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Mike Matenkosky
Works at Images in the Backcountry. I’m a Central Valley California photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography.
Attended Franklin Regional High School
Lives in Atwater, CA
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Mr. and Mrs. Black-necked Stilt - Central Valley CA - February 20, 2015

I took my youngest daughter out to the local refuge in search for some Owls. On the way I stopped and captured one of my favorite shore birds, Black-necked Stilts, from the window of the van.

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Flying Above the Sun - February 20, 2015

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A flock of Sandhill Cranes flying above the sun at the local refuge.
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Birds Flying Overhead at Sunset - Central Vally, CA - January 25, 2015

Most of the time I photograph landscapes standing up. I try to get different prospective and getting low really gets the view "in the weeds (or mud)" Since I can't kneel down, I sometimes sit on my floor mat, especially if there is a lot of mud around....like that evening.

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"Just a Lonely Tree" - January 19, 2015

Took more pictures of trees in the fog than wildlife this morning.

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Thanks +Andy Russel it's a river, not a lake. :)
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"Spotlight on the Geese" - February 20, 2015

As my daughter and I were looking for some Burrowing Owls I came across [...] http://www.imagesinthebackcountry.com/?p=4180
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Birds Flying Overhead at Sunset - Central Vally, CA - January 25, 2015

Most of the time I photograph landscapes standing up. I try to get different prospective and getting low really gets the view "in the weeds (or mud)" Since I can't kneel down, I sometimes sit on my floor mat, especially if there is a lot of mud around....like that evening.

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Wonderful reflections!!  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  
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Wonderful capture!!  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !!  We have great new curators.
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Three Trees - January 16, 2015

I had already packed my stuff and started driving out of the refuge. Saw these trees and they said..."shoot me"...LOL! So I stopped the van and set my tripod on the dirt road and took this, then packed up (again) and went home.

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Education
  • Franklin Regional High School
    1983
  • Merced College
    Electronics
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Images in the Backcountry, Hikin' Mike
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Landscape & Nature Photographer - Hiker / Backpacker - Musclecar Lover
Introduction

I was born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but now I live in the Central Valley of California.

I’m a nature photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography. But my passion is landscape photography.

Besides photography, I enjoyed hiking and backpacking and I enjoyed fixing up muscle cars. I have a 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible waiting for a restoration and have been known to drag race my 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 at Sacramento Raceway, at least before my knees went south.

Work
Occupation
"Retired" (Disabled), Landscape & Nature Photographer
Employment
  • Images in the Backcountry. I’m a Central Valley California photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography.
    Nature Photographer, present
  • Fisher Research Labratory
    Engineering Technician, 1993 - 2006
  • Sears, Roebuck and Company
    Service Advisor, 1991 - 1993
  • USAF
    ATC RADAR Maintenance / Electronic Technician, 1986 - 1991
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Currently
Atwater, CA
Previously
Plum Borough, PA - Murrysville, PA - Biloxi, MS - King Salmon, AK - Merced, CA
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New Blog Framework – Custom ‘Trending Theme’ – Justin Tadlock
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My new blog theme using Justin Tadlock's new 'Trending' parent theme and my custom child theme called 'Mammoth Peak Two".

Jake's Christmas Gift - Tom Zander
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Atwater Community Bible Church's version of "Jake's Christmas Gift" written by Tom Zander.

Moore’s Karate – Training and Sparring Competition Day
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This afternoon, we spent the day at Moore's Karate in Turlock California at the first Training and Sparring Competition Day. They both had f

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the Photographer
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An article about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the photographer.

Google Plus | Google+
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Trying to figure out my new Google+ (Google Plus) account.

Mike Matenkosky - Central Valley CA Landscape & Nature Photographer
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Mike is a Central Valley (Atwater/Merced/Modesto) California nature photographer who loves landscape, wildlife & inspirational photograh

Mike Matenkosky (@HikinMike) on Twitter
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Sign up for Twitter to follow Mike Matenkosky (@HikinMike). I'm Central Valley CA photographer specializing in fine art landscapes, natu

The New Backyard DIY Photography Blind, Pond and Waterfall
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Images in the Backcountry Blog. California Nature Photography by Mike Matenkosky. Nature Photography; Picture Gallery. Landscape. Landscape

The Tower and Moon in Black and White - Lake Yosemite
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A black and white picture showing "The Tower" and the Moon from Lake Yosemite in Merced California.

Moon at Lake Yosemite & Tower - Merced, CA
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A picture of "The Tower" and the Moon over Lake Yosemite in Merced California.

Mike's 47th Birthday
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My 47th birthday snapshot taken by my oldest daughter, Hannah.

Flickr: Images In The Backcountry
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Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos t

The Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat
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An article on building a Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat.

HDR Photography Using Layer Masks and Hand Blending Techniques in Photoshop
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An article about creating realistic HDRs using Layer Masks and hand-blending techniques in Photoshop.

Atwater Community Bible Church - Winton Way; Atwater, CA 95301
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Atwater Community Bible Church is located at 5890 North Winton Way in Atwater California 95301 between Winton and Merced CA.

Pictures For Your Walls - Images For Every Decor
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Pictures For Your Walls - Images For Every Decor. Quality images at affordable prices. Pictures for both home and office decors.

Radio Control Model Airplane & Single Stick Transmitter Stuff
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I showcase my radio control Single Stick Stuff and some of my newer electric powered, foamies, and sailplane model airplanes here.

Pictures of Pontiac, Dodge & Chevrolet - Mike's Car Lot
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Mike's Car Lot - Photos of my Pontiac, Chysler and Chevrolet cars.