Walk in the park – winter photography

Ok so there are people and there are people who like winter. Easy to guess whose side I am on. Not the point, though, I just thought I would put it out there.

Of course winter is not over where I live, and it will be here for a while actually, which is not that big of a deal because it’s been like that forever; we get continuous reminders every few days. Case in point: this past weekend. End of March and white is the new green, guys. I hibernate inside all winter long, but last weekend I decided to actually go to the park – not go, no, let me rephrase, drive to the park, about 20 seconds away from my home ๐Ÿ™‚ – so drive to the park and take a few snapshots because I thought the trees looked nice. I am glad I did.

Now why am I saying this? Since I am not a photographer, i am just someone with a camera who would very much like to be a real photographer but for various reasons hasn’t got there (long story), I haven’t invested in super high quality lenses. I have a few, but not that many; the ones I have are not worth thousands either. ย I mean I have never paid a thousand dollars on a lens. Never. Plus, I stopped buying lenses when I began thinking of upgrading the body, which has never happened either, see a pattern of setting myself up for failure constantly and quite intentionally? Something I do naturally, in the most effortless fashion you’ve seen, by the way. Just saying.

For a while I haven’t even picked up the camera, why would I buy more lenses? Now that I get to touch it every now and then I got back to the “my photos are not great cause I dont have great lenses” speech and almost decided to try to sell the ones I have. Try because I am not one to sell stuff, but I said I will give it a try and if it works and I can get a few bucks on the lenses I have, I will cover the difference and actually buy one or two serious lenses. I mean, wait till I get those lenses, my photos will be amazing! (sarcasm)

My mindset was set to I hate these lenses, they are not good enough to make me a photographerย (sarcasm again ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and that’s why I am not able to take good pictures. Until Saturday morning when i went for this walk in the park and snap, snap, snap. Came home, looked at the photos and it turns out I even LIKE some. I am happy with what came out. Sooooo it looks like these lenses are dying with me. Unless I decide to upgrade the camera, in which case I will have no choice but to buy new ones.

I think I shot this scene with a 55-250mm that came with the camera and it looks decent (if I say so). Will I try to avoid practicing because I don’t have the best gear ever produced? Heck, yeah.ย Butย at least I will have this to look at when I am holding my lenses above the trash can, ready to let go.

By the way I dropped one prime lens on vacation, it broke into many pieces, so now I have even fewer objects to worry about. I just wanted to end on a positive note hahahaha

M.

Lots of white – winter photography

It’s March. Which around here would translate to “it’s snow storm time”. Around 50cm of it to be precise.

Went out to get some photos of beautiful white snow – I am calling snow beautiful, wow – and came across this tiny icicle.ย Pretty cute. There is so much white outside, and I’ve been seeing white for so long now, it stood out right away.

While photographing it I remembered how excited we were as kids when we managed to get our hands on icicles. And we had good reasons to feel that way. It was either the end of a long wait, we were kids and not very tall, so we would be waiting for them to fall down for a while or a sign of improvingย climbing skills – climbing stairs, fences, trees, windows, cars. So it was a definite win for us in either case.

This time the situationย is different – instead of hanging from the roof, the icicle was sticking out from a thick layer ofย snow. Piece of cake. I win!!!!!

American Woman – reflections photography

I love double ย and multiple exposure.ย I just love how two or more totally different things come together in such as mysterious way in a singleย image. I would stare at them and try to separate them mentally and imagine what every individual picture might look like alone. Still, I have never created aย double or multiple exposure myself. Somehow, I just can’t decideย what would go well with what.

Since I like the intricacy of the final product but haven’t got around experimenting with double exposures, I have beenย trying to capture shadows and reflections in ways that would make separate things look interesting in a single image. I might have gone overboard as of late – especially on vacation when I could be seen taking photos of windows around the resort all day long while normal people were taking pictures of the ocean, the beach, themselves or fancy dinner plates.

The nicest thing is when things just happen for you and you’re just there click, click, click. Done. I was trying to photograph this mannequin in a store window in New York. Now, this has nothing to do with my personality or style hahaha, but I liked how American she looked. Full sun on a scorching summer day downtown New York, not ideal for taking photos of windows because all you get is just a blown up image of nothing. And that’s when you eitherย give up and move on or use a friend to strike a pose. And that’s how you get this. Sweet!

So next time you see a nice window, strike a pose and see what you get. It could be beautiful.

M

Mexican Sunset – travel photography

Look who’s back here, peeps! Can I get an amen, because you are witnessing a miracle.

Wow, it’s been over a year. Memory would be something I could almost brag about in the old days, but something must have happened to my brain in the meantime, I think I forgot I hadย a blog. But I’m here. Now, I am hearing voices reminding me we’ve been here before. Been here, heard that. Can’t argue with that. I have been on and off, I mean actually mostly off if I’m being honest, but never away for over a year. I even think I said I was back for realย a couple of times; it obviously did not materialize. I was joking. (Yeah right)

This is actually both funny and sad. I remembered I had a blog when I wanted to show someone a certain photo and this was the only place I had published it. So I remembered the photo, I remembered I had it up on the blog, but could not remember the name of the blog. Sad state to find myself in. Back in the day when I was an early adopter, I actually started a blog, many, many years ago. Then years later, I started this one for fun. Long story short, I totally ignored both and I got mixed up and didn’t remember which platform I used for which blog. I mean this says a lot about the present state of mind of an otherwise formerly intelligent person.

Now that I found my blog, I will really try to nurture it. I hope to get around to typing words in this space more often, I still don’t dare say the r word (as in regularly), but I am taking baby steps.

What’s been happening in the meantime? Nothing really notable, been to a few places, done a few things, learned a few thing along the way (hopefully) and went to work every morning, like the good kid I try to be.

I say let’s get this party (re)started, too much talk and not enough action. Since vacations are my favorite non human thing, let’s revisit a place I really, really love – Caribbean vibes, anyone? This has got to be one of my favorite photos from my latest trip to the beautiful city of Cancun. The first time I stayed on the Strip, I was a bit sad we didn’t get ocean view. And then something like this happened and I loved the world again. Couldn’t wait to go back last month, I knew this is what my evenings would look like. Forget sunrises on the ocean,ย enjoy sunsets on the lagoon, they’re at least as good, if not better.ย I have proof ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy and hope to cross paths here again sooner than later,

M.