Magical Mountain Sunset | Peace Through Detachment

This mountain belongs to the Collegiate Peaks and was photographed near sunset during a spontaneous road trip.

While working to meet our goals and live the best life we can, we come across new people, places, and things.  We can find insecurities stirring up as well.

We fear things will change.

We fear losing the people we love, having to leave the places where we’re comfortable, and losing the things we’ve finally acquired.

Detachment is needed.

It is difficult, especially once fear has already set in.  But when we lovingly separate ourselves from what we’re so afraid to lose, when we let it go and trust things will be the way they’re meant to be, it gets easier.

We feel lighter.  We feel free.

Like most things, it gets easier with practice.  Let’s breathe, keep our eyes on our dreams, but lovingly let go and trust that we will be alright whatever comes.

Let’s keep chasing the sunset, without getting too caught up in the timing.  Let’s keep climbing mountains, without insisting we make it to the top.  Let’s keep moving forward, without clinging to the ‘perfect’ destination.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

follow your passion

Nature photography of golden sunset light in a forest of aspen trees.

Mountain Pass | Of Legends

Sometimes we need to travel far, reach into the past, and look at it with fresh  eyes.

Travel itself, to places we haven’t seen in years, can bring back the past and the pain.

Nature and the expansiveness of the world can be a great healer, but so can the people in our lives now.

So let’s load up the car, settle on a train, and take a trip.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of a clouds against a mountaintop

Nymph

Blue Nymph

Model/MUA/Crown: Haven of KudaCosplay

 

We all have our comfort zones, and we should definitely work on pushing past them this year!

Studio lighting, self-portraits, and landscape photography have become well-known comfort zones.

And although I still want to improve and expand in these areas, photographing others in the great outdoors is a huge leap I’ve been dying to take!

We can tell what we need to work on by asking ourselves a simple question:

What do I want to do, but haven’t because I’m scared?

  • Write it down.
  • Come up with a short term plan to do this activity (or something comparable).
  • DO IT!

We all have things we dream of doing, and because we have so much invested in the dream, we may have a lot of fear attached to even trying.

 

What if I decide to take that trip to Iceland, but it turns out I can’t afford it?

What if I finally start my photography business but can’t make any money?

What if I try, but fail?

 

Fail anyway.

Success is the result of a lot of trial, error, and failure.  We can’t improve if we’re not willing to be a beginner.

We have to try.

 

So let’s get excited about our dreams and goals, big or small, and start working towards them.

Let’s push past our comfort zones, learn, grow, and create something amazing!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy boudoir portrait

Waiting

 

 

Misty Mountaintop

Sometimes we end up doing something stupid for the sake of photography.

Like running up a snow-covered trail in flip flops to get a shot of the clouds.

Footwear-wise: 0/5, would not recommend!

But sometimes we’ve got to get outside, and fast.  In such cases, perhaps we’re better off with some snow-boots we can easily throw on?

 

What stupid things have you done for your photography?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Close-up photograph of snow blowing across a mountain.

Landscape photography of a mountainside on cloudy morning

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.

Ridge and Valley

The HDR software Photomatix Pro finally found itself in the studio after sitting on the wish list for a few years!

We can always hope that new equipment will help us improve our work, and we should do well to remember that the actual work lies with us.  A new camera won’t create better photos, a new flash system won’t create beautiful lighting, etc.  Tools are tools, and require time and practice to be used well!

This gorgeous ridge sits near Queens Canyon, and this angle offers an interesting view of the rocky ‘spine’ that runs through the area.  Taken very early in the Winter season, which feels like such a long time ago..!

Let’s keep our eyes open for ways to help ourselves improve, but never forget that tools don’t do the work.  We do~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography. Use photography de la paysage.

Landscape photography of a valley and ridge during sunset