Shifting the Rocks!
Just a few from last weekend…nothing fancy and no heavy thoughts.
I just took a few minutes to enjoy the kids inbetween cooking various meals, hiking and swiming at Red Top Mountain. Of course to me enjoyment also includes looking for a lovely ray of light or expression…
It is wonderful to see the kids enjoy the long summer days, not get upset with the heat, thunderstorm interuption, and tight sleeping quarters. it made me smile.
I hope you too get a moment to enjoy the loved ones in your life.
Oh the joy of a juicebox!
It is one of those trying times for me right now….challenges, challenges and more challenges.
As I processed this photo it pretty much matched my mood. A dark forest being slowly being lit by the morning sun after a rainy night. The morning haze showing off the rays of light and mist. i see a lot of darkness, but I can still feel the light of the Lord guiding me step by step through the woods.
As a newer artist I still find it extraodinary when emotion guides your artistic decisions and direction. I think that is what makes the whole adventure enjoyable and thought provoking. Yet I cannot help myself from asking if anyone else sees my vision the same way…or will it merely become whatever they want it to be? If someone does not see what you intended are you a success or a failure?
To answer my question, I think it would be silly to think everyone will look at the photo the way you intended. We all have different thoughts, perspectives and references. Success and failure of a piece really depends on whether or not the image gets you to simply stop and think about your photo as they apply their thoughts to it.
P.S. X-E1 with 18-55 shot while cooking eggs and sausage.
We stopped after a long drive in Goodland, Kansas for a night on the high prairie. The KOA there is run by a lovely team of husband and wife. Alicia immigrated from Poland about 30 years ago. She was the second person in over forty years to say my name correctly!
The prairie of Kansas is incredible during the summer. It really can call to you…and make you forget about the cold winter ahead if you are not careful. The people are hardworking, the entire state seems cultivated, oil co-exists easily with wheat fields, and everything seems down to earth. In general it seems like a place that really works the land for a living and manages it carefully.
During our stay she was running the camp herself, as her husband was back in the old country attending to the funeral of his loving and kind father. She had here hands full as the park filled up, but she keep a great attitude towards everything, and longed for her husband’s return. We were under a storm threat all night long, so the clouds were dramatic, the winds strong, and my worries a little higher than normal.
In the morning the sun rose with lovely color, and I captured the state flower in its glory! I told Alicia I would post that photo for her, as a memory to here kindness and hospitality.
P.S. Evening photo with the X-E1, edited in Snapseed. Morning photos same camera but with the 60mm close up lens.
We travelled hard all day and arrived at the KOA in Independence, Missouri…aka the East Kansas City Kampground. It is summertime, so it was of course very hot and muggy! So after setting up shop we launched into the pool to cool off as a family.
I guess for so many of us, our best memories of summertime were around a pool, lake or ocean. We loved the hours we spent in the water, making castles or learning to dive to record depths to recover diving sticks. We cared little about what we looked like, or what others would think. We just lived those golden summer moments for all they were worth, our attitudes matched the wide grins on our faces, and those memories remain strong with us today in a lovely glowing memory.
So my photos from this day were very, very few. They were however designed to capture those golden memories, the magical grins, and fleeting moments of summer past and present. I hope Normal Rockwell would be pleased.
All three photos from the Fujifilm X-20. Top photo is the OOC JPEG, no edits. Second had a Vignette added in Snapseed, the last one had a little drama added in Snapseed to bring back the contrast in the fading light.