I must admit, that up until a few months ago, photographing anything without a pulse completely bored me. It was actually while on my honeymoon when paying a visit to the Peter Lik gallery in Las Vegas that I realized–WOW–photographing nature CAN be phenomenal. I actually got TEARY-EYED looking at landscapes, waterfalls, and desserts. It takes a truly amazing artist to be able to move people in that way. It was then that I realized that I just needed to have that side of me awakened and inspired. So I challeneged myself to take a few photos a week of something that cannot pay me to take it’s photos. Whatever struck me at the moment. Whatever I saw that was beautiful or interesting to me. Though I’m certainly no Peter Lik, I gave it a shot.
We have certainly had our fair share of rain this spring. Though I greatly dislike rain when it interferes with my shoots, I actually LOVE warm, rainy days. Thunderstorms are beautiful and soothing to me. My first shot for this project was something that caught my eye on one of those days. I was watching TV in the living room, and across the house I could see the twinkling of ambient light seeping through my sliding glass door in the kitchen. It was REALLY beautiful. I got up and walked over to the window…the rain was beading up on the screen, and through it was the light from the lamp posts in the yard…and through the mystery of color being projected through water, it was appearing different colors. These photos received no editing other than a slight sharpen.
RAIN: Both of these images were captured on my Nikon D300s with my 28mm f/2.8 lens. The ISO was set at 800, and shutter speed at 1/80 sec.
We have had our beautiful days as well! Though I’m a big billowy cloud fan, there was one day a couple of weeks ago with not a cloud in the sky, and the sky was the most GORGEOUS shade of blue. We were blessed and cursed with these whatchamacallit trees all over the place outside of our townhouse…they are GORGEOUS for about 2 weeks, and then they start to smell very badly, and then all the blooms fall off and create a slimy surface for the ground below. But they sure are gorgeous to look at!
Again, no editing here but sharpening.
SUN: Shot with my Nikon D300s and my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 48mm with the ISO set to 200 and shutter speed to 1/4000 sec.
You’ll have to forgive me if these images bore you entirely….this project is really more for me to develop my eye, my passion, and my technique, and to give emotion to things that otherwise would have none. I’ll do my best to get one of these posted each week!