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.

Macro Mania

While the rest of the country was out celebrating a gorgeous Victoria Day holiday, I was stuck at work (this is what happens when you’re a Canadian working for an American company). One good thing about it though is that i didn’t have to worry about preparing supper, the hubby was home and was kind enough to let me just relax.

dandelion

I walked to the back of the house to see what I could find. There wasn’t much going on there except for the ever-present dandelions. It has been a while since I last took out my Raynox macroscopic lens so I thought I’d use it for these shots. Not bad, not bad at all, if I may say so myself.

dandelion_bud

I do like the images that this little piece of glass can produce. Not as good as my dedicated macro lens, but it has its own charm.

Bijoux

I stayed outside for a bit, while this little guy cheered me on. He seemed content just sitting there watching me as I contorted myself to get these shots. At one point I looked up and saw his nose pressed on the screen door, I just had to take a shot.

First two images were shot wide open with the Canon 50mm f1.4 with the Raynox macroscopic lens clipped on.

A Little Bit of Macro

I’ve been feeling really good about my images lately. It has given me a boost to want to create more. Here’s a few that I’ve done over the weekend. All shot with available light with a single reflector for fill.

yellow roseI was getting an underexposed reading on the inside of the flower, and boosting it up would render the rest overexposed, so I used a reflector to fill the shadows a little.

fernAh, the fern. I struggled with this one a bit. I knew I wanted a much darker ambiance to wrap the whole image. This took a little bit of time to accomplish.  I had to shoot from different angles to get the image that I had in mind. In the end, I found that shooting above eye level yielded the best result. I used the silver side of my reflector to add some fill on the tip of the fern.

I ended up with a memory card full of images, but I had to be ruthless and keep only the best ones. That is another thing I’ve learned, to not be afraid to delete the ones that were simply ok. After all, I am trying to produce great images. It’ll probably take some time before I can completely adopt that mentality, but I’ll get there. One day at a time.

 

 

Shooting Still Life

Somehow my blog is getting neglected these days, but rest assured everyone that I have not stopped creating images. I’ve just been having a hard time juggling work and school.

peppersSchool is going really well though. I’m really glad I jumped into the program. I feel that I have a much better understanding of how to create a better and stronger photograph. School has made me more aware of the most important element of photography. Light. We’ve played around with flood lights in the studio last week and it’s been fun. We’ve shot portraits, still life and everything else in between. It’s been such an amazing learning experience so far, and I cannot wait to learn more…

applesBoth images above were shot at the studio, with seamless background and controlled lighting. It’s crazy how much an uncluttered background helps put the focus of an image to where it should be. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to keep going, and to hopefully come out a much better, more conscious photographer.

 

 

Shallow DOF

Playing with shallow DOF this week. It was a good time to take out the old Macro lens and start photographing things around the house, something I have  not done in a while.

DucatiMy nephew’s treasure chest contained more than enough stuff for inspiration. Both images were shot wide open (f2.8). For this assignment, we  aren’t allowed to use any  light other than whatever is available, in this case, natural light streaming through the window (camera right).

Dodge

Band

wedding bad

It will probably be a while until I am completely adjusted with my schedule. Work and school have been keeping me busy lately. I must say though, I really am enjoying being a student again. I survived the first week, so far so good. Introduction has been quite a tease and a little bit of an eye opener. I knew that the program isn’t going to be a piece of cake, but I am now realizing how taxing it is going to be, schedule-wise, especially as the semester progresses.

I have not had a chance to go out and shoot since the semester started. Yesterday was an exception, but that was for a paying client. Homework will be introduced this week, most of them will be a “shooting” assignment. That’ll give me a fresh content for the blog, and hopefully will show what I have learned so far. Today’s image is one that I took before school started. Lightroom has been my favorite post processing tool for as long as I can remember. With the addition of the Radial Filter in LR5, I find myself loving it even more. That is exactly what I did on this image. I added a localized enhancement on the center of the ring as I wanted the viewers to really focus on the details. I am hoping this is enough to keep you amused for now, or at least something to remind you that I am still here :)

Happy Monday, everyone!