Tag Archive | Badlands National Park

Open Road….

DSC_7046Sometimes all we need is an open road and no place to be.  At least some of us do.  I do.  Most of the time.

My third trip anywhere doesn’t always fair as well as my first two trips.  There is always something and a different type of enlightenment.  That is what has happened this time.  I’m ready for a new road.  I should actually laugh at that.  You should probably laugh at that.  Why?  I’m always ready for a new road.  I get bored so ridiculously easy.  I guess this is bound to happen when you work an office job where you sit a desk all day long, staring at a computer, and trying to keep your mouth shut when someone insults your intelligence (or you’d really like to insult theirs or the lack there of).

I was born to travel.  I really cannot deny that.  I believe someone might describe it as being born with a  gypsy soul.  I would have to say after a bit of research that is very much true.  I’m constantly struggling to find and searching for that one place.  I’m constantly looking for adventure and to roam. More than anything I love the feeling of being free.  Being on the open road with no one else around to dictate how fast or how slow I go.  When I can stop and when I can leave. I hate restraints.  A lot of us do, I know that I’m not alone.  Just the same.

I’ve lost my train of thought…at least for this topic, so I will move on to the picture.  This was early-early morning.  At the break of day in the Badlands.  It was cold, it was windy, and it was like freakin’ early (did I mention that).  Normally, that would not have bothered me but I never did get a good nights sleep.  The Badland wind was not kind to me but that is a whole other story.

I wanted to work on my long exposure but ND filter is jacked up.  I mean, scratched and coating is coming off.  It was horrible.  You can’t actually see it much in this photo but there are little….let’s call them light bubbles.  Spots that show more light…its not an even filter flow.  I think it really worked for this photo.  I did a bit to alter it, but the colors are merely enhanced and not altered.   I hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

A New Light

DSC_59082I have pondered about what to write.  If I should even write anything.  I’ve said time and time again that writing was something that I wanted to get back into.  I miss it.  I wrote a short(ish) story a while back and once I started, it just came.  Then I lost that motivation.

While I was in South Dakota, I was hiking a crazy long trail (16 miles round trip…I’ve hiked further before, but I was exposed to the elements and lo and behold never have enough water.  Alas, that is a story for another day).  Anyway, while I was on this hike I became inspired.  Why?  That I really have no answer for.  I just did.  So, every time that I would have a thought, I would write it.  Some of those I will be sharing at a later time.  For now, I will just share why I have not written.

I could easily say that it is writer’s block, but truth be told…that would be a lie.  I lost my desire to write for much of the same reason that I lose my desire to photograph.  No one seems to enjoy it or really pays attention to it.  No one seems to really like it.  I cannot really say that much about my photography, at least not on my blog (or on Instagram).  I get a quite a few likes and that makes me happy.  Each of you is appreciated more than I will probably ever let you know.  That is not on purpose, so forgive me.  Still, I find myself seeking a level approval that comes up short.

I should write for me. I should do photography for me.  All of this I know, but at the same time…I can do that stuff for me any time that I want.  But I’ve always wanted to inspire and share.  I wanted people to know that I exist and want to see and hear what I have to share.  Anything to make me feel less invisible.  To know that I am good at what I do or something like that.  I think that many of us feel that way or even currently feel that way.  After all, isn’t that all a lot of us want to be noticed for our skills, accomplishments, and what not?  We can say that we don’t, but it is subconscious human nature to want it just a tad.

I know that I am guilty of that and when it seems like I’m falling short, I lose motivation to continue. I often it equate it to the powers that be trying to tell me that I’m on the wrong path.  I’m sure that it is their way of seeing how bad I want it by seeing how hard I’ll fight for it, but some days it seems like I’ve been fighting forever.  And every blog post that has a bad day, every Facebook post that is ignored, every person that asked me to do a photo shoot for them and then turned around and scheduled it with a different photographer….it is want more grain of salt in a slow healing wound.  That is not to make anyone feel guilty, that is my own psychological issue.  One that I’m working on, but just the same.

With all of that said,  in this new light I have decided that I will be writing a bit more. I know that I’ve said that before.  But in the wake of coming off a not so great trip and the loss of two uncle within six weeks of each other, I realize that I have to force myself to do a bit more for myself.  It is a goal…we will see how it goes.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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Montana Rose Photography

Side note about the picture:  I took it at sunset in the Badlands.  I had looked for the perfect place for four days.  I wanted something that was over the rock/clay formations, thinking that would give me the perfect sunset picture.  I never for a second thought that it would be over a field in Sage Creek, the backcountry of the Badlands.  The storm was rolling in and if you look to the right you can see the rain.  The clouds were low and I just loved how the sun was reflecting off them.  All I really did was turn down the highlights, removed some of the shadows, turn up the vibrance and clarity.  I didn’t mess with any of the coloring and this was the final result.  I hope you like them.

Run Runaway…

DSC_17002.jpgMainly because I have had that song stuck in my head for like a week now. Not quite a week, but long enough.  Slade’s 1984 Run Runaway. 

“See chameleon
lying there in the sun
All things to everyone
Run run away”

I feel like there should be some philosophical insight in that phrase, but I also feel that it might be a little bit too obvious.  So many of us are so many things to so many people.   It depends on their needs, their capabilities, their thought process, and in general…their own self view.

I learned a long time ago that people can only give you what they are capable of.  That means they can only treat you certain ways because it is all they are capable of.  I’m not going to jump on some soapbox. I’ll save that for another day.  I really just felt the need to post something.

This picture….it is last year’s Badland’s photo.  Revisited.  Probably reposted.  My hard drive did not properly save all my edited photos and I’ve gotten a new laptop since then, so it doesn’t show me if it has already been edited. Oh, well. I played around with it and it looks different either way.  I am pretty sure it is a repost, because I have a similar picture on my wall.  However, I had so many different angles and even those with barely a difference that it is really hard to tell.  And again… I played with it, so it doesn’t look like the one I would have originally posted.

This one has a little bit more life than the original picture and (probably) the original edited.  It has more life than the one on my wall that is for sure.  It has color and vibrancy and a bit more sun-setting type vibe.  Not that the one on my wall is horrible…it isn’t but I get bored easily and hindsight is 20-20.

Anyway, that is about all for today. I hope that you like this version of the picture.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Angles…Perspectives

DSC_0607Or something.   Either way, I’m not sure that I have posted this particular angle of this beauty.  I couldn’t find it any of my “already used” photos anyway.  I’ve also played around with it, so even if I have….it should be different.  Should being the key word.  Just the same, I hope you like him.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography