Monthly Archives: August 2016

Rapids

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

08.27.2016

The dogs had me up at 6am this morning for their walk. I was out of the house by 7am and to McConnells Mill State Park before the sun was high in the sky. These are rapids just after the dam in the park along Slippery Rock Creek. The lighting was perfect and I left the shutter open to capture the flow of the water. I was the only one there so I took my time and just relaxed watching the water. It was pretty awesome.

The water levels there were very low. The more water there is the better to photograph. But I think this one turned out okay.

I’m very much looking forward to autumn and photographing the changing leaves! I also can’t wait for cooler temperatures!

~ melissa michelle

Hobbies

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

08.24.2016

I’m still going through photos from my vacation. Yes, I took many, many photos! Here’s another one from Watkins Glen State Park in New York.

I remember when I was first starting out in photography, I had not idea how to capture such a photo – using a slower shutter, a tri-pod, white balance, etc. I started reading a lot of articles and writing down suggested settings to capture the shots I wanted. I’ve learned a lot and I keep learning from other photographers to perfect my photos. It’s amazing how passionate I’ve become about photography.

I hope that my readers also have hobbies they are passionate about and take time to develop and pursue them!

~ melissa michelle

 

Getting photos out there

 

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

08.21.2016

 

Just a quick note today . . . . Above is a photo of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park in NY. I used a zoom lens to get closer to the falls but still keep a lot in the photo.

I’m still going through all my photos from vacation. There are some gems I’ve discovered and will post soon.

I have also opened an account on 500px. This is a website for elite photos, the best of the best. I finally had enough confidence to post some photos there to see if other photographers also think I’m good enough . . . . and they do! I’ve had some really positive feedback there and hope to soon start selling photos there for stock.

I’m also looking into starting an account on Pinterest and Instagram. I’m hoping this will get me more exposure as a photographer.

One other thing I’m kicking around is to sell photo calendars for the public. I haven’t really done this for several years. But I’m thinking it’s a good time to kick these off again. I’ll post more information about this soon.

Make it a good week people! And thanks to all of you who visit my page and accounts online! I sincerely appreciate it and the comments you leave for me.

~ melissa michelle

Waterfalls

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY

08.15.2016

I really enjoy photographing waterfalls. This photo is one from Letchworth State Park in New York. I stopped there on my way back from New Hampshire a few weeks ago. It was a cloudy day which helps my photography. I don’t always get the settings right when the sun is so bright and harsh.

No words of wisdom today. I just wanted to share this photo with all of you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love photography and sharing it with others. I get to show people places that don’t get to visit or didn’t know about. It’s fun to do that.

~ melissa michelle

Taking a photo versus making a photo

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

08.13.2016

While photographing at Watkins Glen State Park, NY a few weeks ago I walked by another photographer with his camera and tripod arranged and an intent look in his eye. He had just clicked the shutter for a long exposure of a waterfall. I imagined he was holding his breath a little until he heard the shutter close. I do the same thing. He patiently waited for the exposure to copy to the memory card and then finally appear on the screen. I saw a slight smile on his face . . . that smile when you know you nailed the shot. And that’s the difference between taking a photo and making one.

You are capturing a moment in time, a moment you can never get back, and recording it for a lifetime. Making a memory of a special place is what a photographer does when they get behind the camera, whether it’s published and shared with the world or kept for our own collection. We visualize the shot even before we get there. We know we can’t improve upon nature in all her beauty but we hope to capture her essence. When we get there, whether it’s our tenth time or first time, we are in awe of her colors and exquisite features. We set up the camera and frame the scene, the one we visualized beforehand, and adjust the settings to capture nature’s quintessence of perfection. You press the shutter (or remote) and hold your breath, hoping you got it right and that nature will approve.

I love photography and I have a deep passion to keep learning and capturing better photos. My Mom had a 2015 calendar of photos I took during 2014. I glanced at a few last evening and was completely amazed at how much I have improved from two years ago. It was funny that two years ago I thought I was pretty good. I’m better now and will be even better in the future.

Whatever your passion, get out there and make it happen!

~ melissa michelle

If at first you don’t succeed . . . .

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH

08.08.2016

HDR Photography – the idea of High Dynamic Range is taking multiple photos at different exposures and merging them to get the full range of light & effects in the photo. This is one of my attempts and I think it turned out well this time. I enjoyed trying it and experiencing some success.

As you know I love photograph and trying new things. I have a few other photos I experimented with (multiple exposures) and as I have time to work on them I’ll get them posted. I’ll keep trying to improve. So, what do you think of this one?

~ melissa michelle

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls

08.08.2016

I love this photo – I knew when I took it I had a good shot. The word that comes to mind when I look at this is peaceful. I was in this spot by myself for a few minutes before more tourists hiked down the path. It’s a pretty steep climb down (and back up!) but well worth the views from this vantage point as well as from the rock walking bridge further down the path.

I used my tripod and kept the shutter open for about 3 seconds with a wide aperture. When photographing a moment in time, I even get to slow it down and capture a few seconds of time within one photo.

Letchworth has three waterfalls – all very beautiful in their own right. I’ll share more soon. Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, Photo Life Journal. I posted this photo there yesterday. You can also share this using the sharing buttons here on the page.

~ melissa michelle

May all your weeds be wild flowers

Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park, NY

Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park, NY

08.04.2016

It’s already August. This year has gone by fast for me. Of course it seems like forever since I got back from vacation but it was just last week 🙂

On my way home from New Hampshire, I stopped at Letchworth State Park in New York (one of two in NY I photographed). I took this photo specifically for my friend Laura. She’s a naturalist and loves spending time in nature as much or more than I do but she has been laid up for a couple months. So she went along with me on vacation (vicariously) and enjoyed it through my photos. I loved how the weeds / wild flowers outlined the middle falls at this viewpoint. It made me think of Laura.

So looking at things is a matter of perspective. One could look at those flowers and call them weeds and want them to be trimmed so they don’t obscure the view of the falls. Others would say the weeds are wild flowers and add to the view. I choose to see flowers. What do you see?

~ melissa michelle

P.S. I’ll post more photos of lighthouses and waterfalls soon