How’s that for a random title? I was looking for something like, “A Post Where I Wander Around the Yard and Take Photos of Lots of Random Things at Golden Hour,” but that would be a tad long. It would have been helpfully explanatory, however, since that’s what this post is about. 😉
Walking around and taking pictures is honestly one of my favorite things. It’s so refreshing, plus I get to be creative at the same time. ❤ So yeah, I hope you guys enjoy taking this evening walk with me! 🙂
We’ll start at our small flower garden, which attracts bees, moths, and photographers. 😛
Ahh, the coneflowers were so vibrant and glowing in the golden hour light!
Carmen was playing with her pet goat while I took these pictures… Well, most of the time Nellie wasn’t playing; she was preoccupied with the very serious business of sampling a bite or two of every single surface within reach. Especially the lettuce. (But it’s bolted by now so she can have it. 😉 )
Last year, we grew lavender from seed, and Mom and I are both amazed at how well it’s grown and established itself in the front flowerbeds.
These next few are definitely some of my favorite in the post – I love the tones and lighting. ❤ I’ve recently had fun playing around with Lightroom and making some presets for my RAW photos.
Carmen Trying to Get Her Goat: a short series.
I feel like you can hardly step outside in any decent yard at golden hour without feeling calmer and happier. Especially when I’ve spent hours working at the computer, just being outside is so refreshing.
We grew hollyhocks this year, which was fun for different, even though they’re a pain when the tall stalks fall over (which is often). I wish you could have seen this in real life, guys: facing the sun with the hollyhocks in front of you, they were a column of glowing pink petals where the light shone through. ❤
After I walked around the garden and yard a bit, I decided to explore the barns and outbuildings for more photo opportunities. I found this gorgeous, blown-over bunch of Queen Anne’s Lace. Isn’t it so stunning and intricate up close? I mean…! I’m really happy with the way I edited these too.
It looks like there’s a huge bush growing on the roof here, but it’s actually a (very) healthy vine. I wonder if it is plotting to gradually consume the whole barn. O.o
Several pieces of equipment reside in the barn on the left. I don’t usually find machines that photogenic, but I loved the contrast of light and shadows here! And again, I had fun editing this one. 🙂
In the shed on the left of the vine picture, my brother Jeff set up his drum set so he can practice in peace and without deafening the rest of us. 😉 I LOVE the B&W version of this! Which do you like best?
Then I discovered a humongous chain on a pallet and took bunches of pictures. It made such a unique and interesting subject – I feel like you could use it to tell a story through photography, but I have yet to figure out the plot. 😛 I think I still prefer the black and white versions of these. What about you?
And since I was in the mode of looking for interesting textures and B&W subjects, I found this coil of wire that made some fun pictures.
I shall end this post with a bit of color and the fun fact that OH MY, I loveeee graduated filters in Lightroom! XD Seriously, they’re, like, what I’ve been looking for ever since I got a DSLR. I can never get the sky AND ground properly exposed in one photo, but now I can in LR and I am most pleased. 😀
Welp, that’s for today, my friends! I’ve also been having fun taking some indoor golden hour shots, but I’ll save those for another post. 😉 Until then, I hope you have a marvelously sunny day in both senses of the word!
Which photo(s) did you like best? Black and white or color? What do you use to edit your photos?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.