TWOI: 7/16/18

Happy Monday!

The summertime has been very busy for me, so I have unfortunately been unable to dedicate much time to posting to social media.  As such, I only have a few images this week.

I’m also considering changing or ceasing these posts altogether.  I’d like to take my posts in a slightly new direction, so I’m evaluating all I’m currently doing to see how it fits into the bigger picture.  Look forward to more details soon.  I’m excited for the change.

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TWOI: 7/3/18

Can you believe it??  I actually forgot to post this yesterday!  I feel so silly; I hope you’ll forgive me.

I also did not post as much to Instagram this week as I had originally intended.  As you know, I’m moving away from Instagram and more toward 500px – though I didn’t post much there this week, either.  Summertime gets really busy!

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TWOI: 6/25/18

We’ve already seen another week go by… and almost another month!  It’s crazy to think the summer is already halfway through when it feels like it’s only just begun (and sorry, but I don’t buy into the idea that the solstice marks the beginning of summer – much like I don’t believe midnight is the start of nighttime).

This week was busy as I’ve been working on some exciting new projects – be sure to subscribe to my newsletter or become a Patron to hear all of these announcements first-hand!  As such, I didn’t post as much as I initially intended to Instagram.  I actually ended up posting more to 500px this week.

Here’s the lineup!

It was so hard to sort these this week, as I love them all.  But something had to come first!  I took this one while coming down from Zion’s famed Angel’s Landing.  It was a memorable hike, and this evening tableau only heightened the exhausted excitement we all felt.  What a beautiful park.  You can read all about that day here.

Zion's beautiful valley, viewed near the top of the Angels Landing trail | LotsaSmiles Photography

Next, I took this with my sister during one of my last trips to Colorado Springs.  I had family out there (who recently moved closer to us – yay!), and we made the annual pilgrimage for the holidays.  My sister – a wonderful portrait photographer – asked for some pointers on landscape photography.  So I took her out to this lovely spot on a ridge overlooking the famous Kissing Camels rock formation in Garden of the Gods at the crack of dawn.  This was my takeaway from that day.

Garden of the Gods's Kissing Camels rock formation in front of Pikes Peak at sunrise | LotsaSmiles Photography

Finally, my favorite of the Instagram posts this week should be no surprise.  I love love love all of the beautiful photos I took home from Bryce National Park.  This was from our last sunrise in the park, just before we hit the trail one last time.  You can see more pictures and read all about that day here.

Bryce Canyon hoodoos at sunrise | LotsaSmiles Photography

I posted more to 500px this week, and I’m quite pleased with that gallery.  Here is this week’s collection:

Waves crashing over concrete tetrapods | LotsaSmiles Photography

Which photo is your favorite?  Let me know below!


TWOI: 6/18/18

Another week, another set of photos.  Do you like these weekly recaps?

As you know, I’m moving more toward 500px over Instagram, but I’m still posting several times a week to both.  I have some ideas for new content; I’m going to try to start rolling some of that out soon.  Stay tuned!

This first image was from Bryce National Park.  I played around a bit with the coloring on this one.  It isn’t quite black and white with the red tones, and I like the feel the more sepia-like treatment lends.

Close-up of the Bryce Canyon hoodoos in sepia tone | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 6/11/18

I am still recovering from our incredible trip to Norway, so I didn’t post to Instagram as much as I ordinarily would have.  In fact, I pretty much just had the few pictures from Norway!

With such a phenomenally beautiful country, one can hardly take a bad photo, so it’s difficult to rank even just these!

This first one I just find so charming.  We camped at many campgrounds during our journey through Norway.  And this little guy was chilling by the fence to one of them.  I grabbed a tuft of grass and wandered over to him, and he happily accepted my gift.  Between this and the on-site trampoline (ah, camping in Norway…), I was all sorts of delighted.

A goat peering through a chainlink fence | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/28/18

Happy Monday once again!

Unsurprisingly, this was another difficult week to rank, but here goes!

This first one is from our hike on the Savage Alpine Trail in Denali National Park.  It was cloudy, but it was such a beautiful experience in that remarkable park.  Next time, we’ll have to stay long enough for the clouds to clear so we can see the grand mountain in person!

Cloudy, grassy mountaintop | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/21/18

Good morning, and welcome to another new week!

This week’s set was very difficult to sort – I love them all for different reasons!  I hope you like them, too.

This first one is of Yosemite’s Three Brothers.  We ventured out early to catch them in the first rays of dawn, and we had to hike through several inches of snow to reach the viewpoint.  Truthfully, I didn’t make it all the way to the official spot selected for this shoot; I was too distracted by the beauty of this vantage.  But that’s ok; I like my angle better, anyway 🙂

Moody shot of the peaks of Yosemite's Three Brothers | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/14/18

Greetings, all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you’re enjoying the beautiful spring (or fall) weather, wherever you are.

This week was difficult to sort by my favorites, which just tells me it’s a good set.

This first image was from the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We had ascended the famed volcano to capture sunset at its peak.  Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that we’d be kicked out of the viewing area just after sundown.  In the future, we’ll now know to get permission beforehand to stay late for the stars.

I did manage to capture this one image, just before we were forced to vacate.  I look forward to having another go.

Observatory under the stars atop Mauna Kea | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/7/18

Another week, another seven photos!  How are you folks liking the new style?  I’ve been trying it out for a while now, and though I like the new consistency it lends to my feed, I’m not always pleased with the muted colors.  I have some more ideas that I’d like to try with my Instagram, so I might be rolling some of those out soon.  I welcome your thoughts below!

This first picture was from a sunrise attempt in Tokyo.  Honestly, while we were vacationing there, we didn’t give much thought to planning an official shoot.  We merely walked across this bridge the night before, saw the cool tunnel effect the buildings lent, and noticed it also happened to face east.  We just got up the next morning and hoped for the best.

As is often the case, the sun wasn’t in the right position to shine down this canal, and it was a bit cloudy anyway.  However, I did appreciate the flock of seagulls that all took off from the water, giving me a more interesting subject to this otherwise mediocre scene.

Seagulls flying over a river between two rows of buildings | LotsaSmiles Photography

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