Life of the Party

Holidays, MyPhotography

Dear Readers,

This week, I decided to create and design a variety of “scenes” to photograph. These setups consisted of a range of objects that were centered around one theme (one theme per scene). I then photographed these abstract setups at different and creative angles. The result of my experimentation is below.

P.S Same blog, new layout! Let me know what you think of either the post or the new theme in the comments!

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Avignon – France Tour

France Tour, Holidays, MyPhotography, Travel

Dear Readers,

As you may have read from my previous post, I was recently touring the beauties of France. Avignon is another of the many places we visited during the tour, its main and most well known feature a bridge called Pont Saint-Bénézet, known more commonly as Pont d’Avignon. This bridge was the inspiration for the song ‘Sur Le Pont d’Avignon’. The bridge was built between 1177 and 1185 and is now a major attraction of Avignon. Another major landmark of Avignon includes Palais de Papes which translates to ‘Pope’s Palace’. Photographs of this can also be seen in the portfolio below. The Gothic building was opened in 1364 and is simply beautiful inside, taking a floor space of 15 000 meters squared. Enjoy the photos!

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I look forward to posting the third portfolio of the France Tour.

Olivia, expression through the lens…

Amboise – France Tour

Holidays, MyPhotography, Travel

Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago, Australian students were on holidays! I was fortunate enough to be able to go on an amazing tour around France, experiencing so many unforgettable places and making many memories. The portfolio below includes the photographs I took of one of the places we visited – a town called Amboise. This place is significant as it was the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci as he reached the end of his life. The town is on the banks of the Loire river and is 27 km from Tours (a city). Enjoy!

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SEE MY PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO FOR AMBOISE: http://wp.me/p3H76d-xn

Olivia, expression through the lens…

81 Photos of a Ladybird

Animals, MyPhotography

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Olivia, expression through the lens…

P.S. Obviously some photographs are better than others, but none are edited – goes to show that you do not need to edit your photos for them to be beautiful!

Student Blogging Challenge Wk 1

Homework, Student Blogging Challenge

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to announce that for the 6th time, I am participating in the Student Blogging Challenge. To introduce myself simply, my name is Olivia and I am a student currently in Year 6. I have been blogging for over 4 years now and have changed the identity of my blog multiple times now as my identity is constantly changing! Currently, my blog is called SHOOT THE CANON, a play on words in that I have a strong passion for photography and believe it is vital for one to try new things enthusiastically (I know it’s cliche!).

https://wordingonawhim.wordpress.com/

On your arrival at this blog, a homepage would have appeared to you. This page plays a crucial role in the navigation and introduction of my blog and I. Firstly, you will see a brief summary of me and my (current) identity. Following this, a page called “Introduction”, which I call the virtual handshake between you and I. Please do read this page to introduce yourself and see my introduction to you!

Secondly, you will see the Blog page. This is the page you see here! Lastly, the Photography page. This is a portfolio page where I post portfolios of my personal photography. I look forward to making your acquaintance and participating in the Student Blogging Challenge!

Olivia, expression through the lens (and words)…

Imperfection

MyPhotography, Writing
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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

lemon smile
you bear a
disposition of
ignorance of
beauty

your vibrant arms
enclose me
an embrace of
warmth
melting the frost
layered upon
me in
a cold world

without you
vivid
ablaze with ethical
perfection
what would this world be?

frozen, numbed
no sun to thaw
the envy
bitterness
sabotage
the imperfection
of Earth

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Must Be Love

MyPhotography, Poems, Writing

Photo Credit (x3): Olivia Cejnar (me!)

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a swelling of
the heart
every inhalation brings
sweating of
my palms
of scalding fires
when I see
you
your piercing eyes
burn
infusing my world
with
the sweet fragrance
crisp taste
of something
mysterious
and new
this must be love

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project Wk 7

MyPhotography, Passion Project

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

So, this is our last week completing our passion projects! Hasn’t it shot by swiftly… Over the course, I have learnt and gained an immense toolbox of skills – from never even holding a DSLR camera to mastering and learning the many techniques.

Though how will I present the project? I have created a photo book with Snapfish. Snapfish is an abundant site that works with photos and presenting beautiful accessories for different occasions. The service caters for many specialising in stationary, books and more!

– calendars

– stationary

– photobooks

– more!

To display and showcase some of my best and most interesting photographs, I have created a photo book with Snapfish to share on the day of presentation, which will be Thursday, 18 June.

The camera I used will also be on display along with its case. I will also be bringing an antique Brownie camera to ‘contrast’ the two. The photo book will be resting on a stand, which is supposedly designed to hold a cookbook whilst cooking.

In case of an emergency, where the photo book doesn’t arrive on time, I will be using my laptop and presenting the preview of the photo book online.

Hopefully, everything goes to plan! I will be posting some pictures of the final printed copy of the book once it arrives!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Burst Zoom Photography

MyPhotography, Photo Editing

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

Another technique that I have been learning about this week has been burst zoom photography. This type of photography is simple in that it can be used with any DSLR camera. The result creates a colourful, blurred effect for the photo that brings attention directly to the subject and enhances colour.

How it works is that the shutter speed must be set to a slow setting, so the aperture must be raised to avoid overexposed shots. While the photo is being taken, the photographer can zoom out – in or in – out towards the subject. To create a whirly effect, the photographer can also turn the camera with the right hand while the zoom is zoomed simultaneously.

These are a few of the examples that I took:

What do you think?

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

High Speed Photography

MyPhotography, Passion Project

Dear Bloggers / Photographers,

This week, I have been browsing the internet searching for different photography techniques and skills. There are the simple ones, such as ISO, aperture and exposure. And then there are the interesting, experimental techniques, such as infrared photography (specially manufactured camera/lens),  burst zoom photography (more in next post), HDR (underexposed, perfect and overexposed photos of same scene merged – not my thing), perspective (see previous posts), diffraction and starbursts (sort of done).

Slow shutter speed (when I get a tripod!), camera toss (I’d LOVE to try it! maybe soon…), smoke art photography (I’ll try to learn it!), light painting (tried with the moon in earlier post), time-lapse (interesting…) and high speed photography (which I have experimented with in this post!

It worked alright, however I will need to try again once I have a tripod, also, for my birthday, I will be receiving a photography kit that takes the photo when something happens, such as sound trigger, light trigger and more! This will work better as the timing will be more accurate. In the photos below, have a look at the splashes of water and the captures of the lemon falling to certain submersion!

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The lemon, cut!

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The lemon, before the inevitable fate of being chopped up and used in a photography experiment. Some examples of bokeh photography as well – light in the background has been blurred, creating bokeh! I took a few shots in different angles of the lemon to create different effects with the bokeh.

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Falling…

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Just skimmed the surface of the water…

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Full submersion! A thin wall of water barricading the lemon!

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Floating… rejuvenation!

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Droplets of water on the lens, as well as ripples from the splash!

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Cascading… towards the bowl.

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The imminent fall of a water droplet.

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Peaceful bowl.

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My hand about to release…

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More floating – has the lemon’s flesh tanned?

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SPLASH! Not quite a bellyflop, perfect capture of submersion.

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A zoomed out shot of lemon’s submersion, water droplets sprinkle the air.

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Release…

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The droplet… almost falling!

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Both halves collapsed from the fall…

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Whoops, autofocus focused on my thumb, not the lemons!

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Splash!

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I’m not really sure what autofocus was doing…

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This time it was on the bowl… next time!

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Bokeh water, because… yet again, the focus was wrong…

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Again, on the bowl… the lemon falling!

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Collision.

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Collision / submersion.

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Peace.

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SPLASH!

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Nearly there!

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Just…

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FOCUS!!!! I’m so angry with it! But it did create lovely bokeh!

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That’s better, I love this shot!

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Another pretty good one…

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A fleeting moment captured.

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I switched to a cup to create a more dynamic / prominent effect from the splash of water.

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The two experimental resources!

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SPLASH!

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The black bowl again…

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The reason I switched from the white bowl to a black one is because the black contrasts against the water, whereas the splash of water is harder to see and less prominent against a white bowl.

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A web of water…

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An overexposed shot, however, the splash of water is pleasing!

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I tried capturing a few shots of a tennis ball thrown into the pool! It creates a lovely rippled effect!

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This one is particularly interesting, the submersion of the ball made a tower of water and some beautiful ripples…

So, those photos were my experiments with high-speed photography. The trick is to set the shutter speed to the fastest the camera can go! My camera goes up to 1/4000, which is the setting I used!

What do you think?

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Crimson Canopies

MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

 

deep, chestnut skin
cracked, dehydrated
crimson canopies
burning
catching alight as they
brush the sun

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 4

Homework, MyPhotography, Passion Project, School

Dear Bloggers,

This week I have been experimenting with photographing the flowers my Mum received for Mother’s Day. Using my camera, I was experimenting more with ISO, aperture, exposure times, shutter speed and exposure brightness.

As you can see in the first few photos, I have adjusted the exposure and the aperture to change the effect of the colour saturation and tone. In the first photo, the exposure and aperture was set perfectly to have maximum brightness and good tone.

The second and fourth photos, however, were under exposed and came out too dark. The third photo came out quite yellow, neither under or overexposed, however I was not satisfied with the tone. This is why the first photo is the best.

I was also playing with the exposure brightness. The higher the exposure brightness, the brighter and more exposed this image will look. I changed it to 3 settings below the average to make the photos look less exposed.

Another aspect that I was focusing on this week was, in fact, lens focus (get it?). By turning the lens focus, the image can be more distinct and clearer in certain areas. For example, if I turned the wheel towards the right, subjects closer to the lens would be in focus. If the wheel was turned to the left, objects and landscapes further away from the lens would have been in focus. I often changed the setting to ‘Manual’ for the lens focus, so I could manually choose which object I wanted in focus.

For example, in a few of the photos above of the roses and the ferns, I have alternated between focusing on the rose and focusing on the fern by manually changing the focus. By changing the focus, it also changes what appears clearer in the background and the depth of field.This also sometimes gives a lovely, interesting effect because, if the frontal subjects are blurred and the focus is sorely on an object in the near distance, it can have an interesting effect, such as some of the photos above do.

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Lastly, I have been looking at perspective (get it?). The angle of the lens and the shot can give different perspectives. For example, in some photographs, I have angled the shot to be bird’s eye view. This gives the perspective of the bird, or of the viewer looking above the subject. I have also incorporated side view, which is one of my favourite angles in photography. The side view I find interesting because the subject is stark and focused from the side with a plain, blurred background that contrasts against the subject.

The perspective of the image can also make the photo look like an illusion. For example, if a person stands near a large building and the photo is shot closer to the person with the building in the background, the person can appear nearly as large as the building, which comes out like an illusion. Same goes for inanimate objects. If a bed of flowers is shot closer to the lens with a larger image in the background, it can appear larger than it truly would be in reality.

Geometric shapes shot at a particular perspective can also make the shapes look like an illusion. See more on this subject here: Perspective

So that’s what I have been doing this week! In the following post, I will be posting my poem and more information of this week’s investigations.

Olivia writing (and photographing) on a whim…

 

 

Dear Bloggers,

This was taken with my Dad’s Samsung Galaxy S4. Very good quality, 13MB but great all the same. I did not have an SLR then, now, instead of playing around with his phone camera, I have an SLR that I can play around with. Still, never underestimate the abilities of a phone! Especially Samsung! Keep scrolling for the poem!

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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Enveloped
in lilac flower
are the faeries
awaiting
an agapanthus bloom

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped.”

Enveloped

MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Weekly Photo Challenge, Writing

Into The Depths

Holidays, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
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Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

an infinite mass
of deep blue
occult and mystery
ever resonant flavours
in an unfathomable abyss
gradually melting
into the depths
of the earth

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Ivory Saffron

Create, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
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ivory saffron
melts into lilac blush
fragile fingers, blemished
reach towards a luscious nectar
effervescent champagne tears
dapple wounded petals
verdant greens contrast
starkly

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

At Witching Hour…

Life, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, Writing
Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

titian blush
seeps through
ethereal clouds
igniting, smoldering
gliding across
forest canopy
mystery of
decrepit dwelling
its occult
its secrets
concealed by twilight
at witching hour

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Passion Project – Wk 1

Create, Homework, Life, MyPhotography, Passion Project, Poems, School, Writing

Dear Readers,

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Photo and Editing Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me!)

May your imagination drive you towards your star. The star with your name branded onto it. Pursue that gleaming treasure, no interstellar experience required, for discovering your passion is worth each step. Some stars may prove bigger than those of others, but beauty is certain for all. Dream. Live. Love.
– Olivia Cejnar (me)

What might this mean for you? Whether you have decided on a career already, perhaps you are battling with yourself in the midst of selecting a lifetime wish, or possibly, you are determining which subjects you shall elect for middle school.

Pivotal decisions are inevitable in life, no matter the stage you may currently be within. However, the fundamental approach to persevering through these times is to bear in to bear in mind you. Train your eye to that shimmering star, the one that has your name scribed into it.

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No matter how big that star is, despite how its reputation may be perceived in society, love conquers all. Therefore, be resilient, courageous, be bold and worthy of capturing your star. Achieve the dreams that you want. May this be anything that catches the path of your eye.

The importance of chasing your dreams and your star has been acknowledged in our school, resulting in a thorough and personal task to be completed over the course of 9 weeks. The project is regarding the subject of passions, and has proved quite a revolution in school projects / homework for us! Our accustomed view of tedious, tiresome homework has changed, and an innovative spark of stimulating and motivating ideas has created an animated attitude concerning homework.

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I suspect, after paragraphs of my rambling on about the importance of loving what you do and doing what you love, be eager to know what the project is! It is, in fact, a Passion Project (as you may have gathered from the image). This task is entirely personalised by the student, meaning that they may choose their project, so long as there is an educational value in the task.

One popular idea is to gather a portfolio of childhood recipes and create a cookbook based on this. The learning aspect of this is to learn how to cook, how to design an appealing cookbook and potentially how to create recipes. Another popular idea is to write a short novella, and for some, illustrate it. The learning feature of this project is learning the details of planning a book and the tedious process of writing it. This particular project incorporates many details that prove time-consuming, but exciting.

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Initially, my mind was spinning with potential projects that I could choose, however after reflecting on these possibilities and summoning my introspective conscience, I decided that none of these particular projects proved correct for me. A few of my preliminary thoughts are as follow: After playing the violin for eight years and becoming fairly advanced, I thought I could incorporate my passion and adoration for music into my passion project. Such musical ideas included composing a violin concerto. I decided to discard this though, simply because this would prove to become less exciting than it seems, after the first few weeks. I needed something light-hearted and intriguing that I could become engrossed in throughout the entire period of time we were carrying out our projects for.

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My second musical idea was to thoroughly research a small selection of composers (preferably composers whose pieces are already in my Suzuki book) and put this information into a suitable sized book. Following this, I would prepare a piece from each composer to perform at the presentation day. Being who I am, I would find the latter part of project slightly embarrassing and daunting. I did consider simply taking this part out, however then the project would become slightly dull.

Similarly to many other girls in my class, the idea of writing a novella did appear in my mind due to my passion for writing and ‘painting with words’. Despite this adoration and sense of tranquillity when I write, I have never seemed to have the will power to write more than five to ten pages of a book! I have since discovered that descriptive, free verse poetry is the writing that I love. You can view my poetry and photography in the posts below, and in the category labelled ‘Poetry’.

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From this idea and a sudden love, if not obsession with photography, I developed my Nobel Prize winning project solution. During the holidays, I discovered this photography obsession of mine, from my mum’s iPhone (8megapixels) to my Dad’s Samsung Galaxy S4 (13 megapixels) to the (fairly rubbish) 12 megapixel digital camera. Using a digital camera is easy and takes photos that are fine even perfect for a family simply wanting to capture memories without any hassle, but I wanted more, I felt restricted by these cameras and not having the ability to experiment with aperture, shutter speed or ISO.

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I wanted to incorporate my passion for writing and poetry with photography. As you can see if you click on the ‘MyPhotography’ / ‘Photo Editing’ categories, I have been taking macro shots with the digital camera and uploading it to my blog. As an addition to this, I have found wonderful inspiration and have discovered poetry photography, or photography which is written about and described using free verse photography. A few of the blogs that have acted as an inspiration to me include: The Ancient Eavesdropper Raindrops, Passion Through Poetry, Nina Joan, The Darkroom Nerd and more… See my blogroll for more.

Long story short, I have decided to do poetry and photography as my passion project. The learning aspect of this is that I will learn how to use an SLR camera and demonstrate these skills by taking photos and experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I will then be writing free-verse poetry about these photos and posting it on my blog. For the presentation of the project, these posts will be put in a portfolio and made into a book.

Keep posted to see my project develop!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

Memory Capture

Life, MyPhotography, Poems, Writing
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flickering heartbeat
of shutter
captures
conquers memoirs
of our life
light playful
bouncing, invading
reflecting, enhancing
our recollection of
the most extraordinary
memories

Olivia, writing on a whim…

To Grow Again

Poems, Writing

Photo Credit: Michael Lynn Jr via Compfight cc

Floating
in an infinite
sea of atoms,
it drifts by
crisp blue daisies,
it brushes the
sweet plum tree,
it whips through
the soft fur
of a bear,
and falls into
its new muddy womb,
the seed, ready
to grow again…

Olivia, writing on a whim…

Grasshopper

MyPhotography, Photo Editing, Poems, Writing
Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me)

Photo Credit: Olivia Cejnar (me)

Chromatic, vivid
apple greens
of lush shrubbery
and blossoming buds
the
c
u
r
v
e
d

but elegant body
of a beady
grasshopper

Olivia, writing on a whim…

1-Column Flowery Photo Editing

MyPhotography, Photo Editing

Hi Bloggers and avid photographers,

So, this is my last post for ‘Flowery Photo Editing’. This post is only one column because, at least I thought, they didn’t need editing. In a word, these photos were perfect. In this ‘photo shoot’, I focused on macro shots of flowers.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for reading! Explore, follow, enjoy!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…

3-Column Flowery Photo Editing

MyPhotography, Photo Editing

Dear bloggers and avid photographers,

So, lately I’ve been totally avid about photography and photo editing. Until I (ever) get a camera or phone of my own, I have been ‘borrowing’ my parents phones to snap some of the beautiful states of nature that I have noticed around my area. After taking these photos, I have gone into the free version of PicMonkey and edited my heart away. You can check out the transformations of these flowers below! Editing, to me, compensates for the lack of a quality camera.

Let me know what you think! Do you have any recommendations for cameras or editing software?

Hover over pictures for captions and click on images for information, enlarged picture and better quality.

What wonders photo editing can do! Let me know what you think! Keep posted for the 2-column and 1-column photo posts!

Olivia, writing (and photographing) on a whim…