Photography has given me a lot over the years. One of the biggest gifts has been the ability to see beauty. It really is everywhere, if you choose to see it.
It’s been a trying month for me, which makes it easy to view the world through a negative lens. Recognizing that that’s what I’ve been doing made it possible for me to choose to change my lens and see the beauty again.
While visiting my cousin, across the water from Boston, I went for a walk on the beach. It’s not your typical beach. Think rocky, muddy, bits of trash laying around, and plenty of glass (most of it was smooth from the waves.) What im saying is it would be easy to focus on the negative qualities of this beach. Instead, I paid attention to the light.
I thought I would shoot the skyline at sunset, but the light lit up some trees that line the beach, in an amazing way, and they demanded to be photographed. The color was so intense on the trees that I decided black and white was the way to go for an Ansel Adams type edit.
Shot with the default camera app and edited with Snapseed and Mextures.
My girlfriend and I recently spent several days camping in Acadia. This gave me the opportunity to revisit places I shot a few years ago, including Jordan Pond. I also explored some new areas, but this pond might be my favorite spot out there.
I took photos there one afternoon, and then we returned again the next day with our kayaks, for a fun paddle on the water.
This image spoke to me, so I wrote some more meaningful words to go along with it:
Often, we seek reflections on water. We love to see a reflection because it creates a sense of harmony. We see something we love, and find it even more amazing when there is an exact replica.
Sometimes, the water isn’t reflective at all. Beneath the surface lies a different kind of beauty. This beauty takes effort and awareness to recognize.
[I know its a bit harder to tell in the black and white version, but the majority of these rocks are under water]
Shot with a Nikon D7000. Edited in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz Impression 1.
Now that I live within driving distance of her, Shannon and I can have more photo adventures, which is what we’re doing right now. It’s been just over a month since we shot in Oregon, and here we find ourselves on the coast of Maine.
We tried to go shoot a shipwreck at this beach, but the sand had buried most of it. There really wasn’t any point in shooting it this time. At least the sand patterns were really cool.
Now we’re on our way to more lighthouses and a state park.
Last night, around sunset, we had stormy skies that had a few breaks in it. I was feeling optimistic, so I went for a walk down between the ponds. For a moment, it looked like the sky was opening up right where I needed it to. Unfortunately, it closed back up after 5 minutes, and about 15 before sunset.
Instead of walking back with nothing to share, I stopped at the house on the corner to take my first shot at it. It’s abandoned and falling apart, obviously. There is so much cool detail and texture on the outside. I plan on exploring it more thoroughly one day. For this shot I just wanted a wide shot of the property. Next time I’ll be up close with my super wide angle iPro lens. I may even see if I can have a look around the inside.
Shot with ProHDRX. Edited with Snapseed, Mextures, and iColorama.
If it seems like Shannon Kalahan and I have been away from our blogs lately, its because we have been. Ok, she’s still been pretty productive, but I’ve been away.
Well, we have some exciting stuff in the pipeline, and something awesome that was just announced this week. The good people of Light and Landscape Magazine have launched a unique website where members can learn photography topics that interest them. Shannon and I are two of the pro’s that will be on hand to answer any and all questions, as well as writing up articles and assignments.
The coolest thing about the site is going to be the live video hangouts where members get to ask questions live. This setup is going to allow for a unique learning experience. There is also a private facebook group where we are available to answer questions.
If this sounds interesting, you can check out this video that Matt Reid put together – http://www.lightandlandscape.co/learn-with-light-and-landscape
The paid membership is being offered at a very reasonable price during the launch and theres a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Regular price will be $35 a month, but right now you can sign up for $21 a month throughout your membership. You have until midnight of February 25th to sign up and get this deal! Better act fast!
If you want to improve your photography, but don’t want to buy a bunch of tutorials, or pay for expensive group, or private, workshops, then this is a very solid alternative. You can pick our brains and ask for help with whatever you’re struggling with in your photography.
You can watch the entire video to get this link at the end to sign up, or you can just go here and sign up now.
I was nominated for a 5 day black and white photo challenge by Meri Walker. I just finished up a 7 day nature photo challenge…thanks a lot Shannon. Normally, I don’t care for these challenges, but they’re helping me be more productive. I’m not going to inconvenience, or pressure anyone by nominating them. If you’d like to do a 5 day black and white challenge, go for it.
For the first day of the bw challenge I posted a Nikon shot, but since I was nominated by a mobile master, I decided the rest should be iPhone only.
This was shot out in Inverness, CA with my iPhone 5s and edited with Snapseed.
The storm is always temporary. You might get pummeled by rain and hail, pushed around by the wind, or threatened by lightning, but it is always temporary.
Also temporary is the sale on our ebook! If you’re still looking for a gift for your photographer friend, or yourself, you can pick up Photograhy. Duh for just $5.99 through Light and Landscape Magazine on your iOS device. If you don’t have the free magazine you can go here to get it.