Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blue Skies

I'm am busy trying to learn Lightroom, watching videos, and still trying to get things done in my real life, so I didn't have a chance to work on my blue skies photos until the last few hours.  As I sorted through my Mt. Rainier pictures from last weekend (not our camping trip, but another trip to the mountains) in Lightroom deleting down from 1500 to 900, I added some blue sky photos to a Quick Collection as I went along.  One way already that Lightroom has speeded up my work flow.  All except the panorama I only edited slightly in Lightroom because when you take 1500 pictures and several of the same thing with different exposure you are bound to get some great shots especially when you start with a gorgeous location.  My point is not the quality of photography (or possible lack of quality), it is that when I finished putting all the best photos in one place I was once again blown away by the beauty that is God's creation.  We had a spectacular day Saturday as a family enjoying it; I hope my post can give you at least a bit of the awe I feel.  The best way is to shut my mouth and let you see the pictures.  So here are twelve more pictures from our day at Mt. Rainier in chronological order.












It was even more beautiful in person and the sky throughout the day did vary that much between locations and directions.  I'm not much of a landscape person, but this day almost changed my mind.  (Almost all, if not all, of these shots were taken with my kit 18-55mm 3.5-4.6 lens~the widest angle lens I own.)

Check out some more blue sky photos over at Live and Love...out Loud or Project Alicia for their Crazy Days of Summer.
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22 comments:

Stasha said...

You might not love landscape photography, but it loves you! Wonderful set!

Leovi said...

Excellent and stunning photos of landscapes, I like everyone.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wow, wow, wow! These are truly amazing.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So much beauty! Love your photos.

Barb said...

Stunning! wow!I'm loving this week's theme!

Lisa said...

Absolutely stunning! To God be the glory!

Ashley Sisk said...

Mouth-dropping gorgeous.

Sarah said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! Breathtaking.

Satakieli said...

Beautiful landscapes! The last few are gorgeously dynamic too, love them all!

alicia said...

Holy wow!! What an exquisite collection of blue sky shots. Love them all! How would we ever pick just one fav? lol. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge!

Jessaca said...

Great set of photos!!! WOW on the panoramic shot!! You should have that one framed!! Just WOW...LOVE IT!!!

DaenelT said...

Wow! I'm speechless. These are absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe you had 1500 pictures (actually I can) but wow... I'm so impressed with your pictures. The blues, the blacks, the sharpness... Just beautiful.

Susan said...

Gorgeous, and great job with a kit lens! I espeially love the third shot with the snow in the forground and the shot with the meadow. Just beautiful!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

There really are no words for the beauty you captured. I am absolutely, positively head-over-heels in love with the landscape scene. I want to through on a dress, jump into your photograph and run through the wildflowers! So, so breathtaking, Cedar. Well done!
Thanks so much for joining Alicia and me again in the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with when we wrap up our photo challenge with the Sweet Summer Finale we have planned. There are prizes galore so get your favorite summer pics together because it's your entry into the prize pack giveaway. :)

deb duty said...

These are gorgeous! They make me feel like I could just walk right in to the photo. They are so sharp and crisp with such vibrant colors. I got to go to Mt. Rainier many years ago and I hope I get to go back one day with Gary and my boys.

Kimberly said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

So stunning! I love that part of the country & after seeing your photos- it's is abundantly clear that I need to make a trip up there a priority.

Mitch said...

Awesome!

I need to get back to the PNW!

Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning pictures!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Just wanted to stop by and congratulate you on being selected in our Crazy Days of Summer Top Five Pics of the Week! Alicia and I loved your landscape photo. Absolutely stunning! :)

Elena said...

I love all of these shots! It makes me want to be there!

Karli said...

WOW! Popping over from Alicia's blog. These are just stunning! Especially the one she chose for the top 5 pics of the week. The clarity, the colors...just WOW! Beautiful shots!