Archive | September 2015

Effortless…

413890_313341485398195_2103327520_oI dove deep into the depths of some old work.  Well, I do not know how deep I went, but I took these photos back in 2012.

I was traveling through Pennsylvania and saw this house from the highway.  I had time to spare so naturally I had to pull off and take some photos.  Of course, pulling off meant finding an  off ramp and finding the right road.  Thankfully, it wasn’t too difficult.

I think that I needed to delve into the depths of some old photos to remember why I like photography in the first place.  I mean, that is something that I often struggle to remember here of late.  Just last week, I was asked why I like it.  I was at a loss for an answer.  I’m still at a loss for an answer, but that may be frustration and discouragement.
Still, as I was looking through a lot of my old photos, they just seemed so effortless.  So….well, just effortless. I don’t know how else to explain it.  Truth be told, they probably were.  I was auto everything back then. Let the camera do the work, I just pushed the button.  Did little on the editing side.  Effortless.

Looking at the photos, I started to feel like I was just better at it back then. That my work was better.  More pure.  I know that is not necessarily true.  I’ve taken some amazing photos; especially, this last year.  I also have skills that I didn’t have back then. Knowledge and what not.  Still, sometimes I find myself feeling like have to put a lot of effort into a shot.

This isn’t even necessarily because the shot is wrong.  Just everything that sometimes goes into making the shot…focusing, aperture, shutter speed, zooming in, zooming out.  Now, I know there is room to argue about the reasons that is, but my point is the same.  I know the shot is right, but the effort that goes into ensuring it stays that way…that is what I mean by effort.  That’s probably just me, but I’m just saying.

Maybe a lot of us have those moments.  Maybe not.  Either way, I’m good with it.  I’m learning that when I start feeling like this…it is time to step back and remember days like this one back in 2012.  When I was doing it just because I wanted to, without thinking about it, and without putting any effort into it. Effortless
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Black and White

DSC_0567-2 Just because I like black and white photos.   Not all photos, but a lot.  I don’t know why.

There probably isn’t really a particular reason.  I just find that some photos just say more to me if they are in a black and white.

I hope that you like them too.

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Little bit of rain, little bit of sun

DSC_0211 (3)It started raining my second day in on the mountain.  I’m cool with that.  However, I’m beginning to realize that I’m cool with just about whatever the mountains want to throw at me.  Unless it is snow. I’m undecided about the snow.

The rain was moving out in this picture and the sun was starting to shine.  Then again, it could have been the rain pushing the sun out.  I’m not sure. Either way, it made a pretty neat picture in my opinion.  Hope you think so too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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The ND Filter

DSC_0191 (2)I bought an ND Filter, the darker end of the latter, so that I could start working towards mastering the art of long exposure. I am not sure what kind of investment that is yet.  Time will tell.

My biggest issue…I mean, besides not being able to get the hang of long exposure, is that I can’t seem to remember to take that thing back off of my lens.  That is always a treat when your brain is working a little slower. You know those moments when you know something is wrong, yet you can’t figure out what it is.  I was having a seriously hard time figuring out what is going on with my ability to take pictures.  Then like five minutes later I would remember the ND filter was still on my lens.

I should probably still question that at times.  My ability to take pictures.  I do question that at times and whether or not I should continue on the photography path.  I’ve reached moments more often than not lately where I’m at my wits ends and ready to give it up.  Then…something will happen. Something that renews me for a minute.  Someone will tell me how much they like my photography and inquire about services or I am looking for a picture to post and I find one that I really like.  It renews my hope and assurance that I’m traveling on the right path….if even just for a little bit.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
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Stretched and Spiraled

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I was playing around on Photoshop earlier and created this little thing.  It is nothing special and it wasn’t hard to do.  I don’t remember exactly what I did, but it kind of describes how I’ve been feeling the last couple of days.  Stretched and spiraled. It is all good and I know that it is nothing that a good long few days off can’t take care of.  It is probably the weather as we went from 90 something to 40 something to whatever it is now.  It is not as appealing to me as it was in the mountains, but alas…that is Mother Nature. Love her or hate her, she is here to stay.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Thoughts

SONY DSCI was trying to type out a blog. Deep and inspirational thoughts.  It failed miserably.

As I typed, I was like, “This sounds like incoherent rambling.”  Thoughts. They never seem to elude me, but a way to formulate them into something worth saying often does.  Things seems to have gotten lost in the mist of frustrations and just the every day.  I’m going to work on that, but for now, I post this beauty.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Point and Shoot

Strange how that is used to describe the “non-DSLR” cameras.  The simple, little, point and shoot cameras without all the fancy options. I get why they are called that, I do.  I just find it funny, because the younger and more smart arsey part me was like, “they’re all point and shoot. That’s kind of how it works. You have to point and shoot.”  I mean, obviously I know that it is more detailed than that depending on your level of expertise or ambition, which ever the case may be.  Still, it is just as easy for me to turn my Sony or Nikon into a regular old point and shoot as it was my actual little point and shoot.  That is why God invented the man that invented automatic focus and the auto option.  Still a bit more to it, I know can be argued, but I stand by my point 🙂  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Stretch it out

DSC_0201She’s not really stretching. Well, maybe a bit, but it’s more so the angle.  This is what happens when you are standing on a hill. I still like it, though.  Hope you do too.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Down By the Bay

So many pictures from both trips that I’ve decide to step back from Wyoming for a bit.  Part of me is feeling like I actually need some fresh material, which is weird. I mean as I’ve stated before, I have enough pictures to last a while.  I think it is more so that I’m getting a little restless and am ready to run again.  Might need to take that into consideration, but for now we’ll see what happens.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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