Why Did the Elk Cross the Road?

This was an awesome moment in Yellowstone National Park – we were the only ones on a small side road when all of sudden, this majestic elk stepped out onto the road. It took its leisurely time crossing the road, giving us an awesome eyeful as it did. I initially fumbled with my camera to change the lens and happily, was able to fire off a couple of shots.

As this elk was taking his sweet ol’ time walking, just behind our car, another bull ran out of the woods, hurried across the street, and disappeared into the woods on the other side. Though it was only late August, we ventured that the two might have gotten into a fight just before, and this second elk had been the loser. Unfortunately, this happened so fast that we barely had a chance to take it in, much less get any photos.

What an amazing sight to see – two huge bull elks, all in one day, and we didn’t even cause a traffic jam!

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Lovin’ Oven

The towns along the Delaware River on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides are quaint and cute. They’re filled with all kinds of unique shops and restaurants. I checked out Frenchtown, NJ recently, where I really love The Book Garden, a cute little bookstore with a friendly shop dog. Checking out their website, I also learned that Elizabeth Gilbert lives and also owns a store in Frenchtown. Who knew?

While in town, I checked out Lovin’ Oven, an eclectic little restaurant offering mainstream options, as well as food for vegetarians, vegans, and people with gluten issues. I had a nice time, though service was pretty slow. The food, however, was fantastic! If you go, I’d recommend the roasted chickpea tacos – the green goddess sauce was so yummy. I asked if they sell it but alas, you can only get it at the restaurant.

The decor was really lovely too, and with my new habit of trying to take my camera everywhere I go (…almost!), I grabbed a couple of shots as the afternoon light poured in through the windows.

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Delicious Autumn

I’m absolutely loving the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. Since I got it about a month ago, it’s the lens that I keep on my camera most often. And with the start of autumn, I’m able to get some amazing shots!

Delicious Autumn

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SathyaOctober 19, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Hi Preethi – After 2 years, but back with a bang :) Glad u have picked up on photography again !!! lovely capture of autumn !

Tyson

Now that I’ve got a new camera that is more portable, I’ve been trying to carry it around everywhere, like I used to when I first started out with my little Canon P+S. I was at a friend’s house over the weekend and we were going to visit another friend and his dog. I grabbed my camera and my friend asked me, “What pictures are you planning on taking?” I replied, “You never know!”

Turns out his dog was a sweetheart and I was able to grab a couple of photos of the cutie. Glad I had my camera with me!

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Textured Trees

As I’ve mentioned a couple times in the past, I’ve really gotten into iPhone photography over the last year.  It’s easy because it’s always with me and the limitations of the iPhone actually allow me to be more creative in some respects.  I also feel that I allow myself (subconsciously) more freedom in terms of editing when it comes to my iPhone photos.  I think it’s so easy with so many photography apps at my disposal, and I almost feel like I can do anything with the photo because it’s “just” an iPhone photo.  And I don’t mean that to diminish the work coming out of mobile phones – which is amazing in its own right – but just how I feel for my own stuff.

One of things I like to do is to add textures to photos to turn them more into drawings or paintings rather than a view of the actual scene.  Here are some of my favorites trees at a local park through my phone!

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SathyaOctober 8, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Nice captures, like the processing (texture) on the last one.
If u have not , u should check out 100 cameras in 1 from stuckincustoms :)

p.s: Being so much into iPhonegraphy have u started vying for the 8Mpx from iPhone4S 😉

John HryniukOctober 11, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Beautiful work !! !

PreetiOctober 13, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Hey dude, thanks! Yes, I have that app already. 😉 I have so many apps it’s kind of ridiculous!
And yeah, I’m actually getting the 4s tomorrow! I’ve been on the 3gs for 2 years so it was just in time for my upgrade.

PreetiOctober 13, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

MaryOctober 13, 2011 - 11:43 pm

I love textures + trees, the combination just works out well in any situation…bare trees and textures excite me…hehe! Although photoshop does have tools that artistically can change photos into watercolor, oil paintings,etc, I agree that using various textures to try to achieve the same effect is more fun and usually more beautiful! Nice work Preeti!! :)

Sarah DoudnaDecember 11, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Dear Preeti,

I love the photos of the Elk! Amazing. I’d love to see more of your pictures up on your site. When are you opening your art gallery? Your shots are amazing!

Sarah