New photos

Hello. I have been sporadic in posting, unable to get out to shoot and a tad uninspired by what I have in the archives, but tonight I went out at sunset to take a few shots.

I went by this tree earlier in the day and thought I have to get back and shoot that at sunset. I planned to take it the other way but there was no great place to stand, and it’s in the middle of the road. There was a nice pull-out area to park facing the other direction, plus the sky was actually prettier in that direction.

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Why did I suddenly and finally get motivated to get out and shoot? I did some thinking and realized I want to go to very scenic places where people go on photography tours. I don’t want to do a tour, I want to do it myself. We have a ton of stuff to shoot in Northern California. I’m really lucky to live here, and it’s time I started taking advantage of it. But I have to plan for it. It won’t just happen, I noticed.

I looked up a beach that a photographer takes people to, and he suggested bringing ND filters. I’ve been wanting one so I can blur moving water, that’s it. Nothing fancy. So I asked for an inexpensive one for my wide angle lens for not much money for Christmas. My husband also did the research, which is a big part of the gift. I looked at the ones Leanne Cole talks brilliantly about. Those look amazing. I am not ready for those, though. I want to keep things simple and not invest in more equipment for a while. I need to get out and use my excellent wide angle lens (several birthday and Christmas presents worth there). I want to put the emphasis on taking photos now. I have enough stuff.

So the other part of my Christmas present is that my husband will go with me to a couple beach outings and…drum roll…to Yosemite in the winter! (We’re going to stay in a hotel outside the park, not camp.)

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The advantage of going on our own is that we can wait for the ideal conditions because we aren’t booked in advance.

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On my way home from my photography adventure tonight, I had to stop and take a picture of the moon.

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Have a great week!

 

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