Category Archives: Landscape Photography

Life is unpredictable…and so is the art of photography

 

vineyard sunrise

©2015 Pamela Reynoso

One thing the serious student of photography learns quickly, is that it’s often an uncomfortable art.

Rain, cold, heat, sleeplessness, fatigue, and sore muscles are all a part of it.

We know that the most unpleasant weather can sometimes reap the most joyful images…and sometimes you lose the gamble you took by dragging yourself out of bed well before sunrise, travelling to your destination, and crossing your fingers in the hopes of encountering a majestic sunrise. Even when things look promising just before the sunrise…they can ‘peter’ out at any moment. This pain is especially poignant on the mornings when there is no solace to be found because the sunrise not what you’d hoped, AND you also managed to run out the door without your coffee. The pain is real. :)

Photography takes dedication. On the morning I took this image, I had to talk myself out of bed. It’d been raining for about a day and a half… my bed was warm and I hate to be cold for no good reason! I knew that the chances the weather reports were wrong were decent. The forecast called for a break in the clouds about sunrise with a decent amount of rain to follow. Did I *really* want to drive 15 minutes for a maybe? Not really. In fact, I rarely ever want to. But on this morning I forced myself up because I knew, from experience, that if I did not and the sunset was wonderful, I’d regret it.

Even as the sun was rising I was dubious. It didn’t look very promising. I took my first uninspiring sunrise photo at 6:40 AM and the last, the one you see, at 6:47 AM. Just like that, sunrise came and went as the sun rose above the cloud layer and the sky turned back to gray and the rain began again.

 

~Pamela :)

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Sunset in Suisun, California

Sunset in Suisun, CA

sunset wetlands photo

© 2015 Pamela Reynoso

A few days ago I totally missed a fabulous sunset because I had to do life…the things mothers do. Last night I made dinner, scarfed it down, grabbed my bag and ran even as the color was beginning to appear in the sky. I’m very fortunate to live close to several great locations and headed out to one of my favorites.  As I drove I was assessing the sky and comparing it to what I knew of this location in order to determine my stopping point. Time was short!

As I drove I kept thinking “The clouds aren’t really where I’d like them, and I’m too late, dangit!”. After I had turned around to leave, this scene caught my eye. Time was very limited so I took only about four photos before the light … was gone.

I grew up here and left for over 20 years. Upon returning I vowed to myself not to take this beautiful place, with its distinct smell of wetlands and licorice, for granted.

As I was editing this photo, I puzzled over how to crop it…or not. When I get stuck between decisions and determine that I would benefit from the insight of another artist, I don’t have to go far.  I’m very fortunate to be able to call upon my husband who is an artist and professor of art and ask his input. It’s totally awesome! Sometimes, two heads are certainly much better than one. :)

~Pamela :)

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May this next year, like a sunset, fill you with wonder, gratitude, and joy

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

California ocean sunset photo

I don’t post many sunsets as I don’t get to see them often, but … I love them and I especially love the ones taken at the edge of the Pacific Ocean as this one was. I adore the ocean and it never ceases to fill me with wonder and amazement.

To me, each sunset is a masterpiece in it’s own right. Some knock my socks off in wonder, all of them fill me with the simple joy that comes from watching the colors wrap the sky like a great big gift as I sit enthralled by the majestic turning of another day into night.

On this New Year’s Eve my wish for you is that this next year fill you with wonder, gratitude and joy!

If you find them lacking- may I suggest, at sunset, you just take a step outside and look up. :)

All the best~

Pamela :)

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The Ocean is Calling…

ocean and rock formation photo

Gateway to Your Future © 2013 Pamela Reynoso All Rights Reserved

 

 

The ocean is calling…can’t you hear it?

I just adore the ocean, I always have.

There is an interesting mix of  tranquility and excitement that just washes over me when I am near the sea.

 

I am drawn to the rhythm of the waves, to the sound of the surf, to the awesome power that is below- a surging strength that is not as visible to the eye as it is felt. On this particular trip I stood behind a group of rocks as waves crashed against them, thinking they were a barrier between me and the ocean when a rogue wave came and nearly took me with it as it’s power returned to the sea. Despite that experience, I find the ocean to be invigorating and mysterious. I love to bask in it’s presence, enjoying the sight, sounds and the smell of the salty air.

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