On The Job Landscape Photography

by EnelleLamb

Forgot your camera but still need to get that shot? Follow me as I share my photo journal from all over the Lower Mainland without my camera!

I know I should always travel with my camera, however, when I'm on the job as a TCP, (Traffic Control Person, or as we say here in Canada, a Flagger,) my first thought isn't about taking pictures so I leave it sitting in my desk drawer. However, there have been more times than I can remember where I should have slipped the darn thing in my pocket!

So what do you do when you are caught without your camera and you really, really want that picture?

Well, if you are anything like me, you never travel without your phone, and when it comes down to getting 'that shot', your phone can be a great 'pinch hitter' when you need one! All of these photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy GT cell phone, and I have to say it takes excellent photos!

The only feature I wish it had is a zoom. Some of the shots that I can clearly see with my eyes don't show up in the pictures, at least when viewed on the phone. However, when imported into a program on my computer, like Picasa or Photoshop, the images are surprisingly good.

My phone

samsung galaxy

I have had this phone for less than a year and I am still learning how to use it. I'm fairly 'old school', and by that I mean that I use my cell phone to place and receive calls, and texting. (I have to admit, my daughter taught me about that.) I never use my cell phone as a GPS navigation device, although it does have an application for that, or to send e-mails, or post updates to Twitter or Face Book.

As far as utilizing the camera, most of the time I use it to show my family where I was working and what I saw, however, lately I have discovered that the quality of the pictures rivals that of my digital camera.

Maybe one of these days, I will step into the light and actually use my phone for more than simply reaching out and 'touching' someone, (for those of you who remember that catch phrase...)

Similar phones

Samsung Galaxy, Android phones

No retouching

None of these pictures have been photoshopped, however, I have cropped a few so I could upload them. I could have imported them into Photoshop and touched them up, but I wanted to present these pictures the way they were taken. I don't profess to be anything close to a professional, but with a bit of work and time, (all of these pictures were taken during my work as a Traffic Control person, so there was little time to set up the shots,) I could produce some really good photos. Imagine what can be done with a top of the line camera!

First sunlight

sunlight thru the trees
sunlight thru the trees
Enelle Lamb

Early morning view

God light
God light
Enelle Lamb

Glorious begining

This was the view that greeted me after the early morning fog burned off. You will have to forgive my composition of these two shots - the best angles are the ones you see. I did try for different angles, but unfortunately the view without the wires and pole also didn't show the "God Light". So I prayed that the 'intrusion of the modern world' was overshadowed by the light streaming through the trees and would only appear to the viewer's eyes after the second look.

My admirer

my admirer
my admirer
Enelle Lamb

Hello Beautiful

This handsome fella took quite a shine to my voice. (Please pardon the chain link fence...) I was standing across the road when I spotted him, (her? couldn't really tell...) and when he heard me his ears pricked up so high they almost touched, and he flaunted his tail and followed me wherever I walked!

I simply had to take a few pictures. I thought it was so strange that the llama was intrigued by my voice. It's possible that he responded more to the tone rather than to what I was saying, but I still found it rather funny. Who knew I could be a "Llama Whisperer"?

Kawkawa Lake

These next two were taken on Kawkawa Lake Road (pronounced Caw Caw wa) in Hope, B.C. ...Again, this was taken in the morning as I was setting up our job site for the day. I always manage to find a few minutes to record some of the more spectacular or memorable areas that I travel to.

This mountain was so inspiring I took the chance that my phone would be able to deliver a shot worthy of the view, and I honestly have to say that I'm not disappointed with how this turned out.

Hope, British Columbia

Mountain view

road in Hope
road in Hope
Enelle Lamb

Picture postcard

picture perfect
picture perfect
Enelle Lamb

Colorful gardens

These next photos were simply shots of pretty colors. I'm rather like a Jackdaw or Crow in the respect that bright colors and shiny objects capture my attention and elicit an "Oh...isn't that pretty!" 

I must profess my ignorance of proper plant names, I don't know what some of the rose varieties are, I just thought they were lovely and wanted to share them. 

Colorful landscaping

double poppy
double poppy
Enelle Lamb
peach tea rose
peach tea rose
Enelle Lamb
purple daisy (perennials)
purple daisy (perennials)
Enelle Lamb
tea rose
tea rose
Enelle Lamb
verigated rose
verigated rose
Enelle Lamb
yellow rose
yellow rose
Enelle Lamb
white lilies
white lilies
Enelle Lamb
yellow lily
yellow lily
 
tiger lily
tiger lily
Enelle Lamb
succulent garden
succulent garden
Enelle Lamb

Wildflowers

I realize that I have quite a collection of eclectic photographs! There are just so many things that I find beautiful and interesting that I am constantly snapping pictures whenever the situation and time allows, and this article is the perfect vehicle to share them with others!

Sometimes the composition of the picture is perfect, and all I have to do is click the button...at least that is what I thought when I took these next photos.

Natures garden

natures garden
natures garden
Enelle Lamb

Wildflowers

wildflowers
wildflowers
Enelle Lamb

Unusual subject

I realize that the subject of the picture on the left is not exactly something that most people want to capture 'on film'.

I admit that when I was younger I avidly pursued his predecessors with a salt shaker in hand, (my cousin once used my new archery set to dispatch several,) but I was so taken by the persistence and determination of this little fellow that I had to take his picture!

Journey's end

journeys end
journeys end
Enelle Lamb

Until next time

Thank you for joining me on my photo journey, it was a pleasure to share my pictures. I have been told that next week our crew will be travelling from one end of the Fraser Valley to the other, so I will do my best to remember my camera! I just never know what I will find around the corner...

Come join me!

Updated: 12/04/2012, EnelleLamb
 
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EnelleLamb on 07/06/2012

Thanks redelf :) I'm quite pleased with my little phone...nice to know it takes pictures as well as my camera, even if it doesn't have a zoom feature. It's good enough for work :)

redelf on 07/06/2012

These are great photos, Enelle. My old camera would have been proud to have laid claim to taking them. I hope to see more of your amazing photo travels.

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