Same Sunflower Field…Different Day

Same Sunflower Field…Different Day

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

I found this quote and feel that the photographer with a camera also has the universe in his/her mind and hands.  The challenge lies in how we capture the universe creatively using our cameras.

As you may already know, I am

Getting a Closer Look

Getting a Closer Look

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

One of my goals for my summer break is to begin using gear that I have purchased over the years but not taken the time to truly learn how to use.  The first items I have started exploring their full potential are my 

Summer Sunflowers

Summer Sunflowers

“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”
― Vincent van Gogh

I thoroughly enjoy every second of summer vacation.  For the past ten years, it just has not felt like summer until I find myself in a field of sunflowers.  Luckily, there is a field of gorgeous flowers that I can reach in a half an hour’s drive  from my home.  I was thrilled when I saw a friend’s post on social media which let me know that the sunflowers were already in bloom.

I immediately made plans to meet friends to experience sunrise in the sunflowers field located

Fresh Outlook

Fresh Outlook

“All things that have form eventually decay.” -Orochimaru”
Masashi Kishimoto

I cannot believe it has been such a long time since my last blog post!  Life got so busy at the end of this school year.  Last week was my first partial week of summer break.  Unfortunately, I was sick my first three days of summer break.

Saturday I had the pleasure to explore an abandoned

Photographing Around Town

Photographing Around Town

Many times I am itching to travel to take pictures.  However, sometimes I just need to stay close to home.  Whether I am traveling or near home, I feel the strong need to photograph every weekend.

A couple of weekends ago, my friend, Lorraine, and I decided to see where our cameras would take us in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Our first stop was

Fascinated by Feathers

Fascinated by Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

Since I first started photographing, I have had a fascination with feathers.  Some of my all-time favorite images are those of birds or of close up images of their feathers.

Rooster’s Rainbow, an image I

Unexpected Beauty

Unexpected Beauty

“I rather think the world is like sand. The fundamental nature of sand is very difficult to grasp when you think of it in its stationary state. Sand not only flows, but this very flow is the sand.”
― Kōbō Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

I have made four trips to Charleston, South Carolina, in the past month and a half to photograph.  Due to the unusually early spring-like weather in February, followed by the freezing temperatures, I have found that what I went to photograph was often not what I was able to photograph.  Frequently, my best images are created when 

Aiken Trials 2017

Aiken Trials 2017

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

This weekend my camera and I went on a new adventure.  Thanks to great friends and fellow photographers, I had my first experience at the Aiken Trials, located in Aiken, South Carolina.  You can read all about the Aiken Trials and get information about the history of this great event here.

I arrived in Aiken, SC, when the gates of the event opened.  I watched as an empty field around the track