Home   |   LCS Prints Store   |   About Me   |   FAQ   

Monday, January 12, 2015

Point and Shoot



I’m at a funny place right now.  I’ve begun querying and recognize it’s time to get busy on another project.  Dutifully, I started working on something new, only to get stuck about three thousand words into it. I know the bare-bones of the story, but none of the tissue and sinew, and that’s ground me to a halt.  In the words of author Lynne Griffin, “Thinking is writing, too.”  It’s time to let things percolate a bit.  

Thankfully, Santa brought me a new camera for Christmas.  I confess.  Ever since we started using digital cameras, I've barely paid attention to apertures and shutters speed, and instead have relied on automatic settings. That, and my environment.  In truth, I can't go wrong with that.  But still, in my mind, I'm kind of a phony as a photographer, and I've decided to see if I can change that.  So, instead of pacing the floors when words are a struggle,  I’ve been out watching the sun rising...and setting.

Words are awesome, but pictures can be kind of cool, too. I just have to wake up in time.

Sunrise, December 27, 2014







Sunrise, January 3, 2015
Sunset, Friday, January 9, 2015

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those shots are amazing.
I rely on automatic. Nothing wrong with that.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love that last shot.

You mean you can dink with the camera settings? Who knew!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Gorgeous photos! Definitely inspiring. :)

Delores said...

Wow...wonderful scenery out your way.

J.B. Chicoine said...

Hey Liza! I love that you're using your percolating time to capture the sunrise--I wish I could motivate myself to rise at that hour.

All three shots are lovely, but you knew I'd especially like the one with the lobster boat. I haven been painting a little--a commissioned portrait. I'm not sure if I'm ready to tackle a waterscape (is that a real word?)

I'm pretty much where you're at as far as writing goes--I have a skeletal outline for a third in my "Portrait" series, but can't seem to get beyond the first paragraph. Not good--just means I'm not ready yet.

Best wishes for your querying, by the way!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Liza, My husband asked for these books on digital photography for his birthday last year. He loves them. They are very simple -- usually 2 pages maximum for any one concept, with lots of pictures and examples.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321966759/

Bish Denham said...

Take my breath away! I have an aged point and shoot Canon digital with which I have taken some truly amazing pictures. I don't know a thing about apertures and such, but I do know about framing. There's also something to being in the right spot at the right time. :)

Joanne said...

wow. I picture is worth a thousand words. Excellent. But a picture can also be a prompt, so I bet some words are churning. It will all come together

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow! Those are beautiful.

mshatch said...

I do better at catching sunsets. Sunrise comes a bit too early for me.

Anne Gallagher said...

God, I miss the beach.

Best wishes with your query. They story is dynamic so it shouldn't be too long before they're beating down your door for full requests. I KNOW it.

Kittie Howard said...

Gorgeous photos! Love how the light reflects on the water! Good luck with your query. Don't think there will be a problem as your writing is such a joy to read!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

omg, the color! You nailed it, Liza. Creativity however it manifests is a win. :)

Arlee Bird said...

Sunrise, sunset--I feel like it's Fiddler on the Roof. How come my pictures never look this good. Of course the industrial park visible from my back yard isn't the best setting for sunset photos. Yours are beautiful.

Lee
Tossing It Out

JJ said...

Your photos are beautiful! I cannot take a good shot no matter what camera I use. It is an art requiring creativity, and you have it.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Sunrises are the best, especially over water. Photography and writing go hand and hand as does walking and doing and seeing. Good luck with the new ms. and those queries!

Robin said...

I love the colors of sunrise. Maybe because it feels promising or hopeful??? I don't know. It seems like it's foreshadowing a beautiful day (and sometimes does).

Unclear: was your new camera the old-style kind or the digital kind? I suppose it doesn't matter. Your pics are gorgeous (like always!).

Robyn Campbell said...

Liza, these are extremely beautiful. Job well done. I didn't know you'd started querying. I wish you loads of luck. I'm in that place too.

Automatic setting works for me. LOVE your pictures. :-)

Elana Johnson said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Good luck querying! It can be tough, but you will prevail!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Like everyone else, I think your photos are gorgeous! You've already put your new camera to great use which proves there is nothing "phony" about your photographs. Three thousand words is still a good start. I'm sure the rest will come soon.

Julie