Author Archives: victorvolta

About victorvolta

I am a freelance photographer/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the very suburban city of Santa Clara. Education: San Jose State University (class of '84) BA degree in Journalism with concentrations in Photojournalism and English. Favorite Foods: Ribeye steaks and Stan's Doughnuts (separate plates, usually). Favorite Drinks: Strong gourmet coffee and Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (separate cups).

As I Was Walking – The John Muir Trail

January 30, 2020 Featuring hundreds of photos and a generous amount of witty narrative and humor, my digital only book about backpacking the John Muir Trail is available through both Apple Books and Amazon. It took me 25 glorious days … Continue reading

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The Church of Mount Tamalpais – Sunday Morning Worship

  January 29, 2020 A belated first blogpost of the year/decade and an even more belated first hike. But it does follow an all too familiar pattern of a bout with the flu/head cold/sinusitis that descends on my immune system … Continue reading

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Autumn Foliage – Sierra Edition

October 29, 2019 While not as famous as the foliage season in the Northeast, we do have some damned fine displays here in California, most notably in the Sierra where aspens are plentiful. For me, living in the Oakland area, … Continue reading

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“As I Was Walking” – a John Muir Trail Book

October 16, 2019 My digital book, “As I Was Walking: Two Summers Exploring and Photographing the John Muir Trail,” has been available since this past March. I’m now working on the prequel, “The Mount Whitney Journals.” TMWJ is the project … Continue reading

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Late September Snows in Tahoe

Oct. 15, 2019 A bit after the fact, but this isn’t hard hitting timely journalism. Two weekends ago I was able to get up to South Lake Tahoe to hang out for a couple of days. I was planning on … Continue reading

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The Fun Side of Marketing – Design

October 14, 2019 Admittedly, I’m not a marketing whiz. But I do enjoy blending my photographic skills with my also admittedly meager graphic design skills. That being said, I think what works best for designing marketing materials for photographers (in … Continue reading

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As I Was Walking – Now on Sale

March 21, 2019 – My first book is now on sale through Apple Books. Featuring hundreds of photos and even more words. The book is the culmination of three years of painstaking work: writing, editing, revising and then working out … Continue reading

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