First Snow of the Season

I think we get the perfect amount of snow around here… Just enough to make it feel like a magical treat when it comes and not too much where we are overwhelmed by the amount or tired of seeing it all the time. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if it snowed a little more often. Enjoy the pictures from our first snow day here in New York!

It was snowing and cloudy all day, until about 4 pm when the sun peeked out right before it set beautifully behind all the snow 🙂

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The snow on the tree branch almost looks like a cotton ball!

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Moments like this are when I’m so thankful to live so close to New York City… People travel from all over the country and the world to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… And I took the train with my family for under a half hour to get there. The pictures I took definitely weren’t perfect quality, considering how far back in the crowd I was standing (and my height). Towards the end, however, the crowds cleared out a bit and I was able to get a spot near the front! We FROZE our butts off, but it was something I felt like I had to experience. No regrets! It was definitely fun 🙂

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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Eye-Popping Autumn Colors

“Autumn is a second spring; where every leaf is a flower”- Albert Camus

In New York, this fall has displayed the most impressive colors I’ve ever seen. Just like for the spring blooms, the autumn leaves require right temperatures and the perfect amount of rain and sunshine to reach their full potential. Last year, Hurricane Sandy blew away most of the leaves before they reached their peak. It’s almost as if this year, the leaves worked extra hard to make up for last year and gave all of the storm sufferers something to look at to remind them of how we’re “stronger than the storm”, to quote New Jersey’s recent motto.

With some photos, I kept the colors a little duller. I like that effect. I think it pushes the mind to create its own imaginary, super-bright colors in the picture.

P.S. Notice my new signature you guys 😀

P.P.S. Check out my new gallery layout! (In the “Gallery” tab above on my information bar next to the “About Me” tab)

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 🙂

Stay Tuned!

I’m going to be posting a gallery of autumn photos pretty soon… It’s finally peak colors on the trees in my town, so I’ve had a chance to take some really breathtaking pictures. I’m excited! 🙂

Hope for Tomorrow

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all”- Emily Dickinson

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