Weekly Photo Challenge – Experimental

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Experimental.  This theme is really a blank slate, it can be interpreted in so many ways.  When I was trying to decide what direction to take this challenge in.  I thought I wanted to experiment with lens flares.  Shooting directly into the sun is something I never intentionally do.  So trying to photograph a subject that is back-lit by the sun is something completely new to me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so for me, this is certainly experimental.

Below are a few photos that I took for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge “Experimental”

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Experimental (1 of 3)

Experimental (2 of 3)

Experimental (3 of 3)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Temporary

For someone who maintains a blog dedicated to drawings and photography one would think I would’ve participated in a Weekly Photo Challenge before now.  Oh well, one only has so much time…

Below are a few photos that I took for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge “Temporary”

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Hot-Air Balloon Launch

For the past several years the company that I work for has participated as a hot-air balloon launch site for the Carolina BalloonFest.  This year I arrived early so I could photograph the event.  Spectators are allowed to be on the field as the balloon crews are setting up the balloons.  It is interesting to watch this occur.  As each crew member seems to have a specific role in the unloading, inflation, and launch of the balloon.  Each balloon is unique in shape and color.  Also, the balloons are launched just after sunrise when the air is still cool and the winds are light.  This made for some decent photo opportunities with the bright flames of the burners against the new light of the day.

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Flames from a burner shoot into the balloon
Flames shoot from the burner as a balloon is being inflated and prepared for launch.
Flames shoot from the burner as a hot-air balloon ascends
More flames as the balloon pilot is lifting away
Balloons being inflated
Balloons being inflated.  The dog shaped balloon in the background was a big hit with the younger children.
A hot-air balloon body against the blue sky
I just liked this composition with just a portion of the balloon in frame.
Hot-air balloon ascending
Pilot and passengers start their journey.  They are steered by the winds and as chase crew monitors their location from the ground.  Once the balloon lands the chase crew will meet them to pick up passengers and balloon.
Several hot-air balloons in the sky
Four balloons launch in quick succession.
Heart shaped hot-air balloon ready to launch
Once again, I really like this composition.

Inktober – Day 1

My personal life is…somewhat complicated and demanding at the moment.  So I am lacking on creative time these days.  For this reason I was not sure if I would even attempt to participate in Inktober.  I have decided to give it a go.  However, I do not intend to follow the official daily prompt list.  Since my creative time does seem to be in short supply I have decided to draw what inspires me.  That said, there may be days or even consecutive days where I am simply unable to post an Inktober sketch.  Don’t get me wrong, I intend to give it an honest shot.  I am sure that I will get up each day with the intention of creating an inktober sketch.  But like I said, life is complicated at the moment.

Today I decided to take a small sketchbook outdoors with me.  The weather was so nice I couldn’t resist.

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