The sky was like a watercolor painting, with soft hues and colors. The clouds were sparse, but lovely. They looked a bit like popcorn in places. As the bright orange sun set, the colors and drama deepened. These were taken at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.
Everything is brown. The leaves have subtle color. The grass is beginning to winter. And yet, the backyard has color. Manmade to be sure. Not ordinarily beautiful. And yet, there is beauty in the ordinary!
As the sun sets in my neighborhood, the brown oak leaves still on the trees turn a brilliant orange. As I walked I saw this brilliance framed perfectly by trees. Nature’s Golden Hour art framed for us to see!
Making a starburst image of the setting sun, is not difficult. But finding the right circumstances, weather, timing, and framing can be difficult. In this case, I didn’t plan it. I saw it, grabbed my camera and tried to find a view without the pesky water tower!
I’ve been sick with bronchitis the last few weeks. As such, I’ve watched spring blossom from indoors, not getting many images. But I have gotten a few. I’m trying a new editing method. These images have a slightly different look than Spring flowers in past years.
I just went on the Rhine Getaway from Basil, Switzerland to Amsterdam in eight days. The first few days were cold, wet (even snow) and very cloudy. The last few days were gorgeous! I came home with a souvenir I didn’t buy – a bad respiratory virus and bronchitis. So I’m a bit slow editing my images with my new camera. I got a mirrorless, lighter weight professional camera, to save the load on my wrists, thumbs and knees. I chose a Sony a7IIIr and I learned even more about how to use it, and I also struggled with how to make it do what I wanted.
These images are from my iPhone 7. They are edited in Snapseed and the logo was added with a new iPhone app, Union. My technical workflow is not quite what I would want and took way too long!
Enjoy the first look at our Rhine Getaway Cruise on the Einar, Viking River Cruise’s newest longship.