As you know, I love landscape photography. But I also have another love – a completely different genre that doesn’t seem to fit into this at all.
I love candids.
How do you see the world? Some see it through routine. Some see it through the happiness of others. A lucky few see it moment-by-moment, as it unfolds in front of them.
Me? I see the world through my camera.
The Great American Eclipse was witnessed by millions of people across the country. This was the first I had seen, so I was excited. This is my story.
This is my last post on Costa Rica; stay tuned for my series on my Alaska trip next! We’re also still posting a bit more from this trip on our travel blog if you haven’t gotten enough of this tropical adventure.
When we travel, we usually try to make our dollars (or colones) stretch as far as possible. This was a special occasion, so we splurged on the Doubletree Resort in Puntarenas. We were surprised by how much it actually offered! Besides air conditioned rooms (which alone were worth the price), it had several pools, three excellent buffet-style meals every day, and unlimited beverages.
It also featured nightly shows.
I have so many pictures I’m loving from my trip to Yosemite – I hope you aren’t getting tired of seeing them! This week, I also included a couple of pictures from the Switchfoot and Relient K concert we attended, and I threw in another from Newcon and one from the PDX Winter Light Festival. I didn’t quite get a picture from this week’s post on sunrise at Arches, but I invite you to check out that post here on my blog, as it was a fun adventure.
This is one of my favorite lyrics, brought to you by Switchfoot, whom we got to see in concert last week.
While we see so much darkness in the world, remember we can only see these shadows because there is some light to cast them.
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”
― Patrick Rothfuss,
What is a name? Names identify objects, people, places, trees, churches, lakes, storms. But names are merely a label. You might treasure the name given to you on the day of your birth, but that name does not define you. Many women assume their husband’s names. Some people choose to legally change their names to something more appealing. But that doesn’t change who they are.
When I saw the first challenge for this week – “It’s not this time of year without…” – I thought I’d have fun with posting some beautiful autumn pictures, odes to squash, or my anticipation of a big family Christmas.
Then I saw “Mind the Gap” as the second prompt – highlighting the challenges between a goal or intent and the resulting product, and the endeavor to close that distance and realize your objective. This is a poignant topic but an important one.
With most photographers, you see only the finished images. You seldom see what it took to get there. And photographers aren’t quick to tell you about their failures.
For this post, I’m going to be especially candid, as it’s important to recognize photography isn’t all amazing pictures and praise. In fact, it’s a lot of rejection, missteps, and blundering before you get it right. Continue reading
I enjoy concerts, and I can usually bring along my trusty commuter camera. I love the small venues and the intimate settings. And whenever possible, I prefer amazing artists before they’ve gotten big.
I knew this week’s challenge would be more difficult than usual because I’m working! My favorite event of the year is happening this weekend – Kumoricon. I like to do a lot of landscapes, but I also love candids, which is why I enjoy event photography. Mix that with a healthy dose of anime addiction, and I’ve got one awesome weekend.