I haven’t really been out of the house too much this month. The weather remains ridiculously hot for this time of the year, and I’m just not into the heat. Plus, my family and I didn’t do much cleaning last year, so we decided to finally get back on track and clean our house from top to bottom. Staying in has also given me some time to edit photos that I’ve been neglecting for a long time, so I guess that’s at least a good thing?
So whenever the weather is tolerable and I’m able to get out with my camera for a while, I’ve been trying to make the most of it. Nothing major, just walking and observing. Trying to slow down and make some photos of things I usually overlook. Challenging myself to pay closer attention to all of the beautiful details surrounding me on a regular basis. My thought process is, some of the work I’m doing now may not be considered my “best” but I’m sure the memories I document will be far more meaningful in the future. Also, I’m having fun, so that makes it even more important! After all, this work isn’t for anyone else…it’s for me. I’m creating to satisfy my need to create. So in that regard, that’s all that really matters. There’s so much freedom in not having to create for any specific reason. To me that’s the true joy of art. To create as a form of self expression. Having only ones self to please.
I’m still dealing with the long process of healing my mental/emotional health, so making photos for fun helps a great deal. I choose to share these photographs with the public as a way to share my ongoing process, my personal journey. Hopefully someone can make some kind of connection, or at least enjoy what they see.
With that being said, here are some photos from my most recent outing. Enjoy!
I’ve been having some very trying times lately, so I wanted to post something positive and show a little love to my favorite time of year. To my surprise there has been more colors in my area than it’s been in years, making it feel much more like a real a autumn season. These colors have lasted much longer than I anticipated, but it appears that they’re rapidly disappearing. I hope to get out and capture one more round of fall colors before they’re all gone. Until then, I hope you enjoy!
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I know most people think moss is gross, and I totally get it, but I happen to think it’s pretty interesting. I love all the details! I also love the growth patterns and colors. I actually have quite a collection of moss photos I’ve accumulated over the years. Here are some of my most recent moss images taken at a park near my house.
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For whatever reason there are always certain images that the artists who captured them favor more than others. This particular image is one of my personal favorites! I’m not exactly sure if it’s the expression, the details, the moment, or all of the above? But, there’s something about this shot that just makes me really happy. This photo is actually apart of a small series that I’ll be posting very soon, but I had to share it on it’s own first. I know other’s might not feel the same way that I do about it and that’s ok, I certainly enjoy looking at it so I figured “why not?” If you’re viewing this post I hope it at least makes you smile too? Have a great weekend everyone!
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My second set of images in a series of local bird portraits I’ve taken over the past few years.
This time it’s a brown Muscovy Duck
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Good Thursday morning everyone! I just thought I’d drop in and share a few shots from an early morning walk. I hope everyone enjoys their day!
I know that I’m late, but I hope everyone has been enjoying the new year? It hasn’t been much of a winter for those of us who actually appreciate a winter season, but it has been cold the last few days. When I woke up this morning I was finally greeted to a yard full of frost. This is a little more like it! Truth is, this just really makes me miss shooting in the snow even more…
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Thank God for Autumn! I’m getting out more, seriously enjoying the weather and shooting more often. As the fall season has started to fully transition I’ve taken advantage by hitting the streets in search of my favorite targets: colors, textures and details. This is a daily process so I will continue to update my progression over time, but below is small collection of my findings so far. I hope you enjoy!
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Not literally, he’s very hot because the heat was intense this day. I’m referring specifically to how he looks. I don’t know what the exact breed of this dog is, but they’re beautiful in person. Almost makes me want one?
Happy Sunday everyone! It’s Spring Fling time once again and it’s a beautiful day out. One thing I love about the fair is all the wonderful colors everywhere. I’m trying to capture as much of them as I possibly can! I hope to have a full post from this event up soon. Enjoy your day!
I’ve been going out in the cold winter rain of the past few days trying to stay busy. Funny this is, I never really view rainy days as disappointments. The truth is, I actually like them sometimes. I’ve felt this way since I was a small child. I look at it as a way to shoot outside from a totally different perspective. Rainy days have their own look which can be very interesting. For instance, certain wildlife will only appear in these conditions and trying to capture shots of them can be a fun adventure within itself. Rainy days can provide you with the challenge of searching for something interesting to shoot, or in this case, shooting something simple and familiar in an interesting way. I guess I’m just the type that will find any excuse to be out with my camera anyway? But hey, it keeps me sane! 😉 Whatever works, right?
The intricate lines and curves of an old tree’s bark. I absolutely love the character present in the fine details of different textures. Beauty is all around us, especially in nature. It feels wonderful to go out and let it inspire you!
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.
Nice flowers I spotted outside of the restuarant my family and I were dining at this morning.
I noticed this very tiny shell in my driveway while walking back from my mailbox. I took out my phone to shoot it but, the shell was so tiny I had to lay on the ground to get close enough. I thought that it was interesting because, despite only being about as big as a grain of sand, from it’s position on the ground the light from the setting sun hit it just right to expose the many fine details. I love discovering things that would typically go completely unnoticed.