Thursday, January 21, 2016

Above the Valley

Life in a valley means I must go "up" to get a good landscape view.  It's often frustrating, but it's necessary.  There are areas I return to on a regular basis:  Cemetery Road to the southeast, Fish Trap and Cricket Flat to the northeast, Palmer Junction to the north...whichever one I choose, it's more than two miles of driving.  As a matter of fact, Cemetery Road is the only location within two miles.  The road runs through fenced farmland, and I love wire fences.  This particular fence and gate have been in the viewfinder of my camera many times, whatever the season. It's a great place to see the wonderful cloud displays we take for granted in this part of the state. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Still Life for a Still Life

The beautiful snow has turned to slush; today, the day started with snow, turned to rain, then to icy rain.  It's NOT a day to be outside, and I haven't found a good subject to photograph for a whole weekend.  This past week, however, I spent some time with "petals and props."  I have been learning very basic Lightroom...I just want to learn enough to be able to use presets and do some creative edits, but I still want to rely on PS Elements.  My photography has to be relatively simple for me; I'm doing this for enjoyment, after all.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More Winter

Finally, we're having a normal winter for awhile.  One thing we aren't having...but aren't wind.  It's always a blessing when the air is calm when it's so cold outside. I took a Sunday drive to an area named Cricket Flat and thoroughly enjoyed the snow-covered land.  I also visited an old wooden church, built in 1903, and abandoned years ago.  It's not weathering very well.

 Old memories of a song I learned long ago...

 The north side doesn't look so bad...
The southwest side gets all the "weather" and it is sagging desperately.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Aspens in Winter

For several years, I have photographed a small grove of quaking aspens 15 miles north of where I live.  The location is called "Palmer Junction" and the homes are spaced fairly distant from each other.  The aspens are on the land of a family I've known for years.  Last summer, I made a series of panoramic photos of the trees, cropped about one-half of the way up from the ground.  They made striking images.  This week, I drove out to photograph the trees in snow.  Without leaves, the myriad tree branches create a busy image. That required some changes in my plans.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Winter in the Valley

We've had piddly winters the past two years: snow came and went just as quickly and the fire season last summer burned thousands of acres that hadn't had enough winter moisture.  Before Christmas this  year, we had real snow, snow that stayed.  Then the cold weather set in...below zero night temperatures for 3 days.  On Sunday, it was 6 degrees at 8 a.m. and snowing like crazy.  That's unusual.  Today, it warmed up to the 40's for the first time in about three weeks.  About 15 miles "out north," it was still in the 20's and was a winter wonderland.  I had a great drive around midday.

This is a view of the valley our little town sits in.  There's only one spot on the road that presents this view.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Be Still Week 50 "Stillness"

I'm late, but I completed the assignment.  In fact, I am pleased with the images I managed to create this time.  Light is always an issue for me; unless I'm willing to move a coffee table and heavy couch, set up a table, etc., my still life projects are all in front of a narrow window.  It doesn't take much imagination to see that the light always comes from the right -- to have it come from the left would require some serious wiggling and adjustments between a bed and a wall.  So the light source is at the right.

Monday, December 28, 2015

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #52 --- the end of another great project year!

I'm always so glad to participate in Kent Weakley's P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday each year, and this is the completion of another 52-week project.   Thank you, Mr. Weakley, for this challenge and opportunity.

For my final photo, I've chose an image of a tree I photograph fairly often...and many times, it's as my husband is driving by the scene.   That was the case with of 4 shots I took on our drive by.  I'm so glad this landowner has left this tree in the middle of productive farmland.  It's beautiful in the summer...and it's beautiful in the winter when the Blue Mountains in the background are especially blue.

Now it's time to organize the 52 images into a photo book as I always do.