Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

POTD Week 29: Landscapes

Capturing the beauty of our earth is one of my most favorite things to photograph. I absolutely adore landscape photography! I love the vivid colors of mother nature, the vast scenic views of the land, and the thrill of capturing the environment at this point in time, because it is highly likely that it won't look the same in just a few years down the road.

But I've come to realize that likely a good part of the reason I love photographing the landscape around us is because when I'm doing it, I'm on vacation. I'm traveling to new places or revisiting favorite spots - and don't have the stresses and pressures of daily life. And I'm in gorgeous spots - so it is hard to get a bad photograph of something so enchanting as the mountains or the ocean. (Isn't everything more enjoyable then?) Unfortunately, I haven't had a real vacation this summer so I haven't been inspired by the land around me. The landscape in my town in green. A huge sea of green. A flat, boring, monotonous green. That doesn't make for very interesting photographs! And I suppose that because I see this land {every. single. day.} it is mundane to me. But I forced myself to go out and drive around today and see what I could find in this little old town.

I discovered that maybe I need to change my perception about the landscape around me and open my eyes a bit more to see all of Earth's details in my little town.







April said...

those are gorgeous..i love the bright blue sky!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh these are on all of them. I am truly amazed and wowed by all of these.

Reds said...

Wow!! Glad you decided to share part of your wold with us!!

Jenn said...

Yes, I know what you mean about the landscape that you see everyday being mundane - I feel the same way!

But what you see as mundane, I see as amazing, beautiful - I want to live there!! :)

You've inspired me - now I've got to get out in my little world and find me some landscapes! :)

Jeanette said...

So pretty!! I wish we had nice places like that around here.

Rachael said...

What beautiful pictures! Such bright, pretty colors. It's so hot and dry down here we don't see much green right now!

pat said...

OH.MY.GOSH!!! These are WONDERFUL!! You have such a great eye, and your comp and attention to details is awesome. LOVE that last shot.

Amy said...

Gorgeous shots!

--sme said...

Love the colors in these!

Joanne said...

Wow, these are awesome! Love the colors too!!!!

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

Very pretty! I love your conversion in the first one and your blue sky looks amazing!

Mandy said...

The blue sky on the second one took my breath away. Its just amazing and the perspective on that photo is wonderful.