Welcome to the LightWaves Images blog. I hope to post occasional stories of my photographic adventures here.
I've had a bit of success over the past couple of years. My photo of The King of Wings (http://www.lightwavesimages.com/p682088749) won in the Landscape and Seasons category in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest, giving me a free 2-night stay in Asheville, NC and an excuse to go to the Smokies.
In publishing, I've had a couple of articles in TrailGroove, an online magazine. An article about the badlands of northwestern New Mexico (http://www.trailgroove.com/issue31.html?autoflip=17) and an article about The Vermilion Cliffs where The Wave is located (http://www.trailgroove.com/issue33.html?autoflip=33), and most recently in the TrailGroove Blog, an article about multi-use trails (http://www.trailgroove.com/blogs/entry/106-choose-your-tour-7-scenic-multiuse-recreation-trails/).
I recently returned from a trip to the Southwest - this time to some of the badlands of northwestern New Mexico, on to White Sands National Monument, then into southern Arizona. I was hoping to get full moon rising and/or setting at White Sands, but high winds that day prevented a moonrise picture, but I still got a few good shots. In southern Arizona, I found some interesting areas to shoot. Photos soon!
LightWaves Images....first of all, it is a cool name (if I do say so myself) - brings out visions of light moving through the atmosphere, forming waves of colors. It sounds sort of scientific, which photography is, in a sense. All of the f-stops and shutter speed stuff, technical things about the camera and how it sees light. Photography is also very artistic, the process of "seeing" a picture before it is taken, imagining how the light will interact with the camera. Then there is the process of perfecting the whole captured image in the darkroom - these days that's computer software such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, and other similar photo processing programs. These can, if used correctly, make a good image into an even better one (but not a bad image into anything other than maybe a better-looking bad image).
Second, I became somewhat fascinated with Utah, Arizona, and other areas of the western USA during a mountain biking trip to southern Utah, where a couple of us made a side trip hike to "The Wave", a most amazing location. I wanted to incorporate this place into my website name too. Return trips since then have provided me with many more images of some of the many fantastic locations out there and in other locations.