|For lack of a reflecting pool, a rain puddle will do. One of the attractions in Kensington is the LDS Temple which is visible from I-495 and especially beautiful at night when traveling west on I-495. Beach Drive is the access road from Connecticut Avenue and for those walking the trail along Beach Drive, the temple offers imposing views. On the trail earlier today I thought that framing the temple between two trees would make a nice picture but without my camera then I had to return later on. Alas, my idea did not work as well as I thought it would but instead I found a semi-frozen puddle of water that reflected some of the temple, although, because of the ice, not enough of a reflection to make it attractive, but a little patience and a long stick were enough to break most of the ice and have a shallow reflective pool. The result is the picture on the left.
|My youngest model is three months old! I started photographing Natalia even before she was born, at about the eight months mark of her mom’s pregnancy and today I had a great time taking pictures of her with mom and dad. By the end of the photo-shoot session Natalia and I were both tired and about to crash, which she did promptly, but I did not have that luxury; I had to pack my gear and I had to drive home. I hope to follow Natalia at least through her young years and take pictures of her at some interval so I can see her growing into a little girl.
The picture below is Natalia taking a nap after the photo-shoot and here you can see some of the earlier photos of her with mom and dad. I will be adding today’s pictures to the gallery soon.
|I am just saying (yo digo nomas)……
Wishing everyone the best on Valentine’s Day.
|Nature photography has been a life-long passion for me and as photography became my profession, photographing people offered challenges I did not have to meet as a nature photographer, as well as unexpected rewards. In nature photography the pace is a little slower unless you are about to lose that golden light at the end of the day, but people move around unexpectedly and you have to overcome shyness, bad days at the office, bad hair, etc. so the dynamics are completely different.
As the learning curve of photographing people started to smooth out, I started looking for new challenges, and in that spirit, I embarked in adding pets to my photo-shoots. As part of some portrait engagement a while back I photographed a wonderful artist with his dog and she was almost regal in her expression but very quiet; then as part of a video that I made for a friend, I photographed her with Penelope, her dog and she was dynamite-sweetness. But this week the photo-shoot was exclusively for the pet and his master, as opposed to the other way around, so with Rocky, I really had to be on my toes to get a shadow of a good picture. At eight months old, Rocky is all speed and energy. Wow!