Back To Normal... But Not Really!

OK… So I’ve finished the 2019 Wildlife In Focus photography contest. I made all of my final portfolio decisions and turned them in on time. Now we wait… and wait… and wait! It’ll be October before I hear anything. Thats just the way it works…

Immediately after finishing the WIF contest, I did some volunteer work for the Rockport Center For the Arts 4th of July Art Fest. It’s a big show and it takes a lot of work to make it happen. As it’sl ikelyy to be here on the Coastal Bend… July was a scorcher. Hot and humid! The Art Fest was a huge success…

I just returned to Rockport from a 10 day road trip out to Breckinridge, CO and Santa Fe, NM. Honestly… I was just pretty burned out. I felt that I needed to get away from here and get charged back up again. While I did take a lot of my camera gear, I made a decision to follow Georgia O’Keeffe’s sage advice to “Take time to look”. I used my iPhone camera almost exclusively on the trip… and loved it! It was good to be in pure tourist mode and just have fun. I probably used my Canon gear for less than 25 clicks. (I’ll post one below). What I did do was to work on composition in a completely different environment. And my iPhone gave me the freedom to be spontaneous and just try to make good images. I had fun…

So now that I’m back here, I have some photography projects that I want to do. I’ll be shooting for just me for the first time this year. No required categories and no restrictions! I’m looking forward to doing some good work. Let’s see what happens…

“Summer Aspens” Breckinridge, CO

I’ve always wanted to photograph Aspen trees in mid September when their leaves are brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. But I was there in July, and had to try and create something different than my vision. So I decided to use shadows and highlights instead of those beautiful colors. I like this photo of the “Summer Aspens” …