I have decided to take the next step when it comes to my website and have decided to create my own domain name and wordpress blog. Here is the link to my new site. I am still planning on trying to post a new photo every day to the daily blog. I want to thank you all for continuing to stop by my spot on the net and view my version of photography. I hope you will continue to check out my latest updates and I look forward to seeing you over at the new site.
Driving out to this location, I was hoping that there would still be a deep layer of snow covering the Kansas dirt. I didn’t realize it would still be this much. The drift on the north side of this barn was easily three feet deep. Fortunately it was cold enough that the snow’s surface had frozen over and we were able to walk on top of the snow with out much worry of sinking in. The one thing I distinctly remember from this night was the bone-chilling wind. The wind chill that morning had to have been below zero. Needless to say, I was glad I was able to work most of my camera settings with my gloves on!
Ventured out into the frozen tundra of southwest Kansas last night in hopes of a grand show of streaking fireballs, blazing across the night sky….yeah, not so much. The moon must have bleached out most of the faint meteors and the two or three bright ones we saw were just out of frame. None the less, I had one of the better nights of shooting I’ve had in a while. It’s always tough to talk yourself into getting out in sub-freezing temperatures but last night was totally worth it. Shot a few star trails and had some great light with the setting moon. Did anybody else have check out the meteor shower, and if so, how was the show from your location?
Two Thousand and Eleven: A Look Back
Since this is my final post of the year Two Thousand and Eleven, I figured it was appropriate to recap this last year with “some” of my favorite photos. I have a tough time narrowing things down, so I’ve got quite a few favorites from my photo adventures over the last year. All the photos are arranged in chronological order and all were taken in the year 2011.
I can’t thank all of you enough for continuing to follow my photography as well as your continued comments and support. Looking forward to another great year in 2012.
Tried a little different technique on this shot. I would say on about 95% of my landscape shots, I am shooting at an aperture of f/16 or higher. In this case, I wanted to separate the drift’s edge from the sunset by utilizing a very low aperture of f/2.8. I really like how this separates the image and really draws your attention to the foreground. May have to try this out more often.
Another sunburst sunset shot from the same night. Like I said. I was just a composing mad man during that 10 minutes or so when the sun creeped out from under the cloud deck until it disappeared below the horizon.
Yucca by Winter’s Light
Hope everyone was able to experience some good times with family and friends. I know I sure did. Today’s shot is another from the night after our big snow storm rolled through. I was hoping for a little more snow than we got, but it was still enough for my boys to enjoy and enough to hang around for a white Christmas, so you won’t hear me complaining.
I love how photography has changed my view on the world. If you would have told me a couple of years ago that all I would have to work with in a photo is a snow drift, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered trying to take the picture. Now days, it seems that some of the simplest subjects can make the most interesting shots. It all depends on your perspective.
I wanted to take a quick moment on here to thank all of you for your encouraging words and continued support on my blog. It has been just over a year now that I have began posting a picture a day (almost everyday) and it has been the greatest year in photography for me by far. I’ve learned more in the past year than I have all the other years I’ve dabbled in the craft prior to this one. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas surrounded by the ones you love and hold dear! Cheers!
One of the things I seems to enjoy most when out taking pictures is the rush to find a new perspective in the little time you have during a setting sun. On this night, I managed to capture 4 or 5 different comps with the sunburst as it transitioned from the clouds to the horizon. I was sprinting like a mad man in upwards of a foot and a half of drifted snow trying to find different looks. I kept running higher up the hill in this shot as the sun continued to drop lower in the sky. This shot was one of the earlier sunburst shots I took that cold snowy evening. But it was a blast (not to mention a little exercise as well, it’s hard to sprint when there is snow up to your knee caps).
Weeds of Winter
As all of you may have noticed, there has been a serious lack of new posts on the blog lately. The reason is pretty simple, just haven’t had time. Weekends have been eaten up with football, weddings and holiday family time. And as I’m sure you all know, there isn’t much time after work to go shoot with the sun setting only a half hour after five. Fortunately I was able to get out and shoot a little last night after we had a pretty nasty blizzard move through the area. Quite a bit of snow and a lot of wind. A lot of drifting occurred and left some pretty sweet lines in the snow. Hope everyone has been doing well and preparing for a very merry Christmas!