Colorful Colorado

Some places are so colorful you can capture them in black and white and still get the point across!

This was a ‘jump out of the car and grab the shot quickly’ photo (as it was windy and quite chilly!) taken alongside the Big Thompson River in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.  I captured it with my converted camera (so its actually infrared) but you get the idea.

I only had to wait a short time before the fisherman wandered into the lower area of the frame I wanted him in…thankfully!

He was in just the right spot and so was the setting sun!

Hay Ride

I’ve been seeing hay bales on the sides of the highway for years and have always wanted to photograph them.  I was finally able to grab a few shots this weekend. It would have been better to be there a little earlier in the day but the timing couldn’t be helped.  Also, the sun was so bright that I could barely make out the composition on the LCD – basically I was just hoping for the best.  But at least I know they will be worth the effort on my next road trip and will plan accordingly!

I love anything with texture and especially love monochromatic landscapes.

I get the strangest looks!

People are always wanting to know what I’m taking a picture of!  They simply can’t understand it.  What could possibly be interesting about landscapes with nothing interesting in them.

But I could photograph them all day.  And sometimes do!

where will you go, what will you do?

Your weekend is brand new.

 

Oh, the places you’ll go

the people you’ll see

the things that you’ll do…

and don’t forget to look up…

Me and My Shadow

Some fun things to do when it’s just you.

What’s in a Name

One of the first things I do after looking through images is to name the ones that stand out (whether I like the image a lot or I think it has some possible future value).  This serves a couple of different purposes. One, it helps me locate an image by its appearance rather than by the time or location; it basically helps me remember it better.  Another way is by helping to prioritize images when I’ve shot several exposures of one subject.  Sometimes I shoot dozens of the same subject – using different lighting or exposure or shutter speeds.  Naming them in this way may not be the most efficient way (for some people) but I find it an enjoyable process.  The part I enjoy most is how sometimes a story will start to build and I never know where that will take me.  Sometimes I let the story tell itself.

Here are some images where that happened.  The names of the images are…alien invasion, the landing and twilight zone.

Sometimes its fun to just let the story unfold.

Every image doesn’t have to be a ‘work of art’.

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Yard Work

Yard Work??

OK, I know what you’re thinking…’she’s already run out of inspiring stuff to talk about, Little Miss I’m-Gonna-Post-Every-Day, and now she’s been reduced to talking about what she did in the yard today’.

Ummm…no.

Although I have to admit this whole goal-setting-thing is really causing me to have to reach out there and stretch…regularly – but it’s all good!  To be honest, I’ve really been needing to stretch!

Not sure if this is related or not, but (just since yesterday) I’ve noticed I’ve taken more than a couple of deep breaths – I noticed more than two on my way to work this morning.  This isn’t an exaggeration as I really do have issues with not being able to catch my breath…so this is real for me.  Is it related?  I have no idea.  Do I like it?  Yes, I do!

So, on that note… here is my idea of Yard Work.

These were taken late in the evening (handheld) with a slow shutter speed of ISO 80 (again, with my converted camera – did I mention I was smitten?) and basically just releasing the shutter while moving the camera to get the blur action I wanted.

It was a virtual love-fest.

Alien Park – more infrared images…

Welcome!

Come on in! I’ve got lots of room here –unlike my real studio, and this one is much cleaner!

The reason for this blog…I want to share thoughts and ideas about art and creativity with you.

I guess you could say it’s ‘what i do’.  I love to share.  I’m a gatherer of information and because of that I feel I have lots of ideas that need to get out.  I’m no expert by any means – I just spend a lot of time researching topics that I find interesting.  And if I think they’re interesting, then there’s the possibility someone else may too.  It all comes from a genuine need to be helpful.  I’m a people pleaser.  I come from a long line of people pleasers.

I also plan to use this site as a storyboard of sorts…I plan to post images along with ideas to help jump start creativity.  By doing this I hope to not only help those who read my site but to have it also serve as a reminder to me why these things are necessary.  I need constant reminding.  I’ve always found it helpful to write things down – so I’m writing things down here – for you and for me.  Hopefully it will be a win-win situation for everyone!    I have lots of ideas and I also have lots of images.  What’s the point in having images no one ever sees?  Its like that saying…if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it…well, its kind of the same with photography.  What is the point?  Images are for sharing.  And sharing is what I do.  And while I’m at it…I’ll pass along any interesting information that I think you might enjoy as well.

Hopefully my images will help to inspire you in some way and get those creative juices flowing.

You may notice some of my images have an odd look about them.  That’s because I shoot the majority with a camera I’ve had converted to infrared by a company called Life Pixel.

I’m smitten.  But they may not appeal to you…and that’s ok too – its just another one of the ways I ‘see’ things.  Infrared images aren’t typical images so seeing them may cause you to see or think about something in a different way – a creative way. And that’s the idea.  But don’t worry – I will be adding ‘normal’ images too.  So don’t write me off just yet!

Thanks for stopping by!