Cell Phone Picture: Snowy Sunset

I have had the opportunity to live in places with beautiful sunsets but I have to say that there are few sunsets that are more beautiful than a sunset over the snow covered mountains. It snowed a lot on Sunday and then was so cold for the rest of the week that the snow just stuck around. I was torn because it was so beautiful but also so cold. So on my way home from work the other day, I managed to slip my gloves off for just long enough to take this picture on my cell phone.

Now I’m Ready to Start

(title from the Arcade Fire song “Ready to Start”)
Oooo… I love this picture too. It looks like my wee is about to embark on a perilous but amazing adventure. The other day, my wee and I drove out to the beach and I brought my DSLR camera. We had tons of fun frolicking on the beach and taking pictures. We also had tons of fun trying to figure out how to cross this random giant stream that had appeared across the beach probably thanks to all the rain we’ve been getting here (I’ll give you a hint: we got wet… not the camera though, phew). Anyway, we were making our way back to the car when we noticed how marvelous the sunset was as the sun said goodbye through those little holes in the clouds. We were admiring the colors of the ocean beneath the sunset and my wee walked over to get a closer look. That’s when I took this picture. Looks awesome….

Travelin’ North…

Today’s picture comes to us from Oklahoma! Cobalt and I went on a walk to work off some of that delicious turkey we ate for Thanksgiving and stumbled across these train tracks stretching out as far as the eye can see. It made for some really neat shots. Anyway, the focus of this picture was to play with an idea I learned about in my Creative Digital Photography class. Our teacher suggested that pictures composed to draw your eyes from the right of the picture to the left of the picture (as in my picture here) are viewed as “negative” or “offputting” for anyone who reads from left to right (i.e. Western culture). Take for example, the famous painting The Scream.
On the other hand, a picture that draws your eyes from left to right is “positive” or “pleasing” for the same folk. We all seem to really like the waves in this painting from the Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji collection. Of course, you might guess then that if you read from right to left, then a picture drawing your eyes from right to left would be pleasing while a picture that draws your eyes from left to right would be offputting.
What do you guys think? Is that true here? I do kind of feel that this picture makes me a little uneasy. I’m not sure why really. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the train tracks and but for some reason they just don’t seem right. Maybe I’m just biased because I took the picture…

Sometimes all it takes is a walk around the lake

(my title is from a song by Lost in the Trees)

This past weekend, before all the Halloween craziness, Cobalt and I went away to Dillon, CO for our anniversary. There had been a giant snow storm on Monday and Tuesday last week and they got 18 inches of snow in Dillon! So, even though it was 50 degrees during the day, there was still a bit of snow left for us. It was incredibly beautiful and Cobalt and I spent some of our time wandering around this epic lake taking pictures to try to capture the beauty. This is as good as I can get but I think really, you’d need to be able to smell the fresh mountain air and feel the cool breeze on your skin to really appreciate the beauty of Dillon. I was very impressed (also they had this restaurant called The Mint where you get to cook your own steak… also impressive… and delicious…)!

There were some random spots on the right of the picture so I edited those out and… that’s it!