There Is Beauty All Around

July 3, 2011 § 5 Comments

It’s about time I create another post! I’m sorry…these are long past due. Most of these photos were taken in Oregon at Silver Falls. BEAUTIFUL! The trail actually cuts into the rock behind the waterfall so you can hike all the way around it. It was the most amazing thing ever.

I was able to capture a few of the little driplets of water that were coming off the hillside. It was so incredibly green and the dripping water created the most amazing scene.

I also had to throw in a few cool pictures I caught of my tarantula, Mombi. Yes..she has a name. And Yes…she is a girl. How do I know? I just do. She loved chilling on my laptop because it gets really warm. I loved the colors that made the photos look very geek-modern. I don’t know what that means, but it seems to work.

Enjoy the photos! Thanks for visiting my blog. Leave feedback!!

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Sky on Fire

May 12, 2011 § 7 Comments

I have been really excited about this post for sometime now! I can’t wait for you all to see these. Photos are crazy. When I look at these photos I can’t believe that I was able to capture something that could make me feel calm in the midst of my crazy busy and stressful life. It’s so awesome. Photography has given me the opportunity to pause for a minute…and that is exactly what I need sometimes!

I LOVE the colors I capture during this sunset. I feel like I am starting to be able to create a photo that actually turns out the way I saw it in my mind’s eye. That is so hard to do! Obviously I’m still learning, but now it’s starting to get way more fun!!!

I hope that this summer I’ll be able to devote much more time to my photoblog and start to make big improvements in my photography. I’m so glad I started this hobby! If there is something you’ve always wanted to do, DO IT! Even though I don’t spend that much time doing this, I am still learning and improving…and I’m in a Master’s program! There’s no excuse to procrastinate what you’ve always wanted to do. I’m so glad I’ve learned that because now I won’t be afraid to take on the next thing that comes along.

Check ’em out:

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They’re cool, huh!? I love colors of the sunset, it can provoke so many different moods in the photos. It’s amazing! Which is your favorite? Talk to me! Leave comments!!

Walk Around the Block

May 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

Finally a new post! I have been swamped with work and school that I haven’t been able to get around to my new hobby of photoblogging. These pictures were taken a while ago, and I’m still working on getting comfortable with my camera. These were taken during my photography class…we all took a walk around the block. We ran into a few people and most of them would avoid eye contact with any of us and walk past as quickly as possible. I guess a group of 10 weirdos with cameras can be a little unnerving. (“please, please, please don’t try and take my picture”).

I chose my favorite pictures from that evening to post. I caught some really good lighting on some of the old buildings. I think the biggest challenge I’ve been running into lately is trying to compose something that’s really interesting to look at. I have come to really appreciate how amazing the human eye is. I can look at the world and see something fantastic, but it’s a whole different story trying to capture that through the lens of a camera.

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I decided to use a slideshow this time around…it was just a million times easier to create. How do you like it? Which pictures are your favorite?

The Pedal Harp

April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

My entire photography obsession started when I found an ad for a photography class at the local community college. I was probably crazy to sign up seeing as how I am in the middle of my Master’s program, but I couldn’t resist! These photos are from our first photo shoot that we did as part of our photography class. I had so much fun doing this shoot and looking at the pictures it’s hard to imagine that I was crammed in a tiny room with 10 other photographers all trying to get the best shots possible. But, I do have to say that I am very pleased with how my photos turned out!

Which do you like the best? These are only a select few of 150 photos!

I love the pattern of the strings and tuning pins. The harp is such a beautiful instrument! I had so much fun with this photo shoot and I hope you enjoy checking out my pictures!

Winter in Spring

April 8, 2011 § 6 Comments

It has been snowing for the past two days….yes in April. Welcome to Utah! Usually I would be livid (and I kind of am) but it gave me the opportunity to take some really neat pictures!

Today was a big day for me. (And this just goes to show what a beginner I am) but I actually outsmarted my fancy camera today. It’s kind of intimidating to be holding a machine that can, most of the time, take the best shot with the right settings all on its own. But I’ve been forcing myself to take it off ‘auto’ and take care of all of the settings manually. And today, my marvelous brain trumped the machine! Here’s what happened…

As you can see in the pictures, it’s very snowy. Snow means more light reflected off the white surfaces. I knew the camera would see all this ‘whiteness’ as bright light and in turn would automatically close down the aperture (make the hole in the lense smaller to decrease the amount of light coming in). But I knew that I would want a wider aperture, seeing as how it is a very overcast day and there really wouldn’t be as much light coming into the camera as the camera would think! Genius, Michelle! So I took a few shots on my manual settings, and then just for kicks, switched it over to automatic and the shots were way too dark. And there it is, proof that I knew better! My small, personal triumph. Maybe I can be a photographer after all.

Isn’t this tree amazing? I think it’s weeping because it’s winter.

This is the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logan, Utah.

Which ones do you like the best? They turned out darker and not as sharp as I thought they would. Keep in mind I’m a beginner!

Tread Lightly

April 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

I was a little nervous about in a nearby cemetery for fear of having someone see me walking around aimlessly, looking at the direction of the light coming from the sun, trying to spot an interesting gravestone to shoot. I worried people might think I was being disrespectful…I mean, who really wants to have pictures of a gravestone? But, I kept reminding myself that my intentions are purely to capture that mystery that is always found in cemeteries and to truly celebrate the lives of those people that have passed on before us.

I found a neat website of memorial art that I really like. Check it out too!

These photos aren’t publishing as sharp and clear as my original files. Any suggestions? I’m not sure how to keep that integrity intact.

I loved this granite headstone…the textures contrast and the lighting was just right!

The sunlight pouring in seemed to give it a more calming/peaceful effect. It looks like I even caught a little glimpse of a rainbow

I think this is one of my favorite shots from this day..I absolutely love the antique feel and the story the items create

I really enjoyed this shoot…as odd as it may seem to some people. And as I was leaving, I was tempted to stay even longer because I spotted an area in the cemetery that looked so much older than the rest of it. But I didn’t stay, so there may be more coming in the future. Keep your eye out!

Mish Mash

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Expect my first few posts to be a little random, photo wise. I’m still experimenting with and getting to know my camera. Here are just a few pics to start us off….


I love the purple hue in the sky

writing with light

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

so you know the face behind the camera

So I am not typically prone to following trends, and in my opinion blogs are very trendy. So this isn’t going to be just any blog. This blog has been created for the sole purpose of displaying and talking about my photography.

Now, don’t get too excited, because I am a raw amateur. BUT I am VERY excited to have you come along with me on my journey of discovering my own taste and style in photography.

My husband just bought me a beautiful new camera for my birthday present and it has inspired me to stop keeping all of my photos tucked away nicely in a file folder on my desktop. It’s time to share my hidden hobby with the world! As of right now, I really don’t have much to show, but please stick around and get to know how I write with light.