Carol Freshley (PhotoSpydie) and her husband, Tom Davison, live the dream. How fulfilling and exciting it would be to travel together wrapped up in quest of the remarkable paired with grand photography experiences. Carol has recorded thrilling views and has been versatile finding ways to get unique and inspiring perspectives.
The above is a morning photograph of a place known to sometimes ‘catch fire’ as the sun comes up over the ridges. I loved that the mist was still visible in the photograph as I often have a problem capturing that feature.
The image was minimally processed in Lightroom and Photoshop was used to remove some disturbing debris around the rock.
Retirement has afforded my husband and I the joy of travel in support of our joint passion for photography. We live in a 32 foot 2016 Winnebago Brave. In the past two years we have put 22,000 miles on our motorhome and about the same on our towed vehicle (separate from being towed). We have traveled the United Sates West Coast as far north as the Olympic Peninsula, spent the fall in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and spent this past spring and summer traveling through Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas and states in between.
This image was captured by wiggling myself into a tight space of one of the rock formations at Valley of Fire, NV. I laugh now as I look back and remember the squeeze of getting the camera and the heavy lens positioned and stable. I am not going to admit how many rejects there were of this scene! Processed in Lightroom. My edits show that I used a selection to decrease the highlights in the opening to the outside.
We choose our travel itinerary based on what we think would provide us with unique photographic experiences. We have admitted to ourselves that we could spend several years in any of the states we have visited and not run out of good opportunities.
One of my favorite photographs taken at White Sands, New Mexico. It was very windy the day this image was captured and I loved seeing the wind catch the sand and blow it upward; just a taste of how these wonderful formations are created.
Landscape and macro photography share top billing in my preferences. Yet, if I have no good options I have been known to photograph my tennis shoes! I am a beginner in photographing the Milky Way and I have enjoyed time lapse photography. Probably the reason I don’t enjoy some genres of photography, such as studio and action, is because I am no good at them.
It was such a cold morning and the approaching storm made getting any good photographs feel like a futile effort. I do not have a device that is triggered by lightning so I tried time-lapse instead. One of about 20 images contained the lightning.
When I purchased my Nikon D300s I was told by the salesman that I should check out the Nikonians website. He told me that I would find lots of great help in learning how to use my camera and become a better photographer. He was correct on both counts! I value a community of people committed to both photography and helping each other. I very much enjoy seeing what other photographers are posting and feel that it is also important that I share.
This photograph was taken on a trip where we had 19 days of rain out of 21 days into the trip. Yellowstone looked like this most of the day we drove through it, looking more for sun than any photo-opportunity. Minimal processing was done in Lightroom, with some exposure compensation, a shadow adjustment and small amount of saturation and lightening of the aqua color.
Inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. When I am actively involved in Nikonians I find lots of ideas that get me inspired. I love to examine the photographer’s composition, metadata, colors captured, post processing . . . well, just about anything. Sometimes I chuckle at what someone comes up with such as the recent posting of a drop of water on a single thistle seed. I would never have thought of doing that. Some photographers create a mood that I would like to be able to emulate in my own photography.
The Black Mesa above Albuquerque is my favorite place to photograph both sunrise and sunset. Its large expanse of open range on the west and its placement to look over Albuquerque directly at the Sandia Mountain make it a place to go again and again. This image was processed in Lightroom with some added color saturation.
The best piece of advice I have been given is one that is often given to aspiring photographers. That is, if I want to become good at photography I will have to use my camera often, very often and that I must surround myself with fellow photographers that are also committed to improving their craft and be willing to share their knowledge and experience. I have done both.
We took a Nikon sponsored trip to Iceland. Some of my best photographs were taken from the window of our moving bus. This was one of them and reminds me more of that beautiful country than some of the more iconic images captured. In this image there was a minimal exposure adjustment in Lightroom. Cropped aggressively.
I spent the whole day at the Great Dunes in CO. But, my favorite photograph turned out to be this sunset image captured as I left the dunes.
Minimal processing in Lightroom.
When I think of memorable experiences I have had a good laugh for two reasons. One is the experience of falling in a creek and drowning my D810 and lens two days before the total eclipse. The camera and lens were both ruined! B&H jumped through hoops to get me a new camera and lens in time to photograph the event. But, the better description of that memorable experience is that sweet moment that sometimes occurs when I have to set the camera aside for a few minutes or longer and just be in the place where I am photographing. Later, in looking at the picture I can once again feel that place, it all comes back.
Carol and Tom - wishing you happy trails in your coach with wonderful light and weather to add dimension. It has been fun to entertain the idea of your itinerant photography wanderings and to see the stunning results. As the Irish saying goes “May the road rise up to meet you…”
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