Posts tagged “roadtrip

Heartland- DONE!

It started a year ago on a road trip to Kansas to visit Lonnie’s father.  I became obsessed with the seemingly endless flat horizons of Kansas, broken only by the occasional barn or silo.  There is a beauty in this stark landscape with the wheat fields, the barb wire fences, and the oddly industrial look of modern farms.  I took photo after photo with my iPhone (usually through the window as we drove along), and I had fun editing them right there in the car.  May’s road trip was melancholy, however, as we drove across the plains knowing that Lonnie’s dad had just died.  This time I took photos with my Nikon often with the lensbaby attached- mostly from the car at 70mph.  I was still obsessed with the landscape, but I also wondered each time I clicked the shutter when we would be driving these roads again.

In my AAUW photography group, we are asked to commit to a long term project of some sort.  After our trip a year ago, I decided to create a Heartland series for the assignment.

When I traveled to Yellowstone last month, I took these photos with me on a little external drive to work on; I was planning to make a photo book to take to my photography group.  I worked on it during a couple evenings after the kids were in bed, but I could never get the book to save- it would always say it was still uploading!  I didn’t have the time or energy for a frustrating computer project, so I decided to abandon it until I came home.  Once home, I sat down to work on the project again, only to discover that, no matter what I did, Lightroom would not recognize the photos.  I know all about moving photos from within Lightroom and have never had an issue with it until NOW.  I could see the photos on my drive and could open them from Photoshop, but they were invisible to Lightroom. There were several attempts over  period of days- but then I abandoned the project once more.  I sat down one last time to try again yesterday- and there they were! Right there in the Lightroom catalog- not grayed out- not missing, just THERE!  I may or may not print them.  I’m a bit sick of them right now- so much for the obsession!

So I decided that they will at least appear on the blog as a slideshow before they disappear again.  Many of these photos have already appeared on this blog- but here they are again- all together!

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Editing notes: to bring some cohesiveness to the project I re-edited all the images and added textures (usually scratchy ones).