Maintaining a Creative Mindset

Maintaining a Creative Mindset

  Lately, I have been focused more on taking photos with my drone than I have with my DSLR. My most recent photos with the drone are actually the result of a landscape I photographed last month. While both photos are from the same general vicinity, they are very different. The first photo is one you may remember if you read one of my earlier blog posts. It was taken on a rainy and foggy afternoon in which the conditions were perfect for creating a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Here is that photo: I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if viewed from a different perspective. I made my way back to the forest this past weekend and composed the below two images. The first one (the opening photo in this blog) includes the road that runs through the park. I really liked how the trees allowed for a partly obscured view, but still created a sense of mystery by letting the mind wonder what animals or flora / fauna could be thriving underneath the canopy. The second photo was just a simple abstract in my mind, and I really just enjoy looking at the redwoods from above rather than below in this instance. I feel like I have succeeded in sharing two drastically different perspectives of the same subject, yet they both have many...
Photographing Yosemite Valley

Photographing Yosemite Valley

Each year, I have a go to destination that I want to visit for landscape photography, and this year it is Yosemite Valley. I have seen countless photos of the Valley draped in a fresh coating of snow, or shrouded in fog. Now I want one for myself. With the El Nino rains bringing plentiful snow to the Sierra, Yosemite has turned into a winter wonderland. Over the past few weeks, I have watched on the webcams as epic conditions unfold without being able to be there in person. I finally had the chance this past weekend. I did the 3.5 hours drive and arrived around lunch time to find some decent clouds remaining in the sky after a clearing rain storm. I made sure to photograph from Tunnel View first, since the light looked nice on El Capitan. Later, I went on a few brief hikes through the Valley, but didn’t find any grand vistas that I liked, so instead, I focused on photographing the smaller things that many people drive right by without paying any attention to. I loved how the green moss on this tree popped when contrasted against the rich brown bark of the tree. The moss really is this green! I also really liked the luminous glow coming off of this tree that was lining one of the meadows in the Valley. Around 3:45pm, I made my way back up to Tunnel View, as I noticed some rain clouds blowing back over the park. Not having any experience with a sunset shot from this location, I did not realize that it can become very...