Road to the Rockies


It’s been a while since I posted, miss me? Moving to a new state and starting a new job, turns out, is pretty time-consuming. Who would’ve thought? I have had to put my photography on a bit of a back-burner, but I hope to get things going again here soon! I was out in the Rockies this last weekend and it was amazing.

The shot below is a small step in the right direction. I hope to better hone my landscape skills out here with such ample subjects!

Road to the Rocky Mountains

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Check out the updated design!


 

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!

Home Page & All Galleries
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Individual Gallery & Individual Photo
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The Road Less Traveled, Literally


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On my recent trip to Maui, my wife and I “found” a road that unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favorite adventures of the trip. We were looking to get back to a certain part of the island and the GPS kept taking us back through what looked like the long way. Going the ‘short’ way was never shown as an option…I thought “hmmm, well now I just have to see for myself if there is a road this way, because it just looks closer on the map.” That and I like exploring, so this intrigued me. I soon found out why the GPS never gave this route as an option.

This was a fantastically scenic route, but it was also a fantastically SCARY route! The road quickly turned into a two-way road, but with barely enough room for one car… for miles and miles. Luckily, not many people were on this road, either from all the mainlanders blindly following the GPS’ instructions or because they have taken it once before and swore to never voluntarily take it again! However, there were a few cars on the road and these few were enough to really make me sweat. [The video below is a short clip showing the moment where we faced oncoming vehicles on a very narrow road, rocky cliff side on the right and a straight drop on the left.] Luckily I found a small indentation in the mountainside and backed my perfectly pint-sized Nissan Versa into it, allowing for barely enough room for a couple of cars to squeak by. Mind you that the trusty Versa was not my first car choice, nor my second. Or third. In fact, I literally told the rental car attendant when she came back with my keys and told me my choice that “I hate that car.” Little did I know that it would take me almost 800 miles in a week and through the edge of insanity, above the clouds to the top of a volcano, and miles into “4×4 only” country to see a Hawaiian Red Wood forest. By the end of the trip, I had a deep respect for that little car!

But I digress.

When it was all said and done, I would definitely take this wild road again. There was a spot at the top that just seemed magical. Isolated on the top of a Hawaiian cliff with the ocean and valley surrounding each side of me, along with rolling grassy hills and the best tropical winds you can imagine. All at dusk. Does it get any better? I will save you the guessing, it doesn’t. I think the crazy road allowed for this place to stay special and isolated. The shot above (best viewed large) was taken at this spot as my wife took a moment to take in the scenery. This little spot will stay with me for some time for two reason: It felt totally tranquil, serene even. And almost dying for 2 hours straight has had a strange effect of burning the experience deep into my psyche!!

If you get a chance, take the road less travelled. You might will be glad you did.

This picture below is when we successfully returned from our experimental off-road journey to the Red Wood forest! Notice the sign…but more importantly notice the thumbs-up!

Versa

Want to save some money and look at something pretty?


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+!

A few samples of some of my popular images:

The Road

 

LB Paddler

 

 

Waterfall - Kauai

 

 

Sunset - Kauai

 

 

 

Flower - Kauai

 

 

 

The Road - Kauai

 

 

 

Kauai Sunrise

 

 

Hanalei Pier

 

 

Kauai Leaf

 

 

 

Kauai-26

 

 

Christmas Bench

 

 

Abandoned

 

 

M3

 

 

Laguna Beach Sunset

 

Sold my first photograph!


Today I sold my first photograph and I couldn’t be happier! I was curious if the day would ever come when I would sell photos, well, that began on a small-scale today! The photo below is the one the customer bought, not a bad choice! 🙂 He purchased a digital copy, but through my portfolio (www.andybucknerphotography.com) you can order prints from professional print labs in varying shapes, sizes, and applications too. If you are interested in a digital copy, contact me directly.

Today is a good day! 😀

Redo


I have previously posted a different version of this photo in my set Adventures in Colorado.

I was looking for a photo to touch up tonight when I came across this shot. I love this shot but thought I did a poor job making it stand out in my previous efforts. I knew I could do a lot more with it than I originally did, so I took another crack at it. I think this version is much more interesting than the earlier version.

Wyoming Road