Me in a nutshell: passionate about photography, especially nature subjects.

In my descriptions, I often refer to “my local botanical garden,” which is South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California, USA. If you are in the area, let me know. I love meeting other photographers!

Published on Blurb: my 60-page photo book, Art in Nature: A Little Book of Nature’s Wonders. The book is available in softcover and hardcover (with upgraded premium paper) as well as ebook format (for iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch) at the Blurb Bookstore. You can preview ALL PAGES (nothing held back) from the link below:

Preview Art in Nature HERE

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My work is NOT in the Public Domain. My work is protected under U.S. and International Copyright and may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, edited, altered, published, distributed, or transmitted via any medium without my express written permission IN ADVANCE. Please do NOT pin my work on Pinterest. All images are copyright ©2004-2015, Celeste Mookherjee, all rights reserved.

My background is in film photography (including black and white and color darkroom experience), but I had a long period of inactivity until I bought a point-and-shoot digital camera in 2004 and learned to hate “shutter lag.” I moved up to my first DSLR (an Olympus E-300) in 2005 and have been immersed in photography ever since.

My gear:

Olympus E-300
Olympus E-510
Olympus E-5
Zuiko “kit lenses”: 14-45mm & 40-150mm
Zuiko 35mm macro
Zuiko 70-300mm
Zuiko 9-18mm
Zuiko 50mm macro (my favorite)
Zuiko Macro Extension Tube EX-25
Lensbaby Composer Pro & Sweet 35
Manfrotto tripod
Slik monopod
homemade diffuser/scrim

I also have a long-standing presence on Flickr

I am a Getty Images Artist.

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5th Annual Host Hullabaloo!
Spring 2014 @ Solo

See my work in VaVoom’s, A Tribute to Women,
sponsored by Solo Exhibition

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2015 Say Cheese, Long Beach competition - 3 winners!

I have been participating in a yearly local photo competition, Say Cheese, Long Beach, ever since the first one in 2008. The contest is one of many events sponsored by Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team, a local charitable organization. The idea is that photographers of all ages and experience levels go out and shoot whatever they want within a specified 24-hour period, provided the images…
Posted 18 days – 26 comments

Thank you to recent purchasers!

Whoever you are, thank you for making my day! My most recent sales: / One throw pillow of “Morning glorious” / One photographic print (medium) of “Advertising for a mate”
Posted 25 days – 32 comments

Offline more than usual for a while

An unanticipated move is suddenly part of my schedule, and it means spending more time offline than on. / Briefly, I have lived in the same apartment for close to 14 years, and the building owner wants to renovate my place. He has suggested that I move to another apartment that is soon to be vacated and has already been renovated. In the end it will be good (nice hardwood floors, remodeled kitche…
Posted 27 days – 26 comments

Finalist in "Long Beach Favorites" Photo Contest

Yesterday (October 19th) I attended a special event that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Long Beach Qingdao Association (LBQA) and honored the finalists in a photography competition, “Long Beach Favorites,” held in June of this year. (Long Beach, California, and Qingdao, China, are sister cities.) I entered three photos in the competition and did not know until last night which…
Posted about 1 month – 56 comments