Clouds are a Photographer’s Best Friend

This moody sunset was photographed one evening as dark clouds shrouded the mountains.  The sun created a strong silhouette of this ridge that was burned in a forest fire, with the clouds adding contrast and gloom to the scene.


It’s always puzzling when photographers say they hate cloudy days.

Clouds soften the sunlight, like a soft box diffuses our flash, so gorgeous light can be photographed even during noon hours!

Not only that, but the most gorgeous sunsets often have plenty of clouds in the sky to cast different colors and add interesting shapes.  They can be photographed sharp, or slow to create a ‘blanket’ look across the sky!

They also can add tremendous mood to an otherwise rather ‘clean’ scene.

 

So next time we see a ‘nap day’ on the weather forecast, or see clouds rolling on the horizon, let’s get excited and get outside to see what those beauties in the sky have in store!

Let’s just remember to bring a jacket and an umbrella in case the clouds bring something extra!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of a clouds against a mountaintop

Landscape photography of foggy mountains.

Orange Glow | Super Moon

This was taken within a few days of this year’s Super Moon, this time with some gorgeous clouds in play and a little foreground in the form of a slight silhouette.

Clouds can be a photographer’s best friend!  They add interest, diffuse light, and bring a little something extra~

 

Let’s remember to not get discouraged by less-than-awesome shots, and to not be afraid to reshoot!

Let’s find our lesson, and move forward with a little more knowledge and experience.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’
Landscape photography of the Wolf Moon behind a tree.

Blue and cloudy morning sky

Frosted Backbone

Lower in the mountains, the first snow of the Winter season fell, prompting many photographers out into the cold with cameras in tow!

With the temperatures dropping, it’s a good time to start preparing better before heading out.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Proper clothes: Thick pants, water-tight shoes, multiple top layers, a scarf for shielding the face against frosty wind, and a quality hat and pair of gloves.  Also consider spare clothes.
  • Fully charged main and backup batteries.  Cold temperatures drain batteries!  Consider keeping your extras inside your coat so your body heat will help maintain their charge.
  • A lens hood and absorbant cloth to keep your lens free of flurries and droplets.
  • Warm liquids.  Consider a keeping a thermos of warm coffee or tea, or even soup for longer jaunts outside.
  • A cellphone, as usual, just in case.  Keep inside your coat with your batteries.
  • Pre-scouted locations.  Freezing temps make a good case for knowing ahead of time where you want to go and what to expect, not that wandering around in the cold can’t be fun.

The season has just started, and hopefully we’ll find plenty of opportunities to get outside and take advantage of the changing sights!

Let’s get outside, get some shots, and try to stay warm.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Frosted Backbone
Detail view of the ridge.

Landscape photography of Colorado mountains under dark clouds.

Landscape photography of a ridge and valley in the Colorado mountains. Une photography paysage dans les montagnes.

Start Exploring | Winter Valley

It can be easy to start feeling trapped and like we’ll never be able to travel.  We want to see the world and experience new things, but let’s remember it doesn’t have to be on a large scale.

Let’s start exploring now, and experiencing what’s available to us at this moment.  Let’s keep dreaming of Scotland, Iceland, and France, but let’s get out today and see what gorgeous and new views are already at our doorsteps.

The beautiful thing about the world is that it’s different every time we look at it.

Let’s enjoy the present while we hope for the future, and not leave travel and exploration for ‘someday’.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photograph of a dirt path trailing through the flowers and trees of a nature park in Colorado.

Landscape photography. Use photography de la paysage.

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

Happiness

Spring in the Rockies

Landscape and weather photography of a snow storm over Pikes Peak

So it’s Spring here in Colorado!  Although sprinkled with beautiful warm days, half the year is still a long time to have cold conditions when you’re a lover of warm weather!  At least we’re able to enjoy a great amount of sun year round.

Cold weather has made getting outside much harder.  Though, since spending more time in nature is a major goal, it’s definitely time to find more weather-appropriate clothes.

If we find ourselves avoiding the outdoors during Winter (and Spring), let’s get ourselves to the thrift shop to find some proper boots, coats, hats, and gloves, so we can bundle up and stay warm during this beautiful season.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of the snowy Rocky Mountains during sunset.

Winter Forest

Frozen Wind | Pike’s Peak First Snow

Close-up photograph of snow blowing across a mountain.

Landscape photography of the snowy Rocky Mountains during sunset.

This week brought us the first heavy snow of the year in the mountains!

It’s been quite cloudy these past few days, and when they parted enough to see the Peak a few days ago, it was absolutely stunning.  The most beautiful I’d ever seen the mountains, though it was spotted without my camera on hand, and the sky was too socked in later that day to see.

A great reminder for an avid photographer to always have a camera on hand, even and especially when running errands!

Today the skies were clear, revealing the gorgeous mountains still covered with snow at the higher altitudes.  The mountains are gorgeous enough all season, but there’s something especially magical about snow and clouds blowing over the ridges~

Let’s enjoy the changing colors and weather of the new season.  Let’s also keep our eyes open and cameras ready for the beauty to admire.  Wishing all gorgeous views, wherever we find them!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of the silhouette of Pike's Peak after sunset. Photograph of stars shining over clouds at dusk.