Snow & Ice:
Posted On: December 11th, 2013

I ran across a blog post about someone who made their own macro lens and took some mind blowing photographs of snowflakes. It snowed this weekend which inspired me to go outside and take some macro pictures of snow and ice. I am very happy with how my images turned out!

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A Bug Sized Studio:
Posted On: December 8th, 2013

Last night an interesting looking bug came to visit us. My sister caught it in a cup and wanted to get it outside immediately but of course the photographer in me said "Wait! I have to get a picture of it first!". The lighting in our apartment isn't the best at the moment; so cue the search for lamps and flashlights! Little to the poor bug's knowledge he became my model for the night. I turned our floor into a bug sized studio environment with my own lights. I proceeded to get shots with many different types of lighting.

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Night Adventures:
Posted On: December 6th, 2013

Lately, the fog has been rolling in every night covering the ground in a thick mist. The fog has been making the lights sparkle more than usual. The fog called to me so I figured it was time to take out my tripod and go on some night time adventures! The tricky thing about shooting at night is if the exposure time is too short the image is just a mass of darkness. But if the exposure is too long the scene does not look realistic. It is very difficult to take an image that turns out to be life like in the dark!

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Angles Matter:
Posted On: December 1st, 2013

Improv shoots are always fun! An upside to an unplanned shoot is anything can happen. The downside is anything can happen. Luckily for me this improv shoot that involved a friend and a pile of leaves resulted in a couple good shots and a few lessons in photography. The biggest lesson I learned? Angles do matter. Especially when shooting into the sunlight. The slightest change of an angle can completely change the picture.

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Fall Colors:
Posted On: November 28th, 2013

Some say the west coast misses out on beautiful autumn seasons. I would have to politely disagree! The fall colors were rich and absolutely gorgeous this year. I'll admit, I am a big fan of Photoshop and I love to touch up my photos. In the past, I have increased the saturation of my fall pictures to make the leafs really pop. This year I can happily say those colors are natural! In a digital world where anything can appear to be 'real', it is refreshing to get great photos that do not require post-production which blurs the lines between real and fake.

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