Snowy Tracks

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. -John Ruskin

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Day in the City

Phone Photography

For my 18th birthday, I got a new phone! It’s a Windows phone… I decided to go for something a little different and more unique than the iPhone which I feel like everyone has. (Almost anything is an upgrade from my slide keyboard phone with a 1.3 mp camera). It has a camera comparable to, if not better than, the iPhone camera. Phone photography has become extremely popular because it’s so convenient… Not everyone brings their camera everywhere with them, but it’s pretty safe to say everyone has their phone with them almost ALL the time. Nothing on a phone has beat a Canon or Nikon, for example (yet)… but it’s better than nothing!

Anyway, here’s one of the best pictures I’ve taken with my phone camera so far. It does even better than my camera with focusing on some items!

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Sweet Treats

“Life is short. Eat dessert first”.

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Photo shoot!

As you’ve probably noticed, I mostly take pictures of nature or landmarks or architecture or events… I don’t have a lot of fancy photography equipment or enough experience to do a legitimate photo shoot with families or for a wedding (yet…), so I figured this was the perfect place to start- with my own family. It’s always fun to try new things with my camera… This was my first experience as close to an actual photo shoot as it was (with my own camera and my sister and I as the photographers). We definitely had a good time experimenting with different lighting in the field and seeing where the winter sun hit our faces for the perfect picture.

These were all taken on a warm, December day… It almost looks more like October. My next goal is a winter photo shoot… Preferably with snow 🙂
Enjoy!

The one with the crazy curly hair is my sister 🙂
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Colorful Candy

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts” -Marcus Aurelius

The M&M store… Possibly my favorite destination in Times Square 🙂 It was on my senior year bucket list to visit! It’s actually surprising how many tourist attractions I have yet to visit in New York City though I live a mere half hour away from most. Can’t wait to finish my list.. Hopefully by next summer.

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Photo Editing Before/After

Before I debut my post containing the majority of this season’s photography (It’s autumn here, for those of you living in the other hemisphere), I just wanted to show how editing can really improve a photo when you know what you want from it!

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The first thing I noticed about the picture above was the lack of color. The shadows provided by the trees created inadequate lighting for the picture to possess vibrant colors. I knew that I wanted to improve the color quality. You can see that the main colors of the picture would be yellows and oranges, so those are the colors you want to increase. Now to go about doing it……………………

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I actually just used PicMonkey to edit the photo. (Proves that it’s not too difficult to be a photographer once you get the hang of it!). I increased the contrast a tiny bit, then increased saturation and temperature a little more to give it more of an orange glow. I’m pretty impressed with the after result myself 🙂