This photo was taken with my camera phone and I wanted to continue with an old personal project with no deadline. It has been a challenging few months in which I haven't been able to commit to photography or art as much as I hope but grateful for the times that I am able to do something creative.
During my photography journey, I have grown to love black and white images even more. Now, I find myself instinctively knowing what image I photograph will be a black and white one. I find black and white images evoke so much more emotion from a portrait. It is due to this love that I hope to learn film photography. I'll start slow because I am partial to the flexibility of digital, but lately, I've been drawn to film because the idea of making a photograph and having to slow down for each shot is very appealing. And quite encouraging to think that in learning film, I'll be a better photographer. So stay tune for this film photography journey I hope to take soon...
On a side note, this handsome model is my husband who is incredibly supportive. As much as he prefers not to be in front of the camera, he lovingly (sometimes with a little grumbling) helps me with of my photography vision. Happy Friday and wishing you a weekend of awesome creations.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso
May was a challenging month due to the busyness of downsizing, donating stuff, selling stuff, home renovations, homeschooling and preparing for our move. I was grateful to be able to capture some fun play and nature images. I'll be making the month of May my last month for my Project 365. Although, I didn't complete this project, I'm grateful for the 5 months that I did complete; since I ended up falling more in love with black and white photography (propelling me into learning more about film). In addition, the direction of my fine art photography work is a lot clearer and I am excited to share future projects with that may require shorter time commitments. But maybe one day, I'll complete a Project 365.
April was full of small excursions in nature, macro photography and watercolor work. Photos are not in any specific order and they were chosen as some of my favorites throughout this month.
I wanted to share today's photo for my Project 365 since my little guy was so willing to help me with my project. He had fun jumping on the bed and directing himself on how he should be posing for me. I loved being able to capture his smiles and giggles through his eyes.
It was one of those days today where I just couldn't get rid of my craving for something sweet. I'm not much of a sweet tooth person because I tend to go for the savory, salty, lemony and spicy treats. I decided to experiment with a recipe from one of a few cookbooks that I've ever purchased, titled "The Oh She Glows Cookbook" by Angela Liddon. I'm not a vegan or vegetarian but I'm trying my best to eat healthier and more raw foods. Well, I decided to make her peanut butter cookie dough bites recipe because it was a no bake recipe; something quick and simple since I had two preschoolers vying for my attention. This recipe called for rolled oats and in my many efforts to make homemade granola bars, I've failed miserable so I was a bit hesitant to try this recipe out. But I was curious to try this out and my first attempt turned out a success; my five year old approves. One correction I would make is to blend the rolled oats even more finely. Overall, this recipe is a gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and refined sugar free recipe that turned out delicious. I've made a few other recipes from this cookbook and so far, they all came out delicious and were fairly easy to make. My husband (who prefers to eat rather than cooked), helped me out on an enchiladas recipe and he enjoyed it. I highly recommend her book or go check out her blog.
Along with making a dessert, I loved how these cookie dough bites looked and knew this would be my photo of the day while I experiment with food photography. Who doesn't love a great food or dessert shot?
Hooray for month 3 to be completed. However, towards the end of March, I found myself not being as optimistic as when I started this project. I honestly wanted to quit but with the encouragement of family and friends, I'm going to continue and to experiment with themes/prompts for April in order to challenge myself. I think I didn't find myself being challenged enough this month. Below are some of my favorite images for this month. Click on an image to view gallery and visit my 365 page to view my completed project so far...Happy Clickin!
February flew by just as quickly as January and some days were challenging capturing images for my Project 365. I'm glad I've been committed to this project because I've noticed that I'm constantly looking at people, nature, and things as possible photographic subjects. My absolute favorite image theme for this month were ones of my children playing. Click on an image to view gallery and visit my 365 page to view my completed project so far.
I love how striking light is portrayed in this image and I definitely wanted this image as part of "The SUN project." I felt that the light touching the water was a nice portrayal of the 'colors' of the sun. Deciding to convey this photograph as a black and white image was intentional since I wanted the viewer to simply imagine color.
I can't believe how fast January flew by and that I actually finished the first month of my first Project 365. I'm hooked! Here are some of my favorite images (not in any order) for the month of January. Although, there were some days I questioned doing this project, I'm glad I'm sticking to it. I'm excited to see what I will feel like in a few months from now (hopefully determined) and I'm already noticing how this project is helping me incorporate photography into my everyday life. Hope you have a great start to your week with creative fun and ideas. Click on an image to view gallery and visit my 365 page to view my completed project so far.
These images were captured last week during a photo walk at The Water Conversation Garden in San Diego, CA. I used one of the floral images for my Project 365 and since I took photographs of many beautiful flowers, I decided to curate a small collection to share from this photo walk. It was such a nice moment to experience alone, kids free, no phone, just my eyes and my camera. Being able to enjoy the beauty God created without interruptions was therapeutic for me since I've been recovering from a few bouts of panic attacks earlier this month. While recovering and trying to slow down has been as challenging as going through the attacks, I'm grateful for creative outlets and learning slowly to trust God. In the middle of a sensory garden, there was a plaque honoring a member that made a positive impact for the garden. The quote below was on her plaque and it reminded me of my struggles with ptsd and healing - that healing requires a lot of patience. I'm still learning.
"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Update...January 4, 2016
Typical me to start on my first Project 365 on a leap year! (giggles...) There will be 365 + 1 photos (Project 366) in my project but I'll still use #project365 on Instagram.
Happy New Year! May 2016 be a year filled with love, laughter, good health and creative projects. I'm kick starting the year with Project 365, in which I'll be taking and sharing one photograph a day for the year. I've heard nothing but great things about this project and I look forward to growing as a photographer. I'm a bit nervous because it'll be a big commitment but with each nervous feeling, I try to remind myself why I am doing this project in the first place. My objectives are: to use my dslr camera more often than my camera phone, to push myself to learn about my camera and photography, to capture the ordinary in my day with creative eyes and to make each photograph with thought. I'll be documenting this project on Instagram and you can check out my progress here. I'll also be sharing my art and other photography projects as well. Peace.
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." -Ansel Adams
I could not decide whether to showcase the color or black/white version so I decided on both since each portrays a different feeling. I'm instantly attracted to the flicker of light reflected on the water in the black and white version. While being drawn to the beautiful orange hues of the color version. One of the great things about digital photography is the option of not having to choose.
"Sunset is my favorite color, and rainbow is second." -Mattie Stepanek
I love natural lighting and being outdoors, so it was inevitable that when I started experimenting with photography, I gravitated more towards natural lighting. However, I feel as an artist that I shouldn't be too comfortable with a specific style or technique, and that trying out new methods is a must in my creative journey. In my small but quaint art studio, I designated a modest area for a photography space where I could experiment with studio lighting and portraits. I didn't purchase any fancy lighting equipment, just a simple soft box in combination with some natural lighting from my window. I still have lots more to learn about studio lighting but find it fun and challenging to experiment with. The examples below are from a recent photo shoot of my not-so-camera-shy daughter. These images are from the same photoshoot, so continue reading to find out some tips I learned during this shoot to achieve the different light tones.
In the above image, titled, "Messy Hair," I placed the softbox opposite of the window, and noticed how beautifully striking the artificial and natural light surrounded my subject.
For the image above, titled, "Gotcha," I placed the softbox next to the window and had my subject pose below it in order to get a darker image. I really like the contrast and value from this approach. I was happy to have captured her just as she turned her head to look at me.
After post production editing, I'm eager to continue to explore studio lighting with different subjects. Maybe my next efforts will be food photography. Stay tune and Happy Clickin'!
This set of photographs is the second part of a photo session I worked on last month. Check out the first set here, where I added a figurative element. These images were taken during the golden hour to sunset. I wanted to portray the different shades of light during the progression of the sun setting, while capturing the beautiful architectural elements of the pier. This day was beautiful and I was joined by other eager photographers.
The lighting was bright when the sun started setting. I decided to make this image a softer black and white image to capture the beautiful 'whites' of the light.
This image was captured closer to the golden hour (aka magic hour). The daylight was a lot softer.
The sun light was beginning to elude but there was still some luminous lighting. I transformed this image to a deep rich black and white image to capture the essence of the dark areas of night while illustrating the fading light.
Overall, this was such a creative photo project and collaboration that made me appreciate light even more in photography work. My creativity ignited even more during editing, since I was able to see how different my photographs were due to the change in the sunlight.
I wanted to capture an image involving play and felt this image was a good fit. This is a photograph of my little guy playing at a waterpark and I love the lighting in this image.
The colors that the sun produced in this image were beautiful, and I was pretty giddy to have been able to capture the colors of fall in different tones and depth.
These pigeons caught my attention during a sunny day in San Diego. The light reflected from the sun on the electrical post was beautiful; the freedom of the birds basking in the sun's light made me feel grateful for life.
"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." -Harun Yahya
I was sitting under these palm trees, doing my best to get as much shade from the heated sun and I started admiring the height and frame of these tall trees, and how beautiful the palm leaves looked touched by the sun's light. So what did I do at that moment? Took out my handy camera phone and snapped away. I converted this image to a deep black and white in order to convey the beautiful touches of light.
This image was slightly edited in photoshop by using a color filter in order to paint a visual photograph of how colors and nature mesh when hit by winter's (sun)light.
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