Guest Post: Maria Northcutt, Discovering Ranch Life Photography

The Art of Black and white Photography

by: Maria Northcutt ~ Discovering Ranch Life Photography

My biggest source of inspiration when it comes to photography is Ansel Adams (http://www.anseladams.com). He had an eye for beauty, both the spectacular kind of beauty, and the everyday magic. He had to work so much harder for one good photo, than any of us have to. Imagine all the equipment he had to carry to the top of a mountain to get one good shot. Nowadays we can take our car and a small compact camera to incredible places, that he just dreamed about. Well, maybe all pictures can’t be captured that easy. But I’m sure you get where I’m going. We have everything under our feet, just ready to experiment with (transportation to magical sceneries, fancy DSLR cameras, photo editing software etc.)
Ansel Adams took incredible black and white photos. After walking long distances to capture them he had to develop his film by himself. We have the option to take thousands of pictures;  upload them to our Mac Book, throw the bad ones in the trash and edit the good ones in a photo software. Simple enough…right. Practice makes perfect. I know that I need this advantage of taking thousands and thousands of photos. Here are some of my experiments with black/white. To see my future attempts at learning the art of Black and White Photographyfollow me at http://discoveringranchlife.com.
Be well,
Maria
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Confidence Comes From Action

Taking the plunge for the first time can be scary, but you'll never know how fun it is until you try.

Taking the plunge for the first time can be scary, but you’ll never know how fun it is until you try.

The Blogathon is over for this year. I had a great time writing and reading blog posts. My confidence has grown and I want to continue what I’ve started, just not every day of the month. I’m working out a schedule for posts and ideas to share. Stay tuned for updates.

I never thought I would be saying this, but for today’s post, you can find me at Discovering Ranch Life Photography.  

The first time I was asked to guest blog, I freaked out. I thought  “What in the world do I have to share with someone else’s audience.” But I did it anyway.

The next time another person asked me to guest blog, same feelings. What will I write. The funny thing is after I sat down and tapped out a rough draft, ideas became clearer, thoughts began to roll off my fingertips, and the nerves went away.

Confidence comes from Action.

Stop making excuses and take action.

Thanks for reading.

REFRESHING FRIDAY: Great blog posts around the Blogathon

Bridge in Kentucky. Don't remember where, just remember being scared to death.

Bridge in Kentucky. Don’t remember where, just remember being scared to death.

The following posts are a round-up of many great posts around the blogathon. There are so many great posts, that I can’t possibly do the all justice. I hope you will check out WordCount 2013 Blogathon for more.

*Lazy Bones Running http://www.lazybonesrunning.blogspot.com/ Just reading the subheading after clicking on the title is enough to inspire me to get out and run. Putting that one down in my journal to refer back to when I’m trying to talk myself out of running.

*  Two Hands and a Road Maphttp://twohandsandaroadmap.com/2013/06/28/a-getting-to-know-you-reader-poll/ I love this idea, might have to borrow it for July.

*Victoria Musgravehttp://www.victoriamusgrave.com/five-things-friday-advice-from-blogathon-writers/ Victoria had the same idea as me, so I’m sharing her post here as well. You can never learn too much about blogging and staying organized.

Thanks for reading everyone.

Two days to go.

Diana

Refreshing Friday

I love having the time to read posts from the blogathon and other sources throughout the web,  something I don’t have when I’m teaching, or as in yesterday, watching the grandchildren.

What summer feels like.

 Their ages are 3 and 7, so I don’t expect them to be satisfied watching TV and playing video games for very long. I did manage to get about an hour and a half after lunch to work on a project.

This week I found three posts that were especially refreshing to read:

* The first comes from Barb Freda at Babette Feasts. I’m the first to admit, I am not the most domestic when it comes to cooking. Recently though, I’ve become much more aware of the amount of money I’ve spent on fast food, and how unhealthy my eating habits have become. Now, I have a great starting point for getting the rest of my nutritional needs in balance. Check it out:

http://www.babfeasts.com/2013/06/five-things-everyone-should-know-how-to.html

* My second find this week comes a new favorite, Just a Backpack and a Rollie. I have a burning desire to visit Portland, Oregon after reading all the posts during this Blogathon, Here’s a fun reason:

http://justabackpackandarollie.com/2013/06/18/taking-it-to-the-streets-a-cityscape-adventure-race-in-portland/

* And finally, rounding out this week’s interesting posts, lesson from Ray Bradbury on writing. I aspire to be a published author, so I try to read as much about writing as I do about everything else I’m passionate about. This article gave me some insight on being a better writer:

http://writingonthepagesoflife.com/2013/06/18/lessons-from-ray-bradbury/