Southwest Girl Northwest World

February 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

You may have seen this tag in some of my photos, and even my dear sister commented on the strangeness of it.  I grew up in the Midwest, and while I started photographing while in Ohio, I did not really understand what I was doing until I got to Arizona.  I spent long hours figuring out exposure and how on earth to keep that brilliant blue sky, blue, without blowing it out of exposure!  I photographed horses and families and kids!  It was an awesome place to gain so much experience! 

Baloon popA rare photo of the moment the balloon popped! In the thousands of shots I only ever captured this twice! Arizona Mounted Shooters Great CloudsGreat clouds, blue sky and sun as far as the eye could see. Arizona Mounted Shooters

As life happens, things change and challenges arise!  I moved with my family and business to the Pacific Northwest!  As drastic as that may seem to some, it has been a challenge to say the least to shift my photography!  

It really isn’t just taking pictures!  It is richness and tones and texture!  The desert is beautiful, but then again, so are the mountains and the green green trees!  It is almost as if I have exchanged that deep blue expanse of a sky for gray tones, clouds with contrast and so much green!  

Riding in the RainThe white fog is actually steam from the horses and the riders! It was about 40 degrees and raining for most of the day.

SmilesSO many smiles Woodbrook Hunt Club

I grow with each new adventure I take!  I have photographed now in less than ideal arenas, struggling to capture motion that once stopped a bullet the moment it popped a balloon!  Saturday I can mark off photographing in the rain!  Yes, there was an umbrella involved, I got some shots from my truck and the whole while thinking “wow, I wonder what the rain is going to do to these photos” 

The rain and moisture in the air brings out a richness to photos that I have only captured here in the PNW!  The cold and rain also creates a steam off of the horses, that messes with the deepness of black in the riders jackets.  

RainRain makes noise, separate from ISO noise, but noise! Umbrellas change light, especially when the umbrella is rainbow colored.

Most of all, it creates noise!  Look at the black in this photo of the rider and the horse!  Now look closer at the white specks from the rain and the wet on both the rider and the horse!  

Gone are the days of full on sun, but I welcome this challenge, and the ones to come!  Through challenges we grow and change!  While I left pieces of my heart and soul in the SW, I am thrilled with the challenges and textures the PNW has brought to my world!  

Southwest Girl in a Northwest World!  


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