Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fallish Things

I fully intend to create a fully fleshed out post full of fallish photos in the future.  The future is not now, however.  The future is never now.

Now is the time where I give you three pictures that sum up my fall thus far.

#1: Doll and Jimmy

#2: Chicken and Apples

#3: Said Apples

I've been having a marvelous time taking pictures and editing and experimenting with composition and all that jazz, but it's kept me absent-mindedly aloof and distant from my blog.  So here are these pictures to hopefully let you into my life just a bit until my next post (of lengthiness). 
What have you been doing this lovely month of September? 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

New Doll (From A Girl for All Time)

Although I would love to stay and chat for awhile, I'm spending my afternoon on the lake and I've got to run.  However, I decided I must stop by and introduce you to my new girl, Clementine, from the doll company A Girl for All Time.  Guys.  She can bend her elbows.  She's articulated.  I've wanted to do this pose on an AG for YEARS and now I have a doll I can finally do it with.  Yay!

And here she is with her dog, Oreo.  Love love love.  Cannot wait to take more photos! Do you have one of these dolls?  I believe the company makes six or seven.  I also have their 60s girl, Sam.  

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk

Grace and Maryellen got a little carried away as they drew their figures on the sidewalk...

What sort of designs have you created on the pavement?  Have you ever drawn something lifesize? 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rollerskating in March

It was one of those really warm March days that just don't happen all that often.  I wanted to go swimming and made my way down to the pond.  The water was too cold to do anything except wade around, but just being able to do that reminded me that summer isn't an eternity and then some away.  I didn't exactly bring a change of clothes, so after I got out of the water, I took my roller skates and began skating around a nearby park, trying to dry off.

There weren't too many people around.  But then there was Gordie.

He's a guy I know a little from school.  I think we have math together or something--not really the type you notice when drooling through a boring lecture about angles.  But gosh.  I noticed him in the park.  He flew by on his skateboard and nearly knocked me over.

I tried to make myself be mad at him, but I couldn't.  He helped me up.  I was just in my swimsuit, and he looked at me, and I thought I'd die because I had no idea what to say.  But then he started laughing, and I laughed too, and it was okay.

We raced each other a few times around the park, and I knocked him off the road twice.  We traded mediums once.  He couldn't figure out the roller skates--they're my mom's from the 70s, and kinda weird to get the hang of.  I made fun of him, and he stuck out his tongue at me.

Then we walked up this hill and glanced over the park, with the pond near the bottom. Sitting down, we watched the sunset.  The cold started to really set in, and even though I was wearing my hoodie, Gordie draped his coat over both of us.  And then I could just feel him looking at me.

He smiled.  Then I smiled and looked back.  We sat under the fading sun, smiling, and talking, and then he took me home.

But I can still feel his eyes when I'm looking away.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Summer in February

I'm one of those kinds of people who is always looking forward to to future and never really able to say, "right now is cool, too."  So, I'm working on that.  And I'm getting better, because at this moment I'm eating an apple and I'm not dwelling on the past or the future.  I'm dwelling on my apple.  All is well.
However, I can't help but want summer.  Especially when I look at these pictures that I took last summer....

Yeah, I kinda wish it were July right now.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New GOTY Lea and her Sloth (the best pet in the world)

Hiya.  I have a sloth.  I am pleased with this sloth.  And if you don't have one, lo siento.
I ventured out on my annual trip to AGPSeattle yesterday morning with my parents to see this new girl who is 1/8 Brazillian.  She is beautiful.  

But guys.  She isn't half so beautiful as her sloth.

Since when has AG decided to make unconventional pets?

It seems as though they have devoted all of their pet researchers to investigate dog, cat, and horse owners.  Nevermind all of the reptiles and fish and birds that just happened to be owned by people too.  Chickens as pets are a real thing, AG.  They are real. 

But back to the sloth.  Look at him.  Look upon his earnest gaze.  It's so...hopeful.

And Lea is truly stunning.  I thought I'd find her meet outfit too colorful.  And I did.  But once I desaturated it in photoshop, it looked great.

Honestly though, her combination of skin, hair, and eye color is certainly striking.

I'm also loving that she came with a bag and a necklace, as oppose to them being in her accessory set.

All in all, it was a spectacular release on AG's side of things.  I'm pretty happy with them.  What about you?  Are you going to do yourself a favor and buy Ernest the Sloth as well?  Because you should.  Really. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sunset Photography Tips (Fall Leaves Photo-Shoot)

**The first few paragraphs are uninteresting tidbits of my life.  If you'd like to see photography tips, scroll down to the pictures.

I always expect to be in this enlightened state of joy whenever I finish my finals at school.  But, in reality, every single time I've reached that milestone, I am overcome with a feeling of anticlimactic letdown.  I ingest so much information every quarter that I am entirely lost once I spew it back up onto those last few tests.  My life foresees no purpose now.  It is a free moving entity, entirely lost and without direction.

I was never good at being melodramatic.  IT'S CHRISTMASTIME!  That's what I'm good at.  And while there's a hint of truth in the dismally disheartening paragraph above, I'm so thrilled right now to be done and out.  My fabulous brother and I are going to a small town theater today to see two movies we've been dying to watch since we saw their trailers in October.

I cannot believe I'm going to watch two movies in a day.  I am so excited.

In other news, I took these pictures before Thanksgiving and am now posting them for all of you on the 4th of December.

The sunset was already in full swing when I started this photo shoot.  Notice how I placed the doll to the left of the sun.  Bright light is coming behind her from the right corner.  If I had placed the doll directly in front of the sun while it was still this high, the whole photo would have been washed out. 

Here I had to reposition the dolls to the left of the sun so that I could get the best lighting (the light moves so quickly at sunset!)

This is one of my favorite photos.  The colors were so warm, and the leaves created the perfect floor.  I love working with rim lighting.  Notice how Maryellen has that glow around the left side of the back of her head?  She's facing away from the sun, with it being to the left of her.  Once I had her set up,  I used a reflector to bounce the light of the sun back into her face.  If I hadn't done this, you would only see her rim-lit hair and a dark grey Maryellen.  

By the way.  My mom made the rakes.  I have always wanted doll rakes so that I could do this very photo shoot, and one day I came home from school to these adorable things!  They're perfect. 

I love this picture so much, but if you look closely, you can see that it's out of focus.  I always use manual vs. autofocus when I'm taking pictures, and while I love how much control that option gives me over my pictures, sometimes it results in a dud.  There are three things I always look for in a good photo:  lighting, focus, and framing

If you can hit all three of these marks, you're an ace.  Unfortunately my Grace turned out a bit fuzzy.  Tip for focusing manually:  I always zoom in and make sure her eyebrows are crisp and in focus before I take the photo.  If they look good, your picture will usually turn out great. 

I love this picture, but I'm put off by the framing.  The doll foot in the left corner looks a little odd to me, and since I was trying to make the doll centered, I should have placed her a smidge more to the left.  As of right now, the framing doesn't really look like it had a solid direction.  

I'm ending with one of my favorites.  I took this at the end of the photo shoot, and the sun was low enough so that you could really see it, not just a shaft of light, in the picture.  It's subdued, but gives the picture a warm, glowey element.

This is also a good example of doll placement.  Willa, in the left corner, is quite washed out because of her being placed so close to the sun.  Grace, on the far right, is a little too far away, and has some harsh shadows/bright spots.  Maryellen is in the middle and is covered fairly evenly with the light from my reflector.  She's the main point of attention in the picture, and she looks the best of the three.

I so hope you enjoyed this "how-to" on dealing with sunset lighting!  It took me awhile to get the hang of it, and I'm definitely still learning.  But once you've figured out how to take photos at sunrise/sunset, or "magic hour" as they're known, you'll be blown away by how much more depth and texture your pictures have!

Enjoy your December,