Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Smith Road Morning



I've been driving by scenes like this in the morning every work day since 1988. Only since I started photo-blogging have I actually begun stopping to take these pictures. Before, I would think about stopping but I wouldn't do it because I was a professional and nobody was paying me to do it and I couldn't imagine what I'd ever do with the photos. Now, I stop. I shoot. I need those photos. I am amassing quite a library of these shots. Photo-blogging has made me a better photographer.

11 comments:

Stacey said...

Very nice shots... Love the light. You can only get better with practice, as they say.

Publisher Jack said...

Before you started blogging, I don't recall ever seeing any "nature" photos by you. In the last year, I've seen hundreds and they're all great. Your portfolio has certainly expanded.

Rick Lee said...

Yeah, that's right. I still don't consider myself a "nature photographer" like Steve Shaluta or whoever. That requires dedication... to do stuff like perch yourself on a mountaintop waiting for the sun to come up. I just take stuff that I see along the way.

Heather said...

I love these pictures! I will be in your fair state in a couple of months. I can't wait to see the beauty in person.

Rick Lee said...

Two months? October?... it'll be great in the Fall. You can go to Bridge Day and go BASE jumping. :-)

Grumpy Old Man said...

We're all the better for your blogging.

Your photos are for WVa what the Rose Parade is for California--makes us want to move there.

Sharon said...
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Heather said...

Sorry. I am guest posting for Sharon and accidentally commented while signed in to her account. *she says sheepishly*

I will be there at the very beginning of October. I've wanted to visit in the Fall ever since I saw the photos you took of the trees last Autumn. They were breathtaking! We have very few trees where I live; it's all flat, brown and arid.

And I just so happened to receive an invitation to visit a fellow blogger. :-) I am hoping that some of the trees are turning while I am there.

Sorry for writing a novel in your comments.

Oh, and I guess I'll miss Bridge Day, Darn.

knee_bone said...

Rick,

Great photos! I am an expatriate of Charleston, who still trys to stay abreast of the goings on in my home city. You do a great job capturing the beauty of not only Charleston, but WV in general. Your pictures always make me miss home.

Imagesmith said...

I agree with you on the blogging thoughts. You might say I lost my way as you said "not getting paid for it so why shoot it.". I think digital has got a lot to do with it as well.

Lori Witzel said...

Dude. Seriously, you never took your magic shaman's pixel-net out of its bag to catch these lovely moments until you began blogging?

Well, neither did I.

It's a fine thing to have a place to share what crosses the corner of one's eye...and it makes me a much more disciplined "see-er."

Am very glad I stumbled across your work.