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Michael Lopes

Michael Lopes

I've been interested in photography since I was in my twenties.   After purchasing a Sony mirrorless in 2016 I fell back in love with photography.   About the same time I started photographing hummingbirds in my back yard in Ben Lomond, California.   Since getting back into photography I've taken several trips,  one of them was to Tanzania where I got the experience of photographing animals on a much larger scale than my hummingbirds.  

I also volunteer at the Santa Cruz SPCA taking photographs of pets for their adoption website.  I always enjoy the special moment where I can capture an expression of human or a wild animal.

Fast forward to 2021.  With the COVID pandemic I started doing sports photography.   I started out with surfing, then did some Indy racing at Laguna Seca.   The skill to take hummingbird photos transferred easily to fast moving humans.  I'm finding that humans appreciate a great photograph of themselves much more than the birds.

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Awards and Exhibitions

Sony A9

Sony A7 RIV

Sony A6300

100-400 zoom

24-70 zoom

600 f4 prime

California State Fair

         2023 Award of Merit

         2023 Award of Merit

         2022 Award of Excellence

         2022 Award of Merit 

2022 Santa Cruz Art League

          People and Places:

          Photography Reconnected

2020 Coastal Arts League Exhibition

Santa Cruz County Fair

            2021 Second Place

            2021 Honorable Mention

            2019 Third Place

            2019 Honorable Mention

            2019 Honorable Mention
            2018 Honorable Mention

            2018 Honorable Mention

            2017 Second Place

            2017 Honorable Mention

            2017 Honorable Mention

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