The Changes in the Seasons

How beautiful it is to watch these purple and lavender flowers all summer, climbing the side of my backyard deck. This image is my last clematis flower of the season. Only my late summer roses are continuing to bloom in the backyard, as the evening temperatures begin to drop.

You know, there is something wonderful about watching the light change as we change seasons. It’s a fact, light is whiter in the summer, in photographic terms, and shadows are shorter. Conversely, light is redder in the winter months. The sun travels a greater distance through the atmosphere, and the light scatters more. But, this light has a positive effect on our photography, giving us beautiful golden shafts of light, and a greater richness too. Clear blue skies in winter mean it is colder and crisper outside. So, don those fingerless gloves and get the cameras out when the temperatures are 32 degrees!

Speaking of flowers, I have to share two of my favorite photographers from history who have beautiful flower portfolios. Imogene Cunningham, a female photographer whose counterparts were Edward Weston and Ansel Adams among other greats in the medium. And, Robert Mapplethorpe, a sometimes-controversial image-maker whose work often shocked the establishment. Take a look at their flowers and see the exquisite beauty in nature. Notice the symmetry and tiny details that their photography reveals. Their work is quite inspiring, and hopefully will inspire you, too, to take a closer look at those blooms in your own backyard!

My “Last of the Clematis Vine Blooms” was shot with a Nikkor 105mm macro lens at f/6.3, 1/250 sec., at 100 ISO. Always on a tripod for these types of shots, and mirror lock-up and a shutter release, for all my students out there who hear me harp on this often!

Last of the Clematis Vine Blooms Fall 2015

Last of the Clematis Vine Blooms Fall 2015

With the changes in this season, come the colors of autumn! It’s about that time to head into the hills for some vivid yellows, reds and oranges! Don’t forget to pack those fingerless gloves!

Trying Out the New D810 on a Big Backcountry Hike with the Girls

Welcome to my new website! I’m glad you decided to stop by and take a stroll through my portfolio of work. I enjoy teaching photography, so I thought I might use this blog as a way to showcase my new images and talk about photography, everything photography, from history to technical tips. Sometimes my images posted here will be meant for a new portfolio and fine art limited-edition prints, sometimes they are just plain fun shots, and occasionally, they may be inspired by someone in photo history, or a new, amazing technical tip I learn and want to pass along.

Since I do love dogs, and I have a dog portfolio on the website, and a constant image bank of dogs in the works, I thought I’d share a ‘just plain fun’ shot to begin with. I recently took a big backcountry hike up the Crags with my husband, and girls, Olive and Maggie. They were sporting their new ©Ruffwear backpacks, and lending a hand carrying their own treats, water and extra supplies up the climb! It was a beautiful, blue sky, Colorado day! Perfect for a hike and the great outdoors!

The Girls at the Crags

The Girls at the Crags

For all my gear-head photo friends out there, I took this shot with my Nikon D810, 70-300mm at 110mm, f/16 at 1/160 sec. maybe a bit slow, as I have a bit of joyful movement in their heads! Kind of looks like an ad for ©Ruffwear! Maybe I should give them a call?

For fun, I’ll also add in a bit of history of photography trivia, as anyone who knows me, knows I can talk an awful lot about that subject! So, today in photographic history, let’s see, today is September 21, 1953, oops 2015, but in 1953, Life Magazine published a cover story called “My Daughter Juanita” by W. Eugene Smith (amazing photojournalist!). This was considered a pretty major autobiographical effort by a photojournalist in this history of photography.

And, finally, my history of photography students know how much I love to talk about these guys, and their words of wisdom on photography! Here goes one of my favorites,

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”  – Ansel Adams (1902-1984)