Freeze and flow

The winter season is when I tend to stay indoors more often so my camera doesn’t get to go on as many outings as it does in warmer weather.  This day, I was just going grocery shopping but decided to take my camera along.

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I’ll find myself thinking that winter is ‘bland’ through the lens, unless you’re shooting something specific, because it’s either dead, brown twigs that used to be lush green trees, mucky slop on the roads mixed with sand and salt from the plows or pure, blinding snow.

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Bland or otherwise, I went out with my camera and without even trying I pulled over at various spots along my drive and captured the things that caught my eye.

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There is something complex and lovely about the way that winter looks, even though the colours are not as vibrant and everything is half hidden by snow.

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It was then I realized that winter was just as lovely as summer.  I had been missing so many chances to capture beautiful scenes around me that would only ever exist once.

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So here’s to blindingly white snow, half-dead looking twigs and stems and the biting cold wind that ices and frosts everything in its path.

The view from here

One of the best things about photography is that there are no mistakes.  Of course, there are a lot of techniques and many ‘rules’ to follow if you want to take a photograph that meets professional standards or if it’s what you do for a living, but when it’s just for the love of the art itself; capturing a moment in time that becomes a visual memory that you can share with the world…..no rules apply.  Everything can be beautiful when you’re holding the camera.

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Reading between the lines

Everything counts - fall 2017
Everything counts – Copyright Whym 2017

Reading between the lines, to me, does not mean seeking alternate motives between the obvious.  Here, in this photo, reading between the lines is having a chance to notice the beauty in every layer.  The leaves are nice, the trees are strong, but there are a million little motions and intentions at play in a single moment in time.  I have no idea what is behind each of these things, but I can stop, capture and lose myself in the loveliness of the everything.

Everything counts.  Everything.

 

Perspective – change the way you see the world

Fall 2017 Skies and Trees
Perfectly simple – Copyright Whym 2017

Can it get any better?  Sometimes if you just shift your perspective every so slightly, you end up not only seeing the lovely fall colours, but also the sky above.  It might not be as lovely as the trees, but without it, they could not exist and our eyes would not see the colours in the spectrum raining down from above.  🙂

Love life.  That’s all that really counts in the end.

Simplicity of life

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Copyright Whym 2017

Sometimes, I try to stop and find the most simple thing I can and then lose myself in it…the beauty of it without all the complicated mess of camera settings and shutter speeds.  I just hold the camera to my eye and let it do it’s job without my interference.  The photos don’t always turn out perfect, but in that itself…the kinda do.

One single moment in time, captured and shared.  This is why I love what I do here.

A day off, a drive and a whole lot of peace

Obviously, one of my favourite things to do with my time off (when I can manage to stay away and upright despite to the medical issues that cause issues with both of those things!) is wander and shoot photos.  These shoots are for no one, go nowhere and generally just sit in my online photo albums for the rest of time, until I maybe need a shot I remember to print for a friend who liked it or needs a cheer up.  I’ve started making my photos into little note cards, where the photo prints on one side of the card stock and then I can fold it and write something nice inside.  Makes for a super quick and personally created thank you or pick me up.

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Most times I wander on foot through areas close to me, as I’m lucky to live in a countryside setting that is only a few miles from a large city.   I have pretty much everything close to me that I would want to shoot:  Farms, barns, decrepit old buildings, falling apart with neglect, city-scapes, street art, modern and very old buildings, animals, trees and rivers and prey birds in flight everywhere, hunting for food along rocky-tree lined cliffs boarding some of the Great Lakes around me.  (Four of which I can get to without much travel).

On Friday, my hubs had the day off so I took it off as well and we drove around like we used to do long before we had children and adulthood took over.  I managed some lovely shots on our trip.  I’m going to post them here – little back stories included.  🙂

Stay tuned….

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Spriiiiiiiiing!

I love spring more than any other time of year.   The colours around here amaze me.  I can’t wait until the lilacs bloom.  Those beauties have more shades of purple than seems possible.

These shots were taken at a public park downtown and along my drive to work.  Some only last for a week or two before they burst into full green, so it’s a slim moment in time that they need to be captured.

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