august break: I love…

by Sarah

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset This month I have been sharing some of my favorite prompts and photos from August Break 2014. Today is my last post before returning back to September. The prompt I love…sent me on a trip up to Lake Tahoe and this image. One of my favorite stopping points when we have guests visiting and it never disappoints. Each time I stop I capture the beauty of nature and this lake in a different way.

For those of you who don’t know, this is Lake Tahoe and it is about 20 minutes from my house in Reno.

This photo was taken from the pull off point above Incline Village and looks southwest. The sun’s rays were shining and were captured along the side of the photo. Lake Tahoe is one of the bluest lakes I have seen but transforming the photo into black and white gave me an opportunity to to see shapes of the mountains instead.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!


august break 2014 : black and white

by Sarah

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Nevada is an exceptionally colorful place. The sky is the bluest blue and the earth a series of greens, browns and pops of color based upon the season. With this prompt I chose to take out all the color and see what would happen.

This particular day was really sunny but the clouds were just starting to make their way across the valley.

The clouds popped out at me and the rest of the image started to fade into the background. Their formations, shades of grey and the way they floated across the sky really made me look at my photo in a different way.

Happy Wednesday everyone.


august break 2014: shadow

by Sarah

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Swimming Pools make a fantastic show for shadows. Not only do you get the sun’s reflection bouncing off the water, you get great shadows of people and things interacting with the water.

Happy Monday everyone!



august break 2014: drink

by Sarah

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A boy turning into a man…my thoughts when I captured this photo. At first I wanted just the drink and then he started playing and covering up the mug with his phone. All of a sudden it struck me…his hands around the mug, him growing and getting ready to leave the nest…I had to capture the I slowed us down and reminded myself of when he was younger…this will forever be one of my favorite moments captured…he made me smile, he always does and he reminded me to slow down and take in the moment not just capture an image. I had him put his hands around the mug just like he would when he was about to drink from it and we stopped for a moment in time and gathered the story.

I hope I can capture the story this year in this way. He will be going to college soon and I want so badly to remember his movements and funny words and laughter.


august break 2014 – windows

by Sarah

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My neighbors have been clearing out an old farming field near my house; it is an area that I use many times for inspiration in my photographic work so when I saw they were clearing it, I panicked a little and wanted to capture it just as it has been for the past 10 years.

This is an image of a window in an old barn on the property. As I was out for my walk I noticed that the gate was open and went in to take a better look. I climbed over old tires, beat up car seats and wooden planks to come to the barn.

Just a little window in the barn almost closed by another plank but beckoning me to take its photo. I wonder what mysteries are inside waiting to be explored?


This month I am taking a break from my normal blogging practice and participating in Susannah Conway’s August Break 2014. You can find daily prompts over on her site and a series of photos by the participants at the hashtag: #augustbreak2014

Have a great Monday everyone!