Fishhawk Lake-Photographers Who Share Their Expertise

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Fishhawk Lake-Photographers Who Share Their Expertise

There are a few special photographers that I've gained valuable information from or just commiserated with in ActiveRain. The three that come to mind at this point are William Johnson, Roy Kelley and Sondra Meyer-Peterson. They are very unique in their own way to me.

I reached out to William Johnson long ago as I was always thoroughly impressed with his crystal clear photos, usually of architecture or anything on the water in his area. Talk about GORGEOUS. - Color Me Beautiful

And he always had a beautiful signature on his photos. That prompted me to put signatures and copyright symbols on mine, too. But, he also readily shared secrets and information for me when I started looking at tripods for my Canon Rebel t3i. He has been a fountain of knowledge.


Roy Kelley has always supported me with his verbal "thumbs up" in my photographs and imparted the simple mantra of always keeping "your camera in hand".

Photo: A friend asked for a photo of a blue orchid.


With his words in my head I have often put my camera in my truck as I headed out the door, just in case. And inevitably captured those once-in-my-lifetime moments as a result! He also had a great conversation with Sondra Meyer-Peterson recently about photography after she called him.

Sondra Meyer-Peterson and I have talked on the phone numerous times and shared stories of what settings we've chosen to capture movement or moving creatures in our photos.

Children walking in Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs

She and I decided that the "sports setting" was often our life saver for snapping that delightfully clean shot when something was moving very quickly in our vision! I thought of her yesterday when this hummingbird popped up outside my window. I grabbed my zoom lens, put it on sports setting and for the few seconds that he was outside enjoying my rhodies, I got a couple of photos worth passing on. I think EVERYONE knows how fast they are and to have captured this so that I could actually see his eye, was such a treat! (Because not only was he moving fast, but I had to follow him with my camera moving, also).

Hummingbird in my Rhodies outside my kitchen window-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

As a photographer-in-practice, it's so refreshing to have others enjoy your efforts as well as someone you can go to to help you hone your craft. 

Thank you to these three for your support and help!

Here is a selection of blogs of each that you might check out:

William: iPad Tutorial

Roy: Pinterest Boards and Real Estate

Sondra: HDR Photography and MLS pictures


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Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro
Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
Your Success is My Focus!

Hi Gayle - i love it when great artists share their knowledge. As an avid amateur light capturer I cannot tell you how many photographers have been willing to share their knowledge. This is similar to the ActiveRain where agents share their wealth of knowledge. Your pictures are stunning.

Apr 25, 2014 01:11 AM #1
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning


This is a great post and shows how experienced professionals can share experiences and learn from each other. This is what ActiveRain is all about. I especially love the hummingbird photo and Roy is so right when he says you should always have your camera at hand.

Apr 25, 2014 01:11 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jeff, it's vital to our sense of community to share our knowledge and these three are always on the quest for bettering themselves and teaching us along the way. 

Kristin, being a photographer yourself, you know and can appreciate the hunt for that excellent capture! This little green hummer is much different than the red rufus I took a couple of weeks ago.

Rufus Hummingbird-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Apr 25, 2014 01:49 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Gayle, for your kind words. I just got in from a photowalk through Kentlands. Lots of tulips are blooming.

Enjoy the colors of spring with your camera in hand.

Photo: Orchid Extravaganza, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 4363

Apr 25, 2014 02:56 AM #4
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gayle,  thanks for the mention.   That is quiet an honor coming from one of my favorite Active Rain photographers.  

I do LOVE that "sports" setting for capturing those moments that only present themselves briefly.           

Your hummingbird pictures looks great!  The water droplets on the flowers give it an almost magical feel.    

I need to get my hummingbird feeder out this weekend.   I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  

Apr 25, 2014 03:13 AM #5
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The photos are absolutely beautiful.  Very nice that you got some good tips and were inspired by others!

Apr 25, 2014 03:47 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a sweet post, and all the folks you mentioned are superb at their craft.  A

Apr 25, 2014 03:56 AM #7
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gayle, What surprises me is that this post was not featured. Not because of the wonderful compliments but because this is, in a nutshell what the Rain is about. Helping each other be the best that each of us can be and allowing consumers to benefit from our passion, knowledge and network. So I am suggesting it. If it doesn't get featured, I will complain, LOL. I really don't complain much actually because the Feature Gods really do know what they are doing. But as my mom used to say, "a little nudge"  can't hurt. 

I enjoyed this and want to tell you that you have become so accomplished of mastering the craft of capturing life in it's most beautiful state. 

Also I am adding one of my favorite photos here. You may have seen it but if not here is your own copy. It is a seahorse but what made it so amazing is that all the appendages that you see are actually growing out of the seahorse. One of God's upgraded specials, delicate and unique in color and form. 

Apr 25, 2014 09:07 AM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

All of your selected photographers do great work Gayle.  I love photography and I wish I were really good at it.  Thank you for sharing the sports setting idea with us all and I hope that I can share any tips with the rest of the photo enthusiasts on AR-I just believe in great composition and hopefully using the telefoto as much as possible.

Apr 25, 2014 09:16 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Roy, so wonderful of you to share another one of our favorite flower fotos of Roy Kelley's! Typically gracious of you....

Sondra, I can never get enough of our phone conversations and your "seeker" spirit. We are learning together, from each other, from our fellow Rainers, it's all good!


Carla, aren't they? I could have spent HOURS pouring through the blogposts of these three getting copious amounts of gorgeous photos, but alas it was getting late when I put this together. We all love and appreciate great photography. It makes our blogs much more interesting.

A~these three sing to me...each for different reasons that are simply THEM. 

William, I have to say that I've missed your adventures with your camera...I can tell that you are busy. Glad to know that, and thank you for this absolutely BREATHTAKING and wonderous photo! I love seahorses, they are so prehistoric and well...just plain cool.


 Joanna, don't shortchange yourself, you know I loved your camel shadows photo and the two men while on your trip recently. That's why I featured it in my group

"Travelers in the Rain"

Joanna's Trip


Apr 25, 2014 11:09 AM #10
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Gayle, Those are some great photographs!  It is one of the great aspects of Active Rain, so many talented professionals willing to share their knowledge with everyone!

Apr 25, 2014 11:51 AM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Some outstanding photos for sure.  I still operate of a 5 megapixel Nikon.  It just keeps on ticking

Apr 25, 2014 08:28 PM #12
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Gayle  I will have to find the instructions for adding a copyright to pics...unless someone wants to tell me...again!  Suggested!

Apr 26, 2014 12:17 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

T&D~We sure have boundless talent here in the Rain....

James, there are two factions in the photography world, from what I can tell: Nikon or Canon. I've had Canons since the late 70s. 

John, I'm on it! (I'll send you an e-mail with directions again).

Apr 26, 2014 03:11 AM #14
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Gyle ... Wonderful photos and Vegas Bob really likes the photo of the children and the hummingbird ... Very Nice and featured to the group:



Apr 27, 2014 01:39 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

VB~we are HONORED. Thank you!

Apr 27, 2014 02:13 AM #16
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Gayle, You have shared some wonderful photos and the sharp focus is quite impressive.

May 04, 2014 08:44 PM #17
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