Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hiking, Photography, and a Cactus Series

Vacation has been good to me. My family and I went camping. It was blazing hot during the day, but there was water nearby which got us through the worst of it. I even had a chance to slip away early one morning to go on a hike. I love hiking, and I love to have a camera with me.

The morning was perfect! There was a slight breeze, it was still on the cool side, birds were signing, and I was out moving! I have this fantasy that life in Colorado must be exactly like this morning.

I even fantasize about being more athletic because in Colorado everyone is the "outdoorsy" type. I mean, how could you not be with hiking and mountain bike trails everywhere? Right, then I had to come back to reality and remember that people in Colorado have to work too. I wasn't even camping in Colorado, I was in Texas. I think this delusion stems from the time I was in Colorado on business and stopped at a Starbucks which was attached to an REI. It was the most beautiful REI I had ever seen. They had trails leading right to it from somewhere off the property, and a stream! Darn, reality can be cruel.

On this lovely morning hike, in Texas, I did capture some amazing shots, and a cactus series grew from it.....
Iron Cactus

Rising Sun

Western Horizon

Cactus Pop Art

B&W Cactus

Right Frame Cactus Pop Art

Pricklies and Pears

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Coming Out of a Creative Block

Work has been so crazy the last three to four weeks that a big creativity block was slammed down in front of me. Well, that might not be completely true. All of my energy has been filtering my creativity into my work. It's left me exhausted at the end of the day, therefore leaving me with no personal creative time. While I love my job, and love that I am able to use both sides of my brain, I've found that I need to have a personal outlet as well.
Abstracted Hydrangea

Texas Windmill. I sketched it, photographed it, and added a cool filter.
I've done some sketching, which actually stretches my gray matter in a way that is slightly uncomfortable, but I know it's beneficial. I have not been able to spend any time on photography though, and that is one of my favorite activities. I'm finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and to help inspire me, and hopefully you as well, here are some photos I took in New York City before PCT (personal creative time) came to a screeching halt.
The Chrysler Building snagging a passing cloud.
I love architectural detail! This is in Central Park.
This is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This space was huge, with vault after vault. Amazing!

I love the contrasts in this photo. The bright building next to the dark building. The jazzy yellow cab in the foreground and the tastefully reserved building in the background.

This feels like the 1940's and girls in flapper outfits should be bounding out the door to the club.
The red door catches the eye while the pineapple welcomes you.
I hope you've found some inspiration here. I know I have. I've got the desire to sketch a bit more, and to take more photos. There's something so satisfying about composing a great shot of something most people would just walk by.