And what a fun afternoon! Despite feeling a bit of pressure because it was the last day to submit a photo in the DP Challenge "Barns, Farms, and Rural Landscapes," I remained determined to keep trying right down to the deadline if necessary. Really, I couldn't find a rural photo worthy of submitting to the challenge? I live in South Dakota for goodness sake, one of the most rural states in our great country, how can this be so hard?
I had a plan of taking yet another route home from work then stopping at any landscape view that seemed interesting. But before I got to my planned exit I happened to glance at some windmills in the distance. (Windmills I rarely take notice of even though I think they're awesome. Many days they just blend into background. Thankfully today they stood out.)
I decided that windmills would definitely make my photo unique so I turned my car the opposite direction from what I had planned and just drove towards the windmills. After about 5 miles I turned on a gravel road that I hoped would get me close. It took about three more miles, but suddenly I knew I had my shot.
This shot is with my beloved Lensbaby. I loved how the concept of renewable, and how our state's contribution to renewable was represented by this photo.
I also love hay bales and just a quarter mile down the road I was able to capture this beauty.
From watching other photo challenges on DP Challenge over the past year, it appears that 'blurred' photos aren't always the favorite and so I also got a few shots with my regular telephoto lens. (Plus it is hard to tell on the camera screen how well my Lensbaby shots come out, so I figured I would try to have a 'safe' shot that I knew I liked.)
I feel like a champion. Finally staying focused enough to capture a shot I knew I could find, plus overcoming my fears and starting to participate with the photography community.