I have said this a thousand times but I still can't figure out why I am always chasing storms considering the fear I have always had of them. But, if one is approaching I am usually out watching it. This was a beautiful storm to watch. It built up over top of me a few miles to the west of where I was standing when I captured this image. Since it was hailing pretty heavily I chose to stay behind it. The streaks you see coming from the clouds is definitely streaks of hail falling from the sky. This storm covered the ground with hail. I feel that the black and white does it more justice than the color version.
Print sales are non existent for me lately so I am trying not to chase storms, sunsets, or landscapes as much as I use to. Facebook restricts what I post so much that no one really sees what I post anyway. Like someone told me a while back, it is basically a waste of time and money to do such things. A different approach is definitely needed but I haven't exactly figured that part out just yet. I know who isn't going to purchase prints and I know how not to reach people, I just have to figure out who will and how to. I know there is no magic trick to it though. most of the time things happen by pure luck. Even though I am writing this down though the next time a storm passes through I am sure I will be right out there watching it.
My niece is getting married in a little over a week so after that I will definitely have some wedding photos to share. I definitely don't get to photograph people as much as I would like to but it is fun when I do. Weddings are always a fun place to be at anyway, everyone is always so happy there, at least at the ones I have been to.
I hope everyone is doing alright, looks like spring is finally here to stay. Have a great day and night everyone!
I wonder why this church wasn't kept up over the years? There is a newer church a few yards away but this little church could have been used for something I am sure. Maybe a small wedding venue. There are plenty of photographers and artist that could probably put this place to good use as well. Just thoughts running through my head about what could have been.
I often wonder about a lot of things, sometimes I wonder way too much and find myself wandering around in circles. Wandering is a good thing though, you can find some beautiful things wandering about. I need to do more of that with my camera. I have done very little the first few months of this year.
Back to the church, sorry about wandering about. At some point I guess people felt like it had no value and just let it be. The walls, roof, floor, etc had no choice in it so nature is taking it back. People often do that to humans as well, set people aside like they have no value. But, we can choose not to allow that to happen. If we walk around thinking that others are more valuable than we are then they always will be. We don't have to have the attitude that we are better than others, but putting ourselves on an equal platform is very important. Trust me, others do enough as it is to de-value people, don't let them do it.
Changing the subject a bit, has any of you ever watch the series Heartland on Netflix? I had never watched it until a few months ago. Since then I have watched 13 seasons of it. It has a lot to do with Horses and although I don't own one I have always loved them. I love photographing them as well, I just don't know of where many of them are. They are amazing animals that is for sure. The show if filmed in Alberta Canada on a ranch there. Never been to Canada but if I ever go I would like to visit that area for sure.
I had 80 people read my last blog post, or at least read the title to it. I do want to get more people to visit this page. Writing blog post is about the only way to do that. There are a lot of things I want to do, just can't figure out exactly how to do them. Main thing is I want to take a lot more photos than what I have been doing. It will happen for sure. Well that is about all I have to say for now. Have a great day/night everyone! If you need photos taken feel free to contact me.
I have always thought that if you can't find peace on a mountain top then you will not be able to find it anywhere. That may not apply to everyone but it definitely applies to me. I love nature in general but the mountains make me feel different about things for some reason.
I love to use a camera, but I struggle with creativity a lot lately. I am always feeling I should be somewhere, photographing something but don't know what or who. It is like I am lost in my own little world or something. This pandemic that we have been going through has a lot to do with it I am sure but I just can't seem to shake this off. Where is the next door to be opened and who holds the key?
I took this photo in October of 2019. It was my last trip to the mountains in which a virus wasn't the main concern or in the news. These thoughts I have today didn't exist back then. I was at peace, no worries, just the breathtaking view of waves of mountains before my eyes. I need to get back to that feeling again. I will, in time!
I created a new facebook page, if you don't mind please go give it a like or follow, thank you! Facebook Page
When you are in a valley the mountains seem huge, but when standing at the top everything seems smaller, and the reality of what we see shows us this world is filled with mountains. We go up, we come down, we move on to the next one.
My thoughts have a huge impact on my photography. Whether it is a positive quote to get me through the day, a book I have read in the past, song I may have heard, even a feeling I may have had. Ansel Adams covered that in a quote.
"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
When I read that quote so many things can be applied to it. Story upon story of my past that got me to where I am today. Some may say in sarcasm that I lived my whole life just to be able to take a photo, that is fine, using a camera is part of who I am. I think most people would enjoy reading my thoughts as well, if I ever get the courage to start writing them on a consistent basis.
Here is a thought! For years I had a facebook page that just stopped growing and was at a stand still, so I removed it. So if you are here how about going over there and giving it a like or follow? You can share it with others as well if you would like. The more reach I can get the happier I will be. Here is the link. Facebook
I will be photographing people a lot more, so if you need some photo work feel free to contact me. Sports, events, whatever you may need I am willing to do as well, just contact me.
That covers things for right now, until next time. Have a great day/night everyone!
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