saturday night

I always love finding little sun spots in my apartment. It could be something that you would just look at and keeping doing whatever you were doing, but I can't help myself but to stop and photograph it. 

In the morning, I have the warm sun hit my windows on one side of my bedroom. In the evening, the sun comes through the back. As I was going into my room last night, I saw this. I couldn't help but take this picture. I love the shadow of the cable lines that hang near my deck. The warm light from the sun is just so satisfying. 


iphone

I haven't taken out my camera the past few days, but I have been using my iPhone. I have a love/hate relationship with camera phones. First of all, everyone and anyone thinks they're a photographer with it. But I love it because I always have it on me and it's a less intrusive way of taking a photograph. 

This was edited using VSCOcam.

This was taken with a slow shutter speed app that slows down the motion of the photograph. It was edited through the app VSCOcam. 

I love the way power lines cross through each other.

And dinner from tonight. Couldn't help but photograph the cheese melting and burning in the oven.


sunday drives

A few years ago, I shot a lot of abstract photography. I used neutral density filters and had a lot of movement and blurred objects in my photographs. During my senior year of college, I had grown a lot from that series, which you can see here. I haven't gone back to it in a while, but while we were driving down the highway today I couldn't resist. 

I didn't use any neutral density filters on any of these, I just slowed down the shutter speed to get the movement from the car. You can only plan so much with these photos, so when something interesting comes out, it's exciting. I love the clear split between these two spots - under the overpass and without the overpass. The darkness that fills the negative space between those two columns gives the photograph a mysterious feeling. 

This is my favorite photograph from today. When you take slow shutter speed photographs, there's a lot of ones that just don't work out. There's usually nothing interesting about them, no composition - they just don't work. But this is one of the better ones. I love the break in the green that the white section creates. I love these because this is something that we've all seen driving on the highway, but it isn't something that is typically captured. 


All photographs taken on a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with an 18-55mm lens. Blurred motion is done in camera, basic edits done in CameraRaw.

it's the little things

One thing I love to see are these little details or moments into peoples lives. Something that, most of the time, is overlooked. 

I drove by this book store this afternoon and I could see every chair was filled with someone holding an open book. If you look hard enough, you can see them. This is one of those "stop to smell the flowers" sort of things to me. I was in a hurry to get somewhere, saw this, and reversed to take a photograph. 

This was taken a few feet after the first picture that is posted. There isn't really anything that's captivating to me about this. I stopped and took this because I was drawn to the colors of the flowers and how they pop against the green shrubbery. But, while I was doing a quick edit on this, I couldn't help but laugh because these trees look like crazy little monsters. The branches are all out of sorts and sticking out all over the place. I guess you could say it's the little things that make me laugh.   

I've always been obsessed with cloud formations, sunsets, sunrises, etc. I guess it's something that probably a lot of people are obsessed over, but it never gets old. You could have the worst day and feel really down about something but at the end of the day, we get this. How can you not appreciate it?


Shot with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i, using an 18-55mm lens. Edited with CameraRaw. 

light, shadow, & nature vs. manmade

Back at it! I'm definitely feeling a bit more inspired to get back to shooting and am happy with the results today. I'm back to actually looking at things and making connections between buildings, signs, nature, and objects. The way shadows work in between buildings and parking lots catch my eye. 

It's the way that shadows dance across things like the pavement and the architecture. It creates an entirely new space in the composition. I love seeing how things evolve inside new spaces. 

Then there's moments where you see something as simple as this. Simple, delicate and unlikely for the pure fact that this is on the side of a highway. It's interesting when nature takes over manmade things. This definitely isn't taking over the highway, but it's just the idea of it. The idea that 'hey, here's this grimy highway, let's throw a tree over there to maybe distract from the highway'. I see and think about this a lot. Who has inspired me to see these things and think about them is the photographer Toshio Shibata. He has an entire series exploring the ways nature overtakes manmade structures, or vice versa.  


All photographs are shot with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i, using an 18-55mm lens. Edited in Camera Raw.