Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Rusted Edges"

I'm warming up to winter.  I used to take almost no photographs during the winter.  It's just not my style.  The gray skies, the lack of color.  Lately, in the last few years, I've kind of embraced this as a way to look at things differently.  The landscape is so quiet in the winter.  Even the towns are quieter, and the snow is so bright, even on a gray day.  I think this comes across in winter landscapes.  A feeling that you're the last person for miles and miles.  In Montana, you can feel that way on any day, but in the winter when the snow obscures most buildings and noise surrounding you, it can feel very isolating, but in a good way.  This little sheep barn, so beautifully weathered, is an example of some of the moods I've been enjoying capturing lately.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Happy Accidents"

My best seller for 2014.  I am so excited to get back out on the road this Spring!  It is just absolutely breathtaking in Big Sky Country when the grass is green and the blue skies are filled with puffy clouds.  There's no place I'd rather be, and bringing a camera with me is such an added bonus.  Sometimes when I'm out taking my photographs, I see people drive by and wonder how they can drive on by when there's something this spectacular happening.  These moments are fleeting, but even so nature is my favorite subject to photograph.  Taking landscape photographs is so relaxing.  There's no need to hurry, no need to worry that it won't hold still.  For the most part, it will change slowly enough to really get a good shot.  I suppose I prefer the solitude of landscape photography because it does allow me to slow down and really focus on what I want to capture.  When working with people, it sometimes is so hectic and unpredictable that I find it stressful most of the time.  I do enjoy photographing kids and families, but I find weddings and events to be far too fast paced.  Being surrounded by miles of open space is where I feel most at home.  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Sandhill Cranes and Wheat Field"

When I love photography

All the time, but when I see something like this, it really gets me in the gut.  I'd never seen this many cranes in one place before.  Usually I see one or two together.  The sky was such a beautiful color.  This was at the end of the summer, when most of the wheat fields in Montana have been cut and it's very dry and hot.  It's miserable weather, but it creates wonderful color combinations in the landscape and sky. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Faded Gray"


Weathered character.

The little town of Wilsal, Montana is not far from where I grew up so I've driven by this barn several times in my life.  Finally, I was going through Wilsal and saw it again in the warm glow of the setting summer sun and stopped to take a photograph.  The sky was such a pretty blue and the grass was so green I though that I'd probably never come by again when it was this rich in color. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Far Reaching"

I already miss the summer. 

The huge rolling clouds are my favorite part of summer in Montana.  In the winter, there are no defined clouds like these.  Mostly, the entire sky is gray in the winter.  Boring.  It's the definition in the clouds that makes them beautiful. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Noodles and Chop Suey"

Sightseeing in Butte, America

I just love these buildings.  How much more character and heritage can one set of buildings hold?  They are located just below the historic "downtown" district of Butte, which is chock full of architecture that will make you drool.  Just down the street from these buildings is the "red light" district of Butte, where one of the longest operating brothels in America is located.  It's not operating now, but made it into the late seventies before it closed.  Butte has tons of character, that's for sure, but it may be a little rough around the edges for some.  It's one of my favorite towns, both for the conversation and the photo ops.