Whenever I return home from a photo journey, the first thing I do is transfer the pictures from my camera’s memory card onto my laptop. Then, I look at each photo and select those which I like, and then I select those which make me come back and look again. There’s something about these latter images that attract my eye. Maybe it’s the subject, the composition, the color, or a story told. Here are four I made recently that made me take that second look.
Category Archives: Landscape
I’m not one who likes to spend a lot of time trying to find the “perfect” sunset or sunrise. However, I am one who is always looking out my window either at home or while driving. Right after the beginning of this new year I looked out my bedroom on a dreary, wet and foggy day. One tree in our backyard had a misty, haunting look so I grabbed by camera and made a photo.
Later that day as the sun began to set, clouds earlier present slowly went away and right at that moment when vibrant red and blue hues from the setting sun provided a nice backdrop for other trees in our yard, I made the following images. We’re talking seconds to capture the best colors … the sun sets very fast.
And lastly, today I got up early because I had a very busy morning ahead. As I opened the front door, looking east, and while headed to our mailbox to get the morning paper, the sun rise I saw made me turn around and go get my camera, after which I made this nice image.
In summary, I took advantage of my surroundings and made some nice photos. Yes, it’s not like looking at the sun rise or set at the Grand Canyon, but they will do for my purposes. It’s all about having a passion for doing what you do, and enjoying it all the way.
I decided to take a morning walk before the temperatures warmed up a bit, and was rewarded by some nice “frosty” scenes. The frost covered picnic table near the Smith River in SW Virginia made me wonder how many folks had sat there when fish were biting and the water was warm. Sort of a lonely scene now, but nice regardless. I also liked the “steam” coming off the river with a sun flare in the upper left of the composition. Lastly, ice crystals in the wet ground were another reminder that its cold outside.
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, there is a landmark which, legend says, was for years a sight seen by young people who were told, “Stay close enough to home where you can see The Buffalo.” By that instruction, parents were referring to Buffalo Mountain, which from afar looks like the “hump” on the back of a Buffalo. Today, the mountain is seen and often photographed from an overlook while driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Several years ago, I drove a steep winding rocky road that led to a dead end, at which point I parked my car and hiked a fair distance to the summit of The Buffalo. Standing there on large rock outcrops, I surveyed the beauty of the Blue Ridge, and felt like I’d gone back in time a bit. As such, I wanted to process my recent photo of Buffalo Mountain, taken miles away, to look like a vintage picture.
Recently while making fall color images in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I spotted a herd of black cows grazing along the slopes and hilltops. I got up close to one, but the cow I liked the best was far away on a ridge-line, which called for my telephoto lens. Both had some nice fall colors present. I suppose we are often blessed by scenes placed in front of us. The key is to take advantage of what we see, so we can share such with others. Cheers!