Another drive home

Sorghum field outside of Lexington, NC on October 7, 2019. (photo by Janis M. Grainger)

I was on the search for a tree to use for my final composite assignment, when I came across this amazing view. I did not have a tall pair of boots on to venture out into this field to get a closer shot of the dead tree in the middle but I think this photo will do. I love the Fall and its beauty. This was a perfect day, amazing clouds and great weather. I wish these days would stick around for a while.

Whether you are on a mission or just out enjoying the day, if you see something like this, stop and take it all in. Enjoy the scene!

Pilot Mountain, NC

A view from Pilot Mountain in NC on September 22, 2019. (photo by Janis M. Grainger)

I have always loved panoramic photos and had only made one using a cell phone. Well things have changed! I drove to Pilot Mountain for my newest assignment, spending just a little over an hour gathering the shots that I thought I would need to create my own panoramic landscape. After putting this together, I am pleased with how it turned out. It may not be perfect but it was my first , the first of many. I will be on the hunt for some gorgeous, open views. I am thankful for another things added to my toolbelt to help make some beautiful photos. Get outside and see what you can find!

Loving the hints of Fall

The hint of Fall

After the blazing hot Summer of 2019, I am ready for Fall to begin. How could anyone not love the cooler days and nights along with the colors that start appearing? Fall is my favorite. I can almost smell a pumpkin pie in my near future!

I drove by this little farm near Tobaccoville, NC today and saw this beautiful sight. Of course, I drove like a mad person to get turned around to be able to get this pic. This reminds me of my days of growing up on a farm in Little Falls, NY. I loved the beauty of the farm life and miss the simpler life.

It’s ready to unleash

storm clouds

The newest assignment to try out for the first time is, the photo a day. I am excited for this as it will get me touching my camera everyday and chasing after something new. I did not plan to shoot a landscape photo today as I was after a shot of a person but I could not pass this up.

I believe this storm is how the immediate future is going to be as we get new assignments in the Photojournalism and Multimedia classes. Remind you, they are not the only classes.

I tried to stay in front of this storm but it came up quick and told me to start running. I will try to weather the storm and if I am lucky, I will see the sun again. Keep running Grainger!

My new vision

sunset and silhouette

This is a new week and a new semester at RCC. This new semester is also the beginning of my 2nd year and a new concentration. I have made the decision to study Photojournalism. I know this is going to be a busy year and lots of challenges. With these challenges, I hope I find growth and new knowledge.

My journey so far has helped me to believe in myself and has helped me find the person I would like to be. It is time to place one foot in front of the other, push forward and make it to the top.

The following quote seems fitting each time a milestone is reached. It’s amazing how things do not seem as big once they are conquered. Here’s to a great 2nd year!

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” by Dag Hammarskjold.

The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place, Little Falls, NY

This week I spent time with my family in Upstate New York. It is always a good time to go “back home” to try to break the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. This trip was especially important for me. I got to see my oldest nephew graduate from high school, attend my 30th high school reunion and simply to be with family.

Today, I took a trip back to where my life began, my birthplace of Little Falls, NY. This little town in the Mohawk Valley never gets old. It’s funny how things do not seem as BIG as what they seemed when you were a child. This town brings back so many of my favorite memories.

If any one is familiar with horror movies, you may recognize this Main Street as being in the movie called The Quiet Place. It starred actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

scene from The Quiet Place 2018
another scene from The Quiet Place

Of course this little town is not as scary as the movie shows but to visit Little Falls, you will quickly see that this is a quiet place that you could call home and fall in love.

Above the Fog

Fog in the Valley

Things have definitely changed over the past five years but one thing for sure, I will never forget this view. I lived most of my life in Upstate NY as did most of my relatives before finding my way to a warmer climate. Life there was normal or so it seemed. I guess you just get used to what you see and what is around you. Not that any one place is more perfect that another but living in NY had its challenges. The cold Winter would set in as early as late September and if you were lucky, may break by Memorial day. Snow can be a beautiful thing until it doesn’t stop for days. With all the yucky weather, came lots of work. Just imagine shoveling snow with no end in sight. Weather may not have always been pleasant but there were the perks of a beautiful scene.

This was the view from the back of my house. Absolutely amazing to see when you wake up and get your coffee.

I hope you enjoy my view from the mountain that overlooks the valley between Norwich and Sherburne, NY.

Feeling a little lost

morning fog

The journey I have been on for the past year has been one crazy rollercoaster! I decided to pursue my love for photography at Randolph Community College which has allowed me to do things I had only dreamed of. Building a solid foundation is key, as in any other thing you do and this I am learning to do here. But… with what I have learned, I am still finding myself feeling lost. Which direction do I go that will allow me to do my “mixed bag” of photography and be happiest? Should I think outside the box and try something new because I know what I can always fall back on what I know? This is such a hard decision… be continued.

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