289/365 – Fall Rain

Yes I am aware that almost all of my titles lately have “fall” in them, but hey, it is fall and I love fall.

It finally rained today, which we needed desperately. So of course after teaching I went outside with my camera and took some reverse lens shots of the drops on the leaves.

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Cumberland Falls

I totally forgot that I never got around to uploading the rest from our day trip to Cumberland Falls. So here we go…

When we got there, we had to cross this bridge to get to the parking lot, and we both loved it so we walked down the the river and took a bunch of pictures of it.

As I mentioned in my first post of our trip, Cumberland Falls is one of two waterfalls where it is possible to see a moonbow. Obviously this makes it a huge tourist attraction, even during the day, so we had to battle for good spots to get pictures for the first bit of our hike. The park has 3 main overlooks (if I am remembering correctly) built for the waterfall; one at the top, one very close to the bottom of it, and then one further away. This shot was taken from the overlook that was closest the the bottom.

This one was taken while hiking, just looking off of the path. After those three main overlooks the number of people that we encountered went way down, it was kind of funny.

There then was a path that led down to this beach area (no swimming allowed though) that had such beautiful fine, white sand. There were quite a few people here again, but we hiked down the beach back towards the waterfall and after climbing over some boulders and piles of logs jammed from when the river is high, we were all alone and had a perfect view.

We then continued our hike, heading for our main goal for the day, Dog Slaughter Falls. The entire hike out there we didn’t encounter a single person, and on the way back, only two people. It was so nice to have the trail to ourselves, and especially on such a pretty hike.

And here are just some details from our hike.

I should mention, that we never actually made it to Dog Slaughter Falls. We had been hiking for a couple of hours, and it was already 5 o’clock or later, and we came upon a sign that told us that the trail was closed due to erosion, and that we had to take a detour. We didn’t know how much further we had until the falls, or how much the detour would add to the hike, and we were definitely not prepared to hike back in the dark, so we just turned around. Hopefully we will be able to get out there once again and actually make it.

 

235/365 – Staples

Last night in printmaking  (we are learning about screen printing) we were prepping our frames for new mesh. We had to pull all the old staples out so that we could staple the mesh onto the frame without hitting the old staples. It was such fun, and I managed to cut myself.

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And for the fun of it here is a reverse lens shot as well:

174/365 – Reynolds Building

Still playing catch up. I’m going to go ahead and post 3 pictures from Thursday, because I like them all and I don’t want to overload everyone with so many posts.

This is Thursday’s (7-1) picture. I was walking home from work snapping some pictures on the way home. This is my studio building (the Reynolds Building). I really have been pushing and playing with depth of field lately, and I love it.

This is also from my walk back from work, and also part of the Reynolds Building.

After work on Thursday I went to hang out with Manuel. We went out driving trying to find a spot he knew about that would be cool for pictures. After driving for an hour and a half we hadn’t found it, and the sun was starting to set. But I did manage to get this picture while we were trying to figure out which way to go. It isn’t the sharpest but I still like it.

137/365 – Bird

I was mowing my yard this evening, and saw something moving out of the corner of my eye. I looked over and there was this bird that was kind of trying to hop away from the mower. I ran inside quick to grab my camera and was able to get super close to him to take pictures. In fact, I was too close for my 50mm lens in a couple pictures. Pretty much straight out of camera (SOOC) again, just a bit of noise reduction since I had to have a higher ISO due to the fading sunlight.

I am looking to get some pictures printed to sell and such, but I don’t know the best place to do so. I need good quality but for decently cheap. Anyone have any recommendations?

68/365 – Purple Blooms

My wonderful boyfriend, Elliot, and I went on a walk today while his laundry was going (which probably wasn’t a good idea since my ankle has now swelled way back up). I am so lucky that he is so patient with me and doesn’t get annoyed when I stop to take pictures every five steps. I absolutely love crocuses and they are blooming all over Lexington, so I am just in heaven.

I may not be able to post for the rest of the week, tomorrow I will have an insanely busy day, and then for the weekend I will be in NC for a wedding. So, on that note, have a great weekend everyone!

Keep your eyes out for a ton more pictures that I absolutely fell in love with while on this walk!