I recently attended a contemplative photography retreat at beautiful Hui Ho’olana on Moloka’i. The next several posts will be from the retreat.
Beauty was everywhere I looked. It presented itself along every path, around every corner. It seemed that it was just asking to be photographed.
Red, green and yellow
Spiked leaves shoot out like a star
Just asking to be noticed
It was a beautiful day! The paved road ended. We saw a rough dirt road, drove a slow 5 miles and had this beach pretty much to ourselves. It was so very peaceful and relaxing. I felt enlightened just to stand, see, and hear the waves crashing on the beach.
I took this image with black and white post processing in mind. I liked the blue sky and the tan beach sand. I liked the increased tonalities and mood that B&W gave me. Time to experiment …. I added split toning into the B&W image, then blended it back into the original photo. I like the result.
I had been sitting watching the pastels in the sky as the sun was rising over the hills between Selah and Yakima. The sun rays struck the eastern face of Yakima Ridge. The color and brightness glowed over the shadowed hill side. A few moments later it was gone. Time to get my first cup of coffee.
My friend exclaimed “LOOK!”. I turned and saw these interesting door handles. They looked more like little sculptures than handles. As I squinted, the glass doors became darker and the light reflecting off the handles became less harsh. It gave me a little feeling of mystery, “What is behind these doors?”.
What in the heck is the Clock Tower doing in the Library? It doesn’t belong there! That thought flashed through my mind as I was strolling around the YVC campus this past weekend.
This is a good example of seeing the unusual in the usual. The contrast made the image interesting to me.
Look forward, turn and look around, look down, look up … it is amazing what gifts are out there waiting to be received. Light, shadows, shapes, diagonals abound everywhere. It is ours for the seeing. This simple skylight in Glenn Anthon Hall (Yakima Valley College) caught my interest. I just walked around to get the diagonal perspectives and balance I was looking for.
I first saw this relief carving standing straight back about 50 feet away. I thought the full mural was interesting, but it looked flat and lacked energy. What caught my interest was the woman’s eyes. I walked closer and to the side to get a better perspective. As I looked into her eyes, the image came alive. I could feel her sadness.
When my friend saw this perspective, she had a much deeper insightful feeling. These were her thoughts: “The edge of the photo features her hand pushing against the wood, like a wall. Her pushing against it is more poignant because she does seem to be pushing against a wall that closes her in. On her face is the look of resignation yet acceptance that she will spend her life picking from the fields, so her children will not have to. It is a story I have heard from the children in families like that so many times. Sometimes when I think about something that makes me sad, I remember that not feeling sad would mean not feeling at all, and not feeling at all would mean not feeling joy either. When we look at something that pulls at our heartstrings, we are alive and thinking and affected. This is good.”
I love the early morning. I am usually up an hour or two before sunrise at this time of year. I anxiously await for what each new morning will bring. Today, my gift was this beautiful pastel painting over the “Gap”. Looking ninety degrees to the east, the sky was on fire. It was quite a contrast with the soft pastel color looking south over the Gap.
Since moving back to Selah almost 2 years ago, I have photographed this view hundreds of time. Each new sunrise or sunset presents a new gift. It is a wonderful way to start the day.