Tag Archive | Roads

Let There Be Light….

DSC_45712Or at least emphasized light.  Altered grass.  You know whichever.

These pictures have been revisited.  I went to a lunch type workshop the other day where we discussed photoshop.  I use photoshop regularly but haven’t always been able to get it to do what I want.  After the workshop, I decided to go back to something that is usually foe to my patience….curves.  Selecting particular areas and using curves.

I didn’t hate these photos.  The original edits on the top photo were amazing in of itself, but this bottom one.  Not so much.  I want to emphasize the sky as the sun was starting to set.  I wanted the badlands to stand out.  I wanted the road to lead to something.  In both.  Vision. Dreams.  I don’t know, but I wanted more than what was previously there.  Hope I nailed it.  DSC_46082Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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Rainy Day

DSC_0550 (2).jpgNothing like a rainy day.  Unless you are on vacation and it rains the majority of the time.  We’ve all been there at one time or another.  We do what we can to make the best of it.

I started my trip out in the Badlands (Badlands National Park).  I want to say that it was great like last year, but third time is not a charm.  The campground that I stayed at had and influx of campers and was full every night.  Every time I turned around I was running into people or could hear them.  It was so windy that my tent tried to fly away a couple of times.  Once with me in it.  Yeah, I ended up sleeping in my car.

The last day there it rained so bad that the dirt road to the campground was horrible. Muddy, slippery.  No matter how slow you went-there was slipping and sliding.   There are some steep curves with some deep dips.  You feel like you are on a roller coaster almost on your side.  When the road is muddy and you are sliding…not so much fun.  I ended up having a horrible panic attack; especially, since I cannot see the well in the dark. I turned around in slept in one of the lots where back country hiking is allowed.

With that I also decided that once you’ve seen the Badlands, four days is really too long to stay there.  I headed to Custer State as soon as I could, but I was exhausted. My usual campground was not open even though it was supposed to be.  There was an influx of campers there as well and they were a rude and inconsiderate bunch.  I never did get a good night’s sleep and it rained off and on the first several days.

It was not the trip that I imagined, but looking bad…it served a purpose.  I won’t dive into that at this time. I’ve already written too much.  Alas, you do get a bit of wordiness to continue.

For the most part, there was blue skies and just this vibrant and lively rolling green and red hills.  It was the most beautiful I’ve seen the park in the my three visits.  I guess this is what happens when a park gets caught up in the wildfire.  Still, the second I was ready to hike…it would rain.  I didn’t want to walk away from this trip with ill feelings and so I was bound and determine to make the most out of it.

The greenness and the fires, they had me all about a different type of photograph journey.  I am always all about the animals, but this time I was also about that scenery, those trees, and those roads.  With it being rainy, I think it made for some great pics and this is one of them.

I altered it just a bit, but I wanted to deliver this to deep, moody kind of look. I don’t know what I mean by that, but I had this vision and this picture fits the bill.  It is kind of rainy (It is actually raining in this photo) and it is kind of gloomy with that glistening bit of light fighting to shine through.  At least I hope that is what you see.  I also hope that you like it.

With that lengthy ramble, I will bid adieu.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Road to Nowhere

DSC_0714 (2).jpgI am sure that this road leads somewhere.  Actually, I know it does but I was trying to think of a song and Ozzy’s Road to Nowhere popped into my head.  We can thank the Winchester boys for that.  If you have heard of Supernatural, the TV show,  you  know the Winchesters.  If not, and you are a rock fan…you know Ozzy.  Actually, due to his publicity throughout the years, you probably know him either way.  If not, it is a good song and you should check it out.

As for this road.  Custer State Park, but I don’t remember which road.  I’ve hit so many of them.  I don’t think this was one of my frequently traveled.  With that said, it was from last year and not what the original looked like.  I played with it.  Added filters and this was the final product that I liked the best.  I hope you like it too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Long Road….

DSC_0957.jpgIt is only April and it has been a very long road. Which sometimes seems like the theme for my every year.  This year especially, though.

I would be lying if I said that I’ve not been struggling. For well over a year now. The last few months have just heightened it all.  The need to change. The need for there to be more than what is.  It has all made my restless heart even more restless.

My restless heart has the need to chase down wild horses.  Figuratively and literally.  Some of them live too far away, the ones on Assateague I’ve already seen, and the ones in South Dakota are slated for two weeks from yesterday.    I was originally supposed to go see the ones in Arizona, but that will not happen this year.  I had to use some of vacation and will not have enough to justify the length of the drive.  With that said, I’ve decided to go to South Dakota, because I haven’t already been there.  Since I’ve seen just about all I can, I decided to go ahead and splurge on a tour of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.  I also use the term “wild” loosely.

I know that true wild horses are far and few in between.  I will stay off my soapbox, but…yeah.  I know that people do not see things the way that I do.  At least not a lot of people.  There are just certain practices regarding animals, wild horses, that truly annoy me.  But…I digress.

I forgot where I was going with that.  I have that problem a lot lately.  Focusing. Remembering.  Staying motivated.  It has been a struggle just to type what I have.  I am in severe need of getting right with my soul.  Here’s to hoping that I can accomplish that this trip around.  I don’t know about you, but for me…it always seems like the days leading up to vacation are the longest (and sometimes the most stressful) so I’m just kind of biting at the bit.

This picture is from last year’s trip.  It was pretty and well composed.  The sky was blue, grass was green…I was bored with it and so I played with it.  I like this version better, hope that you do too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography