“Sunsets are nature’s paintings across the sky“
-Robert N. Jones
I really enjoyed photographing different parts of California with my phone stylized in infrared. I had so much fun I decided to share a few more of my favorites here in portrait orientation. Photography is hard work, but we must always remember to make time to enjoy ourselves. Never stop having fun!
The sun rising above my house bright and early this morning.
This early morning skyline has two uniquely contrasting cloud formations creating an interesting pattern, and color palette. In the second photo, the clouds at the top of the frame resembles burning flames against the dense, pillowy texture of the clouds in the lower half of the frame. I believe this is the first time I’ve ever seen this strange combination? Nevertheless, the sky seems to always provide us with a dramatic light and art show across the atmosphere at any given moment. All we have to do is look up and pay close attention.
The light from the setting sun inside the clouds gives the appearance of an explosion in the evening sky.
I’d rather be back on the beach even on a stormy day like this than to be where I am now. Wishful thinking I guess?
On my way to take my son to school and I’m greeted by these beauties! Have a great morning everyone!
Enjoy your day!!!
Another solo adventure for me last week as I walked around the downtown area in search of some interesting sites to photograph. Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be happier!!! When the temperature drops I become more motivated to get out and shoot. The light, the air, and atmosphere inspire me to pick up my camera and stay outside all day long. It might sound weird to anyone other than a photographer but, I really hate when I have to stop shooting and come back in. The good thing is getting to come home and see what you’ve done all day. Here are just a few of the images I captured.
The view from my hotel room window a couple of days ago as the sun started to set in downtown Phenix City, Alabama. I love all the wonderful shapes and colors that appear and change constantly as nature paints her masterpieces across the sky. As usual for me, no post processing was involved in any of these shots, they’re straight from my camera.
The gorgeous multi-colored sunset over the beach in Florida this past weekend.
A wide shot of the downtown bridge in the evening as the sun starts to set over the running water.
These beauties only lasted a few short minutes so I had to act fast! I noticed their bright colors peeking through my window about 10 minutes ago. So I grabbed my camera, ran outside, and….captured these beautiful colors against the night sky. I told you the other day I would keep my eyes to the sky for more of nature’s awesome artwork. I love it!!!!
For the past few days the clouds have been dancing around in the sky. So many different patterns and formations, it’s literally like nature’s paintings or works of art forming right before our eyes. Some sit for long periods of time for you to admire, while others give you a glimpse of their beauty and disappear in an instant. For example, if you look at the first 3 images you’ll notice the clouds remain in place even as the landscape changes on the ground. Most of the images in this post were captured while riding in the car but, I actually prefer being on foot so that I have more time to concentrate on exactly how I want to shoot them. I know most might not think clouds are very interesting, and some photographers feels as though they are “too easy” to shoot or too much of a cliche’ but, I have always found them to be very interesting every since I was a child. I find them especially interesting when they can be blended into other scenery. I’ll try to keep my eyes to the sky for more that may catch my attention within the coming days.
This past Saturday I spent almost 8 hours walking around by myself in the intense summer heat. I hadn’t been out to shoot in a while and I really needed to get out and do something to get my creativity flowing again. Despite the heat I started to have lots of fun. So much so that I totally forgot all about the weather and started to focus more on capturing images. I decided to let the colors of the park inspire me. Before I knew it I looked down at my phone and realized just how long I had actually been out. I was really shocked but, I guess when you’re truly enjoying yourself time is of little importance?
Apart from the photographic aspect of being outside on such massive terrain, this trip also provided me with an opportunity to be at peace mentally as well as be active physically. I love it when using my camera can become therapeutic. It can relax my mind, ease my tension and rejuvenate my spirit. It’s such a wonderful feeling when you can pick up your camera, discover an interesting location and just shoot uninterrupted at your own pace. No schedules, no time constraints, no people, no complaining…just you, your gear and the beauty of nature. I told myself that I would try to get out to more natural locations such as this one more often and try to reconnect with nature. I love finding the layers of hidden details within wooded areas such as this one. I have lots of photos from this outing that I hope to share over the coming weeks.
Here are just a few samples I worked on immediately after arriving back home. For anyone wondering, these are roughly straight out of the camera. The only adjustments I made were very minor brightness tweaks and slight shadow lifting.
Down the road…
I awaken one morning to the sound of the local garbage men hurrying to collect the trash as very ugly storm clouds gather right outside my bedroom window.
Here are some more random sights from my recent trip to Florida during the Thanksgiving holiday. This post represents the most pics I’ve shared at once ever! I had a great time walking around shooting these images and I hope you all enjoy them as well.