Winter Blues

It’s definitely been a hot minute since I last posted here.

Truthfully, I haven’t touched my camera in a while. The most I’d have to offer at this point would be some unedited photos of my face after I got my hair done a week ago.

Not only have I not been inspired to do photography lately, but I just never feel like there’s anything I want to photograph in winter, especially when all the snow is melted and the sky looks like a giant gray blanket. I’ve never found joy in photographing in artificial light.

I’m looking forward to spring and the annual crop of floral photography that you all know will be showcased here. For now, I’m keeping myself occupied creating floral embroidery pieces that I’m planning on throwing up for sale in my Etsy shop (link for those who want it). I currently have made-to-order Disney princess aprons for sale.

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I’m also planning on creating new prints for my Society6 shop. Since the election season, my Nasty Woman prints have been doing really well and I think feminist art will be in the works. I donate proceeds from the sale of these pieces to Planned Parenthood.

There’s certainly no lack of creative projects happening for me. I’ve also got a year-long goal of doing one fully rendered fashion sketch per week.

Somewhere in there, I’ll be fitting in photography. Stay tuned.

Hit up my other blog for more activity though – Vivologie – where I post all kinds of reviews, DIYs, and more.

Pumpkin Patch

I was looking for photos I haven’t posted that I could share and I realized I’ve been hoarding these two from a few weeks ago in my archives. My mom and I usually stop by this mini farmer’s market across the street from Yates Cider Mill when we go. They had pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors and I thought this gourd patch looked neat.

I know it’s officially AFTER Thanksgiving and Halloween and I should be posting like, cute snowflakes pictures, but it’s December 3rd and we still haven’t had a snowfall here in the Metro Detroit Area. And I hope that my mentioning that didn’t just jinx us. I want snow for pictures. But I don’t want it for driving and everything else.

Anyway, enjoy!

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Danielle x Pinup Portraits

Today was pretty exciting creatively. I asked my coworker Danielle a while ago if she’d be interested in being my muse for a photography shoot and after seeing my recent pinup style pics, she said yes.

We both did her makeup, although she let me do the contouring and such. I enhanced contouring in Photoshop to give her face more of that pop! But to be honest, she didn’t really need it anyway. She has the right kind of planes and angles to be a proper model, IMO. Anyway, here’s a few shots from today.

I used my 50mm portrait lens, ISO 400, f 1.8, exposure range 50-80.

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Decay and Vitality

I took my annual trip to Yates Cider Mill last month and of course I brought my camera with me. It was towards the end of the foliage decay in this particular section of town, so there weren’t too many subjects to photograph, but I managed.

I used my 50mm lens, partly because I forgot to stick my macro lens on – however, as I’ve mentioned before, I seem to get some really fantastic bokeh shots with this lens and it continues to be my go-to lens for every day photography.

Anyway, here’s a few shots from the day.

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I really like the way the above photo turned out. I think it shows a great contrast between colors, but also between the decay and vitality of nature and how strongly something like a leaf can hang on to it’s live-giving branch. That sounds super poetic, but nature is poetic.

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I had a tough time choosing between the above photo and another, landscape version of the same leaves. But ultimately, like that poppy picture from this summer, I like the contrast between the orange of the leaves and the serene blue background.

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In this last photo, I found this stalk of leaves sprouting out of the ground surrounded by mostly trees with falling leaves and I thought it was just brilliant to see this bright green foliage defying the autumn season.

Lucy Goosey

For those of you who see this on Facebook, you might already know that I’ve been giving my neighbor’s cats snacks. They come meow at our door every day now that they know they’re gonna get food, and I’m okay with that cause they’re skinny and skinny cats make me sad.

Anyway, one of the cats, Lucy (short for Lucifer) is super friendly and loves being petted and often sits in our grass after eating. He kind of looks like he’s protecting the house when he does this.

I’ve photographed him before while he’s been sitting in our grass, but comparatively, my skills at both photography and photo-editing have gotten better in the 5 and a half years since. For comparison’s sake, I’m going to upload the picture from a few years ago too.

The first 2 are from this September.

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The picture below is from May 2011. My personal critiques are that my photography was a lot more closed in on subjects. I was pretty obsessed with getting that macro effect, which didn’t allow much space to the subject at hand in the frame. I’m still working on this part because I feel like I close in too much still, but I’m improving.

I also overused really saturated actions and curves in Photoshop. I’m pretty proud of my current more natural, vibrant, color boosting system I use.

I was also using a Nikon d3000 with the kit lens on the below picture, whereas in the new photos, I’m using a d7100 with a 50mm portrait lens. So that also factors in – BUT, I did take some great photos toward the end of my ownership with the d3100. But this particular photo is from the first year I owned it and was learning my way around a DSLR.

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Le Crepe

I started today off being woken up twice by phone calls. The second was my friend Kristen, who told me she was in the area and she’d like to hang out sometime today. So I hopped out of bed, and we went on a mini adventure to downtown Royal Oak.

We both brought out cameras (she brought her lenses too, I just opted for my 50mm) and we started off at Le Crepe on Washington Ave. Neither of us had eaten yet, so brunch was a great first stop.

We got hilariously into photographing our waters and her cappuccino before our crepes arrived. I really like the way this shot of her cappuccino turned out.

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When the crepes arrived, there was standing on chairs happening (on Kristen’s part) to get good birds-eye view shots.

I don’t really like the colors that came out in the crepe pictures, and I think it has a lot to do with the plates. They were a yellowy-ivory based color with green circle lines. Probably would’ve looked better on some nice super clean white porcelain.

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Fortunately, I did catch some nice shots of the WATER of all things. The backlighting was everything in this place. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Breakfast Bites

This morning I woke up bright and early (9:30 is early for me, don’t judge) and decided to make something different for breakfast than my usual Sunday pancakes.

I was searching for breakfast ideas yesterday when I ran across a list that featured various muffins and I knew I wanted to make something like that, but I didn’t have time or patience yesterday, so I vowed to do it today.

Lo and behold, I made…breakfast bites? They’re bready eggy oniony turkey bacon wrapped deliciousness. Check out the recipe below, I promise they’re super easy and tasty.

Ingredients

12 slices turkey bacon (or pig bacon)
7-8 eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp Vegeta seasoning (or salt&pepper)
1 onion (2 if they’re small)
1 carrot, grated (or more)
3 slices sourdough bread
feta cheese to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grab a cupcake/muffin pan, spray with oil, line each holder with 1 slice of the turkey bacon, and fill with pieces of the sourdough bread.
  2. Beat your eggs with Vegeta seasoning (or salt and pepper). Add in chopped up onions and whisk together. You may also add in your grated carrot and feta cheese in this part, which I should’ve done (I sprinkled mine on top).
  3. Pour or scoop your egg mixture over each muffin until they’re all evenly coated. If you did not mix your carrot and feta cheese into your eggs, sprinkle them on top now.
  4. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes at 375F. Enjoy!

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