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…
The sun rising above my house bright and early this morning.
After dropping my kids off for school last week I noticed a thick layer of fog rapidly moving in. Since I always have my camera on me I decided to stop off at the park before heading home to see what I could capture. It was dark, gloomy, rainy and foggy but I loved it! I thought about how eerily moody the scenery was. Each area of the park resembled a dense, creepy forest, or maybe the set of an elaborate Hollywood movie. I ended up staying for almost 3 hours, not only shooting but enjoying the view. I couldn’t believe my luck because, I was up so early that I had the entire park all to myself! I will admit, the silence mixed with the weather created a very spooky atmosphere.
Eventually the rain came in and started pouring down so I thought, “maybe it’s time to go?” “maybe I should stay and take some cool rain shots?” The next thing I know I see 2 huge stray dogs roaming around and not looking very friendly so I knew at that point the decision had been made for me! Shoots over! I packed up my camera and carefully drove home. Below are a few of the resulting images.
(As always, for a higher resolution view please click on each image)
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 love the carefree atmosphere of the summer months. The long days, the many opportunities for fun and vacationing. All these things are great but, fall has always been my favorite of the 4 seasons. Here in Georgia I’d even go so far as to say that winter might be my favorite time of the year because of the spring-like temperatures during most days. Most winters here are very mild and very rarely cold, especially for someone from Illinois. Although I’m not rewarded with all the wonderful midwestern autumn colors in my particular area of the south, fall still seems to have the most well balanced weather of the 4 seasons.
With that said, I’m really anxious for the summer heat to disappear. The humidity is unbearable at times and makes it impossible to go out and shoot comfortably during the best parts of the day! I’m truly looking forward to putting on a light jacket or hoodie, gloves and boots again. That’s when I truly become inspired! The tradeoff being that I lose some of the more dramatic light of the summer months, but at least I can go out and enjoy myself without heat exhaustion. The photo I’m sharing was taken in February of last year but I promise you, the weather was so perfect. Not like typical winter weather at all. A very mild temperature with a refreshing cool breeze. This is exactly what I’ve been impatiently waiting for.
Summer, you’ve been fun, but it’s time for you go away until next year…Please take your 90 degree heat with you! Thanks.
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?
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!
On my way to take my son to school and I’m greeted by these beauties! Have a great morning everyone!
2 weekends ago the weather was absolutely perfect so I decided to take a trip downtown. I hadn’t been downtown in months, but specifically since I returned home from Illinois. As the sun started to set I noticed a growing amount of dog walkers out, probably more than I’ve ever seen at this time of the year. Although I had my camera, my intention was to shoot nature this time around, not people or pets. The light from the setting sun created a slew of cool photographic opportunities so naturally I had to snap a few shots of the friendly people and their pets. I have to admit that I was conflicted because of the weather. Normally I would have shot far more frames but, I enjoyed the temperature so much that for once I didn’t want to shoot as much as I just wanted to relax. Below are a few of the photos from this wonderful day. If only the weather were always this mild…I’d probably stay out every single day from sunrise to sunset! Hopefully this spring will actually feel like spring and not summer so I can get out more and meet more cool people.
On the frozen winter streets of Joliet, IL a few weeks ago I captured this shot of my Uncle Fred and one of his best friends doing what so many of us in the urban neighborhoods do, either hitting a few blocks with our friends or, chilling in the car listening to music. As you can see they were more than happy to give me the shot. This was the last picture I took before hitting the road back to Georgia.
This photograph was taken completely by accident! This all occurred while I was out shooting on this past Veterans Day. I accidentally pressed the shutter of my main camera while switching to my secondary camera. I didn’t even realize I had taken this picture until I returned home to review the images on the computer. After seeing the shot I realized that although it was all wrong from a concious photographic point of view, it was still something about it that I really liked. So while deleting all the shots I deemed “bad” or “unusable” something about this shot forced me to keep it. I spoke briefly yesterday about the importance of carefully reviewing shots before deleting them, or keeping some of the bad images because you might end up liking them later on. This was a case of not knowing I had taken a shot, and under normal circumstances would consider it a bad shot, but yet finding myself drawn to it for some reason? Maybe because it’s not technically perfect? Maybe because, despite being an accident there’s still enough of a story in the frame to warrant a glance or two? Who knows? Whatever the reason is I like it enough to want to share it with everyone here. Some may see the value of it the same way I did, and some won’t, but, isn’t that what photography is all about anyway? You decide what appeals to you!
A personal look at my cousin as we discuss his plans for his next album. This photo was taken about 2 weeks ago while I was on a photo excursion back home in Illinois.
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.
A quick trip to the park as the sun started to set produced this beautiful reflection on the lake.
For the second morning in row a thick layer of fog engulfs my neighborhood, so I decided to drive around to try and capture a few shots of it. Unfortunately the photos really don’t convey the actual denseness of the fog. In real time it was impossible to to see directly in front of you. Everything was almost completely opaque for about 2 hours. Although it is certainly a safety hazard, and can be an inconvenience, there’s something beautiful and mysterious about fog that captures my attention whenever it occurs. I’ve always been fascinated with it’s hazy, blanketing effect. I’ll keep trying to document it for as long as it happens. We’ll see what takes place tomorrow morning and the rest of the week? Stay tuned…
Early morning fog descending upon my street about an hour ago.
Very cool fish I was fortunate enough to get a shot of last weekend while vacationing in Florida. I don’t know exactly what kind they are? But they are both colorful and beautiful.
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.
People gather, some with their pets, at the river to watch the water sports as well as enjoy the wonderful late summer breeze.
Cool textured plants I spotted today outside of a local pizzeria.
Cool pinkish-red plants I spotted outside of a local pizzeria today.
Leaving the beautiful sunset and perfect weather at the river-walk this past Saturday. I wish it was like this all the time…