landscape photography

What does a photographer do in her spare time?

I swear, this isn't a riddle! 

So what does this photographer do in her spare time? I go places and do things where I get to take more pictures. It's true. I'm wondering if there's a support group I should join?

Seriously though, when I'm not work for my clients, I get to try different things and photograph objects that are out of my norm. For example, when we travel, I get to photograph more landscapes and wildlife. I can try more action shots, more candids, more shots of buildings and urban settings.

This past weekend we went to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is the view my family had.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

Photo courtesy of Abbie's dad.

I normally don't put my feet up like that but it was a show of courtesy so that people could walk by me if they wanted. Turned out, I guess no one wanted to. At one point I turned my head and saw a CROWD had gathered! Gulp.

So here was my view... and the reason I had to lay down in goose poop to get it.

Stories Framed Photography | bird looking for food

Oh, and these wild species were in attendance as well... 

Stories Framed Photography | wild animals | family

P.S. If you haven't been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, GO! Make a day of it. It's so worth it, such a beautiful and peaceful place. When you do go, call me - I'll join you! :)

Scott Kelby's Wordwide Photo Walk

Saturday I did something I've never done before. Oh, no, I didn't get anything pierced. I went on a photo walk! Much safer and less painful, don't ya think?

The concept of a photo walk is simple - a group of people gather in a pre-determined location, cameras in hand, to roam around and snap pictures. The point of it is to meet people with a common interest, learn from them, and look at a (hopefully new) place through the lens and take some cool pictures.

This particular event was organized by a big-wig in the photo/editing industry, Scott Kelby. It was, as the name suggests, a worldwide event. Scott Kelby led a group through Rome. In fact, I heard his group was going to have a private viewing of the Vatican. (Wow, right?) The group I was meeting up with gathered downtown Milwaukee, near Discovery World. 

There are many ways I could look at the gloomy, foggy morning. I could complain about the lack of sunshine. Or I could be grateful it didn't rain. I chose the latter. Besides, how often do I get to shoot in pure fog? Like, never! It was a unique experience and I got to play with my camera like I never had before... I was shooting scenery lacking any substantial color or contrast. Let that sink in... Flat Stanley would have been right at home. OK, to be honest, toward the end, I was done with the fog. I had had it with the grey-ness. I like color, remember? And then, once I looked at all my pictures, they were so....sad looking. Our little Milwaukee branch of the WWPW may have developed the most depressing-looking images in the bunch.

Here are some highlights (ha) from the morning. Some of the photos have been converted to black and white, others are so devoid of color that they appear to be black and white. Enjoy your little photographic tour of Lakeshore State Park. If you would like to go back with me sometime, I would love to place some PEOPLE in those scenes. Call me. We'll go for a walk.