TWOI: 4/16/18

Happy Monday, and welcome to a shiny new week!  First of all, I’d like to say that today is a special day.  It’s our anniversary!  Aaron and I have been together a crazy 17 years now.  And what’s also cool: this original date back in 2001 also fell on a Monday.  We’ve been on a lot of adventures since then (as this website can attest), and you can look forward to many more!

Now, getting to the photos from this week…

You might have noticed last week that I started keeping to a certain color theme.  I kept that going this week, but I additionally added a moody tone to my edits for a more uniform look.  I’ll try this for a while longer to see how it pans out.  What do you think?

This first picture was from a trip out to the Oregon coast.  We ended up having a rather remarkable day prior to this planned evening shoot, and we made a fascinating discovery that was far better than this sunset hoped to be.  That was a good day.

Cloudy sunset at an Oregon beach with seagulls on the shore | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 3/26/18

Another fun set this week.

I’ve been experimenting (again) with a few things on Instagram to improve visibility, and I have a few more ideas.  Look forward to my feed continuing to improve!

This first image was from my bush plane flight to the backwoods of Alaska to backpack and chase bears.  It was an unforgettable trip.  If you missed those stories, you can find them all right here.

A landscape of thousands of Alaskan lakes, viewed from a bush plane | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 3/19/18

Oh boy, this week was tough!  I really like these images this week, and I hope you do too.  But liking them so much did make it difficult to choose my favorites.

This first one looks back on the single road that stretches into Denali National Park.  We spent an entire day on a bus just like that one, hopping out periodically to snap a few shots like this one.  We had clouds while we were there, but they added some interesting texture to the sky.  You can read all about that journey here.

Shuttle bus crossing a river bridge in front of the misty mountains of Denali National Park | This Week On Instagram - LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 2/26/18

Happy Monday!

As I mentioned before, I’m switching up my schedule, moving these previously-Friday posts to Mondays.  Some wistful scenery from distant locations should start your week off well 🙂

With the move, this also means I have a couple of extra pictures this week; I’m sure you won’t mind.

Boy, this week was really tough to sort!

This first one was from the train in Alaska.  I passed almost the entire ride standing between the cars, braving the rushing wind to capture as much of the passing landscape into pixels as I could.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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TWOI: 2/16/18

This week has been crazy busy.. I’ve been scrambling to process PDXWLF photos (I’ll have a post on that soon!), entertain family, and prepare for a trip to Utah!  We just spent our first day in Zion National Park, and I can’t wait to share some of the photos – what an amazing place!

This first photo from Instagram this week was from another national park: Denali!  We had some beautiful clouds to contrast the lush landscape.  I’d love more time to explore there.

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TWOI: 2/9/18

This week on Instagram featured a lot of scenic shots.  I’m trying to shoot for a more consistent look on my Instagram, so I’m going to be a bit more particular with the images I choose to feature there.  Let me know what you think!

This first one is from Hawaii.  This was a beach we wanted to reach, but we had a really late start.  We did make it down there (through the mosquitos), just in time for sunset and a darkening trek back up the massive hill.  You can read about that adventure in depth here.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

This next one is also from our trip to Hawaii – the beautifully cracked lava fields with Mauna Kea looming in the distance.  It barely even looks like a mountain the incline is so gradual.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

We saw this little guy at the summit of the Savage River Alpine Trail in Denali National Park.  And while this isn’t quite a groundhog (he’s a ground squirrel), I chose this image for last week’s Monochrome Madness and for my February 2nd Instagram post.  These little guys are so curious!

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This is also from Denali National Park.  I couldn’t get enough of that mist.

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And another from Hawaii.  When it’s all rainy and dreary here, I dream of those tropical beaches – of a simpler time.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

Getting down to the final two, this was tough.  This was for my Weekly Wow this week, though my actual wowing picture is a panorama.  You can check it out right here.  We were clouded in for the lunar eclipse, but the city sure was beautiful that morning well before dawn.

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And finally, my top pick for this week is from beautiful Crater Lake.  It’s crazy to think this spot was a complete blizzard only 24 hours prior.  Those clouds added some nice texture to the sky, and I just love the colors.

This was also an image from my weekly challenge post this week for the theme “beloved” where I talk about how I wound up shooting the things I do.  You can read the post here.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016

Which image do you like best?  I’m always curious to hear what people think, as my personal opinions seem to differ from everyone else’s.  Feel free to leave a comment below, and check out daily posts over on my Instagram account.


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TWOI: 2/2/18

Happy Groundhog Day!  Apparently, Phil saw his shadow, which foretells six more weeks of winter, but the weather has been rather mild in our area, so I’m not so sure.  I’m hoping for drier weather, in any case.. for the photography, of course!

This week, there were only six photos on Instagram, and here they are.

This first one is of Chicago’s illustrious Cloud Gate sculpture, fondly referred to as “The Bean.”  I had a mild obsession with this beauty when we found ourselves in Chicago for a weekend.  You can read all about that discovery and my dance with its photogenic reflections here.

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TWOI: 1/19/18

Happy Friday!

This week, I went back to some variety.  Alaska, Yosemite.. even a touch of Hawaii and something local.  So let’s get to it!

This first image is from my post this week on the endless Alaskan daylight.  While I do love my sunshine, it’s a bit disruptive to my circadian rhythm to be deprived of so many hours of darkness.  You can read that post here.

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Backpacking Alaska – Returning Home

As we were turning around at the Johnson River to head back to the lodge and our pick-up spot, our early pilot spotted us and touched down in the soft sand.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

Good news: we didn’t have to hike anymore.  Bad news: that sand was really soft.  So much so that the plane got stuck.  Continue reading