New Hampshire

At some point I will manage to get to all the photos I took while on our New England trip, but it sure does take time. When I open up the folder my intention is to look at everything and weed out the images that are utterly horrible (yes, I have a lot of those). I start going through them, though, and get distracted by one image and start working on it rather than continue the task I meant to do.

I’m finding images that bring back such wonderful memories of our first, and I hope not the last, visit. I took a few photos from this same spot, just zeroing in on different things. This is the first photo I made.

Autumn Colors, New Hampshire (I), 10.6.22

An Explanation

I guess my post of yesterday left many (especially on Facebook) concerned for my well being. I’m grateful for friends who care and look out for me, but I believe I owe you all an explanation:

I was merely suffering what I will, from now on, call a “photo hangover”.

I’m used to the “music hangover”: after preparing for a large solo and then playing that solo at concerts, the day after is a toughie. I feel this sort of emptiness. I feel rather let down. It’s all over … NOW WHAT?!

Well, as it turns out, the same thing happened with the photography show. It arrived a few days later than the music hangover, but it did arrive, and I just felt kind of crummy. As Dan was also pointing out, with music we at least get applause, but with a photo show there isn’t any. Sure, we get a few compliments here and there, but mostly we don’t get a lot. (I did sell two prints, so I think I should count that as applause, though!)

So I was whining (something which I am so very good at), and wearing my whine on my sleeve for all to see. And that caused some to worry, some to attempt to cheer me up, and, perhaps, some to roll their eyes as they are so darn used to my whining.

But this is all to say I am just fine!

So thank you for your concern. But really, I just muddle through and I do get through the desert just fine. Besides, deserts can be pretty lovely, albeit often quite barren and/or solitary, places.

Dune Ripples, 3.29.22

Finding Time for the Desert Images

I’ve been pretty busy putting together everything for the Stellar Gallery show that opens next Satury, June 11, so I’ve barely had time to revisit the photos I made while Dan and I were in Death Valley. Finally, though, I think I’ve gotten most everything prepared for next week, so I’m now looking again at the desert images.

I learned more, in reviewing the images: I set the ISO too high and I should have adjusted the exposure compensation. But I don’t mind learning, and it just means I have to go back there and work some more on this sort of photography, right?

Still, I will share what I have, because I still enjoy the images, and I may as well post them. Here’s a set of four I’ll have that were all from the same day and same somewhat remote area.

Dune Studies (I), 3.30.22

Dune Studies (II), 3.30.22

Dune Studies (III), 3.30.22

Dune Studies (IV), 3.30.22

Learning

Photography is a constant learning experience for me. Attempting landscape photography is not something I’m entirely comfortable with, and desert photography is rather challenging. A lesson I learned from this last trip (one among many lessons, mind you) is that I would be wise to bring a card reader so I can peruse what I shot when we get back to home base and see what I can do better.

I’ll still post some of the photos I made, but I must say it makes me want to go right back and do things differently!

On this particular trek to the dunes I neglected to bring the adapter for the long lens so I was stuck using other lenses. Rats! (Another lesson learned, I hope!)

Desert Dunes, 3.29.22

First Visit

I saw the Grand Canyon (North Rim) for the first time ever. But I have a fear of heights and I simply couldn’t go with Dan to see it from the edge there. Even from where I sat I was having issues. In addition, the wind was absolutely crazy. Turned out we drove all the way there, spent a few minutes looking, and headed back out because it was just too windy! Ah well … maybe I’ll get back there again sometime. It could happen.

This is just an iPhone shot: we didn’t even bother with our “real” cameras because of that darn wind!

Dan At The Edge, 10.18.21