sssssssssssssss…that was the sound of the wind blowing through the tall grasses out on Russian Ridge. It was great, but also made me jumpy while I took this shot, because there was a lot of movement, and grass kept touching me from behind. I had to hike down a steep hill, through tall grass, to get this shot. I thought for sure I’d find a rattlesnake and run out of there like I was on fire.
I love this photo. It’s rare that I feel that way about my work, but I enjoy all of the elements in this one. The sky could have been more interesting, but its not too bad. I still feel like I’m there when I look at this one.
Today I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to edit this photo of wildflowers. I played with Snapseed to add saturation and contrast. I tried aquarella and autopainter. In the end, I couldn’t decide between the Snapseed edit above or the autopainter styles below.
Which do you prefer?
I took my first trip up to Figueroa Mountain this week. I’d never been before, so I invited my friend/student to come along for a spontaneous adventure. It’s a lot of fun shooting with someone else thats passionate about photography. Even though we are at different levels, she brings a great perspective and usually sees amazing things that I’m not aware of. I tend to see big, sweeping landscapes, while she sees the beautiful details.
You can’t tell from the photo, but these flowers are on a steep, rocky mountain. I tried to hike down to get some much better vantage points, but I only made it about 10 feet down before the ground slid out from under me and I sent a large rock tumbling down the hill. After seeing that thing tumble down the hill like Chris Farley in Black Sheep, I decided I’d better stay up on the road. Mostly for my camera’s sake.
On this particular day, the lighting was all over the place. It started out sort of overcast, which is good for flower photos, but it wasn’t dynamic enough for my taste. Then the sun poked out for a little bit while it was low on the horizon. That totally changed the scene and brought back some of the vibrant colors. Then, out of nowhere, some fog started to creep in quickly. It actually made for some interesting photos because it was golden fog.
These were taken with my iPhone, but I also posted a photo from my D7000 on my fb page and flickr.
I went on a little adventure yesterday down to Santa Barbara county to check out a waterfall and go wherever else the road took me. The waterfall was pretty disappointing after visiting the Columbia River Gorge in October. I doubt much can compare to the gorge though.
I drove between all the vineyards and somehow didn’t stop to do any tasting. I should have because the light sucked for a few hours. I shot a variety of things with my phone and Nikon. Besides the waterfall, I shot an old mission, a Danish town, some curious cows, and this awesome lupine field I stumbled upon while taking the back roads home.