While out driving around seeing what I could see, I came across the Hornbek Homestead (link below). Not only is the countryside in this area beautiful, but the drive there is beautiful too. Here are a few images from one of my trips there.
I came up on this part of road unexpectedly and had to swerve off the road to capture it once I saw it, it was just so picturesque to me. I had to dodge a couple on coming cars as I was in the middle of the road trying to get this shot. I am happy I did!
This is a close up of the front door on the Hornbek Homestead I posted about here.
Random dirt road in the middle of nowhere next to a barbed wire fence at dusk.
There is a nature walk at the Hornbek Homestead that crosses this awesome little bridge. This is the view looking out into the nature to come once you cross it.
This is part of the valley you see on the nature walk as you are crossing the bridge above. As I was walking into the valley, I saw a fox running off into the canyon. It is some beautiful nature out here!
Flowers like these adorn the trail all over. I had to capture one of these, they were very pretty!
After exploring some back roads in the rain, the clouds cleared for a bit to reveal these horses enjoying themselves in the pasture. Beautiful country!
I happened to stumble across the road to this valley by chance, but boy am I glad I did! It was the perfect time of day with the sun behind the rain clouds that were moving in at dusk. I definitely felt like I was in another time in a land far, far away. What a beautiful place.
So this is my first attempt at a tilt-shift image. Not the most ideal setting, but kinda works. If you are not familiar with what tilt-shift is, it is a photographic style that manipulates focus to imitate a miniature scene from a full size scene. In the image below i think the scene as a whole kinda looks like a model with little fake trees on the perimeter and little fake cows. This was taken in Central CA from atop a hill. Gorgeous countryside.
Anyways – check out tilt-shift in general and tell me what you think in the comments. I will be trying to find better settings in the future. Clicking on the image twice for full size gives the best perspective.
This is the follow-up color photo relating to my post below.
I love this photo for a few reasons. First, the setting this took place and how it came about. This picture was shot on my apartment patio in a quick fit of creativity as me and my wife were heading out to run errands. The green backdrop is a table-cloth that I had forgotten on the patio from the previous week. I saw it and realized it was an opportunity to ‘spice up’ the photo and threw it over the laundry compartment door. I think this came out looking so interesting for how quick and ‘by-chance’ it all came together.
The second reason, is the hat. I bought this hat for my wife about 2 or 3 years ago, thinking it was cute…she thought it was cute too! But, alas, living in Southern CA does not give too many opportunities to wear Eskimo hats…She finally got to wear it for a purpose and now I have a great lasting memory of it in case she never wears it again 😉 ! The third, but not last, reason I love this photo is obvious, it captures my beautiful wife in such a lovely light. It is a memory I will have for the rest of my life.