zEBNM9UYCNA Storm Clouds at Dusk, Snake River Overlook, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming #grandtetonnationalpark #bealpha #sony_a7riv #videotutorial #howtosetmenus

My new Sony a7RIV just arrived and I recorded a video on how I set mine up for optimal landscape photography: http://www.donsmithblog.com/ Monterey Cypress at Dusk, Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California #sonya7riv #sonyartisan #bealpha #sonyalpha #landscapemenus #videotutorial #landscapephotography

My new Sony a7RIV arrived late yesterday afternoon and I put it to work a few hours later on a portrait shoot with my son Aaron who needed some head-shots for SiriusXM. Aaron's album "Atmosphere," which was recorded this past March in Nashville and produced by legendary performer/producer Dean Miller, is doing well and can be downloaded from the following sites: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Music. Aaron is using his middle name Cole, so search Aaron Cole. New deals are in the works and I will update you as soon as I can talk about them. #aaroncole #musicbyaaroncole #popmusic #britishinfluenced #coldplayinfluenced #newmusic #ep #bealpha #sonya7riv

Had a fun evening with friend Mike Hall photographing the Harvest Moon rising over the Diablo Mountain Range just east of my home in southern Santa Clara County. BTW - we have had a string of earthquakes hitting this area through the night with the largest being 4.5 around midnight - strange happenings on the San Andreas Fault! Harvest Moon, Hawk and Blue Oaks, Diablo Range, Southern Santa Clara County, California, United States Sony a7RIII, Sony 200-600mm (493mm), f/16, 1/20th, ISO 800, processed in: Lightroom Classic, Topaz DeNoise AI, Topaz Sharpen AI, Luminar 3 and finished in Photoshop CC. #bealpha #sonyarisan #harvestmoon #blueoaks #full #moon #moonrise #hawk #sanbenitocounty #rural #topazshrapenai #topazdenoiseai #luminar3 #hawk

Join former Sports Illustrated staffer Ron Modra and me the second week of February for my Northern Arizona Workshop. We will photograph at Grand Canyon (with no tourists and hopefully some snow), Page (Horseshoe Bend and slot canyons) and Sedona. This is a workshop experience you won't want to miss! Clearing Storm at Hopi Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona #bealpha #northernarizona #photoworkshop #grandcanyonnationalpark #snow #clearingstorm #hopipoint

Back at my Africa edit today. Loved this interaction between baby baboons along the banks of Botswana's Chobe River. I shot this from a custom photographer-equipped boat. Each participant had their own monopod, Arca-Swiss equipped ball head, and seat. The entire setup raised and lowered to each individual's needs and rotated 360 degrees. Sharpened using Topaz Sharpen AI - use my code SMITHPHOTO at checkout for a 10% discount. #chobenationalpark #bealpha #africa #botswana #singhrayfilters

A huge transition to make with your photography is to get past trying to record and process the literal. Move towards the emotion your were sensing and the world will open gifts as close as your front porch. Check out more of my CREATIVE VISION Images: https://bit.ly/2lMgYqo #bealpha #sonyartisan #sonyartisan #seeing #spiderweb #dewdrops #abstract #lookingvsseeing

This is one video you have to see to believe: https://youtu.be/5oKHxMItKcU Not only do I show you how I processed this image (plus 2 others) but believe me when I say it started as a tiny fraction of the frame and is now nearly a 60MB file! It's awesome new software from Topaz. African Bee Eater, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Savute, Botswana, Africa. #africanbeeeater #chobenationalpark #botswana #topazsoftware #bealpha #africa

Our river guides told us that the Hippo is the most dangerous animal in all of Africa - with teeth and a jaw like this I can see why. BTW - these guys get pissed-off really easily when you get this close! Chobe River, Chobe River National Park, Botswana, Africa #bealpha #sonyartisan #africa #hippo #botswana #choberiver #chobenationalpark

After a 3 1/2 hour safari shoot on the last evening of our workshop, I asked our driver if we could pull over and photograph this sunset. He first had to check for tracks then gave the all clear. Then he quipped, "watch for snakes in the grasses." #bealpha #africa #botswana #chobenationalpark #okavangodelta #marsh #sunset

I'm back from Africa and just starting to go through tons of images including this one of a fish eagle who had just stolen a meal from a nearby crocodile. I have just posted a blog https://wp.me/p4HGif-apu where I discuss how good the new Sony Real-Time Tracking AF is. I've been shooting sports and wildlife for 40+ years and have never experienced anything like this. Sony a9, Sony 100-400mm + 1.4x converter (560mm), f/8, 1/1000th, ISO 1000 #bealpha #choberivernationalpark #kasane #botswana #africa

I've been told by our guides that leopards are the hardest animals to see in all of Africa; luckily, our group spotted three plus two kills including this wild cat at Savute's Okovango Delta, Botwana. Sony a9, Sony 100-400mmGM, + 1.4x converter (560mm), f/8, 1/1000thsec, ISO 1600 #bealpha #botswana #leopard #leopardkill #wildcat #savute #okovangodelta #africa

Greetings from London, England. Our workshop wrapped up and just now loading and sorting images. Here is one from a sunset along the Chobe River, Botswana. Ready to get home. #choberiver #kasane #botswana #bealpha #sonyartisan #singhrayfilters #africa #safari

Pretty cool sight seeing this herd of elephants marching towards this watering hole through the bush as the dusk light was waning. Off to Botswana today! Sony a9, Sony 100-400mm + 1.4x, 1/40th f/6.3, 12,800 ISO #bealpha #zimbabwe #victoriafallsnationalpark #africa #elephants

I spent the first 2 hours this monring in a blind with our workshop participants along a water hole. This Marabou Stork found a snail for his breakfast - was a cool moment! Sony a9, Sony 100-400mm + 1.4x converter, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 2000 - Sony's new Real Time Tracking - it's unbelievable! #bealpha #sonyartisan #zimbabwe #africa #maraboustork #wildlife

This morning's sunrise from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Sony a7RIII, Sony 24-105mm, f/22, 1/4 sec ISO 100 (single frame) #bealpha #africa #victoriafalls #sunrise #mist #waterfall

I finally arrived in Zimbabwe, Africa and went out for a shoot late yesterday afternoon at Victoria Falls. What a treat! Workshop begins this afternoon. #victoriafalls #bealpha #sonyartisan #singhrayfilters #africa #zimbabwe