Cruisin’

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I went on my first cruise this past February. This was at sunset in Honduras. It was the most beautiful port… our ship was tucked into a cove surrounded by these rolling green hills. A gentle haze clung to the mountains, causing the waning sunlight to disperse and eventually coat everything with wide rays of gold.

I have no idea who these three people are. This was a candid shot. But this epitomizes that evening on the ship. Many of us who were back from our excursions lounged on deck, talking and relaxing with our eyes on the beauty.

South Bull Creek

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I checked out South Bull Creek near Austin and found this spot. Sat here for a while, playing around with long exposures. It was a beautiful day. My favorite part- the part I most wish I’d been set up to photograph at the moment- was when a man came with his dog and was playing fetch with him, but the dog would leap off the rocks into the water, retrieve the stick, and paddle back to his owner.

On a related note, I have no idea who this girl is. She came and sat for a little bit while I was shooting. But I liked the human element and sense of scale, so hopefully if she ever sees this, she’ll be okay with her contribution to a nice picture.

The ring around the photo was an accident. I had my lens hood on and didn’t realize that it was positioned in such a way that it would block some of the frame. But as I was reviewing the pictures from that day, this was the only shot that seemed different than the rest because of that unintentional arrangement!

I also love this picture for another reason. I had been in Austin for a wedding and stopped by this trail before I went home. It was a beautiful end to a wonderful weekend where I had reunited with many of my good friends from college. This picture to me not only epitomizes a great hike, but a great weekend.

Somewhere Over The…

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This is my favorite shot from my trip to Bermuda last October. It was an amazing trip. I went with my best friend from college and we stayed with some extended relatives on my dad’s side. It was a truly wonderful week.

This shot was taken as we were driving along a scenic road, I believe along the south shore of the island. (I wasn’t driving) As we went along, we’d occasionally pull over into little scenic overlook spots along the side of the road. At one point I glanced behind us and saw this beautiful rainbow that had developed over the water. You could even see that it appeared to border rain. With the flora and fauna and vibrant blues of the water and sky (there were no filters on the picture, this is as it appeared to my eye), the appearance of a rainbow was better than anything I could have asked for photographically the entire week. Icing on the cake!

Hello, Dragonfly

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I am posting this one not so much for its artistic ability but simply because it’s a funny story!

I was at a park with my mom. We had stopped at a bench to rest for a few minutes, and I sat with my legs crossed, and this little guy came and landed on my toes.

To be abundantly clear… this is not a shoe resting on the ground or on a table, I’m wearing it and am sitting on a bench!

And of course, me, being a photographer, wanted to get the shot… but I had my 55-250 lens on my camera, and I couldn’t get to my wider lens without moving my foot and/or scaring the dragonfly away. So I had to hold the camera way up above my head, arching my back, zoomed as wide as I can, trying to get the shot. And it looks like I got it, so I was really happy after going through all that “intense” effort! 🙂

Negative Space

This photo is actually from a photo shoot a while back, but I really like how this picture uses negative space. It was a beautiful day. This was taken looking back along the beach instead of out at the water; there was a bit of a haze hanging low over the ground. This picture has no filters and was shot in black and white, not converted.

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Mirror, Mirror

IMG_0176_mod2.jpgThis picture is so simple, but I really like it. There’s so much texture, and I like the symmetry of color and lines. This was at a nature center near my house in Texas, near a pond that had perfectly still water that day. I liked the way the green grass stood against the gray trees, and thought the reflection would make for a nice shot. Amazing how much beauty there can be in something as simple as a row of grass.

Macro Orange

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Part of me thinks I should start learning the names of what I’m photographing. But part of me thinks this is fine… part of me likes the innocence and simplicity that comes along with not knowing what this flower is called.

All I know is that it is beautiful.

And that’s really all I need to know, right? I mean, there’s a word and a name for everything under the sun. But I don’t have to necessarily know the name of a galaxy or star cluster that I’m staring at to know that it is beautiful. Or the name of an animal, or waterfall, or anything else. I can appreciate the beauty of nature in somewhat a state of ignorance at the same time.

How thankful I am for that!

Serene Waterfall

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This was taken at Ricketts Glen in Pennsylvania. It was an awesome trail dotted with waterfalls. I have the bestest best friend in the world. Each time she saw me get my tripod out, she pulled a book out of her drawstring bag, sat on a rock, and got comfortable. I took this picture by stacking my ND filters (I have a 2, 4, and 8), and using a compact travel tripod and remote shutter. I absolutely had a field day on that trail.

Man, I miss PA. It’s such a beautiful state. Sometimes I joke that the whole state is one big state park. I could have sat at this particular spot all day. It was so serene and beautiful… I can still hear the water running when I look at this picture, and hear people talking quietly up the path as I snap away.

Pink Beauty 2

This is very similar to “Pink Beauty” – it’s the same flower as was in that picture- but taken from a different angle, highlighting the pistol and stamen. I really like the narrow range of focus provided by the macro filter.

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