Personal Shooting~

I am so behind in writing this blog.  All I can think of right now is that I should be scrubbing the floors.  Time constraints always mess me up.  But now I am writing and loving it.

Personal Shooting is something we all do between assignments, challenges, and work.  It is fun and  gives opportunity for creativity.  It is a time for pure pleasure shooting and no worries how well it turns out, after all who will you share it with–family, friends and yourself.  It is for documentation of an event, trip or just for capturing a beautiful sunset, sunrise, flower, color, pattern, whatever captures your fancy and makes you smile.

Recently, my husband and I went on a 40th anniversary trip to Leavenworth, WA.  It is a small Bavarian town nestled in the Cascade mountains just far enough away to be a special trip and close enough to go often and get there is a couple of hours.  Wintertime is magical there as the whole town is lit up in December and stays that way at least until the end of February.  The town has one festival after another, Autumn leave festival, Oktoberfest, May Day, Summer theater and probably a few more festivals I know nothing about.  The whole town architecture is of the Bavarian style and consisted of one main street, with shops mostly only on one side of the street.  The shops are curios shops, restaurants, specialty shops, fun shops, and the big hall for the festivities.  Across the street from the shops is a big park where the May pole is decorated and the Christmas Tree lit up in December and the many concerts of Oktoberfest.  There are street fair booths set up in the park as well where many local artists sell their art.

I carried my camera everywhere, but I did not shoot in any of the shops out of respect for the businesses.  I could have asked, but decided to shoot mainly outside and not a lot as it was my anniversary and I was there to spend time with my husband.  Priorities.

These are my shots.

This road is actually on the way from Vantage to the Tri-Cities.  Not even close to Leavenworth.  We started to Leavenworth from the Tri-Cities after an afternoon of business (taxes).  It is as least a ten-mile stretch of straight road with nothing on either side.

Looking toward the Columbia river by Quincy, beautiful fields of grapes.

Never knew this little dam existed until we came around a bend in the road.  The Rock Island Dam.  For no other reason that I wanted to shoot through the window.  We were having lunch.  The lights and the May pole and Bavarian buildings all are typical of Leavenworth.

Main Street.  It is just three or four blocks long.

First night there and first time I have seen any of the lights.  I love trees wrapped in lights.

The park with the stage (gazebos) and lights.  Look at the difference between the LED lights (icy cold)and the tungsten lights ( warm).

This tree is a point of focus not matter what season.  In the Autumn it is brilliant with color and Winter brilliant with lights.

Some of the decorated buildings.The park again.  I think the big tree in the distance is “the” tree they light for the Christmas Tree lighting festival.

One of the inns dripping with icicle lights.

The Christmas tree.

It snowed at night for a while.  My family loves the snow, especially watching the falling snow.  I had time to sit and watch it fall.  What is it about flakes floating softly to the ground that is so mesmerizing?

Of course there is a Starbucks in Leavenworth!  I was fascinated with the white lights ( now off) on the giant tree outside the window.  I do like shooting through windows.  Fun!

Many the only shot inside a building ( well, besides the window shots).  The hallway was so pretty.  A shop owner assured me it was even more pretty without the fluorescent lights mounting on the ceiling down each side of the hall.

This bunch of glass balls hung from the ceiling to just a few feet from the floor.  The shop owner actually encouraged me to shoot it from underneath so I did.  Just held my camera under the whole thing, focused (auto) and shot.  Each shot was so different, it was hard to choose one.

The May pole. I shot into the light and did not overexpose to get the May pole lit up.  The sky was so pretty.  Yes, I could have taken a couple of shots, one overexposed for the pole and one for the sky and then put them together–but I am on vacation.

Our favorite shop.  Christmas all year round.

This Christmas tree was in the window of the Christmas store.  I was totally captivated by it.  It pumped “snow” to the top of the tree and blew it out to cascade down as if it were snowing.  My grandkids would mess this up.

Time to go home.  The first pass was clear and wet. Whew, home free!  Not so! It started to blizzard just over the pass on the what down. Soooo pretty.  I did process this with a white vignette, which makes it a little whiter with snow.

At the summit of  Snoqualmie.  The trees are always so gorgeous after or during a fresh snowfall.  I always feel a little guilty shooting through the car window–but some of my favorite images were taken through the windows.  Breaking the rules.

Snowing and icy.  We just made it over the summit before the mass of cars and trucks all stopped to chain up.  Again, the trees are magnificent.

I can image a little “Jack Frost” painting the trees with ice and snow, just like in the movies.  Just a spectacular site and it will last such a short time.Jack Frost had a very busy day and did such a fabulous job.

Almost home.  At this point we expected to find clear and wet roads with rain pouring down.  What a surprise to find we were in another blizzard.

Just a personal story this time.  Shooting trough car windows and shop windows and just the scenery around me.  I will be able to look at these images in the years to come and remember our 40th anniversary and all the “fun” we had on the way to Leavenworth, in the town, and all the beautiful snow coming home.

I encourage everyone to just relax and shoot and even if they are a little blurry, or not framed perfectly or just boring to someone else–they are special to you and that is what matters.

Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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One Response to Personal Shooting~

  1. Forrest says:

    I’ve never been to Leavenworth in the winter, but, suddenly, I’m having an urge to change that. Not that I can do anything about it for several months…

    The first time I went through Leavenworth was in the late summer, and I had a bad taste for it, between whatever festival was going on, the intense sun beating down, and the abundance of brown. For a few years I didn’t go back. Then – very recently – I rediscovered the town, with snow draped over the mountains behind it. Leavenworth is an entirely different place in the snow, and a much better one.

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