Monday, April 23, 2012

Framing The Moon

Last night my husband and I took a drive out to Cold Creek where we met up with some friends.

This is what I caught on camera.

The moon was going down fast.

Prior to the moon disappearing behind the horizon, I framed it between some cactus.

Our objective was to get some star trails while out, but it was kind of cold.

And honestly, I just lost interest.

I was bored because there wasn't any interesting foreground really.

Oh well, at least I'm out there looking for the inspiration that I lost.

Friday, April 20, 2012

FMTSO: Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a compositional tool that places the subject of the photo in an area of intersecting lines created by dividing the photo in 3rds horizontally and vertically. If the subject is principally a line it should lie along the lines. If it is a spot (like a bird's eye) it should lie within one of the circles.

I apologize to those of you who have seen these images before on my facebook page. All of the following photos were taken within the last two weeks. 

This is a photo of a roadrunner latching on to a cigarette butt.
I took this at the Piute Indian Reservation Golf Club just on the outskirts of Las Vegas.
This was very hard to capture because the little bugger wouldn't stay still and he was fast as lightning.
Just a few minutes before, I was using my wide angle lens and there is no way that I would have gotten this shot with the wide angle. I captured this image using my 70-300 mm lens and I was zoomed in at about 210 mm.  Usually I don't like images of birds and I think they are boring, but I couldn't resist this one, simply because of the cigarette butt.

This was taken on the same day as the roadrunner photo. After leaving the golf club,
my friend and I decided to drive up to Mt. Charleston which is just a few minutes away.
It was snowing while we were driving up the road and on the way back down the mountain I spotted this fence with snow on top of it and I just had to stop and snap an image. I've always loved snow pictures.  I think this one turned out fairly decent.  I like it anyway.
This one was taken at approximately 12 mm.
Love the wide angle lens.

This photo was taken just a few days prior to the first two photos.
Technically, it's not in my town or even in my state, however,
it's something I shot while on a day trip with a few friends.
 It's just a couple of hours away from Las Vegas.
 A change of scenery is good for my soul when I get into a rut and feel restless.
I thought it was interesting to see bronze statues out in the middle of the desert.

Me and my shadow.
I took this photo on the same day trip as the previous photo.
There is a resevoir that a friend and I go to quite often in Utah.
Sometimes the water flows out onto the road and creates a little bit of a stream.
On this particular day, there was quite a bit of water and I just had to get out and experiment.
When I saw my shadow, I tried various poses to get the look I wanted.
I really like how it turned out.

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
You can view some awesome photo stories here on the Friday Town Shoot Out page and you can even join in on the fun if you'd like.  Everyone is welcome to participate.

Have a great weekend everyone.
It's going to be a hot one this weekend.
The weather caster is predicting 98 degrees here on Saturday.
I think this chick needs a tan pronto.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hello Blogosphere!

There is nothing like a road trip to take away the blues.

A friend called me up and asked if I wanted to go for a ride.

Honestly, I really just wanted to stay home and feel sorry for myself and just sleep.

(I've been doing that a lot lately)

But, after thinking about it for about an hour I changed my mind.

Maybe getting out and about would be good for me.

I'm so glad I decided to go with my friend.

We took a drive up to Mt. Charleston and it was snowing.

It was beautiful and somehow, the snowflakes falling down around me cheered me up.

Even in the cold, I felt warm.

It was a nice little get away and just what I needed.

Now, what am I going to do tomorrow to chase those damn blues away?


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