TWO5: 10/15/18

I’m keeping it simple this week; just four new photos on 500px.

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through October.  Time inexorably slips by, and it just seems to go faster with each passing year.  But it is my favorite time of year: autumn!  We got out this weekend for some local fall color, so look for some of those pictures coming really soon!

Boats floating at a frosty dock at sunrise on Diamond Lake in Oregon | LotsaSmiles Photography

This first picture was from our trip to Crater Lake.  We camped in a cabin at the nearby Diamond Lake, and with a chilly evening (we had a blizzard at the lake) and clear skies predicted the following morning, I had a hunch we’d get some morning mist.  I pried myself out of bed, and I was rewarded with this beautiful morning scene.  You can read all about that day here. Continue reading

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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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.

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Biweekly Wow: Sunrise Point

I am quickly finding that most of Bryce is a Weekly Wow.  After all, how many places in the world have these unlikely geological features?  The colors – the rich red of the rocks, the deep green of the trees, the vibrant blue of the morning sky – all accentuated by the pure white of the snow, are hypnotic.  When we were there, we just stared at the valley; the scene never grew old.

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The Zion valley floor from atop the Angels Landing hike with the canyon walls dappled in spotty sunlight | LotsaSmiles Photography

Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing

After such a rainy start to our trip to Zion National Park, we didn’t expect the sky to clear out so beautifully.  And when it did, we further didn’t expect it to invite a few elite clouds back into the scene to perfectly diffuse the harsh sun at just the right moment, providing a spectacular view of the valley below.

Yes, we survived the famed (infamous?) Angels Landing Hike (though six people, sadly, have not), and we were in for quite a treat when we reached the top.  I have a more in-depth photostory to share with you about the full hike next week, but for now, I wanted to focus on this one photo.

View of a valley far below the summit of the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park - Weekly Wow: Atop Angels Landing | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 1/26/18

Once more, we find ourselves at Friday!  I keep experimenting with new things, and I hope you like it.  Please let me know in the comments what you think!

This first one is an image from our trip to Hawaii a couple years back.  The contrast of colors here really caught my eye, and this is pretty true to how I actually saw the sky as we were lazing under a tree on a tropical beach… sure sounds more appealing than the constant rain we’re facing now!

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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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TWOI: 12/29/17

Happy Friday, and welcome to almost the last post of the year!  I still have one more weekly challenge for this year, but this is the last full week.  Do you like these Instagram reviews?

This first image was from our cliffside discovery on the Oregon coast.  We were so awed by this day, and I can’t wait to discover similar secrets of the Oregon shoreline.

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WC: Making it as a Photographer

Starting a photography business is hard.  Some think it’s a simple matter of taking good photos.  My friends and family think my pictures are great; I bet I can sell them!  But in actually going through the steps myself, I can tell you there’s a lot more to it.  I’d like to share with you some insight into that world.

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