Why do I shoot into the sun? Can’t help myself. Noticed a sundog as I was wandering around northern Arizona one morning. The sun itself is blown out in the image, but it matches up nicely with the hole burned in my retina as I set the shot up. 😉
HDR (high dynamic range) image constructed from three exposures.
Spent the last few days exploring parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. I do a lot of thinking on the road and a major topic of this trip (suggested by a good friend) was giving myself a break now and then.
I’m my worst critic in more ways than one – this photo is an example. Initial impression was that I should throw it out. Didn’t get the lens flare I wanted, forgot to dust the lens off before shooting into the sun, and on and on and on.
Then I took a deep breath and decided that it’s OK to send this photo out into the world as is.
What does this mean to you? I hope you like the photo, and sometimes maybe do what I did and give yourself a break. That’s my deep thought for the day.
Shot in the Gila National Forest of southwestern New Mexico on a spring morning. Shot with my Nikon D800, Tamron 28-300 lens, ISO 100, and to avoid having the sun blow the rest of the image out I used an aperture of f/22 and a 1/3200 second shutter speed. No filters were used.
Late summer afternoon, Lebo Lake, Montana…
HDR (high dynamic range) image created from 3 exposures.
Shooting directly into the morning sun on a central Nevada spring morning. I liked the way the lens flare came out…
Shot with my Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 100, f/13, 1/640 second exposure, no filters.
1. Start with one (1) Idaho.
2. Add hills, clouds, and late afternoon sun.
3. Stir gently.
Even in the darkest hour of my darkest day, there is beauty enough in the world to restore and sustain my soul. That is what I am most thankful for on this day.
Every now and then I get a shot that just didn’t work out as I intended, but I keep coming back to it. I play around with it and see if I can make something I like. For better or worse, here it is. Salvaged from the recycle bin.
Walking along the beach at Birch Bay State Park, watching the sun reflect off the water…
Setting sun and a sundog over Bellingham Bay.
Highway 2 in the high country east of the Cascade Mountains.
Farm near Darrington, Washington.
Late afternoon on a sunny day in the Cascades. Shot near Diablo Lake.
Shot from Madrona Park, Seattle. Looking south at Lake Washington, the I-90 bridge, and Mount Rainier.
Just a simple shot of the ranch. Sometimes a little sun, horses, and trees are all I need to have a good afternoon.