I’ve just recently returned from a wonderful jaunt about California. My boyfriend and I traveled for two weeks through some of the most beautiful and diverse terrain the state has to offer. With LA as our launching pad we set off: Big Sur to San Francisco, through closed Yosemite National Park, down the the Owen’s valley, then north to Clovis and finally back to LA. We traveled without much regard for sleep and had such a blast! Early morning was dedicated to photography, the day was for exploration & new experiences (like my first time rock climbing!) and the night was for friends. The entire trip I constantly felt inspired by the new flora, fauna and textures of the world around me; my focus today is to share some of the flora I encountered along the way, whether wild growing or lovingly raised.
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These are a few months old. It seems like maybe it’s just the way I work: create photographs, not do anything with them for a few months then finally, show photographs. I kind of like this pattern though, because it’s always so exciting to rediscover these images I have tucked away. They take on a whole new life again, and I get flooded with memories of the day I took them…closest thing to time travel. 🙂
All images taken on Maui’s West side.
Maui is my muse; it’s such a beautiful place. So dynamic and always full of surprises, the island continually amazes me. I love looking back on the work I’ve created here and seeing my style developing. I’ve learned the importance of letting a great image be just that, and not pushing things to far in the digital realm. I must admit that sometimes I can get a little overzealous in Photoshop; the possibilities excite me, but when good photography is boiled down to its essence, a beautiful out of camera capture will always beat an overly manipulated image. Plus as a bonus, doing simple edits in Bridge or Lightroom is way easier and faster than pulling photographs into Photoshop. All of these photographs have undergone basic adjustments in Adobe Bridge. Cheers to shooting more and editing less!