Working Personal Projects into Our Daily Lives


It’s so easy to fill our time with work and other responsibilities, but I still try to work personal photographic projects into my life as a way to stay creative, explore new technologies, and expand my vision. So, when I recently had the opportunity to make a quick drive from Virgina to California, I wanted to be sure to make good use of the time. Although we didn’t have time to make a lot of stops, I figured that I could at least take a few photographs along the way. Here are a few of my favorite images taken during the week. 

I also took advantage of the opportunity to extend my recent Color of Place project. I thought it would be interesting to explore the possibility of creating an image that would represent the shifting color palettes as we traveled west. Below is a screenshot of the Map module in Lightroom Classic depicting the route and number of images that I took along the way. 

When I got home, I selected 50 of my favorite images (representing all 15 states that we drove through) and created the image below.

Virginia to California July 29 – August 6, 2019.

Click here for additional information about my Color of Place project and click here for a tutorial on how I created the Color of Place panoramas in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Posted on 09-24-2019


  • By Craig Beyers - 5:43 AM on September 24, 2019  

    Great stuff, as always, Julianne. Sounds like a fun (but not quick—15 states and the north route? ) trip across the U.S. I’m working my Color of Place project as well…3 images so far, several to go from trips this year. Be well.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:15 AM on September 26, 2019  

      So happy to hear that you’re doing your own Color of Place project! (15 states in 6 days – good thing some of the states were small – well, smaller than CA!)

  • By Sue Leonard - 9:10 AM on September 24, 2019  

    Love this project. Thank you for being so kind and generous in sharing your methods.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:14 AM on September 26, 2019  

      Thank you Sue!