Area's beauty worth shooting

By Nancy Westlund of River Valley Times

While the senior pros come to play Rancho Murieta Country Club’s golf courses for their challenge, Rancho Murieta photographer Sally White is drawn to the North and South courses for their beauty.

White features Rancho Murieta golf course scenes in her photographic specialties, prints and note cards. She says the rustic oaks and natural contour of the greens and fairway are a photographer’s delight.

"Both golf courses offer endless possibilities with beautiful surroundings" she commented.

The Murieta photographer has captured over 15 scenes at various locations on the two golf courses, many of which appear in her note card collection. White also enjoys doing portrait work.

"I’m finding its nice to have portraits taken in Rancho Murieta. People have a special place on the golf course or in front of their home to photograph", she commented.

Other frequent subjects for White’s camera include old farm houses located in Sloughhouse and Amador County, unusual fences and brilliant flowers. She says the factor which distinguishes really fine photography is light.

"Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to work. You can get spectacular light. If there is a blue sky, I’m outside like a shot."

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"Again this year there will be local artists exhibiting their skills. One is Sally white, a Rancho Murieta resident for 17 years, who will be displaying her photography at one of the homes. After 28 years as a teacher, White retired three years ago to pursue her real avocation of photography. She specializes in Rancho Murieta scenes in framed prints and note cards. The watercolor, canvas and metallic finishes lend a painting-like quality to her photos, enhancing their visual appearance."

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White’s interest in photography began about six years ago when she was teaching school in the Bay Area and advised a student photography club. When her husband, Scott, bought her a camera to take along on a trip to Carmel, she was hooked.

This fall, White is planning to teach beginning photography classes in Rancho Murieta. Classes will run for three to four weeks, two hours per session, afternoons and evenings. The photographer says instruction will consist of lecture, introducing students to camera technique and also positive class critiquing of photographs.