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Impromptu Landscape Photo Ops

 

There are times when I plan my shots.  There are other times when I don’t.  Today was a day that wasn’t planned as far as landscape photography.

Yes, this happens often with me.


After hanging out at Barnes and Noble helping a friend with her writing, I stepped outside and noticed the clouds forming toward the south and southeast, over Washoe Valley.  To the northwest, it was pretty clear, which usually means the clouds to the southeast had a good chance of catching some light and creating a great opportunity to catch a decent sunset.

Or, at least that’s what I’ll say now.

What I was really thinking was . . . “I do have my camera, and my back is feeling better.  It’d be great to get a photo . . . but the Lakers are playing tonight and Lonzo Ball has been playing better . . . gee willikers . . . what to do . . .”

Okay, I really didn’t say “gee willikers” but honestly, I think that’s a fantastic phrase.  Very Ned Flanders-ish.  Not that I’m a big Ned Flanders fan, but it’s just a fun little thing to say.

flanders.0.0

“Stupid, sexy Flanders!”


Anyway, seeing as this age of technology allows for people to re-watch certain things on television, I opted for the impromptu sunset shot with the reassurance that an NBA summer league game was something I could pass by.

And yes, the Lakers won.  And I’m content to just watching the highlights.  I mean, it’s just summer league!


So here’s one of the shots I captured.  Since the clouds were to the southeast, I chose to go to Washoe Lake (it was too close to sunset to try a Tahoe trip) where I thought the clouds would pick up some color.  With the recent winter here in Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake is filled like I haven’t seen before, or at least since the mid-1990s.  And with the type of winds that get whipped up in Washoe Valley, you sometimes have an opportunity for a capture like this.

 

Sunset at Washoe 7.13.17-4

Pssssst . . . if you’re reading this and you’re from my Instagram page (@moralvictory), thanks for reading.  If you’re not following me on Instagram . . . please do.  I’d like to think I have some witty things to say when I’m out and about, trying to play the part of landscape photographer.


Side note:  I’m definitely going to purchase the 6D Mark II soon.  We’ll see when though.

Side side note:  Can’t believe that we’ll be back in school in less than a month.  I mean, I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I like being able to sleep in and then do a bit of research for work.

Side side side note:  The research is centered around app creation for educational purposes, along with reading how to better use blogs in the classroom.  See, I actually do a bit of work.

 

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Reno

Recently, I read a few things about the town/city I live in, good ole’ Reno, Nevada.  These two articles were interesting from the standpoint of “why are they writing about Reno?”

Honestly speaking, there are a number of very good reasons to write about Reno (and a few “interesting” ones as well).  First of all, here’s the link about Reno from the New York Times

And this from the Los Angeles Times (though the context within the article refers to the “battleground states” for the election.

One of the main issues surrounding Reno/Sparks is the fact that almost *everyone* knows we’re trying to diversify the economy after decades of gaming that filled the coffers.  What I don’t think everyone is realizing is that this will take decades to create, especially in light of the recession and the ever so paltry job market in Nevada.

Downtown Reno and the Baseball Stadium. From visitrenotahoe.com

I do want to say that Reno is slowly pulling itself up by it’s metaphorical bootstraps, it’s just not as fast as some would like it.  Now this is coming from the perspective of an average citizen who really doesn’t keep up too much with city planning and the economy, but I can offer up a visual observation.  Just yesterday, I actually took a detour to drive through downtown Reno and honestly, it’s a changed landscape for sure and for the better I hope.  The Aces Baseball Stadium is a fantastic venue and the Riverwalk District is shaping up to be a nice little area for restaurants and bars.  Downtown was lively, though it was mainly due to the annual Artown Festival in July.

Reno Riverwalk. From About.com

High-rise condos are finally getting tenants.  Mid-Town Reno is also improving with new restaurants and venues to check out.  If Apple carries through with their new Data Center and Downtown Office, that could definitely help take out some of the “rougher” areas of Downtown.

Photo of Wingfield Park on the Truckee River Trail in Reno, Nevada

Wingfield Park and the Truckee River. Really busy in the summer 🙂 From About.com

Yes, this is my “we’re Reno and we’re not at all that bad” platform.  I just wanted to make sure that people understood that.

We also have Lake Tahoe, which is a mere 40 – 45 minute drive from the city.

There are still areas of concern (ask any Northern Nevadan living in Reno about the Kings Inn, and they’ll probably gag and the tax breaks given to certain companies along with the controversies of the STAR Bonds to name a few) but at a tortoise-like pace, Reno is improving.

So, in short, Reno is progressing and yes, it’s definitely (and smartly) finding new streams of revenue to keep the city going.

There was also this article which also summed up Reno’s Evolution as well.

In case you’d like more information, the blog I usually check out is Downtown Makeover.

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