Corner Member Close Up: Scott Williams

Every other week, right here on the Corner Blog, we take a couple of minutes to learn a little more about a fellow photographer from around the Corner. This week we meet Scott Williams and get to check out 20+ of his favorite photographs (including the 1st one below that earned him 8th place in the 2010 Photograph of the Year contest).

Name: Scott Williams
Username: Scott W

Mandarin Duck Drinking


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Scott Williams and I live in Northern California. I teach ninth grade science at a public high school and have enjoyed photography for as long as I can remember.

Flying Red Tailed Hawk

What does your username mean?

I kept it simple. My username is my first name and last initial.

Mandarin Duck, Side View, McKinley Park

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

I cannot remember how old I was when I took my first picture. I did however find some old Polaroids the other day that made me laugh. I probably took them when I was seven or eight years old.

Burrowing Owl

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

Most of my photography takes place in the great outdoors. I love spending time outside, and photography started as an excuse for me to go hiking, biking or just spending time under the sun.

Rainbow Bridge

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

It was not until about 5 years ago that I became more serious about my photography. I borrowed my brother's Rebel and started photographing things in our town. I played around with HDR photography and was hooked ever since a friend printed a 24x36 shot of mine that is still hanging in our bedroom.

Lake Sunset

What is your background/training in photography?

I took one photography class in high school and one in college but other than that I taught myself. I have spent many nights behind the computer reading and learning about photography. I enjoy expanding on my knowledge as well as sharing what I have learned over the years.

New Years


What was your very first camera?

Polaroid camera I bought at a garage sale.

Humming Bird Flying Close Up

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

Currently in the bag:

Currently shopping for: Wish List:

Swallow on Wire

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

14mm Wide Angle for landscape photography. The 200mm is too short for wildlife. I currently have a 50mm and it does not leave the bag very often. The 105 macro comes in second.

Cormorant Close Up

Bonus Questions

Do you like your photos most of the time or dislike them most of the time? Why do you think that is?

I discard most of my shots. The more serious I get about photography, the pickier I become and the harder time I have choosing shots I like.

Small Bird on Branch

You are given a dream assignment to photograph one location in the world. Where/what would it be? When would you shoot it? Why that place and that time?

Dream assignment: Photograph Alaska and capture the beauty the state has to offer. I have always dreamed of traveling to Alaska to photograph the amazing scenery and wildlife. I love the mountain landscapes and the vast, wide open, un-touched nature.

Geese, Cameron Park Lake

What was the most dangerous thing (or worst thing) you ever did to get 'The Shot'?

While in Lake Tahoe in the winter time I hiked on ice along a half frozen river too close to cliffs to capture a shot of the flowing water. The shot turned out to be nothing special and I later deleted the photo.

Male Wood Duck

What do you do with your photographs?

I currently share my favorite photographs on my online gallery They are for sale, but I do not promote my photographs or actively seek out buyers. I also share them on my blog,, which allows me to share what I have learned over the years.

Green Heron Flying

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

I like the fact that the Corner has a core group of members that are supportive and friendly.

Bass Lake Sunset

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

The same reason I was initially drawn to the corner is the same reason I continue to hang around.

Burrowing Owl, Front

What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

I visit the photograph sharing and critique section the most. I enjoy sharing my latest photos as well as seeing what other photographers are up to.

Burrowing Owl Faced Back

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Have fun! When photography stops being fun it is time to re-think what you are doing.

Humming Bird Facing Back

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

jaharris1001 – My first question would be, can I have 10 more questions? Then I would ask him to share how he captures those amazing macro photographs that I drool at every time I see them.

Egret, Side


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

Capturing shots that people do not see every day or capturing the ordinary and making it look extraordinary.

Baby Red Tailed Hawk

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

Bald Eagles in the wild. Bald Eagles have always intrigued me and photographing them has always been a goal of mine.

Storm Landscape

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Sat, 2011–06–25 00:00