Jungle Fever

I realized when I posted these photos on my Instagram accounts that my photography Instagram (@vivianapodinaphotography) still says I’m participating (PROCRASTINATING) in the r/WeeklyPhotos 52 week challenge. However, I haven’t looked at that challenge since March. The year isn’t over yet and I’d really like to catch up and finish the challenge with everyone else, so in an effort to have no more “zero-days”, I’m going to challenge myself to finish this challenge.

That said, I didn’t go into these photos with the intent of them coming out how they did at all. I was simply happy with another great makeup look and wanted to capture it in photos.

I added freckles to my face with an eyebrow pencil, a makeup trend and trick that I feel adds more dimension to an overall look, but especially so in photography. One of my favorite photo aesthetics is that of Claire Luxton, who uses her Photoshop skills to hyper-intensify gorgeous details like freckles and gem-colored eyes to bring out her subjects. I used her photography as reference and inspiration while editing, and brought out my faux freckles in this series.

I watched a few of her videos on Youtube to see how she edits and I combined a couple new tricks from her style of editing with my own. I’m very pleased with how these photos turned out and I think I might have to do some Twitch streams again in the future of my photo-editing because this was honestly so much fun.

I use myself as my subject matter for portraits about 95% of the time, but I’d really like to expand that and test myself and my skills in bringing out other people’s personalities and stories through my photography.

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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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First Snow

You know you’re in Michigan when one day you have sunny, relatively “warm” weather for late November (upper 50s!) and the next day THE WRATH OF THE SNOW GODS HAS FALLEN UPON YOU.

That’s what I woke up to this late morning, 15 minutes before I had to be at work (yay not setting alarms!) and left to in the late afternoon. I had a solid 3 inches of snow on my car and there’s a good 5 or 6 inches outside from the snow we got all day.

After putting up our Christmas tree, because this weather is clearly appropriate for it, I threw on my coat, boots, and earmuffs, and ran around outside trying to take pictures of the snow. A little difficult with not a lot of light to work with.

But I got a couple shots I liked. Here’s one of them!

Hoping to take some nice pics tomorrow during the day. I’ll also be at the Detroit Zoo for their first weekend of Wild Lights light exhibit, so I’m planning on working my magic there as well. Anyone else going?

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SEX

More bokeh play.

I played around with this in Photoshop to give it a more dramatic effect and I absolutely 110% love the way it turned out.

I was initially going to use one of the other photos that has a million “sex”‘s from more lights, but I think this singular one is way better and I’m glad I even photoed it in the first place.

I’m super mature, btw. Follow me on Instagram for more pics & giggles. @lovelikeangels

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Singular Liquidity

Okay you guys. I must and I will take new photos tomorrow.

But for now I’m going to reshare a photo from earlier this year. I don’t think I shared this one as a singular photo, because I know I did a side-by-side feature with a partnering photo where you can’t see the ice. Check out the original post here.

I really enjoyed doing this shoot and I want to try it again. It’s very messy and cold, and involves a whole lot of wet floor and t-shirt and trial and error of pointing the camera at the right angle toward yourself and then making sure you get a good stream of water to pour down your chin. I have a ton of photos where the water doesn’t look like I wanted it to.

But the process is what it’s all about, aside from the GLORIOUS FINISHED PRODUCT. Enjoy.

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Splash City, Bitch

I¬†used to get all kinds of creative with my photography. I don’t know what happened. Life, I guess. And graduating college – which, in theory (because I actually have quite a lot of free time on my hands at the moment) should be providing me with lots of opportunities to think outside the box and experiment, but as it so happens, I’ve been quite lazy.

It’s a shame really, because I could and SHOULD be doing more stuff like this.

This is a compilation of 3 photos that I Photoshopped together into 1 to make it look like there’s 3 splashes.

I really should redo this experiment with my new camera to see how it captures splashes compared to the old d3000.

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