What is really happening over that mountain?
Getting to Grandmothers house is going to be harder than originally planned.
Perhaps the Journey really is better than the Destination?
All I know is that Life is always worth living when memories are worth remembering and not quickly forgotten.
Remember that as you Go Out the Door Tonight…
Down in the British Virgin Islands, there is this little hut called the Soggy Dollar and will serve a variety of things but their only requirement is that it has to be paid with cash. Which is funny because in order to get to the beach you must jump from your boat and swim to shore due to the way the beach/sand and all of that other confusing things are in this part of the world.
So of course I was interested, then I was even more delighted when I came upon these palm trees and hammock, I spent quite a bit time in there as I had just finished a 10 mile Hike.
A quiet and nice lil B&B in Olympia WA
I have been practicing more with my compositions lately, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape photography. One classic composition style is to have leading lines within your photo and if you can have those lines lead to something magnificent then your creating a quality photo.
Well it is common but this evening in Seattle I had to take much of the most glorious opportunity to take some night photos, because A: there were finally very interesting clouds in seattle (very rare- usually its just a straight blanket of clouds) and B: there was a pretty intense sunset happening. Now typically in Seattle you can find interesting things all around you but they are usually walking around (if you know what I mean). Seattle is just like any old city with sky scrapers and automobiles every where. So when I ran across this architectural gem I had to figure out how to make a decent shot of it. So, none other, did I practice the compositional rule of leading lines.
I hope you enjoyed it.
Branching off of the motif of my Seattle Weekend. Here is a classic reflection off of the Seattle Space Center of the ever more impressive landmark of the Seattle Space Needle.
It was of course a reasonably clear night in Seattle. And anyone from here would tell you that either you have Too Many Clouds in Seattle or Not Enough of Them… here is a case of not enough of them. So I tried my darndest to get the most of the frame here in this pic with what I had from the environments.
Just because I write on this post, and on posts before and posts for the future, does this mean I’m an author? Certainly not a good one, but an author at that. Does that make you an author? Does that make my letter to my Mother when I was 5 years old a work of art? She may think so, and probably still has it but does that make anyone with a pen an author? Cause technically anything written, anywhere is “published”… That just makes me think. I looked up the other day that now anyone can self publish a book, I thought wow how cool is that? but, wait, doesn’t that defeat the purpose? just because there is access doesn’t mean we should have more words floating in the air that as useless as the last. Before I make this post just as useless, I will shut up and let you think about those words.
I can’t help but think about that little girl in this museum seen way into the frame by the furthest wall in the photo. What moment is she having? is this the moment that she decides to be an artist of some form? is this the moment where she begins her inspiration for art and its capabilities on the world and on people? Is this the moment that she will never forget and always strives for again? I like to think so. Oddly enough she probably complained and argued to try and get her way to go to Chuck E Cheese today instead of a Museum cause honestly, what kid wants to go to a museum? That’s why this girl struck me; I hope shes doing well and while on a swing at school thinking about her time at the Seattle Art Museum.
The thought that there are people out there that have nothing safe to drink for days, make me want to get up and do something. The thought that there are people that openly risk their lives and drink parasite infested waters just to survive a few more months or maybe just days make me wonder how can we ever complain about anything. Really, anything. We are so fortunate as Americans to have Fresh Water, sure we have our problems, just turn on the news, anywhere and it will be filled with our “problems” but problems such as water needs to be known.
Deaths Rising to 6,000 a day due to this preventable disease and most of these deaths of children. Helpless innocent children. Lets take action. Get involved or contact me for help. Check out These Stats on U.N.
In photography it is very easy to take away color and add color where you see fit. Basically adding attention, direction and vision towards what you want the viewers to see. Just by adding and taking away color. Also aligning your photo in such a way that the frame of the picture suggests your eyes to see certain things that you may want to direct attention to. Event Photog’s have to do this on a photo by photo basis. I’m glad I don’t necessarily have to think of the sciences of the eye on each photo but honestly, at times I do.
Do you think this elk is a motivational speaker like Matt Foley? Perhaps he tries to inspire other Elk, hey, its possible. They communicate with each other, somehow. Think this elk has what elk calls a van? think its down by the river? I think so. Why not? Chris Farley made this famous, maybe this elk is making that famous. Or maybe he’s just getting a quick bite to eat on this lovely afternoon? I don’t think you can see it in this picture but there was another elk laying there, taking a nap. I could use a nap.
Anyway, this was in Yellowstone National Park. Must go and check it out sometime but for now check out my gallery called Yellowstone National Park, that works too.
I gotta say I love that line in that movie. Ole Tommy Hanks still got it, certainly had it. I believe I have to make the title known of that movie. And that movie was “A League of their Own”. Legals, gotta love em. This picture was done with a tweaking in Photoshop and a Tweaking with Magic, I also had to shake my magic ball a couple times to make a decision on how to process it. I hope it came out just alright for you fine folk. This was taken on the way to Yellowstone National Park. I just love reflecting mountains in any body of water, but for some reason that body of water being a river really made the picture “lead” to the mountain and have more dynamic interest. What do you guys think?
Ever get up to the counter and think, “crap, what was I going to order?” I do this often at the movie theater. I could be talking about the movie on my way up to the box office and she asks, “what movie?” and I draw a blank. Why? I was literally just talking about it! craazy I tell ya. I’d like to speak to some psychologists about this one. I would also like to ask these four people if it happened to them at this very moment and then I’d ask what they got.. Cause I could use one right now…
I was so very close to not making the daily photo deadline. It is now 11:26 PM and wow talk about cutting it close. Can you believe this picture is actually in the heart of the biggest city near the finger lakes? Yup, Rochester NY. I think I double tonemapped this guy, I’m sure the bridge didn’t mind me mess with its edges n such. So yea, its amazing what you can do with composition in bringing in and cutting out what you want in a photo. So I hope you likey!
Continuing on with learning all I can regarding photoshop, retouching, compositing etc, I have been learning from a guy named Aaron Nace, he doesn’t make it boring or daunting to watch. Sure, it takes time to bring in the skills to the brain but not as much time as this guy takes to prepare each Phlearn video he does. Its/he’s pretty impressive. Anyway, this was a composite I did through his counsel. I learned a lot and I can’t wait to take what I have learned and use it on my own images… those to come…
Love the use of the wide angle
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