Virtual Blog Tour

I have recently been approached by a blogger friend to participate in the Virtual Blog Tour which occurs every Monday. It is one way of connecting bloggers all around the world. By answering a similar set of questions, we are given the opportunity to get a glimpse of the life and work of other bloggers. It is a fun way of getting to know each other. The Virtual tour made a stop at Melinda’s blog last week, you can read her post here.

Today is my turn to answer those same set of questions, so please read on…

1. What am I working on?

The truth is I have so many things going on right now. I am in the process of putting together a concept for a personal project that I want to do this Summer. It is a little ambitious so it is taking a little bit of time to gather the things I will need to execute it. You’ll just have to stay tuned. I will most likely blog about it when everything is set and I’m ready to shoot.

I also am currently taking a Commercial photography program at a local college although I am currently on Summer break. This is actually a good thing because I also have 3 weddings to worry about this month. I am working as a second shooter for a local wedding photographer.

Aside from all these, I am also in the process of putting together a business plan so I can finally start devoting more time into cultivating my photography career. The idea is to eventually leave my day job to concentrate mainly on photography (I am doing this on a part-time basis right now.)

Zoe in a prayer

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t know that my work is that different from many photographers/photo bloggers out there right now. I know the genre that I want to focus on, and I am working hard to fine tune my craft and establish my very own niche. I know that I am drawn to a certain way of processing my images, I like the look and feel of film, so most of my images are being processed to mimic film.

pink roses

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I have always loved photography. I love creating art, and photography allows me to preserve the beauty of things (and people) that I see. It also serves as therapy to me. My work is very stressful and photography is my very own happy place.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Because I work full-time during the day, I usually shoot during weekends. Most of my post processing work is done at night though. Unless it is hockey season, I usually am behind my Mac processing and re-processing files. I could spend all night experimenting on different processing techniques. I feel that I am at my best when I am left alone. I have my own space at home, so I can simply close the door, turn the lights off and spend hours and hours playing with Photoshop.

Next Monday, the tour will stop at Sally’s over at Lens and Pens by Sally. Sally is one of the many bloggers that I have discovered when I was just new to blogging. She is an educator, a photographer and an amazing writer. Her blog is a concoction of visual and intellectual feast that will motivate you to keep coming back.

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{Texture Tuesday} Free & Easy

Probably the single most important aspect of photography is the lighting, it is the one thing that can make or break a photograph. Most of the interior photos that I post on my blog are taken by the window, where the sunlight streams through.  My sheer window covering filters the light which is great for back-lighting a subject. Continue reading…

{Texture Tuesday} Like A Dream

Yesterday, I received an email from Melinda, a brilliant photographer whom I absolutely admire (check out her amazing work here). She is one of the few people who downloaded the Lightroom preset which I posted here. It seems there was an issue with the Soft & Delicate preset which I shared. She was right, it looks like I uploaded the wrong one. I have since fixed the issue. Thank you, Melinda for pointing it out. So, if you have downloaded it, please consider deleting and re-downloading it.  Here’s the link again. If you notice any other issue, please let me know. It would also be nice to see some of your work using the preset.

Now, on to today’s Texture Tuesday post. Today’s theme is “Like a Dream”, where we are to show our own interpretation of dream-like photos. I thought it would be fun to post a couple of photos for this challenge. The photo below is one that I edited using the corrected version of my Soft & Delicate Lightroom preset. The original image is in full color. I added a few tweaks in Photoshop, applied Kim Klassen’s Marabella texture and my very own Blended Crosshatch texture to get the look that I am happy with. Click on the image below to see how I edited the photo.

textured roses

 

iPhoneography Monday: Food

iPhoneography Monday is back, folks! Today’s theme is the Challenger’s choice. I chose “Food” for today’s post.

One of the few photos that I like to take using my iPhone is food. Perhaps because it is much easier to snap a photo of my food when I am in a restaurant with the iPhone than with my big, chunky dslr. I am no food photographer so my main concern when taking food shots with my phone is the presentation. Taking photos of food in restaurants, I find, is a very common thing. It is not something that is frowned upon. I mean, everybody does it, right?

This weekend, I re-discovered Instagram. If you remember a while back, this photo sharing site was acquired by Facebook. It has become a huge part of this community since and most of the photos you see posted on this site were taken with an iPhone. I signed up with Instagram with the intention of using it to share only my iPhone photos. There is a growing amount of “intagrammers” out there. And for the most part, the IG community is composed of fun and friendly people. Just like any other social media, you can build followers by exploring photos that interest you, and interacting with the “instagrammer”. By doing this, you are making yourself visible to them, and 90% of the time, they will return the favor and check out your photos as well. Plus, your Facebook friends are most likely instagrammers too, so you can start by following them.

Instagram screenshot

Instagram screenshot

sushi

Sushi | Taken with iPhone 4S | edited & uploaded on Instagram

Click here to see the mechanics of the challenge and to participate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Occasionally, I find myself enjoying and loving the snow. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I take advantage of the rare moment of insanity and go out in the snow. I remember doing just that in January, as soon as it started snowing. I received a few odd stares from strangers because while everyone was rushing inside to hunker down until the storm passed, I braved the cold, wrapped the camera with my scarf and wandered around outside taking photographs. I did walk away with a few keepers that day. The building with a dome that you see on this photo is the Marche Bonsecours located at the Old Port in Montreal.

This photo was edited in Lightroom 4. I created a preset called Golden Sunset, which I used on this image (I will give it away as a freebie in the next few days, so stay tuned). Click on the photo to see the transformation.

Marche Bonsecours

Marche Bonsecours