On a photo walk the other day, I was greeted with this beautiful image. Lucky thing too because the clouds and wind quickly rolled in cutting our walk short! It’s captures like this that remind me of the beautiful outdoors around me. It’s easy to get normalized to your surroundings, so you have to make a point to hit that reset button every once in awhile.
Home, something a lot of us take for granted some of the time.
What does home mean? A place you sleep/hang out/pay rent/mortgage/see family members not by choice/etc? Not too long ago, I would have said that having a physical place to call home was a main definition of…home. However, I have been learning lately that to me, it is any place where I am with my family (wife and dogs). No kids yet, but the dogs substitute nicely! The driving force behind this is that love is not tied to a place and follows me wherever I go with my family. That sense of belonging, acceptance, and being loved unconditionally can go with you wherever you go. Yes it is there when you aren’t together with your family, but there is no denying that when together, things are taken up a few notches!
Feel free to comment what home means to you, I would like to hear others’ perspective.
This home above is the historic Hornbek Homestead and it was built in the 1800s. I accidentally came across it on my last trip to CO. Absolutely beautiful area. From the NPS website:
In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.
Adeline did what she had to do for her family and broke through social norms in the process to make a home. Love is powerful force unlike any other and creates where other forces tear down.
Happy Sunday and have a great week! Spread a little love this week and see what it creates!
I thought it would be a nice change to post some photos taken with my smartphone since that technology keeps getting better and better. All the pics below were taken with my Nexus 5 smartphone, made in collaboration between Google and LG. Now cameras on phones are still behind the mighty DSLR, but they sure are making huge strides! Now the camera on my phone is not considered to be one of the best out there. It has 8 megapixels and is mediocre. There are phones that shoot over 35 megapixels and even in RAW with excellent image quality! Are you kidding me?!
Because my phone camera is not great, I tend to tweak the pictures quite a bit to make them pop. I know the photos below are a bit overdone, but for a smartphone I think they look pretty cool. I would never edit a photo this way from my DSLR, but when from a phone I think it is OK. I use a free app called Snapseed and it is available on iOS and Android. For most purposes, it does a pretty good job.
The photo above was a panorama image that was then edited with Snapseed.
With the iPhone 6 right around the corner (announcement on 9/9/14), there are a new batch of cutting edge phones hitting the market soon. With each new batch of flagship phones, cameras get better with more capabilities. To be honest, I think these cameras are getting so good that it is beginning to push the DSLR manufacturers to innovate faster which is a great thing for photographers.
At this point, though, pretty much every phone can benefit from the added editing from apps such as Snapseed. These programs will really bring out the potential of your phone’s camera. Instagram has some pretty good editing options, but the problem is that it forces your photo to be cropped and post within their ecosystem. What if you just want to edit your full size photo and save for other uses, such as posting to a website or emailing? Then the third-party app is the way to go.
Whatever phone you shoot with and whether it is iOS or Android (my preference), it is an exciting time because the technology is so good. Enjoy yourself. If your phone takes sub par photos and you have become discouraged creatively, try one of the reputable editing apps and really explore the capabilities. It may reignite that creative spark in you to keep shooting and having fun!
Clouds and Meadow
I just made this image last night and since it so clearly goes along with this topic, I had to add it.
Well here we are 2 months into 2014 and I have been dealt my first large dose of change. I can’t say that I am entirely surprised, there was a part of me that knew this could happen any moment for the last 3 years. However, surprised or not, it is hard to be fully prepared for change…that’s why it’s called change! The best I can do is be as ready as I can with how to process a life blip.
Different can be scary, and right now it is scary.
But, there is this other part of me, deeper inside me and not in my moment to moment thoughts, that knows this is good.Why? Because I value personal growth, rebirth, newness. Not in theory, but in reality and practical terms. I know that from this tearing down of my once manicured routine, I have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild – to grow. Sure I could have done this on my own before, but I didn’t. Now, I have been lovingly ‘kicked out the door’ to make this happen, ready or not.
Well, I’m ready.
This is not a crossroads. Full steam ahead into my great unknown.
OK, so I updated my Portfolio again, just in layout mostly. I think it is easier to navigate and easier on the eyes to look at! Here are some screen shots below, but check it out and let me know what you think!!
Also, I have a studio session that I will be posting soon which will be a new gallery in the Portfolio, so keep an eye out for that, thanks!
This beautiful sunset seemed so much more magical in person than what my camera originally captured. So, to make it look more like how it felt,I made it to have a slightly painted feel to it. A dreamy touch on the already amazing canvas of clouds and ocean. Isn’t a peaceful scene? It sure was when I was taking it. I am happy that this image brings me back to that same feeling that I can visit at any time. This might have to go on my wall…
Sounds like a pretty good proposition, right?! To kick off 2013 with a bang, I am offering 10% off any item or print from my portfolio, www.andybucknerphotography.com! Just use coupon code: ABP2013. It is good for all of January.
Prints, showcase prints, apparel, specialty items (key chains, coasters, cards, etc.) are some of the available options. All prints are from a high quality, professional printer so you will not be disappointed! Just navigate to the picture you like and you will see options on the right-hand side of the page. Expand it to see all of your options. Worldwide shipping is available, too.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this blog, it means a lot! Whatever you decide to do, always feel free to drop me a line here, on Facebook or Google+!