Day 2: Home and huge ice creams!

Today was a very relaxed day. We stayed at home for most of it and I felt appreciating it a lot. Knowing you can just sit or lay down with no schedules or appointments for at least one week.

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My parents came over for lunch, hubby and I watched anime, we went shopping with a friend and I had the biggest and yummiest ice cream I’ve ever had! We also watched a horror movie called Hush at the end of the day and it left me with a weird feeling. So I decided to come write and share my photo of my One Post a Day Challenge Part 2 and see if I could relax again (it’s not working really well).

How’s your week coming along?

 

Focus

I’m a big fan of having a very precise Focus point in all of my photos. Specially in portraits. I always aim to the eyes and try to make them the central point of attention always keeping the background out of focus (I have a very special relationship with my 1.8 50mm lens and almost for a sure fact I will be shooting at 1.8 ((hihihihi)). 

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For this shot it was a challenge to find that perfect focused eye point. I took this through a window in the intent of trying new things and ideas, as I mentioned on my previous post (it features a very handsome border collie and very nice fairy lights if you want to check that out!).

The reflections on the glass make it very difficult to find focus. But you just need to move around a little bit and maybe, if you have to, switch to manual focus. That’s what I did here and I think I got a very good focus.

I then developed this image using Adobe Lightroom and a little Photoshop afterwards.

Thanks to my beautiful model Jessica!

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Little pine tree

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This little pine tree was a gift from my mom from when my parents visited in December. is the first photo I take of it and I wonder how it didn’t ocurr to me before to photograph it.

The things is that, maybe, as I see it everyday I got too used to it. Which sucks. Because I was complaning about not being able to take photos for a long time because of bad weather and the fact that is getting dark so early, when the truth is that we are sourrounded by a million things that could be super interesting to shoot.

Is just that we get used to them and we almost forget they’re there. After I realized that, I though that I will try and force myself to take photos of things I see everyday around me in a different way.

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I think that would make a great excercise.

Relax

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Honestly, no person in this world knows how to Relax better than a puppy. Every time I see Mango sleeping or just chillin’ somewhere around the house, makes me want to do the same thing.

He just turned 10 months and his behaviour is changing so much. He is more relaxed now and just wants to be pet and hang out with us. We cuddle for the first time this weekend too! In general he helps me relax so much.

Whenever I’m feeling anxious or stressed, I just go and sit with him or take him for a walk and that helps me so much. That’s why I immediately thought of him when I saw the theme for this Weekly Photo Challenge.

It’s Not This Time of Year Without


It’s not this time of the year without a Christmas tree.

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I’ve never had a Christmas without a Christmas tree. My mom always made sure we had a beautiful tree, wether it was small, big, real or plastic and I carried that with me when I moved to Barcelona. We’ve been here for three years now and I’ve put up a tree every year!

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I was just telling hubby the other day about it. Back at my home in Venezuela, I remember grabbing my iPod, a blanket and laying on the cozy couch to watch the fireplace and our Christmas tree for hours while listening to music. It was one of my favorite things to do.

I love putting up the Christmas tree! It’s a happy day for me and It definitely wouldn’t feel this time of the year without one :).

 

Keep creativity flowing!

I’m constantly looking for new projects. Whether my own, or friends projects I can get involved with, I’m always on the lookout! It’s a way to keep flowing creativity and enthusiasm for what I do.

Recently, a dear friend of mine asked me if I would like to do a photo shoot of a bralettes brand for her new project.

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She just launched an online store called Vestier de Moda where she sells different clothing items from brands made by other entrepreneurs. We got together and did an amazing photo shoot.

For this shoot I had in mind a very soft look and feel from the start. I wanted to get a soft, white light in a homey/comfy environment so the photos could have a closeness feeling. That someone looking at them could feel related to the scenery.

We had a great location for the photos, which meant great natural light and a great model. It really is a cool project and I’m sure more photo shoots are on the way! We had a lot of fun doing this shoot and you can visit my friend’s Instagram for her project!

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I used Lightroom to develop these. Just played a bit with light temperature, exposure and contrast.

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A Ballerina in Barcelona

It was early on a autumn Saturday morning. People were slowly taking over the streets and there we were! With cameras, music and dance.

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There was a woman singing opera in a corner near the cathedral and it was magical. The ballerina had her music to dance to and we (me and my friend Vero who is working on an awesome video of this) made absolutely beautiful shots.

It’s the first time I do a photoshoot like this one. At some point, there was a lot of people and a lot going on around us (tourists, people watching, getting in the wat of the shots). I had to be very careful to keep the focus of the images on the ballerina. It was very difficult and I’m not completely sure I succeeded.

However, it was a very magical morning. We got to experience Barcelona in a different way and even found some places we’ve never been to before. Here are some of my favourite shots.

I would like to do more photoshoots like this in the future. It’s a great experience to keep photographic skills on point! You have to be very fast and accurate with each clic to make sure to get the bests shots.

Inspirational Instagram accounts!

Instagram is my favourite social media platform. I love discovering new accounts and filling my feed with beautiful images. Browsing through it it’s a delight and an inspiration form.

I believe all artists must stay in touch with other artist’s work to learn and keep creativity flowing. That’s why I like to fill my Instagram feed with all kinds of inspiring accounts.

Here are 7 of my favorite Instagram accounts (so far!) with no specific order.

OTOMSURF 

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I loved this account since I laid eyes on it. I absolutely love how clear the images are. Their simplicity, the peace they convey, the harmony of composition and colors in every shot. He also has a beautiful Tumblr page you can follow by clicking here!

COLORBUNNY

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OK, if you like colorful images, this is the account you must follow right now. This feed is AMAZING! It’s a beautiful, minimalistic gradient of colors. It started with dark purple tones and the current color is orange. The coolest thing is you can submit your own photos to be featured in the colorbunny account.

CAMERONLEEANDERSON

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One of the things I like the most about photography it’s the possibility to tell stories without words. And that is exactly the thing that made me love so much this Instagram account. Beyond the fact that the colors and composition of each photo are beautifully accomplished, I feel the entire feed is telling us a story. All together, or looking at each picture individually, the stories behind these shots, must be amazing.

RUNNERKIMHALL

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Let’s talk about eye candy. Because that’s exactly what this Instagram feed is! If you like pastels, minimalism and dogs, runnerkimhall‘s account is a must to follow. A glaze to this feed and you’ll feel like dreaming. It’s the perfect account to brighten even the darkest day!

LITTLEUPSIDEDOWNCAKE

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The simplicity and strength of each image in this feed is unbelievable. Each photo is clean, soft and beautifully composed. One of the things I like the most about littleupsidedowncake is the light. Every frame is consistent in lighting and that provides the feed a soft, peaceful feeling. I just love browsing through this account. You can also enjoy more of this account by visiting the website http://www.littleupsidedowncake.com/

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I find inspiration in all these Instagram accounts. Sometimes I don’t feel very creative or just need to freshen my mind by looking other’s photographers work, and Instagram is a great place to do that. 

I love to discover new accounts every day! So if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear about them in the comments!

 

My camera died…

About a week ago I was taking some photos of Mango and I noticed I was having trouble finding focus. I was using my 50mm and decided to try it with better lighting conditions to check if maybe that was the problem (too little light = hard time finding focus). I did and found out the problem remained.

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One of the photos I took while trying out the camera/lens

My next thought was “ok my 50mm died, its focus died, what am going to do, how I’m I going to possible live without my 50mm?” A week later I was taking some photos for a friend with my other lens, a 17-55mm and realised I was having the same problem. No focus. This is where I begin to REALLY worry.

Long story short, the focusing system of camera died beyond repair. I spend a few days depressed about it. Then, I begun to do research for my next camera and then, I got it! I bought the Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens. I spent a fair part of the weekend trying it out and I wanted to share my photos with you!

Also, my previous camera didn’t record video, this one does and I proudly made my very first video! I’m sure that a few time from now I’ll se it and go “why the hell did I share this with the world, this is horrible”. But for now, I’m very proud of it!

“Funny” things I’ve been told as a photographer

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  • That’s a GREAT photo! Your camera takes amazing pictures. Or any of the following variations:
    • With that camera anyone can take good photos
    • That camera makes everything look good
  • Could you send me the photos you didn’t edit? / I want more volume of photos. Don’t show me just your selection, I want to see all the photos you took. This is a very common one and I know some photographers don’t mind sending unedited material. But I believe doing so is to deliver an unfinished material. Besides, let’s face it, we all have a bad photo in every shooting. Sending RAW, unprocessed photos is damaging of one’s reputation. What happens if the client shows one of THOSE photos? Who is going to look bad? And those are just a few of the reasons I don’t send unprocessed photos.
  • Don’t take too long editing. Just put a filter and be done with it. WHAT? No…no…no. No Developing photos is a very meticulous process. There is no such thing as putting a brightness, color, or anti-wriggles filter when developing photos. And, even if they are from a same photo shoot, each capture is different and needs its own processing.
  • You are going to photoshop me, right? I don’t know. This one is very common too. It’s really impressive to see how people see themselves and usually feel they need to be “photoshopped”to look good.
  • If I had the time, I would take the photos myself. Yes. You could take the photos yourself, but probably they are not going to be good.
  • Look how good is the photo I took with my phone! You should try to take the same one! I just… I don’t even…

I know this happens with many professions, not just to photographers. What is the “funniest” comment you’ve received from someone regarding what you do?