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!!

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!

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