Summer stock

Over the last couple summers I’ve been quite a zealous landscape photographer – eagerly rising early and staying out late to explore and capture all the beauty I could find. This summer has been different. The time I’ve had available to spend outdoors more often than not I’ve been driven to use for exercise – walking, Nordic walking, running, or biking. I’ve taken trips into some striking countryside and not brought my camera along. The skies have been dramatic, with so many storms passing through, and I’ve felt like I “should” try to capture all the drama that’s been happening there, but I haven’t. I’ve done a few paintings to try to capture the effects, but mostly the images make an imprint in my mind’s eye, then slowly fade away. I ask myself, is being a photographer more about seeing potentially great photographs, or actually taking them?

I have to be honest and say that in my last post, even though I used the word beautiful, I’m aware I’ve been in a state recently in which  I can recognize things I know to be beautiful, but that the feelings that usually come with witnessing beauty have been absent for me. The emotions haven’t been there. I’ve found that when I’ve tried to capture a scene I know to be “beautiful” – the wild and majestic sky, the play of sunlight across water, etc., I’ve not been really up to it. Instead, I’ve found that when almost all the light is gone and I’ve turned my camera toward what’s in front of me, with no expectations of the subject or myself, I’ve found some satisfaction. Prairie plants, lake plants, things that are just there. I like that as subjects they hold little pretense. And I think because of that, that is where I found a little magic happening this summer.


3 Responses to “Summer stock”

  1. August 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Cool photos. Thanks for posting.

    Re what you said: No expert here, but in terms of light, it may be due to the “magic hour”:


    I just always liked twilight without having any sense about it.

    And as someone with a point’n’shoot on auto, I’ve a easier time shooting a decent photo that contains a single subject or distinctive grouping. A field or sky of something that has a sweeping, matrix of many effect, my pics rarely do justice. YMMV.

    • 2 Amy
      September 1, 2010 at 2:24 am

      Kevin – I’ve always been crepuscular, but it was photography that really allowed me to embrace that in a new way. Thanks for the link, through which I found another great page on the “blue hour.” Made me want to listen to all the songs and read all the books listed there…

  2. 3 Patricia Okaya
    August 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    How truly lovely. I feel that I was actually THERE, without Hay Fever! Mom

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