Saturday, November 26, 2011

Berries of the Gods

So this morning I ventured out into my yard. It was cloudy, but I knew that it was only going to get worse and start raining this afternoon so I figured I would get some shots in while I could.

It surprised me how quickly fall had turned into winter. One of the saddest realizations since going to college is how I'm going to miss so much from back home. I'll miss all the days I took for granted, watching the leaves turn, taking photos. I guess I'll start trying to get home more often so see not only my family but also my yard. Hendrix has the most beautiful campus, it's true, but it's not home.

Anyway, I went out in the windy weather to take photos. Seeing how it was dark and windy, getting clear shots was tricky. I had such a slow shutter speed that wind easily blurred my photos. So, I upped my ISO and went on. I got some good shots-- decent, but the fun was found in taking them. Then, I stumbled on the 'shot of the day'.

Every time that I take photos there's something-- some location, some perspective-- that makes me immediate go 'that's the shot, that's what I have been looking for'. Today I discovered this bush that hangs over our fence. It was covered in purple berries. As soon as I saw it I was like 'this is it!' I knew that these would be the best photos out of the lot.

And what can I say, I love them! Granted, after I loaded them onto the computer and further examined them, I saw that a lot of them were blurry. :( What looks clear on a camera screen does not look clear on a computer all the time.

Still, some of them turned out. :) For some reason I seem to have an obsession with berries lately. They are my new white flower :P There was this white flower that bloomed in my backyard. I took a picture of it at least once a day-- it was the flower I went straight to once going outside. Eventually I told myself that I would have to branch out, but I still loved shots of that white flower.

On another note, I have to post some before and after's soon! I've kind of developed my own action, one that I love dearly :D It lightens the photo and adds a purple-ish tint that can very easily be switched to any other color. It was used on the first two photos above. :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Weird thing is, I've been wanting to post ever since my last post but I've been away from internet connection during Thanksgiving. Now that I'm home, I can post away! While my grandparents may not have internet connection, they do have a beautiful, and large backyard. (couple of acres I think)

I'm worried that I'm reverting to any old phase I went through-- over photoshoping....I don't know though, I love the light, almost washed out dreamy feeling these photos have. I should post some before and after's sometime.

I loved the perspective of this. I was basically shooting blind-- I turned my camera up, put it below the flower and just clicked away.

This is a more normal picture of the flower :) Like I said, I hope I'm not over doing the photoshop on these pictures.

You have no idea how much I love reflections. ;) Soo muchh..

I had some difficulty in capturing this reflection, there were leaves below the water and I didn't want to focus on them, just the watery tree.

So I'm back home now-- slightly sad, seeing how mes parents aren't here aussi. But oh well, I'll see them soon enough. Next time I see them I'll be on Christmas break. :D

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Break Photos

What? Another post so soon? Ce n'est pas vrai!

Yeah, so my parents are in France currently and I'm super jealous. I'll be spending Thanksgiving at mes grandparents, without them. Mais, I'm also very happy for them to get the opportunity to go to France again.

Anyway! This is kind of my treat for finishing my lab report before orchestra practice today. It was my last bit of work standing between me and Thanksgiving vacation. After orchestra tonight I have to turn in my report and go to Cal class on Tuesday and then I'm free. :D

I'm lying in my dorm bed now, typing away. It's really sad-- I've pretty much given up on NaNo. College and life have been keeping me incredibly busy; I'm roughly 10k behind. I may try to catch up over break but I also really want to just relax and enjoy myself. This last few weeks have been crazy busy and stressful and once I get back from Thanksgiving break it will be even more crazy and stressful. So I do need to actual relax, and not stress out over Thanksgiving.

Oy. Stress. I haven't really noticed it, I mean I know I'm stressed but it never bothered me much. However, I may be getting TMJ because of it-- my jaw hurts like hell whenever I open it to like eat or something.

Anyway! I haven't posted pictures in forever so I thought that I would post some of my pictures from my fall trip home....if they ever load....

I loved the feeling of this-- all faded and artsy.

I love the lighting of this one.

I loved sitting/crouching under the tree to get this perspective.

I just love the faded feeling of this photo.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Wow, it really has been forever since I last posted! I'm only posting to avoid working on my physics; I have a test tomorrow that I just might fail D: so much to learn, so little time. I know, I know, I should be studying-- which is what I have been doing for the past few hours, as soon as my trio performance let out. It's just so much to learn....though I think I'll manage. Either way, when she adds the lab to our grade, my grade will drastically improve. Which reminds me, I need to finish my lab report due Tuesday...I'm almost done with it, I have to write the abstract and that's it.

Oy. Life. It's just been crazy hectic. If I have time, and internet connection over Thanksgiving break I'll try to post pictures of my crazy adventures, like going to the Quidditch World Cup in NYC. :D

Yup, I play quidditch.

And I wonder why I'm single...

Juuusttt kidding, quidditch is not the reason why I am alone. Wow, this is taking a depressing turn. New topic! About how much I dislike physics currently. Yes, a much better topic to talk about. I would love to post photos from my fall trip home but I just lack the time. Once I'm doing procrastinating here, I'm going to take a shower, then read as much for Journey's as I can before I fall asleep.

Fun times, fun times. I would say I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving break-- and I am-- but not as much as everyone else because mes parents decided to leave me and go to France for a month; which means I'll be at my grandparents for Thanksgiving and then home alone for the rest of break.

Oh well, plenty of time to take pictures. ;)

And now I really must end this little effort at procrastination. It's really all my fault-- I was the one who chose to go to the movies with my friends this afternoon. Movie sucked, but it was so much fun to hang out with friends.