TWO5: 8/13/18

Two photos on Instagram; five on 500px.  Here are this week’s highlights!

This first one is from the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun.  We visited many shrines and temples in Japan, most of which in Kyoto.  This particular one was just up the hill from our ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel).  Everything within the gates was meticulously cultivated and arranged for optimal zen.  It was impossible to enter one of these sanctuaries and not feel an utter sense of peace as the hustle and bustle of the city just melts away.  You can read all about that day here.

Stone path crossing a pond at a Kyoto temple | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 8/6/18

Happy new week to you all!

I’ve been talking about it for a bit, but this week, I finally followed through on the “two-five” (TWO5) idea.  This week, I posted two new photos to Instagram and five new photos to 500px.  I am also trying just wildlife photos on Instagram.  We’ll see how I like this new focus.

This first image was from our trip to Mesa Verde National Park.  We had to take a tour to get down to the actual ruins, but it was totally worth it.  These ancient Puebloans lived incredible lives carved out of these cliff faces.  Clambering down death-defying drops to access these fortresses and surviving off of corn and seep springs.  Wow…  You can read all about our full adventures at Cliff Palace and the other ruins right here.

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park at dusk | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWO5: 7/30/18

Happy Monday, yet again!  Another week has come and gone; it absolutely blows me away how quickly the weeks melt by when we’re so busy.

With all the beautiful (and hot) weather, we’ve been visiting the beach, backpacking, camping, con-ing, and spending time with family.  Every weekend for the next month or so is booked, and many weekday evenings to boot!  But I’m happy with all the excitement, as it gives me lots to photograph.

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TWO5: 7/23/18

I’m working on an exciting new project!  I love this new idea, and I’ll be sharing it with you soon (can’t wait? my awesome patrons already know what’s happening!).

But while I’ve been working on that, it does mean I haven’t posted much to Instagram lately.  I did, however, post to 500px last week, so I have those images to share with you this week.

I also noticed when I update the acronym to reference 500px instead of Instagram, I get a fun “TWO 5” thing going on.  Continue reading

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!

Considering this shift in platform, I’m thinking about changing the name of these weekly recaps.  Do you think I should call them “This Week on 500px” (TWO5)?  Or should I come up with something more creative? Continue reading

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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