The topic of this post was supposed to be “What place do you want to visit based solely on beautiful photographs that you’ve seen?” I decided to turn it around and show you my photos of where I have been and see if they will entice you to go there as well. As a bonus, one of my photos includes a sun flare for the photo topic. Double score! These are from my last trip to France; my third, my husband’s first.
I am a Francophile. France is one of my favorite places to visit, and I have studied French language off and on for years. I made it a point on this trip to try to speak in as full sentences as possible, rather than relying on “baby speak,” using few words and lots of hand gestures. It was a bit more of a challenge, but a much larger sense of accomplishment to speak more like a local!
I had mostly travelled alone before, when I was a single gal. There are definite advantages to traveling alone, but this trip with two made it more economical to rent a car, something I had never done before, and drive out to the countryside, along the Route du Vin.
Along the Route Du Vin
Paris Love Locks
I hope you have enjoyed the photos and that they have enticed you to travel to France as well! Let me know in the comments!
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Wikipedia says Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.
A nice, short tutorial (in Plain English!) on how to achieve bokeh here.
Have you experimented with Bokeh? Let me know in the comments!
I originally asked my husband to take photos of me for the White Jeans post. I found it was not any easier than setting up the camera on a tripod and taking selfies with a timer, as he didn’t know what I wanted. At least when I took them myself, I could immediately take another after seeing the result.
When someone else is taking the photos, you are more likely to keep going for a few poses before taking a look and finding out you wasted your time because the angle etc was all wrong. When you take them yourself and look at the result right away, you can adjust immediately for the next shot. The first shot is what I used for my post:
Close up of sheer floral top.
Oops! Too dark and blown out background.
Oops! Didn’t notice my hem wasn’t even!
Of course, the good thing with someone else shooting is you don’t have to stop after every shot to set up the camera again. The good thing about taking your own pics is you don’t have to coordinate with someone else.
The main thing harder about taking your own pics was figuring out how to do the prefocus and making sure you step into the same focal length or you will be out of focus. Then again, “soft focus” can be a plus…. Use the method you need to get the shot you need.
Do you prefer to have someone else take your photos or DIY? Let me know in the comments!
OK, I was going to do the photo post of “My Love,” but my husband didn’t want to pose for a picture. So, I’m doing the question instead.
As previously mentioned, I am not a big selfie fan. I am not in most of my photos, as I like recording my environment, looking for something new in the everyday; a new angle/perspective to something ordinary, new lighting situation, new way of looking at something.
Lately, I’ve been trying to get used to taking photos of myself to post OOTDs. I suppose I will eventually stop feeling silly posing in front of the camera, waiting for the timer to go off. Or not. I bought a book with “1000+ Poses for Fashion Photographers” to get some ideas for how to pose.
Here are three versions of my pose in a hat for my White Jeans post:
Adding an H&M straw hat
Should I be looking down?
Or should I look at the camera?
Even when I find a pose I like, I still need to practice it several times in front of the mirror to a) figure out how to replicate the pose, b) get comfortable with the pose, c) do it several times when in front of the camera to get it right, as you can’t see what you’re getting until you run back to check.
Practice makes perfect….
What are your experiences with self-photography? Let me know in the comments!