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: 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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Photostory: The Duane-venture

I’m taking a slight break from the Bryce posts to bring you a local photostory.  As the weather continues to improve, we’re getting out more, and I’m taking more pictures of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

The trip involves closed paved roads, easy trails, tough trails, tunnels, scrambling, and really nice scenery.  The distance is 5-6 miles.  Elevation gain is approximately 800 feet.  There will be ropes.

Equipment:
– Layers of clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
– Sturdy boots with good traction
– Flashlight (yep)
– Work gloves
– Sunglasses for protection against branches
– Spare clothes to change into afterwards
– Definitely bring camera gear, but keep it light.  Tripods are recommended.

The Duane-venture

Woman in a riverbank in a mossy forest, photographing the water | LotsaSmiles Photography

We have a friend.  His name is Duane.  He knows a lot of the local hikes, and he’s kind enough to share those with us.  He likes to chase waterfalls.

Duane’s also familiar with many “off-road” trails – ones without parking lots or paved paths or crowds.  Most don’t have bathrooms.  Many don’t have officially marked trailheads.  Some don’t even have well-established paths through the underbrush.

These are the hikes we’ve dubbed the “Duane-ventures.”  And these are oftentimes the highlights of my summers.
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TWOI: 10/27/17

Happy Friday once more!  Today kicks off Day 1 of my favorite convention, Kumoricon!  Look forward to many pictures from that coming soon.  For now, I should probably be shooting a panel….

I wanted to try something different this week, so I experimented with grid photos!  The idea is that each tile can stand on its own as a photo, but when put together, a larger picture is formed.  This was fun, and while it took considerably more time to organize and plan out my posts, I’m really happy with the result.  Let me know what you think!

This first one was quite simple.  This was from my post this week on my very first bush plane.  As you can tell, these planes are itty bitty!  Read all about that adventure here.

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WC: The Waterfalls’ Spell

We’re quite spoiled here in the Northwest when it comes to waterfalls.

To be honest, when I first moved here, I wasn’t all that excited about waterfalls.  They were all photographed the same, and they all looked the same to me.  The hikes were pleasant, but I just couldn’t understand how the group would then park their tripods at the waterfall at the end and shoot for what felt like forever.  I was used to a quick shot, and I was done.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

How many pictures of the same scene can one take?

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Phono Photos: Monthly Challenge

Alright, we’re here!  I’ve been thinking about starting this for a long time, and I’m super excited.  Welcome to my new monthly photo challenge!

As some of you know, in addition to being a photographer, I’m also a musician.  So I thought it would be fun to combine these two passions in a different way.
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WC: Overcoming the Tourist Trap

Tourist spots are so cliche and overdone that most self-respecting photographers will steer way clear.  However, there are times when a photographer has visitors from out of town, and they want to see these famous sites.  Many begrudgingly agree but leave the camera at home – what’s the point in shooting something with more clicks than the Google homepage? (I might be exaggerating…)

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Photostory: How to Not Photograph a Waterfall

I’m still working through my many Costa Rica pictures, but I thought I’d take a little break to share a photostory with you.

I do some crazy things sometimes, and I don’t always consider my own safety while getting lost in the excitement of photography.  As a result, I can get caught in some precarious situations.  It’s only then that I realize I might have had a slight slip in judgement.

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