Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lake Michigan with a Cloud Frame

One of many paths leading to the beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Beverly Shores.  This one happens to be at the old Red Lantern. The lake was starting to shift to its usual blue-green color as the sun emerged from behind a thick cloud band. Some puffy clouds kindly lingered to frame my shot.  If this were a clear day (no haze), and I were using a zoom lens, a tiny Chicago skyline would be visible at the horizon line in the center of the picture.
Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prairie Trillium

One of the varieties of trillium blooming now in Northwest Indiana, near Lake Michigan. Prairie trillium never seemed to be the dominant flower along any of the trails we walked, but it showed up in small patches throughout the woods. This trillium was blooming along the trail at the Heron Rookery.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trillium Woods

A carpet of trillium covers the woods behind the subdivision where I grew up in Northwest Indiana. We spent a lot of time playing in 'The Woods'. Very fun to return here during trillium season. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Shades of Blue

Well, I'm home from my trip to visit family in Northwest Indiana, so expect a change in scenery on the blog this week.  I'm starting the series out with a morning at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. I thought it was interesting because I'm not sure I've ever seen Lake Michigan this shade of blue, and I've seen Lake Michigan A LOT! The sun was behind a cloud when I took this photo, and the clouds cleared not long afterword. Then the lake turned its usual shade of green-blue.  I suppose that's an industrial haze in the background, but it's a nice warm color compliment.  I meant to get up earlier, but slept in a little.  It looked like a beautiful pinkish sunrise from my window, so I regret not being more disciplined on my vacation since this was my only early morning with the camera and I think it would have been a beautiful sunrise at the beach.  I guess it's always good to have something still on my list for next time...beach sunrise.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Vacation

One quick post before I head out of town for the rest of the week...I'll be back blogging next Monday.  For today a sunny, orange California Poppy.  In Northern California these bloomed mid-March.  Today I was in the Columbia River Gorge, and they were blooming all along the roadside.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Steel Bridge

Portland's Steel Bridge, with its towers reflected here in the still waters of the Willamette on a foggy morning, brings an industrial majesty to this wonderful city of bridges. The Steel Bridge is one of eight bridges connecting the east and west sides of downtown Portland, aptly nicknamed Bridgetown.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Enchanted Forest

Quite a change of pace today in color and mood, but this forest is actually at the edge of the camas field at Lacamas Regional Park, so technically it's still part of my camas field trip. Lacamas is a fairly diverse park; at the lower elevation the hike winds around a lake and through a cedar forest.  It's mossy throughout the park. I love all the different mosses on these trees.  This photo was taken on my first trip to the camas field, and there was still a slight fog in the air, which is what gives the enchanted feel to these trees.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Camas Study 6

Thank you for all the input yesterday on camas selection; it helps me in narrowing down my decision. I'm finishing up calendar layout today, so I have to select on short notice which I don't like to do. After looking through my camas photos, I decided to post today's photo in the study as well.  I liked it for all the subtle variations in blues and purples. I do think this will be the last camas photo for the season. Hopefully I can finish up the calendar layout today and get out with my camera again tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Forest Lily

I'm taking a break from the camas today to post another photo from the trail at Lacamas Regional Park.  It's some sort of lily; I'm sorry I don't know the variety despite all my internet searching this morning.  There were about a dozen of these tiny lilies together in a deep section of forest as the trail headed steeply up toward the camas field.  As for the camas, I will probably post a few more if I don't get out with my camera again in the next few days, but after looking over all my shots I think Camas Studies 1, 4 and 5 are probably my favorites. I'm probably going to use one in my 2016 calendar this year because I still need a closeup photo, and because camas is very representative of the Pacific Northwest.  Any opinions about which I should choose?  I'm conflicted.  Thanks :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Camas Study 5

Well, I made it back to the camas field this morning for a third time this season.  I tried to go yesterday, got all the way to the park, headed out on the trail, turned on my camera, and realized that the new battery I loaded was not charged.  An unfortunate breakdown in my system.  So I headed home and got my batteries charged for this morning.  The field has aged noticeably in two days, so if I get a strong urge to visit one more time this season, it will have to be in the next day or two, and given that our forecast turns to rain tomorrow I think today's visit was probably my last for the season. Sigh. I haven't even looked through all my photos yet, so I expect I'll post a few more in this study. (Sorry if anyone is tiring of it, but this series of photos has represented some growth for me, and I'm interested in working though that a bit more. Plus I'm super infatuated with the flowers if you haven't noticed!) Today's shot is actually the last one I took.  I was heading down the hill to leave and kept stopping and photographing as I went.  I'm glad I made the stop for this flower, because this was just the balance of focus and not-focus that I was looking for today.  Plus I think the color is pretty in its richness.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Camas Study 4

This morning I headed back to the blue camas field at Lacamas Park in the aptly named town of Camas, Washington. I only took my 80-200 lens, with the goal of taking a super isolating closeup of a camas blossom, done in the style of my photography icon, Jim Brandenburg.  Feeling pretty good about this one.  I'm starting to get the hang of this kind of photography, and I actually think I'll head back there one more time tomorrow morning to try out a few other ideas I have.  The field is absolutely magical early in the morning.  It's a common theme with the other sunrise folks, runners, hikers.  We are all so awestruck by the overwhelming beauty of these flowers that you have to stop and share it with anyone you happen to meet, so I end up having a lot of conversations with the other early risers as we marvel at these beautiful flowers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Camas Study 3

A grassier location at the camas field.  And a little bit harsher light too.  I wasn't able to get back to the field today, but I'm planning a trip out there for tomorrow morning.  Our sunny weather looks like it will hold through the weekend and into next week. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Camas Study 2

When I started 45journal I was really inspired by the photography of Jim Brandenburg. I spent my first year on the blog trying to copy all his photos, and sometimes I still try to capture his style. I wasn't thinking about his prairie wildflower photos when I was at the camas field, but once I saw this shot on the computer I felt that it most closely resembled his style which includes a very narrow depth of focus. Of course I quickly looked up some of his wildflower photos, and realized I still fall short.  Looking at his amazing photography makes me want to head back to Camas again on Friday morning with his narrow depth of field in mind. If you're interested in viewing his work, search Jim Brandenburg prairie smoke or JimBrandenburg prairie coneflowers for two really great examples. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Camas Study 1

As the title name implies, I'm probably going to post a series of photos from my trip to the camas field in Lacamas Regional Park.  Camas is a perennial flower in the Pacific Northwest.  Related to the asparagus, it has a sweet inulin-rich bulb that was a staple food for Native American tribes. I've got a lot of photos from this dewy early morning visit.  Maybe they will all look the same to me tomorrow, but right now I'm imagining I will want to post several, as I decide what I like and don't like about each shot.  In this photo I like the addition of the pink clover, and also the diagonal line created by the clover-rich foreground. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's My Birthday Too, Yeah

Happy 5th Anniversary, 45journal!  Hard to believe that my one year project, began in 2010, is entering its sixth year today.  If you asked me when I started this blog, if I'd still be posting photos in 2015, I wouldn't have even considered it.  I had no idea blogging was going to be so much fun; that I was going to meet so many interesting people, from so many different regions and countries; that blogging would be such a motivating tool for practicing my photography.  I've been interested in the idea of motivation lately, and in several of the books I've read (Drive by Daniel Pink and Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin) they discuss the theory that it takes 10 years of consistent, hard work to master a domain.  If that's true, then maybe I'm half way there.  Will I still be blogging in 2020? I sure hope so!