Hanalei Pier & turning points in life’s teachings.

I’ve revisited this blog to remind myself of some of the principles and discoveries along the way. Two wonderful photos came out of this location, the first, which I discuss below, and cover shot of the pier itself, which after quite a bit of editing, became a bit of an abstract.   This is really a unique photo because the iconic boathouse was under construction and not there!

I’m really trying to rejoin my photography side which has been dampened by our now defunct restaurant, Christina’s American Bistro.  Imagination, passion, and vision of a project isn’t limited to the traditional arts.  Artistic endeavors, which the restaurant  certainly was, fill the life of an artist.   It’s not something that I can turn off.  I look forward to the return of the photographic arts.

Hanalei Pier HDR

This photo, which was taken over two years ago now, was one of many turning points in my photography career.   I had been shooting beaches throughout the trip, mostly coral, using slower pictures to capture water flow as it went over the changes in formations.  There were none available to shoot at the foot of the Hanalei Pier and it forced me to be creative.  The sunsets in Hawaii are generally pretty spectacular.  I don’t recall a day where there isn’t some sort of cloud formation and reflection off the surf.  Surging waters on the beach are one of my favorite places to  capture reflections.  I started to look around for something to put in the picture and the concrete bottom of the pier was the only real option.  I started snapping away, not too mindful of the pier itself as part of the photo, just as a frame for the surf.  When I got home is when the learning started.  Focusing on the obvious features like sunsets, isn’t always the star of a photo.  While they can be spectacular, other less noticeable aspects can become the subject and can dominate with pleasing backdrop.    I file these tools away and utilize them as I go about my shoots.  Hence the “aggregate” statement below.

The biggest single thing I learned(in college) is that, everything a manager does is an aggregate, which creates environment. This has served me well in the Executive and Photographer role.
This photo under Hanalei Pier on Kauai, I posted originally after taking it January. It continues to be my wallpaper!
See more Hawaii at http://www.bitchinlight.com/

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High Plains Drifter

Got to spend a unforgettable Labor Day weekend in Laramie Wyoming. Some might say that all weekends in Laramie are unforgettable, especially in winter! This special weekend was actually for my wedding. My son started at UofWyo this fall and couldn’t leave, so we brought the festivities to him!
Unplanned photo shoots can be a tremendous amount of fun. They are very spontaneous and the weather in the High Plains hasn’t disappointed me yet in three overall visits.  “Cowboy Sunset”  was near the #Laramie Airport with

Antelope Sunset-2223Antelope walking purposefully along a ridge with the #sunset behind them.

The same evening, just up the road a piece produced this stunning storm cell with showers and a rainbow cascading down from the clouds.

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My lovely bride and I discovered this bull moose (in a moose jam!) hanging out with his buddy who never stood up.

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This raindrop covered scene was on the Turtle Rock Trail.

Wild Berries

Turtle Rock area in #MedicineBow National Forrest. Turtle Rock-1805

The scope of all these photos covers vast #Landscapes and #MacroPhotography.  It also includes #wildlifephotography (which I’m improving slightly…) and used three lenses, the Nikor 28-300, Zeiss 100mm Makro Planar and Zeiss 15mm Distagon.   Although I love this free form sort of photography (“there’s always something to shoot.”), one of my developmental goals is planning shoots and more location scouting.  It’s more of a time investment, that when traveling on vacation, is prohibitive.

Lets Reflect

After a series of encounters with the Park Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park I stopped at a lovely meadow along the Colorado River. At this point of the river, it’s barely 10 yards wide. After seeing a pair of Moose and stopping, I noticed the reflection from the mountains in a low area near the river.
Inverse Reflection
When I got home and was doing some editing, my lovely girlfriend told me to flip it!

It’s really quite the optical illusion and has a great feel to it. I hope you enjoy it!  “Inverse Reflection”