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I started doing photography 33 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.

Last year I finally went "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: Mon Feb 3, 2014, 5:22 PM
                              Valentines Day by KmyGraphic
 I have loved. I have been loved. There's so many different types of loves in our lives, but no other love shines the greatest than the love you feel so deep in your heart when you are IN love! :heart: Some never find their soul mates, yet, the ones who have, are blessed enough to know they have and they cherish that feeling for the rest of their lives. When two souls are matched in the heavens where angels dream, they will never rest until they unite, and when they do, they will know that all too familiar glow that radiates from within. A glow that makes the windows to their souls twinkle and tear up, a glow that makes a smile more beautiful than ever before, and a glow that makes lover's hearts drum harder than they've ever felt before -- that glow is where the sweetest of love sighs are born. :heart:  When you've found your soulmate and your true love, life takes on a whole new meaning, faith and trust become the norm, and it is only then, do you finally realize that there never WAS another word to take the place of the word love...for it's the only word in a poet's language that has no replacement. Love is a Verb...not a Noun. I learned that from someone very special to MY heart. :heart::heart::heart:

Speaking of of my passions is photography. I have fallen in love with so many of your photos on dA here and although I can't feature every single one of them here, as much as I'd like to, I'll just pick a few to highlight ones that personally touched my heart.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo
Color Me Like the Sun by SharingMyDreams

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.  Vincent Van Gogh
A frozen world by Morgan-Lou

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
Coming Home by jaelise Last Of The Pollen by LifeThroughALens84

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Barbara de Angelis
Spots of Autumn by kayaksailor
Frost Magical branch by gigi50

Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young
Dancing Lights by SharingMyDreams

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. Henry Van Dyke
  Stay Just A little Bit Longer by LUCILALEYLA
Hello Summer V by Scooby777Good Morning by 1001G

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. Andre Breton
onFire by BritLawrence
welcome and shelter by funkichkn

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. George Edward Moore
The Promise by SharingMyDreams
Waiting for You by SharingMyDreams

I know beauty. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, I behold and admire every one of your images - they fill me with joy and happiness. I love ALL your works and I hope my photos bring you peace and tranquility and yes, love.  Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you spend it with YOUR own special someone. I'm a romantic...I know I will. :heart::heart::heart:

rainbow heart by Nina1love1  love avatarI Love You by KmyGraphic love avatar   rainbow heart by Nina1love1



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VanyTif23 Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist
Maybe you will like that: Rainbow Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePink Heart by TheBamas Wish you a Happy Day, Michael! Rainbow Heavens by r0se-designs
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jolabrodnica Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav :+fav:
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isider Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thnx2. by isider   Gembanner by isider  
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k-i-mm-i-e Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching good Sir.Cute by k-i-mm-i-e  
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VanyTif23 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist

Thank you for the fav and wish you a great vacation, Michael! :huggle: I will collect emoticons! LOVELY / 02 by LOVEMAYU
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SharingMyDreams Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Heart1 Heart1 Heart1 Heart2 Heart2 Heart2 Heart2 Heart2 Heart2 
rainbow rain by Chibivillecute  rainbow rain by Chibivillecute
Thank you so much for the faves sweet Michael!
Rainbow of love Rainbow of love 
You are so sweet to me! Thank you for being an 
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                        mini hearts 
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thank you Michael for joining :iconsharpenededge: and giving you a big hugHug and a very warm welcome!!
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thx so much for the faves, my friend!  Rose02 
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Welcome to :iconmanip-your-music:

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Thanks again for joining and I can't wait to see what you create :headbang:
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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your photos are so beautiful; I wanna fave your whole gallery!
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