Richard Pradenas was born in Los Angeles, CA, and moved to the Bay Area, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Hillsdale High in 1969. His dad gave him his first camera and light meter when he was in the 5th grade.
He graduated from Brigham Young University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and worked for six different companies developing fingerprint biometric products. Currently, he works for a company in San Mateo developing a non-invasive medical product to assess vertebral pain in the lumbar discs.
While his professional career has been in a corporate and technical space, he has developed a passion for photography in the opposite environment: nature. Being in beautiful landscapes has always inspired him and primarily been the focus of his photography. He loves to capture different perspectives - whether it is literally (via macro shots and fish-eye lenses), or figuratively (capturing cultural "still life" shots).
Since receiving his first camera, he has been trying to improve his photography craft, learning mostly by trial and error. He and his wife Deborah enjoy travelling locally and abroad. They especially enjoy the National Parks. He says, “If you see me around, introduce yourself; I’m the one hiking with about 12 pounds of photo equipment or wandering offbeat city paths at first light.”
The Carrizo Plain
The Carrizo Plain is the largest (250,000 acres) single native grassland remaining in California. It is home to many curiously unique natural and man-made sights. It sustains 15 of California’s threatened and endangered plants and animals and is the largest protected habitat along the Pacific Flyway. Within these acres is the 3,000 acre Soda Lake. The San Andreas Fault borders its Eastern edge.
The open plain attracts a spectacular variety of raptors and other animals. When there is water in Soda Lake, flocks of Sandhill Cranes spend the night in the shallow waters. In late fall the grasslands begin to dry out. Heavy rains in 2010 produced an infrequent spring super-bloom of wild flowers. This exhibit features photos from fall and spring to show the diversity of beauty on the Plain. Visit doctorphoton.zenfolio.com to see more of the Carrizo Plain.