Forest Sky

Road trips are food for the soul, so let’s get out when we can!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy Skyscape | New Posting Schedule

Hello and welcome back to Roman Leaf!

Over the break, I had plenty of time to think about the future of the blog, and for now, posting will consist more of projects and new work as it’s created, instead of scheduled posting.

I hope to focus more on quality, not quantity, and work on narrowing down my brand and focus.

Although there will still be plenty of room for experimentation, the hope is to share more work that I’m in love with, and that supports the work I want to pursue.

Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday will be scaled back to twice a month, so please give suggestions!

Thanks so much for your support, and can’t wait to see what’s next!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of a moody mountain sunset.

Magical and fairytale landscape

Calm Night Sky

Finally took the 11-16mm f/2.8 lens out for practice beneath a beautiful, starry night sky!

This was photographed with a 20 sec exposure at 200 ISO, and although still a little dark, I was pleasantly surprised by now many stars were captured, especially given that this was taken surrounded by city lights!

Definitely excited to photograph the stars up in the mountains and away from the light pollution!


Do you have any experience with astrophotography?  What’s your favorite part?  The star-gazing?  Time alone in the wilderness?

Let’s keep getting out and trying new things!


Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunrise photography

Photograph of stars shining over clouds at dusk.

Happiness is in the Simple Things

Happiness can be a struggle sometimes, but there are simple ways to foster that warm fuzzy feeling.

  • Cook and enjoy some healthy food.
  • Start a garden or a pot some plants inside.
  • Look up at the sky.
  • Do some housework.  Doing laundry/dishes/repairwork can not only open up and improve our space, but can give us a small sense of accomplishment.
  • Go on the walk or hike.  Whether you jaunt around the neighborhood or spend the day in the mountains, time outside under the sky definitely does one good.
  • Create something!  Draw, paint, make some jewelry, or anything that lets you create something that didn’t exist before.
  • Hope or plan for the future.  Even if you can’t afford it yet, let yourself daydream about your dream home or your travel goals.
  • Share with others.  Spread joy with others, and their smile will be reflected in your own.

Ways to foster happiness are endless, but these are some of my personal favorites.

When life gets hectic, it’s easy to forget the simple things that bring us joy, but we need to remember how essential they are.  It’s the small things that can make the difference!

Let’s keep our simple pleasures in mind and keep our faces aimed at the Sun!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Seeds


Hope is in the Clouds

It’s incredibly important to not only know what inspires and heals us, but to let ourselves be inspired and healed.

The sky is immensely calming and fills me to the brim with hope, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy its beauty as much as I should.

Whether you get your hope and inspiration from running, reading, or spending time with good friends, don’t forget or delay actually enjoying these activities and their benefits!  Let’s make time for what heals and inspires us!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Moving Forward

Sunrise photography

Expansive World | Travel

Big World

If we dream of traveling the world, or even just our home country, it can be easy to find ourselves feeling stuck and depressed, especially if we don’t currently have the time or money to go whisking off to a new place.

It’s important to remember, though, that we don’t have to go very far to see and experience new things.  And that’s what travel is all about, right?  Maybe we can’t visit the other end of the country this year, and maybe we’re a few years away from making it overseas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still experience the joys of travel!

Maybe it’s not as fantastical as visiting Scotland, but check out what local places you can visit right now.  Is there a funky and eclectic town nearby you can visit?  A mountain you can climb to get a different view of your hometown?  What about restaurants, museums, and boutiques you haven’t seen yet, in your own city or one a few hours away?

Dreams of travel are grand, especially when we’re dreaming of grand locations, bit it pays to look into what gorgeous wonders we happen to already be sitting on.  Let’s explore local destinations while we continue to dream and save up for those bigger trips, and let’s remember that the world is an immense place, and our own city is a lot bigger than it seems.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography. Use photography de la paysage.

Landscape photography of a brush field and lone tree against a deep blue sky near sunset.

Wolf Moon

The Full Wolf Moon from a few days ago!  I definitely need to be more aware of current lunar phases, weather, and the rise and set times of both the sun and moon.  That way photos like these might be able to be a little more planned.  Not that there’s anything wrong with noticing a scene and running outside to capture it, of course!

HDR photography is so gorgeous to admire, and I’d love to practice it, especially when it comes to photographing the moon and sunsets with a beautiful foreground to match!

This is a simple mix of two exposures.  Though the sky was full of textures from clouds, the soft glow against the nearest of them was all I could get.

Should’ve used a tripod.  Eventually the stubbornness will wear out…right?

Let’s keep our eyes open and on the beautiful world around us.  If we happen to get lost in our studios and books, let’s still try to take frequent trips outside, not only for photographic opportunities we might miss, but for that wonderful revitalization that comes from admiring the gorgeous beauty of the world~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunrise photography

Nature photograph of grass silhouetted by a harvest moon