A B See Photo Challenge: V Is For Vacation

cameraHello there! Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook will already know what I did last week based on all my recent posts there, but if you don’t know, I’ll tell you: I was on vacation. From the fifth through the twelfth.

My family went on a road trip! It’s been quite a long time since we last took such a long road trip; in fact, I think the last time was when I was only six years old. On this trip, we drove through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado – and then back again.

It was nice to see the west once again. I haven’t been there in a while. I think the last time was back in 2008 (age eleven). I mean, we did go to California in 2011 (age fourteen) but that isn’t really the west, is it? It’s one of the Pacific coast states instead.

Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes, seeing the west. It’s a nice change – very dry and desolately beautiful – but I don’t think I’d want to live there. While we were gone I missed the green-ness of Indiana!

We did a lot during the eight days of traveling. While on vacation, I:

  • Visited the University of Iowa’s campus for a second time
  • Browsed the Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ate delicious bulgogi (a beef dish) at a Korean restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyoming, of all places
  • Saw many fossils, dinosaur footprints, and Native American petroglyphs at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado
  • Completed the Junior Ranger program at said park and received what is probably my thirtieth completion badge
  • Hiked a lot
  • Whitewater-rafted on the Green River
  • Observed the night sky and attempted to view part of the Perseid meteor shower
  • Read nine books: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno; Geography Club by Brent Hartinger; Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; The Neverending Story by Michael Ende; Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky; Planet Urth by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci; Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn; and Venture Untamed by R.H. Russell
  • Took three hundred and thirty-nine photos

About the penultimate thing: What else was I going to do during all that time in the car? It took twenty hours to drive there, and just as long back. So I read like crazy! Expect reviews of the second, fifth, and sixth books in the near future.

Now, about that last item on the list: I am not a big fan of hiking. (I know this doesn’t seem at all related to photography, but bear with me, OK?) It’s not like it’s particularly difficult for me or anything… I just didn’t use to see what the point was. Why bother hiking six or seven or eight miles to look at a bunch of rocks, right? It’s boring!

…and then I realized some of those rocks and stuff were actually kind of pretty, and that maybe I should bring my camera along on hikes in order to get really neat pictures.

So, there you have it. The one thing I like about hiking is all the cool photos I can take. It keeps me from being bored. It also means I usually walk far, far behind my family because I stop to take pictures of just about everything on the trail.

With that said, here are five of my favorite photos from the week – and there will be five more in another A B See Photo Challenge post, as well!


DSCN4937Subject of photo: Two trees and the sky

Location of subject: Red Fleet State Park, Utah

Techniques practiced: Nature

Lately, I’ve been really into a technique I’ve dubbed “framing.” I have no idea whether or not that’s official-photographer-speak, but that’s what I call it. I like using objects towards the edge of a photo to frame the subject. I think it looks really pretty.

DSCN4816Subject of photo: A footprint in dried-up mud

Location of subject: Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

Techniques practiced: Close-up, nature

I LOVE THIS PHOTO. What’s cool about it is that it just screams DESERT – but it’s not your typical desert-y photo with lots of sand and cacti and sagebrush and whatever. The viewer instantly guesses the location of the footprint based on just a tiny clue, on a depiction of just a small fraction of the environment.

DSCN4919Subject of photo: A plant

Location of subject: Red Fleet State Park, Utah

Techniques practiced: Close-up, nature

I really love the combination of colors here – the green leaves, the orangey-reddish-brown rocks and soil, and the blue lake. I also love the technique I used here, with a crisp foreground and blurry background. I took loads of desert landscape pictures just because, but most of them are boring. The really, really good ones are close-ups, with the desert as a background.

DSCN4784Subject of photo: A rock cairn

Location of subject: Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

Techniques practiced: Close-up, nature

I like the echoes in this picture, with the small cairn up front and the much, much larger boulder behind it.

DSCN4956Subject of photo: A grove of aspen trees

Location of subject: Flaming Gorge State Park, Utah

Techniques practiced: Nature

Aspens are beautiful to photograph but unfortunately, not many grow near where I live. (At least not to my knowledge.) I love the lighting in this photo (yay for morning sunshine!) and the detailed bark of the aspens. I love the contrast of white against green, and the interesting patterns left on the trees as their bark slowly peels away.

Which photo is your favorite and why?

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19 Responses to A B See Photo Challenge: V Is For Vacation

  1. Wow! These are really neat photographs! I like the one of the birch trees, and the one of the cracked and dried-up mud the best! 😀

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you so much! I’m really pleased with the photos I took on this trip. ^_^

      (P.S. I’ll reply to all your comments on my Doctor Who posts… soon… I promise!! 😛 There’s just so many of them!)

    • nevillegirl says:

      *blush* Thank you again! I’d love to be a photojournalist someday, among many other things.

      (No, no, it’s no problem at all! I *love* comments, especially long ones, especially long nerdy ones. I like to geek out. :P)

      • Ooh, a photojournalist sounds like fun! I’ve never considered a career as a journalist, mostly because I like fiction, but after starting a blog I feel that I might want to try my hand at it someday…

        (Lol 😛 I love nerdy geeking-out conversations. They make me very very happy. 😀 )

    • nevillegirl says:

      Well, I love writing fiction AND I love writing “creative nonfiction” – essays, blog posts. News articles aren’t too different from that!
      …plus, even with print journalism going out of style, journalism is still a more reliable career choice than author. xD I want to be an author too, but journalism will help to pay the bills, hopefully!

      (*high-five* I love making friends with other nerds.)

    • nevillegirl says:

      That’s what I’m hoping to write for, or maybe some sort of magazine? The Advocate (look it up if you don’t know!! :D) would be a cool magazine to write for, but that would be a dream job (along with working for National Geographic).

  2. Mo says:

    I like them all! The atmosphere of the photos reminds me a lot of the photos I took when I went to Colorado–though yours are much more artistic. (I was more focused on documenting stuff than making it look good, though I did end up taking over nine hundred photos–I was constantly worried that my memory card would overload.) I think the trees are really what jumped out at me, probably because it reminds me of The Sound of Music.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you! I used to care much more about documenting things… but now I don’t really bother, since my dad takes pictures with his phone and puts them on Facebook, all the snapshots are already there for me! (He takes artsy pictures too, though.)

      I DID max out my memory card. xD I had to go through all my photos on day five or six of the trip, and delete all the blurry outtakes and stuff, or I wouldn’t have been able to take my last 75 photos or so.

      • Mo says:

        When I go on trips I take a mix of kinds of photos–in Colorado, I went to a cousin’s wedding and the Airforce Academy Chapel but also went on hikes and up mountains–so I have pictures of stunning mountain views, a really orange moon, and the city lights we passed in the airplane, as well as adorable pictures of my cousin and her husband dancing at their wedding, my second cousin with 7 marshmallows in her mouth, or the really fat squirrels I saw in Denver. *shrug* Sometimes I’ll be trying to take a snapshot and it’ll come out really artsy, and vice versa.

        It turns out at the resolution/size I usually take photos my memory card will hold 1500 photos, so I was okay–but I was going through every day and deleting things. And I only have one memory card, so I couldn’t switch it out. (…this comment talks a lot about me, doesn’t it? Sorry.)

    • nevillegirl says:

      Ahaha, your second cousin sounds awesome. And dorky.

      My camera holds about 1500, too, but it was already loaded with a bunch of photos I’d taken before leaving… and sometimes I forget to download photos after taking them, too. 😛
      (Oh god, don’t worry about it. I talk about me, and my interests, on this blog QUITE A LOT. 😛 )

  3. Cait says:

    I liked the cracked desert the best, I think. ^_^ We took two massive roadtrips…erm, maybe 3? We do it a LOT, let’s just say. xD I’ve been all over the Aussie outback and it’s awesome. I kind of agree with you with the hiking though. I like my brain to be busy, so hours of hiking to just see…nothing? It’s kind of pointless to me. I like fast exercise, like sprints or just plain running. I do adore rock climbing though. I’m glad you had a good holiday! YAY for getting a lot of reading done. I absolutely can’t read in the car. Nope. Does not work for me. 😉 And also, your other photos are just awesome. It was mean to make me pick one. GOSH. I also like #3 and #4 a lot.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you! I’m really pleased with that photo. 🙂

      Ooh, that sounds fantastic! I’d love to visit Australia someday.

      And you can’t read while hiking! xD

      Haha, really? That’s a shame, I bet you would be able to read even more books than you already do (which is, like, a LOT) if you could read in the car.

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  5. orphu44 says:

    I love hiking and am notoriously bad at taking photos even when I mean to, which would appear to be somewhat the opposite of you. But the last one is my favourite – not for any particular photography-related reason, but just because it looks like the sort of place mythical creatures might appear.

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