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.
I found this shot from Boston in my archives yesterday. I thought it was the perfect time to share it.
Fall is my favorite time of year. There are so many photo opportunities, which is great for people like us who love to experience the world through photos.
The previous two falls, I was able to travel around New England. Not this year though. I don’t think my health is good enough to do some hardcore exploring.
This year, I plan to take it easy and enjoy the views from Oregon. Once the color around here starts to pop some more, I plan on being outside as much as possible. And, I plan to live vicariously through your fall photos.
Do any of you have plans to go leaf peeping anywhere?
I spent the week at my cousin’s place in Quincy. He has a great view of the city from the end of his street, so it was pretty easy for me to get out and shoot, if it looked good out.
For this first shot, I saw a golden sky from the house and decided to hustle down to the water. By the time I got my Nikon set up, the golden rays were gone. I figured I better shoot something, so I used my Nikon as a prop.
I wanted to try an edit I would have done in photoshop on my mac, so I used PS Touch. I basically used a colored radial gradient on the left side to introduce a glow. I’m pretty sure I set the blend mode of that layer to screen or overlay. I should have written it down haha. Normally, I’d use soft light in PS, but it wasn’t an option in PS Touch.
And this was a sunset from a different night. I liked the clouds, but couldn’t really get a shot that I loved. I think it’s good enough to share, though.
This seems as good a time as any to share a photo of a reflection of Fenway Park. I’m a Giants fan first and foremost, but I’m fascinated by other stadiums. I didn’t get to see Yankee stadium while in NY, but I did make it a point to go walk around Fenway. It was pretty awesome how you could feel the history of the place. I didn’t get to see a game since the season was over and the playoffs hadn’t started yet. Poor timing on my part haha.
For the record, AT&T Park is still the most beautiful I’ve been to. I’ve been fortunate enough to see a game from the owners box behind home plate, a couple of times. I also got to take batting practice and shag balls once, a dream come true for a guy who never wanted to be anything but a pro baseball player growing up.
The lighting was awful for this 2nd pic, but I’ll share anyways because people should know professionals take crappy snapshots for the memories sometimes too.
I’m back on the west coast now, with my Nikon and iPhone full of photos. I think I have like 1200 between the two, which isn’t that many, for me. Now, I have to figure out when I can edit some. I’m back on the road today, heading to southern California for a wedding. Hopefully next week, I can start sharing more of my adventure and the photos. It was an inspiring trip and I even wrote a few poems along the way. I’m still trying to convince myself to share them. We’ll see.
This was one of the last photos I took. Its a view of the Boston skyline from the end of my cousin’s street in Quincy. This isn’t a bad way to start your commute. I suggest clicking on them to see them larger. The smaller versions just aren’t the same.
I like the original, but I was curious to see how it would look in PhotoArtista Oil.