…some travelling. For many people, getting together with family involves a trip through the air, and airports can be ridiculously crowded from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. For me, I always seem to be on the move for work this time of year, and a TSA pre-check was an early Christmas gift to myself recently.
Thanksgiving week, and a chance to return to the place that kick started my passion for photography. This location is in the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve spent many days hiking around here, and this is from my most recent visit. Whether it be family, friends, or other aspects of our lives, I hope all my readers have the opportunity to reflect on the things which we have to be appreciative of this Thanksgiving.
You can find this photo, and the contributions of other bloggers in this week’s Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole.
When I shot with a film camera, I always used the slowest, finest grained film. I would mostly shoot in the early or late parts of the day, and when moving water was the subject, this meant getting a blurred, dream-like effect. I always thought this was a magical look to the waterfalls or streams.
I’ve been to many national parks and other special places in the country, but there’s one place that has always stood out. In the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the western part of the Grand Canyon, you will hike a canyon that is similar to the others in the region, but once you come to the first of many waterfalls, this canyon takes on a magical feeling.
For this week’s Daily Post Challenge of Magic, waterfalls in Havasu Canyon.
Sounds like it’s time to get out the macro lens for this week’s Daily Post Challenge of Tiny.
A couple weeks ago I was on a hike when I came across a spot where small pools of water remained in the canyon bottom. It had rained two nights before, and as the water flowed through, it congregated the tiny pine needles at the edge of the waterline (above).
Some other interpretations of tiny:
Last week I had a short trip to the east coast, and managed to get a little time at the beach. On my second day there, the clouds lit up for a sunset that was very nice. After that I continued shooting, knowing that any of those shots would be best as b&w. The last one of the night turned out to be my favorite, and is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week. You can go to her site to see photos contributed by others, as well as instructions on how to participate.
I try to avoid chaos in my photos, so this week’s Daily Post Challenge had me searching in vain, until I thought about it from a different angle. Nowadays, millions of visitors flock to this place, but the first people to come here must have thought this was pure chaos. Even though I had seen pictures before visiting, that was pretty much my first impression of Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah. Beautiful, intriguing chaos!
A few years ago while I was in San Francisco, I was walking along the bay and the piers. I liked the contrast of this older style paddleboat against the city skyline. I knew I had to work it in b&w to convey this contrast and get the feel I wanted for this shot. The reality is that this boat is not very old and is very much in use today.
This is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week, with the theme of Travel. You can see the work of other bloggers, as well as instructions on how to join in at her website.