Last weekend I spent some time with my younger brother walking and taking photos in Atlanta. The weather was freezing cold and I loved it! It really reminded me of home with it’s strong crisp wind and moody overcast skylines. The only thing missing was the downpour of snow that’s usually taking place up North this time of year. Surprisingly I didn’t shoot as many images as I would have liked, but I’ve really scaled back on the amount of images I shoot lately. Anyway, here are a few of the shots I liked. I believe I saw some more that I might add to this post later? I really love posting but I’ve been trying to be good and go to bed at a reasonable time. In fact, I’m sleepy right now so…good night everyone!
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The sun rising above my house bright and early this morning.
Despite being mostly barren, I find that there is a stillness, a peaceful feeling of calm in the desert. This is the perfect time of the year to explore because, the temperatures are moderate to very cool. I was shocked to learn how cold it can actually get in the desert at night. While there isn’t an abundance of photo opps around every corner, there is still plenty of interesting sights to keep one occupied both as a photographer and as a curious human.
In the photograph below I happened upon a makeshift memorial for some unfortunate soul that lost their life in this exact spot. I can only assume it was from a traffic related accident? In the distance you can see how modern development has started to change the overall appearance of the scenery. In the far background lies beautiful outstretched mountains that I await to explore to uncover the potential mysteries I’m certain they’re hiding within. I’m really hoping to witness some of the native wildlife of this particular area.
I’m finding that it’s extremely cool to learn that there is more to Las Vegas than just casinos.
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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?
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.
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.
Although I love black and white images, and I’ve been shooting them more and more lately, I’ve always been known for images full of bright, bold colors. Here are just a few shots of various color patterns from my most recents travels.
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.
Good Monday morning everyone! I’m back home from my much needed vacation in sunny Florida. Traveling to the beaches of Florida in the fall for the holidays has become somewhat of a tradition in my family. This trip started off a little rainy and gloomy, but quickly turned into the usual beautiful weather that we’re accustom to, although the temperatures were not as high as last year. This has been a very pressing year for me. It feels as if I’ve done everything I DID NOT want to do this year and to be totally honest, I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end. Of course a week’s vacation can’t possibly undo a years worth of stress, frustration, setbacks and obstacles but, it has allowed me a moment to relax, reflect and prepare myself for the coming year. I’ve really shifted my focus photographically, emphasizing my interest in other facets of photography other than models. Doing so has allowed me the freedom to express myself the way I choose, as well as reconnect with the simple principles of truly being a freelance photographer, not being tied down to one category. Like a lot of others, this is how I began photography. My career began by just walking around and shooting whatever I thought was interesting and trying to capture it in what I felt was a creative way. Although I will continue to work with models, I will be ultra selective in who I actually decide to give my time to, and I will continue to pursue my own interests. My blog has become and will continue to be a place where I express and share ANYTHING I capture that I feel warrants interest. With that being said, I’d like to share a few images taken while on vacation (you know photographers are never really on vacation right?) As time permits I will post more images from this trip within the coming days. Please enjoy.