winter

Baby it's Cold Outside

So, I'll have to admit, I sort of forgot just how cold it gets here in South Dakota. We haven't lived back home in fourteen years, so it was easy to forget simple things like negative degree days. But, it's a happy trade off for me; I'll take cold, negative degree days over hot, humid, sticky days. 

In the winter time

When all the leaves are brown

And the wind blows so chill

And the birds have all flown for the summer

~ Steve Mille Band, Winter Time Lyrics.  

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Life Thru the Lens 48/52... a wintery ride

It started to snow last week.  I thrive in winter, when there is snow. If there is no snow I tend to melt away and struggle into the darkness of winter. Snow is the sweet balm to my winter chapped soul. 

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LIFE THRU THE LENS

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.



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.}

YOUR TURN!!

Life thru the Lens the rules....

1. Share with us your life thru 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.

~I am going to start featuring a photo in my Pinterest Life Thru the Lens... be sure to check it out.

life thru the lens 5:52... january in review

It is a little hard to believe we are one month down in 2015 already. This month was a full one for us with definite highs and lows. Some of my favorites:

~The sunsets.

~Working on new photography skills.

~Meeting new photographers and being inspired by their work.

~Date days with my hubby. I missed those last year while he was gone for 8 months.

~My kids. I know people have hard times with their teens, but I can honestly say I am loving this age.

~I am doing two 365 challenges, one a read the Bible in 365, and a photography 365. You can see more of that on my Instagram feed.

January in Review

I follow a few people on Instagram, and in the photography cyber world, that have amazing bird shots. We have tiny little trees in our yard, with tons of construction as a background, so my hopes of capturing those shots are limited. But, my neighbors have a beautiful yard, and I was able to take this shot the other day. Not perfect, but I still really like it.

I bought a bouquet of tulips while I was grocery shopping last week. The only snow I have experienced, this season, was on our vacation to Colorado back in November. I long for snow. It is cathartic, and soothing, for me to look out my window at a world blanketed in white. But, alas, I am thinking snow is not in the works for our area of the world this year. So, I say bring on spring.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

I am joining Texture Tuesday with this edit. I used Kim Klassen's Cora at soft light, with about a 50% opacity. I brushed off the tulip, and added Kim's brushes to finish it off.

Linking with: Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday Communal Global, and Our World Tuesday, Black and White Wednesday

 

I have to apologize to all my LTTL link-ups last week. Somehow I got it in my mind that I had visited you, and before I knew it the week flew by, and I realized my mistake. Sorry I was so late in stopping by your places.

YOUR TURN:

Life thru the Lens

1. Share with us your life thru 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.