Dusted Pastures

I feel completely overwhelmed with all the photos I brought back from Germany. Sensory overload. I guess I just don’t know how to handle all this lush vegetation and green anymore! (except turning it into a black & white)

So instead, I’m going to take it easy and post something from my archive/backlog. I usually add images that I like to the Quick Collection in Lightroom where I let them sit for a little bit (or a little bit longer, sometimes, like… over 2 years?! holy crap, I made the above photo in March 2012!), and now is a good time to look at some of them, and re-evaluate them. Cheers!

Place De La Cathédrale

One of our many day trips while in Germany led us to Colmar in the Alsace region of France; it was only a 50 minute drive from our holiday rental apartment in Simonswald. We enjoyed the day in the little city a lot. I have some more photos to share later, just picked this one for the #signsunday photo theme on Google+. :) Continue reading

Black Forest Landscape

Back from Germany

I know, I know! Long time no post. We came back from a visit to Germany and it’s Black Forest region (that’s in the South-Western part of Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg) Wednesday night and after running errands, doing the laundry and a lot of grocery shopping to refill our fridge I’ve begun sifting through my photos. For now, here are three cellphone images that I made while being there, and processed with SnapSeed, to share them with Facebook friends and followers. Continue reading

A Grain of Sanderlings

While trying to identify these cute little fellows (they’re a kind of sand piper, but there are many) I learned that a) they are Sanderlings and b) a flock or group of them is called “Grain”. :)

Fresh Green & Morning Fog

The latest addition to my series of images from the Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw (link goes to the gallery on my website) is an “update” of sorts – it replaces the existing March-take from 2012, which started the whole series. I guess I should have mixed feelings about replacing that one, but I’m actually just glad that I can remove the old image: it didn’t ripen too well, let alone grow on me – I really didn’t like it very much, anymore (and no, I’m not showing you now that it’s gone).

The new image actually comes after I already posted the April take on the tree – simply because I had such a hard time picking just one. Coming from sunny Santa Ysabel in the morning it was amazing to drive into unexpected fog at the Lake Henshaw basin – I wandered around the tree in fog and just could not get enough. It’s safe to say that I totally over-worked the scene. :)

In the end, I decided to not experiment with a very different angle or anything, but keep some compositional consistency – the images themselves are varied enough already and I had the feeling that using too much variation in the composition would weaken the series.

You can buy a fine art print of this photo on Fine Art America/Pixels.com. (prints are not watermarked, of course.)

Dancers in the Fog

This is from November last year. Real weather in Southern California means a drive out into the back country. Even though it’s only a road and most of it is fenced, I always try to include Mesa Grande. It’s such a beautiful area.