Fall just kind of fell on us here in Kentucky. There was certainly no easing in to it; 100 degrees, sunny, and humid one day, and 60 degrees and rainy the next. We have had three straight days of darkness, cool temperatures, and rain. I kind of enjoy it though because it means I get to wear my favorite pair of shoes (well, boots), and drink lots of tea.
*Sunday, July 31 – Just entering Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)
Sunday morning we all got up early and packed up some more stuff from my brother’s house and got on the road to head to RMNP. It was around a 6 hour drive through the rest of South Dakota (my brother lives in Spear Fish, where we spent the night), Wyoming, and then finally Colorado. When we got to the park it started storming, and when we turned on to the road to our campground this was the view that greeted us. I actually took this in the car as my brother continued to drive, so I was lucky it turned out so well! It was one of the few pictures I managed to get that day (really the only good one) since we were in the car for most of the day. And the rest of the night was spent setting up all four tents and getting our stuff set up inside them, and making dinner. We were all pretty exhausted from the drive and such and so we headed to bed pretty early.
I had big plans for my picture today, but then had such a crazy busy day. I leave to go home for on Tuesday and I have been running around trying to get everything ready for that, and also catching up with a few people before I leave. Then the storms tonight made my shot even more impossible, so I ended up with this.
I wanted to get my picture done early tonight to give myself a little bit of a break, and it is dark and stormy out so I didn’t feel like doing much. Not the most exciting picture, but I am decently happy with it.
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It started raining this evening, and I got excited because I would finally have a chance to use my rain cover that I bought a bit ago. I got some pictures, and headed inside, only to look outside and find that the sun was shinning. I ran back outside, because how often do you get a chance to take pictures of rain while it is sunny out? It was just sprinkling when I got out there and I was shooting away, when all of a sudden a downpour began. It was as if someone dumped a bucket of water on me. Within seconds I was completely soaked. I left a puddle in the entry way, and squeezed a ton of water out of my shirt and shorts. I got quite a few pictures I like, so expect more soon!
Since I was stuck laying on the ground while my friend attached string to me (from the “Bleed” photo shoot), I resorted to taking pictures to give myself something to do. I got a little more “experimental” than I usually do with my shots, mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t able to look where I was shooting for a lot of them.
I have had this shot in mind for quite a few weeks, and finally got around to it this weekend. It isn’t quite as relevant as it was when I thought of it, but still is packed with meaning for me.
This may have been the longest it has ever taken to set up one of my pictures too. I had scoped out the location a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t waste time trying to find one. But, once we got on location, I had to find the right angle for the camera, and then the right angle for me to lay down. Once I figured that out, I laid down amidst countless spiders and other creepy crawlies, and my friend attached red yarn to me and the trees around me. It was weird for me to not be the one physically setting up the shot, and I just had to lay there and direct him since I was attached to branches all around. It rained fairly hard twice while I was laying there, and I flicked off quite a few spiders throughout the process.
Overall it was quite the shoot. I wish that the yarn was more visible and obvious, and pulled tighter to prevent the slack, but it is just yet another lesson learned.
This is a long one, I really cranked out some pictures in the past few days.
Also, for some reason, all of a sudden my pictures are looking extremely dull when I upload them here or on flickr. I have no clue why, but it is frustrating me greatly and destroying the look of my pictures. I hope it is just my computer for some odd reason….
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