This month’s color for #SundayStills is one that is my favorite – Purple.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Monthly Color: #Purple”
#SundayStills: Difficult yet Rewarding #Roads
This week’s topic for #SundayStills is Roads, paths, and streets.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Difficult yet Rewarding #Roads”
#SundayStills: Spring is Finally Here! #Earth
There is no better feeling than to know Mother Nature is finally presenting us with signs of spring.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Spring is Finally Here! #Earth”
CFFC: Found in Nature #SundayStills #WordlessWednesday
Also inspired by #SundayStills: #Awaken
Peek is certainly an interesting idea for this week’s #SundayStill Challenge. I’m not certain whether my photos even fits. I’ve been going through my old pictures this weekend and this photo jumped out at at me for this theme as the mountains are peeking from behind the trees.
I thought about keeping this picture in color but it looked strangely too green for my taste. Therefore, I went with the black and white look as well as cropping the photo according to the Rule of Thirds.
Here is a shot of the sun peeking for a few minutes from behind the clouds before setting on yet another day of storminess.
Finally, I found this shot of the waterfall in Yellowstone. I like that green that’s peeking, it gives it a rebellious vibe like that streak of water refuses to stay the same color as the rest of the waterfall.
#SundayStills: I would #Rather be…
Teri from Second Wind Leisure Perspective presents a very interesting theme for this week’s #SundayStills – I’d #Rather Be…Continue reading “#SundayStills: I would #Rather be…”
#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge – #Green in the Garden
It’s been a long and rough winter, I tell ya.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge – #Green in the Garden”
#SundayStills: Out of this Amazing #World
I think the night sky is absolutely out of this world when getting to experience it with a camera. I shot this photo in my backyard in 2019 after all the lights were turned off in the house. When I saw the photo on the tiny screen of the camera, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What was that star that’s shining so bright?
I couldn’t see it with my naked eyes and haven’t gotten Photopill (a star tracker app) on my phone back then. If I had, I could’ve pointed the phone to the sky and it would’ve told me what star this was.
Aren’t night skies just the most amazing sight especially if seeing it through a camera?
I got some pretty interesting comments when I first posted this picture in 2015. I didn’t even see it at first but many reader saw the glare that looked like an alien spaceship. Do you see it?
Finally, how’s this for out of this #world? Doesn’t it look like something other than a cluster of cherry blossoms?
You make me think of all the sweet things I’ve had in life Terri with this week’s #SundayStills!Continue reading “#SundayStills: #Sweet”
#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Red
#SundayStills: Recollection of Some #Frosty Places
#SundayStills: The Pros and Cons of #Silence
Living in today’s society, I find it very hard to experience silence.Continue reading “#SundayStills: The Pros and Cons of #Silence”
#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Gray and #White
#SundayStills: Taking the #Plunge in Overcoming Fear
Over the weekend, I took a big leap in the first step to overcome my newly-developed fear of claustrophobia.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Taking the #Plunge in Overcoming Fear”
#SundayStills: Reflection on 2022 (Part 2)
I thought about linking this week’s SundayStills with the post I published on December 30 but then I suddenly there was an entire portion I completely forgot happened in 2022 – the garden.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Reflection on 2022 (Part 2)”
#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Cobalt Blue
I woke up yesterday morning to a strange sky. The front of my house was bathed in sunshine while the back of my house was this very dark blue sky.
Correction: it wasn’t the sky that was this dark blue, it was the clouds.
We had a storm warning, you see. We’re supposed to get around 5-6 inches of snow between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. We shall see about that.
I ran back up to my room, grabbed the camera, changed to the 18-400 mm lens and rushed back down. It was less than a minute, tops but the sky was no longer this dark intense purplish blue. Instead, it was a lighter, still darker shade of blue. Still, I panned the camera around looking for a composition and found one with my neighbor’s aspen trees. The sun was shining on the white branches at that moment.
I actually had to look it up how dark is the color cobalt blue. The color reminded me of the times when I would use a CPL (Circular Polarizer Lens) filter on my camera and all the skies in the picture would be an unnatural shade of blue. Cobalt blue was that color.
I no longer use any filter on my camera, except maybe a ND (neutral-density) filter when I shoot long-exposures. The screwing on and off the filter is quite bothersome in my opinion as it not only takes time but each time when I tried to take the lens filter off, my anxious mind would begin playing out the worst scenarios.
So I’d say, “screw it,” I don’t need filters.
This was one of my favorite photos taken in Niagara Falls, by the way. I have been practicing my sun-star photography when I can. I read somewhere about sun-star photography can tell how many (blades?) is in a lens.
I remember that morning, just walking along the path, checking every few seconds to minutes, hoping the sun would just rise above the clouds, even just for a few seconds because I wanted to photograph the full sun, not just half of the sun with a cloud beneath.
At last, the sun had risen above the clouds. I set the camera to the lowest f-stop and clicked. I wanted to click another one but by the time I checked the photo and tried to focus again, a cloud has once again covered the bottom half of the sun. I was glad I got one though.
#SundayStills: Home #Town
#SundayStills: #Vivid Memories of Early Photography Days
✋I am raising my virtual hand, Terri! I do remember the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges.Continue reading “#SundayStills: #Vivid Memories of Early Photography Days”
#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge #Leather and Brown
Leather nowadays comes in all kind of colors – red, blue, green – all it takes is a little dye. However, for this week’s #SundayStills challenge, the color focused on is leathery brown. Hope you enjoy my gallery of browns.Continue reading “#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge #Leather and Brown”
#SundayStills: #Paths and #Trails to my Happy Places
#SundayStills: Nature is Sure #Mysterious
I agree with Terri, nature is mysterious. It can turn such thing as a tree into a fossil if it lived long enough.
Looking at the topic this week, which is mysterious, I thought about my visit to the Petrified Forest State Park in 2021. Note that this is the state park in Utah, not the national park in Arizona. Petrified Forest State Park is much smaller but it’s still an awesome place to visit.
We paid our entrance fee, parked the car, and spent a few hours exploring the park on foot, which is kind of mandatory given the petrified forest is located along a single trail.
It’s sure a mystery how these trees managed to survive this long as all around them, civilization thrived. I’d bet these trees have seen things, encountered plenty of natural events, and probably once lived with dinosaurs. It’s just amazing to think of all the things that have happened to these trees to have it survive to today. Nature is sure a wonderful mystery.