Lens-Artists Challenge #33 – NATURE

“Never stop exploring… with Mother Nature by your side, the possibilities are endless.”

Cheryl Aguilar



This week Patti has challenged us to explore Nature – one of my favorite subjects. Living here on Kiawah we are surrounded by some of Mother Nature’s most glorious work. This past week we focused on just that in a 2-day seminar/shoot with Alan Ross, former assistant to and disciple of Ansel Adams. (As I’ve mentioned before, we have an  amazing community of photographers here, and are fortunate to host wonderful speakers from time to time.) Alan was terrific, sharing interesting background on Ansel as a person and as a photographer. Through his work with Ansel he met and photographed many other famous photographers (such as Imogen Cunningham and Dorothea Lange),and he also shared several  images and personal stories about them. His educational sessions focused on visualizing and composing images with intent as well as some post-processing methods to help us fine-tune our message.



“The world is abounding with beauty.”

Tara Estacaan

One of the nice things about having been involved with such a session is that it forced us to go out in weather we might normally have avoided (our shooting session was in very foggy conditions with a bland, cloudless sky). Further, we were committed to 2 hours, which pushed us to be creative and find subjects we might otherwise have ignored. Finally, there was a cloudburst at the end of our shoot which I was fortunate to have captured.  A very short burst of sun broke through the rain and fog for just a moment – I’ve included it as my opening image. Once I’d seen the magic of the light I decided to see what would happen once the rain stopped. Sure enough, the brilliant clouds in the image above appeared for a very short time before night fell and the rain returned.



“The function of art is to hold the mirror up to nature, and there simply isn’t a mirror big enough.”

Douglas Adams

On my way to the photo shoot the scene above greeted me as I was turning out of my street. I loved the thick fog surrounding the tall palmettos and had to stop to capture it. Happily, since I was heading to the shoot, my camera was all set to go and was sitting next to me on the passenger seat. Serendipity 😊.



“My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize.”

Ansel Adams

Based on our week, of course I had to close with a monochrome landscape and an Ansel Adams quote. Visualization was the aspect of photography that Alan’s sessions most emphasized. He talked about giving thought to the photograph before composing it, and visualizing not only the image but also the affect we hoped it would have upon the viewer. We had two separate shoots in the same area, with 10 different photographers in each. Amazingly there were no two photos alike. This supported Alan’s view (and Ansel’s as well) that each of us has our own vision which is unique and different from others around us.  As always, it’s not what we see but how we see it.

Many thanks to Patti for her creative challenge, giving me the opportunity to explore nature’s gifts here on Kiawah. Hope to see you all next week when Ann-Christine sends the next challenge our way.



PLEASE NOTE: Several of you have notified me that my comments are going to spam. I’ve reached out to Akismet, the company that manages WP spam. They were very responsive and have assured me that they’ve addressed the issue, but that it is also important when comments are incorrectly put in spam that the blogger check the NOT SPAM field. Please do check your spam each week to make sure comments are not being lost, and check the appropriate field when necessary.

AND ONE MORE THING 😊: For those of you who have enjoyed my images from our journey to Israel and Petra, I’ve  completed my Blurb book about the trip. You can see the entire book at:  A visit to the Holy Land. Just click on the book, then hit the little diagonal arrows above it to see it in 2-page, full-screen mode.


All photos created with Fuji X-T2

115 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #33 – NATURE

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  3. It’s been fun going through a number of posts in the present LAPC series on “Nature”. Here, I particularly like the mood and setting for your “Little Cat Feet.”

  4. Nice fog image. The favorite in the series here, is your first, the mist with the sun breaking through. I thought a distant plain in Africa at sunrise rather than Kiawah. 🙂

    O/T: I deleted my IG account … was getting too many invites to follow the more adult type accounts. I’ll let you know when the new account is reimagined and goes active.

  5. Beautiful photos on a challenging day. How wonderful to have such talented people running the workshops and getting you out there on a day you might not have considered doing so yourself.

  6. My love belongs to grey. Without grey you couldn’t appreciate colours. So I like foggy weather and of course your wonderful pictures! Thanks for the encouraging post always to go through the world with open eyes. And congratulations for your book! It has amazing pictures!

  7. What wonderful photos of the sky. I thought the first one was the best until I saw the last one – the black and white treatment and the rolling slopes of the golf course make for a very effective shot.

  8. What a fantastic opportunity to have such a great photographer to give you tips and instructions, then to be able to go out and practice in such amazing scenery and varied light conditions. The results are outstanding

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  10. You live in a great place, Tina, with great natural beauty and many creative people. 🙂 Fascinating to see the shots with fog and light. I love the moodiness of the fog shots. When the sun came out, it was spectacular. The palmetto sunset is gorgeous.

  11. Lovely fog shots, and weather-break captures. Love the title “Little Cat Feet”! I’ll be at Long Beach, WA next week, and hope to have some fresh images for this challenge. 🐾

    • Many thanks Lindy. Funny I was thinking about that title and whether it would be lost on our international friends, but I so loved that poem and somehow that phrase always stuck with me. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  12. That is a fantastic photography workshop with Alan Ross. Thank you for sharing with us, Tina.
    Such a beautiful shot of the palm trees through the fog and the a cloudburst is breathtaking.

  13. WOW Tina…what fantastic shots…really stunning..breaking thru is just brilliant…glad u were there….they all have their own special quality…fabulous!!

  14. Regardless of weather or whatever.. you always seem to be camera ready to grab the moment… serendipitous, lucky… call it what you will… you are there for the taking of some marvelous sites!

  15. It’s so true that we need to visualize our work and that no two visions are the same. I like what you see, Tina. It must have been fabulous to learn from the master, Ansel,

  16. It sounds like a wonderful workshop Tina. And beautiful images to proved it. Thanks also for tip on spam folder, i must admit i rarely check it.

  17. Hi Tina, How wonderful that you had a workshop by Alan. I love his work and acquired one of his pieces of the Grand Canyon when I met him at a photography show years ago. Great that you had to persevere through inclement weather- the best time for photos as you’ve shown in this collection. Your moody lead image is beautiful and the depth of tones in Cat Feet are terrific.
    I have finally fixed the issue with not receiving your email notifications. One tip that WP support gave me is to add my own WP website address and WordPress.com to my contacts to avoid spam and rejection by the email server.

    • Thanks Jane – it was a terrific experience. Good input on the WP issue, will definitely take that advice. Apple also got it working on their end so bailey is once again getting my posts. Hurrah!!


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