Interstitial 127: Dud

Mt. Hood looked fabulous on the drive home, but had begun to darken by the time I reached this viewpoint. What a great excuse to play in Photoshop! This photo was leveled, grayscaled, and filtered. For some reason, I’m drawn to this grainy look.

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Interstitial 123: Trumpet Lichen

I think these are trumpet lichen (Cladonia Fimbriata). I’ve been trying to get a clear shot of them since I discovered them in early March. Today, I tried out a mini tripod with flexible legs and it certainly helps get a clear shot from an otherwise awkward/impossible position.

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Interstitial 43: Pink Hood

I have visited this spot several times since starting this project on December 1 and today was the first time Mount Hood was fully visible. This view is a few minutes’ drive and about a 30-minute walk (uphill, and longer if you stop to take pictures of all the glorious nature) from my home. The mountain isn’t in view until you are practically facing it, so it can be fun to take people up here and surprise them.

 

Interstitial 42: I Left the Light on For You

Something is technically not right about this shot and I don’t know enough to know what or why. My gut tells me I shouldn’t be seeing reds and blues, like a pair of 3D movie glasses. My gut also loves this shot!

My brain googled (in the comfort of my home, not the snow). Color noise is what I’m seeing and it’s due to a high ISO of 3200. After I took this shot, I changed ISO from auto to 100 to “just see” what it would do. (I’m in an auto-mode learning mode.) Each of those shots did not have color noise! But they were blurry. The lower ISO also lowered the shutter speed, keeping the lens open longer to allow more light to pass through. I do not have a steady hand for longer exposures. I think a tripod would have solved this dilemma! I also think I should turn auto ISO off.

So clearly my gut chose this shot for my brain to learn something! Well, relearn. Photography has not been a consistent hobby over the years. One of my goals with this project is to make it a consistent hobby and stop relearning!

 

Interstitial 31: Fog of Time

Like fog, time can obscure what’s behind us and ahead of us. We can clearly see where we are now, where we just came from, and enough ahead of us to choose our path.

Some periods of time are foggier and more difficult for us to navigate. I wish you clarity as you navigate your path with a grateful heart and discover the good that awaits in the coming year.