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Darryl Hodson (skibreeze7) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

Keywords: landscape, seascape, photography, skibreeze7

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I live and work in Astoria, Oregon, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. The city is located near the mouth of the Columbia River, in the northwest corner of the state, with the Pacific Ocean just about 10 miles away.

I feel blessed with living in an area that I consider to be a "target-rich environment" for shooting the beauty and wonder of God's creation, including the Pacific Ocean beaches, the Columbia River, and the Pacific Northwest rain forest.


"Ecola Sunset"
Nikon D800, 16-35mm VR Nikkor @ 35mm, f/11, 1/4 sec, ISO 100
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If I had to categorize myself, it would primarily be as a landscape/seascape photographer. However, I enjoy photographing a variety of other genres, including macro, street, travel, abstract, and some portraiture.

Super and ultra-wide angle lenses are what I predominately shoot with, especially for landscape/seascape images. The majority of the time I use a tripod, and virtually always when shooting at sunrise or sunset. 


"The Needles"
Nikon D7000, 16-35mm VR @ 16mm, f/16, 1/8 sec, ISO 100
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After purchasing my first digital SLR (Nikon D70) in 2006, I had many questions, and Nikonians had a wealth of information that kept me coming back for further edification.

The images posted in the various forums at have been a rich source of inspiration for me. While still shooting with only film cameras, I actually took a break from shooting seascapes for almost ten years, because ocean beach images had become just too mundane and "cliché" for me.  Then, to my embarrassment, I saw an image posted by Dean Andersen (DeanAZ), of Haystack Rock, in the landscape forum in 2008 that had a unique and compelling perspective that I had never seen before.  At that point, I realized that the problem wasn't with "cliché" beach images, but with me. That caused me to examine my lack of imagination and creativity in "seeing" the scenic landscape before me and to set to work with a renewed mindset. This was a major launching pad for me in coming up with a new approach to how I shot landscapes, breaking away from the classic picture postcard images as much as I could.


"Double Arch at Night"
Nikon D800, Rokinon 14mm Fisheye @ f/2.8
Double exposure: 30 seconds for stars at ISO 6400
87 seconds, for light-painting foreground at ISO 200
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One of my mottos has always been, "Quality through Quantity."  By that, I don't mean I just fire the shutter willy-nilly, but if I happen to be in a situation where there are some great photo opportunities (e.g., perfect sunset conditions), I'll try to maximize the situation, shooting with various focal lengths, exposure times, angles, compositions, etc. Card memory is cheap, so it doesn't hurt to try to amplify the possibilities in front of you.


"Lightbox Fantasy"
Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm
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Originally written on November 30, 2016

Last updated on December 30, 2020

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Awarded for her in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas.  Awarded for winning in The Best of Nikonians 2019 Photo Contest

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David Summers (dm1dave) on November 17, 2017

Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded as a member who has gone beyond technical knowledge to show mastery of the art a

Great to hear from you Darryl! You work is consistently stunning!

Vernon Nelson (TwoPenniesvman) on December 9, 2016

Loved your story line especially moment of inspiration, rings true for me too.

Dr. Patrick Buick (profpb) on December 7, 2016

I live near the beach and I too needed this inspiration. Thank you, Nikonians for making my life.

Aart Louw (AartPapaya) on December 5, 2016

These pictures were indeed very inspiring. Great work and story.

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