Week 3: Full Manual x Technical

r/WeeklyPhotos week 3 challenge is Full Manual x Technical.

I captured this water droplet at Cranbrook on a windy day, precariously standing on a slope. It was physically challenging, as well as technically, since I was adjusting my focus manually and this branch would not sit still. But I’m thrilled with the capture and the way the photo came out overall.

I’m also pretty thrilled with my post-processing edit. I think I did a great job with adjusting the colors to my liking, but also to showcase the beauty of this shot more eloquently.

This week gave me the opportunity to step back into my comfort zone. As you all know by now, I absolutely adore photographing nature. It’s difficult to find flowers in their natural settings in the winter, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t interesting dead leaves (and the dirty ground…) to capture. Especially here in the Metro Detroit area.

Here’s the technical breakdown:

Exp 1/320
ISO 200
35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR lens



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.


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.


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.


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.

Chrysanthemum Collection

In the past few years, I’ve discovered that I really love Chrysanthemum flowers. They’re gorgeous to look at, but even more interesting to shoot.

In this set, I’m featuring the ones I took photos of using my 50mm portrait lens – and this was by accident, because I realized too late on the way to the flower shop that I had the wrong lens on. But I think the photos turned out well regardless.

They were all shot on manual mode. My floral pieces always turn out better on manual. And I think I’m finally starting to better understand my camera. Ya know, 2 years later.


F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/640 sec. ISO: 320


F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/640 sec. ISO: 320


F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/1000 sec. ISO: 320


F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/1250 sec. ISO: 320

Stars Shine Brightly

Yes, I did start this project a few days into the new year, but I’m ending it today.

It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve been thrilled (and exhausted) to share new and old photos with all of you every day for all of 2014. It was certainly a challenge at times – and yes I did fail to update a few times this year, but all in all, I think it was a successful project that pushed me to really learn my camera and use it.

This blog will definitely not be done, however. Photography is one of my main pillars of artistic release, and I will definitely continue updating with more new content and new adventures, so stay tuned.

Thank you to everyone who has kept up with me along this project, to all of my new followers, and old – I am grateful for your audience and I wish you all a Happy New Year!



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


Starry Night

I put up some white light Christmas lights in my room earlier this week after deciding they looked terrible on our tree (yes our X-Mas tree is up) and not only do they make my room looks super cute and festive, but they’re the perfect play-things for nights when I’m like oh shit, what am I gonna post on the blog!?

Lights. Bokeh, that’s what.

I haven’t played around with bokeh in a while, so I decided to make some quick bokeh filters too. BONUS PIC AT THE BOTTOM TONIGHT! Follow me on Instagram for more of that @lovelikeangels xoxox


BONUSSSS: Bokeh filters in progress.