I think my most favorite pictures are of the fall and spring seasons. They offer the promise of life in the springtime with all the new greenery, new animal life, and that special feeling on your skin when you step outside without a coat on. Fall colors offer the promise of rest for nature with all the gorgeous colors that God always gives us, and the breath of cooler air and hopefully the easing off of the humidity.
Spring: Yes, I’ve used these pictures before. The one above is of a snow pea about a half inch high from last spring, and I can assure you, it gave us some very tasty little explosions of sweetness most of the spring. It was a great promise of life from its earliest stage. I believe this was the third day of peeking out of the ground.
Be aware of what’s around you. Try to capture some water or maybe snow on the mountain side, maybe a new spring flower if its springtime. Maybe there is a field of clover or fresh grass or alfalfa (be sure to get something else, such as grandpa looking over his crop with that big white cloud in the background). How about that small thunderstorm in the background — just be aware of what’s around you and have your camera ready.
Sunrise or Sunsets:
Nuff said ?? I used a flash on this shot to show the tree. I think it’s different, and I like it. There is more in the picture than just a red cloud.
This was taken in South Carolina the day before Thanksgiving day, 2013.
People make great special interest subjects. Try to get your pictures as close to the face as possible. Who cares what pair of pants or shirt grandpa is wearing; you want to remember his face. Don’t let him face you though, have him turn at least 45 degrees, then turn his head to face you. (You too, grandma or also the younger sets). Look at pictures in magazines and copy what the professionals do. They do it for a reason.
Don’t forget to make a log with all the information. Names of folks and places, date and times, whatever information is necessary to expand on that memory.