The snow has been falling off and on today in Williamsburg. It has been nice to take a break from my work to look outside my office window and watch it come down. No real accumulation but there is something peaceful about watching snow fall from inside a warm home.
I made this image at Niagara Falls a few weeks ago while on a trip with friends to make maple syrup in Upstate New York. It was bitter cold! My wife and I each had a set of chemical hand warmers. I hate working with cloves on so I would put my hands in my coat pockets as often as possible. We were there for about two hours. Sarah and I switched hand warmers several times because mine wouldn’t stay warm because my hands were so cold!
I made this image at Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is know for tall rock formations called Hoodoos. When the first light hits them they glow a bright orange. I have never seen anything like it before. I will post a few of my photographs of Hoodoos next. (My Gallery from Bryce Canyon)
I spent the morning photographing the Hoodoos but this little tree caught my eye as I panned along the ledge where I was shooting. This was the only “non-rock” image I made that morning.
One of the keys to photography is to shoot when the light is at its best. That might mean getting up early in the morning for sunrise or waiting for sunset to photograph certain subjects. It also means that you should put your subject where the light is most flattering (like portraiture). Photography is all about light and how it interacts with the physical world. How you capture this interaction will make or break the shot. This is true for any type of photography from macro, landscape to portraiture (especially portraiture!).
I made this image because of the lighting. The light wraps this small tree from behind and turns an average subject (in my opinion) into one that is more dynamic and interesting. The way the light interacted with this little tree is what caught my eye. Look for the light!
We were blessed to have the band Downhere perform at our church last night. They are great musicians and put on quite the show! After many years of touring and recording they have decided to end their ministry. I remember seeing them for the first time seven or eight years ago. Over the years they got better every show. I believe this was the fourth time I saw them live.
This is the second to last show and I am grateful to see them one last time…