This Week on Instagram: 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I’ve got a little variety this week.  I love sharing these photos with you!

This first one is from the beautiful Isla de Tortuga and from my post for this week’s photo challenge, “collage.”  Take a peek at my crazy life here.

I’ll be writing about our trip to Tortuga very soon, so stay tuned!  White sand beaches, rocky coves, banana boats, and snorkeling… oh, and some more tropical wildlife!  We also just posted a video on this part of our trip over on our travel blog.  Check it out!

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This Week on Instagram: 5/12/17

I’ve got some fun landscapes this week.

This first one was from our trip to the Palouse.  A quick weekend trip to eastern Washington, most of the weekend was fairly rainy.  However, we managed to luck out with one solid day if dry yet cloudy weather.  The lighting for this photo wound up beautifully dappled.  I loved the contrast of the verdant green against the tan.

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This Week on Instagram: 4/28/17

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have a good set this week (I think so, anyway :)).  My viewership on Instagram seems to have dipped somewhat from past weeks.  I blame my experimentation.. it’s such a fickle game!

Sadly, I see so many wonderful artists on Instagram who have phenomenal images and paltry engagement.  If you’re on Instagram, I encourage you to go out and like photos and leave meaningful comments.  You can’t imagine how much it means to the photographer to know a real human likes their work.

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This Week on Instagram: 3/31/17

Wow!  So this week saw more activity than last week.  Folks really love those photos from the road!

I was a bit surprised this first photo from my inaugural backpacking training hike didn’t see more love, but I almost never agree with the masses as to which are my best photos.  I’m too connected to them, I suppose, and a lot of the value I see is sentimental and tied to the experience behind the pictures.  So how do I share that experience through a photo?  Food for thought.

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Landscape Arch

I know I promised the amazing story of our third day in Arches last week, but I’m afraid I have one more post for you before I get to that.

I also previously promised some panoramas of our stunning sunrise at Landscape Arch, and this is the promise I get to fulfill this week!

As you already know, it took us three days to finally get our sunrise in Arches, and it was worth the wait.  What I didn’t know is it would likewise take three tries at my computer to get just the right panorama out of that day.

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Arches: Chasing Sunrise

I have a thing for sunrises.  I’m up early every day anyway, so I see a lot of them.  And there’s nothing better than the quiet solitude that comes from being out and about long before everyone else.  There aren’t any noisy kids around, no one is getting in my shots, and I get crowded, popular landmarks all to myself.

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Long before we visited Arches National Park, I knew I wanted three things: sunrise, sunset, and stars.  We were going to be in Moab for about a week, so we had planned on Sunday in Canyonlands, Monday for Needles (which ended up being a day to patter around Moab), a casual Tuesday to see the sights in Arches and scout for sunrise spots, sunrise (and sunset/stars) in Arches on Wednesday, an open day on Thursday, then travel on Friday.  We had lots of hot sun in Island in the Sky, so I had high expectations for Arches.

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WC: The Greatest Life in the World

I have a pretty awesome life.  At least, I think so.  I am in good health, I am happy with a sweet husband who cares for me, I have two kitties who add tremendous joy to my life, and I have an amazingly supportive family who would stand behind me no matter what I chose for myself.  I have a warm roof in a city I love, I can walk along a beautiful waterfront to a job I enjoy, working with some of the smartest people I know.  I feel successful and financially sound, and I have the freedom to explore my creative hobbies in various parts of the globe.

I recently returned from one such opportunity.  A friend wanted to visit a national park in the wintertime, so he organized a photo trip to Yosemite.  What a blast! Continue reading