Good morning!  Happy Monday, and happy October!  Are you ready for a new month?  Autumn came so quickly, it’s hard to believe summer is already past.  And now that it’s officially October, I can start thinking about Halloween and Kumoricon coming up at the end of the month (I’m kind of way into the con scene).  I can also get pumpkin spice lattes without the stink-eye (yeah, guilty – I like those, too).

This week, I have five new photos – two on Instagram and three on 500px.

Seagull landing on the beach in Seaside, OR | LotsaSmiles Photography

This first one is a surprisingly older photo.  I actually didn’t really care for how it was edited the first time around, but I gave it another look and a polish, and I’m pleased with the result.  This was from a trip to Seaside several years ago.  Most of the time, I only focus on my most recent photographs, but I’m glad I went back for this one.

A lone tree greets autumn early in Rocky Mountain National Park.

I really love this autumn scene from Colorado.  It was early in the season – only late September – so most of the trees hadn’t turned yet.  Considering most of the trees in this shot are evergreens anyway, this made the orange really stand out.  Autumn is my favorite season, and the leaves are only just beginning to fall here.  I’ll probably get out next weekend to go shoot some of the Pacific Northwest colors.

Autumn ignites in Oregon's Boardman Tree Farm.

Going along with the autumn theme is this abstract shot from Boardman a couple years ago.  There is very little post-processing on this image; almost all of the blur effect you see was performed entirely in-camera.  I had a lot of fun that day, especially with our friends who brought some fun costumes.  I should do shoots like these more often.

A bear drinking from a river in Alaska, in monochrome | LotsaSmiles Photography

Next, a simple scene from my bear adventure in Alaska.  Can you believe I almost said no to this incredible trip??  I don’t regret a second of it.  I love the photos I got that summer, and I’ll be quick to jump on future opportunities!

Vancouver, B.C. is reflected in the bay as dusk settles on the city.Finally, my favorite this week is a panorama from Vancouver, B.C.  The clouds were absolutely perfect that evening.  I was having a field day!  Vancouver is a fun little city, and I’m glad we were able to spend some time there and see more than the inside of the airport.


Which image do you like best?  What does autumn look like where you live?


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