September 30, 2015

Photo of the Week - Reaching for the Heavens

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

If I had put away my camera when it started to sprinkle rain, I would have missed a tender ribbon of storm clouds weaving between the mountain peaks. With a compressed view through a long zoom lens, the rocky inclines look like they are reaching for the heavens. To emphasize contrast, I think that a black and white treatment in editing is the best approach with subject matter that is naturally monochromatic.

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September 23, 2015

Photo of the Week - Road to the Mountains

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Leading lines always give a little zippy interest to a composition, and this road draws a viewer right into the scene. Even on a overcast and rainy day, aren’t those mountains incredible? (Click on the image to see bigger, please.)

I am doing fine but very busy as the moment. Many activities at the church have kept me hopping, along with all of the usual household chores that need attention. My left eye has healed up well from the surgery (to correct double vision), and I don’t have to go back to the doctor until the first week in November.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I rebuild my life and establish an improved support network. Dependable and caring local friends are my biggest need. Thankfully, a few people have stepped into my life the past couple of months. But many people have decided not to include me anymore in their everyday lives. I would love to have a friend like me, so I consider it their loss. Angel, my little dog, brings me comfort and joy on a daily basis. And I look for moments of God's grace to sustain me.

September 16, 2015

Photo of the Week - Photographing a Mountain Scene

Schwabachers Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to landscape photography. However, I sometimes break out of my self-inflicted mold and include a person in the composition to give perspective. In this case, it was another photographer on the tour. When a person is included, it helps viewers to place themselves within the scene, transported to that very spot!

September 9, 2015

Photo of the Week - Red Hot Rod

Nashville, Tennessee

The weekly photo post almost got away from me! Sorry, but I constantly lose track of the days anymore. This photo is a bit of a departure from my usual fare of landscapes and wildlife. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Thanks to a connection by Ricky Skaggs, the Nashville workshop participants were able to visit a huge vintage car collection on the former estate of Allan Jackson. The overhead lighting and high temperature conditions were not optimum, by any stretch of the imagination, so I ended up not taking many photos at this location. But the front of this red hot rod, complete with a requisite bug imbedded in the grillwork, gives you a tiny taste of the hundreds of beautiful automotive creations that were a feast for the eyes.

(As always, click on the image to see it bigger!)

September 2, 2015

Photo of the Week - Teton Range Panorama

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This panorama was “stitched” together in Photoshop using five individual images. Software makes it especially easy these days to create panoramas, and it is downright magical that our smartphones can even create them on the fly. Be sure to click on the image to see it bigger!

I almost exclusively use a polarizer filter for mountain scenes to help tone down highlights, define mountain peaks, and enrich color saturation. But polarizers can't be used for a successful panorama, or else one can end up with a funky looking sky. So I did some extra steps in Photoshop and relied upon some plug-in filters to ensure that the foreground details were not dark and the distant mountains and clouds were not washed out.