This challenge threw me off a bit. I think I need more direction than "shoot a landscape." I was feeling at a loss, with just one or two vague ideas, but I wasn't sure when the timing would be right to capture them. All of my ideas involved being in places that were likely not going to be places I could get to easily at the times I wanted to get to them.
I was finally able to get out on a Sunday afternoon, and the sun even came out for a bit. It was late in the afternoon, so I just drove a minute away to Jordan Creek park. (This was nowhere on my list of one or two ideas, but the timing was right.) I looked for a spot and walked down to the little pond. It had a paper thin, dissolving layer of ice on it. I got some shots in the last few minutes of golden hour as I waited for sunset. Then, of course, a heavy cloud layer rolled in about 10 minutes before sunset. I walked up the bank and saw a grove of trees and figured I would maybe grab a foggy tree shot. That didn't work, and then it started pouring. I threw on my raincoat, put the camera in my bag, turned around, and I saw that the sky had opened up a bit behind me, and the sun was orange and pink at the pond. I booked it back there, slid down the muddy embankment, and then fired off a bunch of shots. About halfway through the flurry of shooting, I noticed there was water all over the front of the lens, so I cleaned that up. It was pouring and I was trying to maintain my footing, so I didn't spend the time to get my settings quite right or set up the tripod (which would have been ideal).
I was torn between this shot and two others, but I thought the birds in this one added such a cool touch. I also realize that if my settings had been what I wanted them to be (probably f/11 and 1 or 2 second exposure) the birds would have been too much of a blur. So here is my week 2 entry:
I was debating between that shot and these next two. I ended up choosing the one above mostly due to the birds; otherwise I would have gone with one the first one below, which I think is more interesting and not the traditional sunset shot. I made a little bit of a photojournalistic decision to not photoshop birds into that picture, but if they were there, that would probably be my choice.
Finally, I grabbed this cool shot of a reflection in the pond with some of the floating ice. (When uploading to Flickr, I usually title the pictures. This one got the cryptic name, "Icy Reflections." Crazy, right?)