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Life Thru the Lens 30/52... The Great Race

"The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other, he understood, but to be with each other." ~Christopher McDougall

When The Thinker and I met the one thing we had in common was classic cars. He had one, and I love them, so we were a match made in heaven. I am a gal who loves to wander down the car part aisle smelling the mixture of rubber meets oil. I thoroughly enjoy wasting a day away ogling classic cars at car shows. I dream of restoring a 1963 split window Corvette. So, when I found out The Great Race was coming to town of course I was going to go.  

The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photograph
The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photograph
The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photograph
The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photograph
The Great Race | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photograph

Tips for seeing The Great Race, if it comes to your town....

~ Make sure to have spare batteries for your camera. Mine died almost immediately, so I had to resort to using my phone. 

~ Be prepared to stay for a while; all the competitors in The Great Race trickle in over a few hours. 

~ Embrace the people, because there will be a ton of them checking out all the classic cars. 

~ Chat with the competitors, and find out some interesting facts. They are all extremely friendly. 

~ Be sure to take the time to really enjoy viewing the cars. While pictures are fun, the real experience is lingering among all the beauty.

WHAT FUN HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO LATELY???


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Life Thru the Lens 29/52... And, Life Gets a Little Crazy

The Good...

All of the sudden we have been super busy at our house. There are finalizations to be made on a forever home being built. Dinners, and long over due heart connections with old friends. College paperwork for Blue Eyes to be filled out. Scheduling of a senior year for Dreamer.

Whooh, we went from a summer slumber to living life at warp speed. 

Spearfish Fall South Dakota | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner

The Random...

I have been so terribly busy that I have not been able to stop by your blog neighborhoods for a visit. One of the things I look forward to each Sunday is sitting down with a nice cuppa something and visiting all the many worlds you live in. I promise I'll be by this week to catch up and to see your Life Thru the Lens. 

Spearfish Fall South Dakota | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner

The Fun..

I had a photo featured over at Albom Adventures.  Rhonda is writing a series of blogs on Street Art Around the World. It is a really fun interesting series, so be sure to hop on over and see this weeks entries from Canada and America. 

Spearfish Fall South Dakota | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner
Spearfish Fall South Dakota | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner

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Home on the Range; Wind Cave National Park

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

~Brewster M. Higley

I thought I'd share this guy for Song-ology. We are lucky enough to live in a area where you can visit Wind Cave National Park, or a Custer State Park and you will see buffalo quite often. Although, in all the years we have been "buffalo hunting" we have never been this close to one. We happen upon him as he was licking the salt off the road. Matter of fact, he was a bit perturbed that we interrupted his treat. But not enough to do much about it, other than to walk to the snowbank to for a drink out of the puddle. 

Tips & Tricks-

~If you are visiting a park, specifically to see wildlife, dusk and dawn are the best time to catch them. They tend to be on the move to grazing and settle in for the night, or the day, during that time of day. 

~It's important to remember that while you are in a "park" these animals are still wild. Do not step out of your car and try to capture a selfie with them. This guy was so close I did not even open my window. 

~A camera bean bag is a terrific accessory to have on hand if you are into nature photography. I used mine to give my camera stability when I took this photo....

~I tend to shoot all my nature photos with my white balance set to cloudy. It gives my photos that nice golden light regardless if I am shooting in cloudy weather, or sunny weather. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities... join along...  Song-ography, Wordless Wednesday, and Little Things Thursday

Life thru the Lens 4/52... counting my blessings: a month in review

The Good...

As I sit here typing away, while the aroma of banana granola wafts though the air, I am amazed at how fast January has slipped by. We are three months into our adventure of being jobless and homeless. We are not totally destitute, we will be receiving a small retirement check, and oh how blessed we are to be living with my mother-in-law. So, technically we are not homeless. Insert long sigh, and gentle smile.

Life Thru the Lens| Month in Review| Counting My Blessings| Lisa Kerner| Simply Living Photography

The Random...

It feels a bit weird to literally be suspended in limbo. We have big dreams, and huge ideas, of where we want our life to be, but that all hangs on several unknowns in our lives right now. Although I have been a vagabond my entire life, I have never been in this position where my life had no real direction. Where I was simply standing on a path waiting for some clue as to which direction I must head. Forward, for sure, but exactly where? Hmmmm. 

There are days when that unknown really bothers me; have I mentioned I am a type A personality? But then, other days it really doesn't bother me at all. I have this uncanny feeling that it will all work out. It's the not knowing when or how it will work out that drives me nuts . 

The Fun...

So, here's the thing. In our situation it would be really easy to wallow in the unknown, the what if(s) and the fear that tags along. And, somedays I do, but mostly, I count. 

~Reading our notes out of our 2015 memory jar

~Water droplets on lilies

~The creative juices that a photography series produces

~2 packs of Holiday Blend coffee hidden away in the freezer

~A date-night with The Thinker where we dream and hope

~Officially retired and no longer Uncle Sam's Man.

~The smell of fresh baked pumpkin and banana bread

~Whispy snowflakes and a roaring fire

~One more National Park checked off our bucket list

~Meeting a buffalo in the middle of the road

~A hike in the woods

~Reading animal tracks in the snow

~A great book snuggled under a warm quilt

~Sunset silhouette of The Hills

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ing, Our World Tuesday, Random-osity and Friday Photo Journal.

WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE THRU THE LENS LOOK LIKE?

Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time. 

Friday Randomness... a little lemoncello

~ Lisa from Peripheral Perspectives challenged me to play along with the 5 Photos, 5 Stories prompt... I thought it might be fun to do so over at Instagram. So, you'll have to head over there to find the story behind these photos. 

~ I am working on a couple other things as well, that I hope to announce soon... one in particular. 

~ The bottle is my Friday Find... along with the books and hanky that I recently purchased at a local antique/junk store. I really love items that have a story behind them; they mean way more to me than an item bought off the superstore shelf.

~ Today is my 21st anniversary. I am super excited to celebrate it with The Thinker this year, since last year he was away for our anniversary. 

~ Dreamer and Blue Eyes are almost done with school for the year. I sit back and look at my almost Senior and Junior and wonder how in the world did they morph from those tiny infants to grown people so quickly?

~ I am hoping to share a little of our Italy travels next Wednesday; it is high time I edited those photos. 

Community is one thing I adore about blogging... my little Life Thru the Lens community rocks, and I love connecting with other communities like....  Little Things ThursdayFriday Photo Journal, Friday Finds

life thru the lens 20:52... iris dreams

We went to Saint Louis for Mother's Day weekend. It was a quick in and out trip for a wedding, but while we were there I decided that I wanted to visit the botanical gardens for my Mother's Day gift. I finally ordered my new lens and I wanted to try it out. 

Want to purchase this print... click on the photo

Want to purchase this print... click on the photo

My lens is a dedicated 105mm, f 2.8, macro 1:1 lens... I have been wishing for this lens for a while now. The bokeh on this baby is dreamy. And, as luck would have, it the irises where in full bloom at the botanical gardens. 

It was rainy all weekend, and I did not capture the photos of downtown St. Louis that I envisioned, so I was worried the botanical gardens would be a lost cause. But, the skies parted and I had three full hours of full immersion in the beauty of macro photography. 

We returned home on Monday and all week I was a day behind. It is funny to me how one simple twist of my schedule can offset things for an entire week. So, needless to say, I did not make it around to everyone's sites to gush over your photos. I'll be by later today for that.... which, for me, that is not a bad thing, it means I will be able to sit with you a bit longer :-D. 

Want to purchase this print... click on the photo. 

Want to purchase this print... click on the photo. 

If you stop by my Instagram feed @lisa.kerner you can find a few more photos from our trip. And, I also have some prints up on my Society6 Site as well. I'll be adding a few more photos, and phone cases, to my store throughout the week.

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Want to purchase this print... click the photo

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life thru the lens 7:52... waiting for snow

We are patiently waiting for the snow to start. We look longingly out our window and have imagined a flake, or two, floating down to our brown world. The forecast is predicting anywhere between 2-6 inches, and we are praying for 6. We haven't had much snow this year. The only "real" snow our area has received was while we were off gallivanting around in Colorado. Which, I have to say, we had more snow in Colorado, so my heart was not heavy to miss the snow here. Since then, every storm that has blown through our area has left us heartbroken and down trodden. But this time... maybe...

Until then, I thought I would share with you a hike we happened upon while we were out exploring one day in Colorado. All of us where completely unprepared to go on a hike, we only planned to drive around and take in the scenery. But, it was a short hike, and it was snowing off an on, and The Thinker and I love to hike in the snow, so...

A friend asked me ask me a fabulous question a couple weeks back...

I picked up on something interesting as I was reading through your post. I seem to see everything in still lifes. (lives? lol), but I rarely “see” shots of people. I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. What do you usually “see?”
— Elizabeth @ Beauty Observed

I have pondered that question since she asked me it. I struggle a bit with still life, but I have also struggled with portrait sessions. For instance, my most recent Senior session, while I liked the photos, I didn't love them, and that has been the case for several of my sessions. However, there are other sessions that I loved, I still think of them to this day. Up until now, I have not been able to put a finger on why.

I see life in landscapes. I view the world in constantly changing light and shadows, contrast and hues. Those photo sessions that I loved/love... I thought of them as landscape first, and then place my subject. And, in one single question, I have completely found my niche as a portrait photographer. If I cannot think of it in landscape first, I will never be satisfied with the results.

It always amazes me how one tiny question can bring about such insight. And, how this photography community we have/are creating here constantly pulls me out of my rut and into a new realm pf photography. I really love you guys. I really love everything you bring to my passion in life.

I'm going to leave you with the same question... How do you "see" life through your lens??? Comment below, because I would really love to hear your answers.  

{Edited in LR, then PS with various settings... added Kim Klassen's "just a touch at" 85% opacity on soft light, with a brush off at 100% on the needles, then added "KK-3112" 2012 collection at 30% opacity on screen. Text added, and resizing and sharpening for web.}

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~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

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finding color in winter, friday randomness 2:52

It's hard to find color in the winter. When you live in a land of monotone browns it is easy to feel blah and underwhelmed. I was searching for color in my archives when I came across these photos. Technically, I took them right at the end of winter, but still I love them.

I love them because they are full of color.

I love them because they are SOOC- straight out of the camera. (With the exception of a slight vignette on the potatoes, and a quick straightening of the market scales)

I love them because I remember this day. I snapped quickly, and moved through the crowd looking for interest. In a effort to control the light, I used Aperture Priority. I was just reading a feed on Facebook about this topic; whether it was cheating to use some of your presets in camera. The consensus from some fabulously talented photographers, no it is not cheating. And, I agree. Sometimes, it is nice to be immersed in your surroundings, not your camera settings.

Today I am joining Friday Finds, and Little Things Thursday