Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Central Flower

For this picture, I used my macro lens again. The goal of the picture was to capture the central part of the flower. I used a low aperture to have the only focus be on the middle. I also used it to blur out the back of the flower. I like how the pink is blurred but also visible.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Green and Purple

This picture is simple, the colors contrast each other well, and I like the lines in the picture. The picture is just of a plant in front of a house. The green and purple don't overpower each other. I like how the purple is the same color all the way around, but the green has different colors. Towards the top, the green is lighter and on the bottom, the green is slightly darker. Lastly, the lines are very simple. The lines are either straight or curved.

Saturday, April 27, 2019


I reverted back to my classic, original picture style. A macro picture of an object with an interesting yet simple background. If you remember from a few days ago I talked about an increased aperture. I kept that increased aperture for this picture too. I wanted to have the front bluebonnet in focus but also have the other bluebonnets visible.

Friday, April 26, 2019


This picture is one of my favorites from this series and also one of my all-time favorites. I spent almost half an hour trying to take pictures of bees on bluebonnets. Sometime during that half hour, I was able to take this picture, a bee collecting nectar from a bluebonnet. Everything is perfect for this picture. There is the yellow bee standing out in the center, dark blue flowers, and green grass background. One could even say it is BEEautiful. :)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Little Butterfly

In addition to finding different types of flowers, I was also able to find different types of animals. There were bees and two types of butterflies. This butterfly was gray which I like. I took other pictures of a white butterfly but the white stood out too much. I like the gray because it blends in with the picture but not enough that it isn't recognized.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mini Flowers

One of the other flowers in the bluebonnet patch was this tiny white flower. I took pictures of it because I liked the smallness and symmetry. It feels like for every bunch of flowers there was another on the other side. I also tried to not have the focus be so harsh. To change the focus, I increased the aperture to f10. I normally have it at f3.1 for close-up macro photography but at f10 there is a longer depth of field.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


For this picture, I positioned my camera closer to the ground. I used the lower angle to capture more of the sky. I wanted to highlight the bluebonnets and weeds near the bluebonnets but I also wanted to include the bright blue sky. It provides a subtle background that fits with the picture. The sky complements the bluebonnets and acts as a neutral color to the grass.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bluebonnets and Bees

As we return to Texas and spring, I thought what is unique to Texas and vastly different than the Colorado series. I settled on the Texas state flower, bluebonnets. While I was taking pictures of the bluebonnets, I heard the familiar sound of buzzing bees. Using my macro lens, I was able to take very close-up pictures of the bees. With this picture, I did not have the shutter speed at the highest I can set it (1/4000). This is why the wings are blurry. The bees wings were moving so fast that my camera at that shutter speed was not able to capture them in focus.

Friday, April 19, 2019

White Snow and Blue Skies

The last pictures I am going to upload are panoramic ones from the tops of mountains and a timelapse of a sunrise that I shot. I really enjoy the panoramic pictures. I like to see how all the individual pictures come together to create a big one. I specifically like this picture because it appears that the mountains go on forever.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rolling Clouds

While the sunset was not as interesting as some of the ones in Texas, these rolling clouds helped to make it interesting. I divided this picture into thirds both from the top to bottom and left to right. Starting from the bottom, it goes snow, the mountain, then the sunset. The snow and sunset are brightly colored then there is the dark but visible mountain. From the left to right, it goes the clouds, sunset, and mountain, then the tree. This is opposite of the top to bottom. From left to right it goes dark, light, dark.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Snowy Sunset

As the Colorado snow series is coming to an end, the pictures will soon return back to Texas. There are many flowers on trees and plants and now that summer is approaching, there is actually leaves on trees. I also have been experimenting with long exposure photography. In addition to the plants and trees, there might a picture or two that is a long exposure.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sunset Tree

I spent my last day in Colorado outside in the snow then when the sun started to set, I took pictures of it. I wanted to capture the sunset but I also wanted to capture the snow from the mountain. I put the tree into a silhouette but I didn't increase my exposure too much which. If I did, I would have not been able to capture the snow, making it like some of my over sunset pictures.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Base Village 

Similar to the last picture the clouds were on my side. They appear to part and open up the view to Aspen Base Village. Looking back at the picture, I am noticing many lines throughout it. There are lines from the gondola, the poles holding up the gondola, and the lines from the streets.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

High Above

I took this picture high above the ski runs and mountain tops. Below me was Aspen Mountain and the race area on the mountain. Looking out and past Aspen Mountain were other mountains I do not know the names of. I was lucky with the clouds for this picture. Clearly, there are many of them in the sky but for this picture, they seemed to part just for me.

Friday, April 12, 2019


After the pictures from the top of the mountain, I rode the gondola down. I was able to capture some incredible pictures. Unfortunately, there was water from melted snow on the windows of the gondola. This created some blurry spots, but otherwise, the views were clear. There were also some clouds that blocked me from seeing all the way down to the base but there were a few windows when I was able to see through them.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


This picture is similar to the last one except I zoomed in for this picture. By the time I took this, snow had already begun to fall. You can actually see the snowflakes in the clouds. I also like how the clouds have different densities on different parts of the picture. In the middle, the clouds are almost solid but in the bottom right, the clouds start to thin out.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


I captured this picture after the third and final snow storm. I took my camera to the top of the mountain and took pictures. There is this huge drop off that leads to rows and rows of trees. Most days (especially in the summer) you can see forever. But the day I took this picture there were clouds from the earlier snow storm. I have a few more pictures from the same spot after this one but by the end of this week, I believe that these are my last snow pictures.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Dark Skies

This picture is one of my favorites of the series. It is so simple how the colors are only dark grey, green, white, and black. There is snow all over the branches and trees but the only branch is this small one that is in focus. But if you look in the background there are the green trees which you presume is where the branch is coming from. It is very simple, clean, and the colors are very nice.

Monday, April 08, 2019


I enjoy this picture because of all the different textures of snow and the tree. There is the softness from the snow. It almost looks like clouds it is so soft. There is also the sharpness from the pine needles whose color helps to balance out the white snow.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Looking Up 

The heavy snow also accumulated on the walls of buildings. One of those buildings was this uneven brick wall. Only on the bricks that stick out is the snow on. I like this picture for the definition on the snow and brick that is next to it and because of the contrast between the snow and brick. I like how you can see every small detail on the snow. Also, the contrast from the light snow and dark brick are very nice to my eyes. The picture is mostly dark but there small spots with white snow.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Mountain Side View

Most of the times when I was on the mountain, I took about ten pictures in a row with each picture facing a different direction but from the same point. Using Photoshop, I was able to create this image of eight imagines. I wanted to create a panoramic picture. Using the eight images and the crop tool in Photoshop, I was able to make a panoramic picture. While there is not as much definition as the last pictures, I like this one because you can see everything on the ski run.

Thursday, April 04, 2019


Spring skiing typically brings blue skies, higher temperatures (above freezing), and slushy snow. This spring there were several storms that dropped feet of snow. I enjoy seeing everything covered in white snow but there are some parts that stick out and are not white. All over the picture, you can see brown or green spots, these are trees. They stand out against the white background which makes the mountains look very interesting.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Blue Skies

The day after the snowstorm was blue skies and white snow. It was some of the best skiing that I have experienced. I took this picture from the middle of a ski run which is why it looks as if this trail could continue all the way to the base of the mountain. I like how there are the skiers in the middle of the run. This makes the snow not seem like 'dead space.' Without the skiers, the entire bottom half of the picture would be white snow, that wouldn't be as interesting.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The trees at the base of the skiing mountain where covered in lights. I enjoy them because they stand out against the white snow. I wish the lights covered all of the branches and limbs on the tree, but I can't control that. It would have been very interesting if there were just lights scattered around the picture on the branches.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Winter's Colors

Near the clocktower was this branch with dead leaves covered in snow. I really like this picture because of the contrast between the white snow, dark-colored branches, and brown leaves. Each object is popping out in front of the grey background which I like. The snow on the branches and leaves adds a nice bright color and softness to the picture.