LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #211 – What’s your photographic groove?

(Anne leads.)

Hmmm, again.

I like composing these posts in advance of the release by the host, without their specific purpose in mind. No preconceived notions or mimicking what other people do. I’m terrible at being creative, so I guess I need the practice! With busy summer activities, advance notice helps me keep up with you Joneses, if you know what I mean.

Well, I didn’t do that this time. I was OTR for the weekend, with very spotty cell service, doing initial composing on my iPhone. BLAH.

But… but… PHOTOGRAPHIC GROOVE?!?! What does that MEAN?!

The Young Rascals?

“Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon
No, no, no, no
Groovin’, uh huh…
Groovin'”

Anne sez: “What type of photography do you truly enjoy doing?”

I guess what I REALLY like is shooting what ‘catches my eye’ on a moment’s notice, that subtle sixteenth sense ( I skipped having the first fifteen). SPONTANEITY. These are MOST often landscapes.

Here are some SOTM’s (Spur Of The Moments) from WINE weekend in COLORADO WINE COUNTRY:

Steak night at Storm Cellars winery, in view of Mt. Lamborn
Food and Wine Pairings at Stone Cottage Cellars, in view of… Mt. Lamborn! Brett the Wine Master expounds.
Gewurtztraminer grapes (I think!) by our table at Stone Cottage Cellars winery.
Mt. Lamborn (which is not a volcano) and the early evening half moon.
Ending the weekend at Azura Cellars, in view of… wait for it… Mt. Lamborn!

I want to give a nod to the Teri Havens photography exhibit that was at Azura Cellars. Superb. Click and arrow through her website to see her work.

Stay well, stay safe, be weird and wonderful.

“Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy”

—The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
by Simon and Garfunkel

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19 thoughts on “LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #211 – What’s your photographic groove?

  1. Well John, this was worth the wait. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip and brought back such amazing images. Spur of the moment is a great groove. I’m not a fan of preparation. That takes too much energy and forethought. My favorite image is the first. I like that you left in the wires that took my eyes across the picture. Those storm clouds were ominous. Well done and very groovy.

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      1. We have been unable to travel since last November with various difficulties all of which have been taken care of or are still being worked on. After writing retrospectives during COVID and some this spring, I decided to take a break. I didn’t close the blog, however, because we look forward to getting back on the road again eventually.

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  2. I am with you on spontaneity. That is creative spirit in my mind, since what you see is what prompts a photo. I loved the grapes. There is nothing like wineries to find fun stuff to photograph. Very nice. Donna

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  3. I always love your landscape photos, John! How wonderful to enjoy wine while facing Colorado mountain views.
    The 4th image is my favorite, spectacular skycape and the half moon. Excellent capture.

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