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Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
I started doing photography 35 years ago when I purchased my very first 35mm camera over in Germany. It was a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, 28mm lens, and a 70-200mm Vivitar zoom lens. I taught myself using the old trial-and-error method and reading as much as I could on photography books and National Geographic photographer’s techniques. I mainly shot print film and later switched over to slides. I bought myself a Canon 500mm lens when I moved to Alaska. I traveled with that camera throughout the entire U.S. and 19 other countries and kept learning more and more about photography.

Then about five years ago, I decided to go "digital" and bought myself a Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Digital SLR with a Canon 18-55mm IS lens, Canon 70-200mm zoom, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, and a Sigma 10-20mm super-wide angle (plus a few good Hoya filters and a solid tripod and monopod). Now I'm learning a whole new type of photography, but I've mixed 30 years of experience with the latest technology to start producing some new art from my own personal perspective. I primarily take scenic, wildlife, macro, and landscape shots from farmland to deep forest to mountains to river valleys and everything in between that captures my eye. I love nature and I love this hobby...mixing the two helps me create my own symphony of visual art - I find it very therapeutic for me. The feeling I get when I'm out in nature all alone consumes all my senses with profound euphoria.

I haven't even started on my next project of transferring all my prized slides to digital format...but when I do, I'll be posting them into my gallery here. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy my work.

Michael Donaldson
Spokane Valley, WA

Current Residence: Spokane Valley, WA
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Smooth Jazz
Favourite photographer: Jim Brandenburg and Tom Mangelsen
Favourite style of art: Alaskan, Pacific Northwest, and Native-American
Favourite cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam
Personal Quote: "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is"


Journal Entry: Thu Jan 1, 2015, 12:34 AM
:iconsparklesplz: HappyNewYear by KmyGraphic:iconsparklesplz:


What an incredible year it has been for me!  2014 was a year of ups and downs for various reasons (including being treated for cancer), but I had the pleasure of spending a week at Olympic National Park in Washington and a week at Glacier National Park in Montana doing my photography!!  I'm sure many of you have seen my Olympic National Park photos, but soon I will be posting my photos from Glacier National Park. I also upgraded and bought myself a full-frame Canon 6D with an impressive 24-105mm f/4L lens. I cannot wait to try it out, especially on my NEXT photography trip. =D  

But I also met some fantastic artist and photographers on dA here and I cannot express enough my overwhelming gratitude for all the support, all your wonderful comments, all your beautiful compliments, and all the friendship you've shown me this past year! :nod:  I realized my 500th watcher this past year and that number keeps climbing all the time. If you only knew how flattered and honored and truly thankful I am to every one of you!!  :hug: :handshake:  Your works of art and your photos that I've faved throughout the year have inspired me and brightened up both my faves gallery and my life. I love them ALL!!  :deviation:

With that, I would like to feature some of the works of art that have touched me in some way.  Please understand I sincerely love sooooo many more deviations than what I can display here...but I just wanted to show you a small sampling of the ones that made the most impact on me visually and emotionally. :heart:  HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!  Dancing la   IT'S 2015!!!

   Beautiful by LOVEMAYU

Morning Light by SharingMyDreamsa
Between two worlds by MikkoLagerstedt      PuRe LoVe by Fajralam
umbrella... by clochartist-photo  Falling for You by Scooby777
Amaranthine by SharingMyDreams
Bleeding Heart by George---Kirk  Feather Refractions by FallOut99 
Layers and variety by gigi50  Colors of Fall by Lambieb123
A cold misty morning by Morgan-Lou
The Cowboy Way by Earleywine 
Butterfly Selective Color by AudraMBlackburnsArt  The Storm Catcher-2 by kkart
Radiate by LAlight
Tears of Living Light by OlivierAccart u n d e r g l o w   9881 by pesterle Volupte' by SharonLeggDigitalArt
Vivere by SharingMyDreams
Lake Bled Island by BerarAdrian Every Morning of the World (detail) by OlivierAccart
nova by NWunseen
Just Another Dandelion 2 by jxsnyder Bittersweet by catch---22 Air Harbor by LarryGorlin
Break in the clouds by kayaksailor

Mountain Pinecone by StephGabler
celestial by jaeliseThe Way You Look Tonight by LUCILALEYLA
Mila Moon 03 by AndipallabsLight incidence. by Phototubby
Droplets Of Sunshine by SharingMyDreams

Silver Heart And Rose Divider by AudraMBlackburnsArt

HappyNewYear by KmyGraphic

Treeline: by resurgere
  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: Enya, 2002, and John Denver
  • Playing: Sweet memories over and over in my head
  • Eating: Kettle Popcorn
  • Drinking: Sweet Red Wine


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PaMonk Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Fav :+fav: :heart:
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You like my new train shots!  I am glad! :happybounce: 
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much dear Michael for the +fav on Frollo by Sweetlylou
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thank you for the :+fav:
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wildspark Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Your photos are beautiful and breath taking!
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SarahharaS1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Thanks a lot for the Deviant watch
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PaulWeber Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.
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APleasureToBurn Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you don't mind can I use some of your photos as a reference for my paintings?, because I really love the way you capture them.
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Vineyard86 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thanks for the latest :+fav:!
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Umber-Grace Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tip: this is not Shannon, it's her boyfriend Jon.

Her account is being deleted by her parents for a long time, and she will be back but not for a while. I'm gonna revive her entire page and everything she had on it! I'm pretty depressed but... I'm counting every day until her return...

Just letting you know, have a nice day
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