Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
One more shot taken at Alstrom Point, Lake Powell. It was still very dark when I set up my tripod and chose a slow shutter speed in order to capture enough light to reveal the beautiful palette of magenta, orange and lavender/blue colors I saw at dawn. It's times like this when I wonder why I don't get up early every morning to take pictures!!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Alstrom Point, Lake Powell
Even with a plain blue sky as a backdrop, the vistas of Lake Powell around Alstrom Point are still gorgeous.
In a perfect landscape photographer's world, the sky would always have big, puffy, marshmallow clouds, or black, brooding, stormy clouds, or brilliant rainbows or romantic, magenta sunsets. Well that's wishful hoping. Sometimes the sky is a plain blue sea of nothingness, or a boring overcast gray blanket. On days like this we learn to compose with less sky visible, or look for a way to add more interest in the sky portion of the photo, as I did here by positioning my camera to create a sun flare behind the rock formation just before the sun set.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Alstrom Point, Lake Powell
For landscape photographers who know the Lake Powell area, Alstrom Point is on our bucket list. It is a remote area accessed from a little settlement called Big Water. Late afternoon we drove part way down a dirt road and parked the truck. Then we took the RZRs the rest of the way and stayed at the point overlooking Lake Powell until sunset. (Photo coming soon.) We drove back to the truck, stayed overnight there, then got up really early the next morning and retraced our RZR ride so I could take photos at dawn. (Jeff is such a good sport!) This was our view late at night with the RZR lit by a flashlight. The sky around Lake Powell is dark and beautiful. Seeing shooting stars and other nighttime wonders are common events here.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
On the Road to Cascade Springs, Utah
"I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow."
-- Wendy Delsol (author)
I used to post photography tips on this blog once a week, (Tech Talk Tuesday), but as the the popularity of blogs primarily about photography seem to be taking a back seat to Instagram, I haven't been doing this. But on my Instagram page, I do post most all the photos that I post here, along with information about the photo and a photo tip for each photo. You can find me on Instagram at @karenlarsenphotography. Here is what I posted about this photo today:
NOTES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Diagonal lines in a composition add additional interest. In composing a landscape vista that includes mountains, look for a vantage point where ridges and valleys intersect to create multiple diagonals from the foreground to the background, emphasizing depth of field. In this shot I can count 5 or 6 major diagonals including the bottom cloud line, then several more subtle diagonals - the foreground green bushes, the band of red color and the ridge of orange color in the mid ground.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Chiricahua National Monument
"As hard as I have tried to remember the exact moment when I fell in love with God, I cannot do it. My earliest memories are bathed in a kind of golden light that seemed to embrace me as surely as my mother's arms. The divine presence was strongest outdoors, and most palpable when I was alone." ~Barbara Brown Taylor
Monday, August 27, 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
Bedogol - Balinese Gate Guardian Statues
Bedogol - Balinese gate guardian statues. Two of a variety of different types of statues are selected to guard Balinese temples and homes. One is placed on the right side of the entrance way and one is placed on the left side. Both statues may look alike, but they are not identical. They complement each other and represent, for example, good vs. bad, positive vs. negative. The statue with the most power is placed on the right side. The purpose is the add balance by organizing possible unbalanced forces from the outside world, and to make the positive and negative elements neutral before entering the home. Temple and home entrance ways and front doors in Bali were ornate, colorful, detailed and beautiful. The statues varied greatly from beautiful and shapely Balinese women to ugly, terrifying, realllllly scary looking monsters or demons.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
The rich cultural heritage of Balinesian Hindu worship can be traced back to the 5 century B.C. and continues today with around 84% of the population claiming to be Hindu. The influence of this heritage is evident everywhere one travels in beautiful Bali in the form of ancient temples and ritualistic offerings. It was a delight to see these small, sweet offerings, called 'canang sari', that are seen everywhere.
They adorn every small shrine, every large temple, businesses, homes, streets, car dashboards, and even perched on the handlebars of motor scooters. They may be pretty and interesting for tourists to see, but they hold deep meaning for Balanese who carefully and lovingly prepare multiples of them each day.
The canang sari are made and offered every day except when there is a death in the family or village. At the end of the day, they are all swept away and will be replaced the next morning. It is disrespectful to step on or step over a canang sari, and one has to be careful, because many are placed on sidewalks, doorways and floors. It is especially disrespectful to disturb the offering while the incense is burning and the smoke is carrying the essence up to heaven.
If you are looking for a rich, cultural experience on your travels, in addition to a beautiful, tropical paradise, you won't be disappointed in Bali!