The first day we drove from our home in Allen Texas to Columbia South Carolina. After a much needed sleep at our hotel we met special friends of Joyce. We had a great time with them before heading on the Virginias. After severa days of amazing picture taking we moved on to Maine and later to Michigan to spend some time with my Sister in Law in upstate Michigan. Our last few days we enjoyed Traverse City and surrounding areas.
This was a special trip for us! We enjoyed five wonderful fun filled days wondering the amazing dunes of White Sands National Park.
This was special treat for me. I have spent little time in Florida and Mississippi. Alabama was one of the few states I have never been.
I gained 15 lbs on this trip. Guess taking pictures must have been fattening. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the food I consumed in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
My two favorite places were in Florida and Louisiana.
Here are a few images from our trip for your enjoyment.
New England at its Best!
On this trip we loged over 7,100 miles on our Subaru Outback. In our experience we find unique sights to photograph along the way. This trip was no exception! The Following are just a few of the images we captured.
To get this shot we actully got down into a dirty ditch covered with grasses and weeds. After checking we would not get bit by snakes or Insects we found ourselves face to face with this gentle giant.
We suggest you at least get down on eye level with the creature you are photographing. If for some reason you can not reach eye level look at surroundings near you. Find other things such as paths, old buildings, people, Implements, Etc. Find an unusual angle or something that will make the shoot more interesting. In a word -" think". Think how you can frame a shot in a special way.
Here we found the tall grasses and Indian Blankets lend much to the picture. I've named it "Someone is Watching You". We purposely avoided the Rule of Thirds because of the way the Indian Blankets are situated. I will cover the Rule soon.
There is a big difference between a snapshot and a Photograph. A photograph takes thought and planning. A knowledge of photographic theory is a start.
I'll post more later regarding the Rule of Thirds and some basic Principles of Photography. I prefer to call them "suggestions". The value of a photograph is your ability to capture beauty or emotion. Sometimes both are captured.
Remember this! You can do everything right and have a photograph that others will ignore. You can break all the rules and have a shot that will touch hearts. The key again is capturing beauty and emotion. The manner you do will take thought and experience.
Take lots of pics. Even a novice gets lucky every now and then. :-)
If you have not seen these pics it could be that you are lost, or then you might just have been in New Mexico. Las Vegas NM is quite a place. Maybe a bit like Sante Fe might have been a 100 years go but with cell phones, internet and cars. Maybe just the place for a starving artist. It has area great for photography. Las Vegas is a college town also with a beautiful campus. Don't pass it up when you are in the area!