Stephen Fischer is an outdoor photographer specializing in landscape and wildlife imagery, covering many areas of the American West. To capture more unique results, he enjoys the challenge of exploring out-of-the-way or less convenient locations, and at all times of the year. Based out of Sacramento California, some of his work has centered around the natural habitat of the area, while also trying to give others a better appreciation of its beauty. As an accomplished computer engineer with over 30 years of experience and author/co-author for as many US patents, he applies a more scientific and methodical approach for capturing some of his unique images. Part of his enjoyment is being able to successfully capture and portray beauty that comes so natural to the eye, but can be difficult to reproduce in a photographic image.
Stephen has shown his work in previous exhibitions, as well as various publications, winning some awards in the process. If he is not busy with his landscape or wildlife photography, you may find him backpacking, kayaking, beekeeping, canyoneering, cycling, or adventure motorcycling. He has also taken a stronger interest in environmental issues with studies in natural history, completing a UC Davis California naturalist certification program in 2014. Stephen has recently published a photographic guide book for the state of California in 2016, covering over 250 locations spanning 365 pages: Travel Guide to California Photography. It is available in paperback on Amazon.
Savannahs of predominately blue oaks dispersed over bucolic grasslands on gently rolling hills, these lands reflect the state of the California foothills closer to its native form. Providing a quiet solitude and an oasis for wildlife, while isolated from the hustle and bustle of encroaching suburban sprawl, the oak savannahs in California are disappearing at an increasing rate. The city of Folsom's annexed lands south of Highway 50 is one of the latest regions to fall victim to the insatiable growth of Sacramento and El Dorado counties. As a consequence, and like so many other areas of the state, soon the habitat for many of these oak sheltered landscapes will be lost forever.
Stephen Fischer's exhibit of black-and-white photographs provides a documentation of these lands south of 50 in their undisturbed form as captured ahead of their destruction over the past decade.