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United States
I started doing photography 34 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
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: Sat Aug 2, 2014, 11:41 PM

Wow by KmyGraphic

Hello everyone!! :wave: 
Well, it finally happened...I just got my 500th Watcher and I am so very flattered!!  So happy by Krissi001   Since :iconsharquelle: became my 500th Watcher, I would like to thank her and acknowledge her right here! =D  Please go visit HER gallery and show your appreciation for this artist's work too. :deviation:

I could have never made it this far if it wasn't for you all.  So many of you are great artists in your own way and have truly inspired me to be MY best and always strive to take better shots, so you'll see my progression in photography and never get bored at what I post. :nod:  My personal goal is that you all will look forward to seeing what I post NEXT in my gallery. :gallery:  You all have been so wonderful to me and I so appreciate both your works of art and your friendship! :hug:

So with that, I would like to feature a very small sampling of work from various watchers who have endlessly supported me throughout the years here on dA...please check out THEIR works of art too.  I apologize if I couldn't include all 500 of my watchers on here, but please know I sincerely appreciate each one of you and your support for my work. =)

            Thank You Blush Sign by Mirz123                        Silver Heart And Rose Divider by AudraMBlackburnsArt                   Thanks So Much Sign by Mirz123
                                                                               Thank you plz by Erkillers
Three Promises by SharingMyDreams For YOU by SharingMyDreams
Sunset with Pines by mreinig    northwest kentucky by NWunseen    A frozen world by Morgan-LouLanding by Bimmi1111   The Little Angel by jolabrodnica    Lost by islandtime
Stay Just A little Bit Longer by LUCILALEYLA  Don't Touch! Just Look! by LifeThroughALens84
Coalesce by LAlight  Frosted pattern by gigi50
Rainbow Oak by kayaksailor  Relic VI by Scooby777
Winter Escape by BritLawrenceMethodist Church in Cades Cove 1 by slowdog294My Precious by yadiyada27
     Sunday Ride II by 1001G    til the icicle melts by funkichkn
Kos /Turkiye sunset by BrightStar2  Mornin' Rainbow by Reevah-Willow
   Pink Rose by StephGabler      Nature's Tear Drop by FallOut99Flower 10 July_2014 by VanyTif23  Burning Desire by Fajralam

                              1 by KmyGraphic               2 by KmyGraphic              3 by KmyGraphic

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  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: The Emerald Way by 2002
  • Reading: My journal over to make sure it's perfect
  • Watching: dA with tired eyes
  • Eating: Kettle Popcorn
  • Drinking: H2O


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AudraMBlackburnsArt Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Professional
Sunny-icon by AudraMBlackburnsArt  Redroseone by AudraMBlackburnsArt  1722817u0iiqT17 by AudraMBlackburnsArt  Pretty Rose Just For You by AudraMBlackburnsArt  Heart For You by AudraMBlackburnsArt  
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AudraMBlackburnsArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your kind support Michael :huggle:
Happy Holidays :iconchristmastreeplz:
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Joyous Winter by SharingMyDreams  Snowman by KmyGraphic  
Merry Christmas to you and yours Michael! :hug:
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Phototubby Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconthanksfav1plz::iconthanksfav2plz: :) (Smile) 
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VanyTif23 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank You by KmyGraphic for the favs, Michael! And wish you a succesful new week! :huggle:
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank You 5 by AudraMBlackburnsArt and give you a Christmas Hugs by Digithalie
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for faving Visions of Christmas III, Michael!  Did you see my whole series?  I really would like feedback on the first in the series.
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AudraMBlackburnsArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional
Hi Michael!! Came to get my socks blown off, as I am wearing some, lol! :hug:
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sonitchiu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So many good photo shots, very impressive and just love all your shots well done sir.
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