TWOI: 5/21/18

Good morning, and welcome to another new week!

This week’s set was very difficult to sort – I love them all for different reasons!  I hope you like them, too.

This first one is of Yosemite’s Three Brothers.  We ventured out early to catch them in the first rays of dawn, and we had to hike through several inches of snow to reach the viewpoint.  Truthfully, I didn’t make it all the way to the official spot selected for this shoot; I was too distracted by the beauty of this vantage.  But that’s ok; I like my angle better, anyway 🙂

Moody shot of the peaks of Yosemite's Three Brothers | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 5/7/18

Another week, another seven photos!  How are you folks liking the new style?  I’ve been trying it out for a while now, and though I like the new consistency it lends to my feed, I’m not always pleased with the muted colors.  I have some more ideas that I’d like to try with my Instagram, so I might be rolling some of those out soon.  I welcome your thoughts below!

This first picture was from a sunrise attempt in Tokyo.  Honestly, while we were vacationing there, we didn’t give much thought to planning an official shoot.  We merely walked across this bridge the night before, saw the cool tunnel effect the buildings lent, and noticed it also happened to face east.  We just got up the next morning and hoped for the best.

As is often the case, the sun wasn’t in the right position to shine down this canal, and it was a bit cloudy anyway.  However, I did appreciate the flock of seagulls that all took off from the water, giving me a more interesting subject to this otherwise mediocre scene.

Seagulls flying over a river between two rows of buildings | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 4/30/18

Welcome to a new week!  Last week, Instagram saw some chilly images from Yosemite, a couple of beaches, the Milky Way, and beautiful Bryce!  Which was your favorite?

This first picture is of Yosemite Falls in the selfsame national park.  We came upon these falls in the afternoon, and we loved the rainbow they cast.  We resolved to return in the morning to get sunrise on the wall and catch that rainbow… not quite thinking that our intended vantage would be the wrong angle for the rainbow.  Whoops!

Yosemite Falls illuminated by sun, viewed from across a field | LotsaSmiles Photograhy

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TWOI: 4/9/18

Happy Monday, yet again!  Another week, another seven images.  As always, it was hard to rank these.  Also, I’m trying something somewhat new.  Notice a color theme?  I’ll keep experimenting.  I’m working toward a more uniform feed on my Instagram account, so I’ll continue to tweak and see what works!  I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

This first image was from beautiful, tropical Hawaii.  We explored so many beaches there, each one unique.  Have you been to Hawaii?  You can read our full adventures on this trip here.

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TWOI: 4/2/18

Happy April, all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend (whether or not you celebrate the holiday) and you’re ready for a brand new week!

This week’s selection turned out well.  I usually mostly select my Instagram photos at random, though I try to pick a variety of my better images.

I’m trying something a little different with my set this week.  Check it out on my Instagram account to see it in action, and I’ll talk more about that next Monday.

This first image was from a leisurely stroll through one of Kyoto’s many shrines.  Everything was so green – even in the fall – and the views were spectacular.  I can’t wait to go back to Japan.

Sun poking through the trees along a shrine path in Kyoto | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Biweekly Wow: Zion’s Canyon Overlook

I’m somewhat beginning to adopt a habit of posting my “weekly wow”s every other week, so I suppose they’re more of a “biweekly wow.”  I still have so much to share from this trip!  I hope you’re enjoying the journey.

After our rainy bust at Zion’s Canyon Overlook the morning prior, we had to give it another chance.  After all, the golden rays of dawn are supposed to be spectacular on this national park’s red rocks.

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TWOI: 3/26/18

Another fun set this week.

I’ve been experimenting (again) with a few things on Instagram to improve visibility, and I have a few more ideas.  Look forward to my feed continuing to improve!

This first image was from my bush plane flight to the backwoods of Alaska to backpack and chase bears.  It was an unforgettable trip.  If you missed those stories, you can find them all right here.

A landscape of thousands of Alaskan lakes, viewed from a bush plane | LotsaSmiles Photography

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TWOI: 3/19/18

Oh boy, this week was tough!  I really like these images this week, and I hope you do too.  But liking them so much did make it difficult to choose my favorites.

This first one looks back on the single road that stretches into Denali National Park.  We spent an entire day on a bus just like that one, hopping out periodically to snap a few shots like this one.  We had clouds while we were there, but they added some interesting texture to the sky.  You can read all about that journey here.

Shuttle bus crossing a river bridge in front of the misty mountains of Denali National Park | This Week On Instagram - LotsaSmiles Photography

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Photostory: Zion’s Canyon Overlook

I have fallen in love with Utah and its many national parks, and I seek to add many more from across the country to my list.  We were in Utah quite recently to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands, and we couldn’t wait to return.

Photostory: Canyon Overlook | LotsaSmiles Photography | Click through to read all about our exciting adventure hiking in the dark and shooting a Zion sunrise in the rain!

We had arrived in the famed Zion National Park, and we were ready.  After a long, five-hour drive in from the Salt Lake City airport (word to the wise: Las Vegas is actually much closer), our fingers were itching for our shutters.

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