Why Do I do it?

Why Do I do it?

Been a long long time since I added anything to my Blog. I had a wonderful fall capturing scenes from the Loess Hills in western Iowa. Winter this year has been brutal for cold and snow and it seems like every weekend has had weather that does not do well for light. And during this time from January on I have been in a bit of a rut photography wise and have spent hours self evaluating my work and the direction I would like it to go.

I have watched countless YouTube videos with the photographers I admire the most, Thomas Heaton, Adam Gibbs, Nick Page and Gavin Hardcastle. These guys have some great videos to learn from and many are entertaining. Do I aspire to be like them? To a degree maybe. But during this time I have determined I am happy with where I am at and where I am heading. Be happy in your work and enjoy what you do. Be creative and shoot what you like and process in your own style.

Nick Page said it best in this video.

July 4th Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks

I did not see actual fireworks this year and have not seen any for the past 10 years due to my day job hours but on the morning of the 4th I saw natures fireworks in a sunrise filled with rays of light projecting from morning clouds.  These are my favorite sunrises to capture and this image surpassed my greatest expectations.

I post it on Iowa Through The Lens   and have got more likes than any other image I have shared on that group.  1600 views is a large number of likes and is one of the largest counts I have witnessed on there.  I must be doing something right.  Below is the image I captured, it is a three shot HDR processed in Machinery HDR in raw format and lightly processed in Corel Paintshop Pro after.

Chadron State Park

Chadron State Park

What is not to love about Northwestern Nebraska.  In this view I hiked to the high points of the first state park in Nebraska and boy oh boy what views could be had.  It is about as green as it will ever be as the semi-arid region had 10 inches of rain the past month.  This morning I went out there was a heavy fog in the air and by the time I got to the park it was beginning to clear.  This shot is one of many I took while there that morning.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Another place I fell in love with for photography is Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.  The opportunities for captures there are never ending.  Rugged beauty of a forgiving and harsh place.