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Saturday, November 15, 2010

Halloween

This has been an eventful week at the house - from being hit by a car, to a little surgery on my left eye (that will result in a cataract later this month), and to the beginning of our fall semester. So, in all of this, one important thing has been missing: my camera. And on Monday, I finally bought a new one, a Canon Rebel XSi.

I had been thinking about buying a new camera for a long time, but in all honesty, I was really putting it off. I mean, look at what I have. A pretty old camera, one that is no longer made, a camera that takes nice pictures, but not the best, I mean the old point and shoots were not made to be good photographers. They were built to take great pictures of your kids' soccer games and those pictures are taken - and that's all they were intended for. I don't want to take photos for my family - if I do it has to be good. Of course, this means, I want to take my picture, but my picture isn't something I've been taking pride in - I mean, I have a little girl and if I'm going to take pictures, they have to be quality.

I'm not a photographer. I never have been. I can't take the time to think about how to get a picture, how to make a picture, and so I just give up at that point. A photographer's mind is a different world from mine, it's all about lighting, aperture, and composition. I can't even put my eye up to the lens of my camera.

But I was always planning on taking my pictures out of town, or off the road, and on our holidays. The fact that I am a teacher (so much less time than most teachers) just makes it even more difficult. But it's not impossible.

So, a few days ago I got the chance to try it out - on a holiday. I decided to take my little girl to the mountns. Not a vacation destination - this is Canada, we don't get to leave the country very often - but a vacation in the sense of getting out of town to see some places in the surrounding area.

I packed a whole new bag of gear.

A tripod and my camera. (A tripod, not just to make my pictures, but also so I can hold the camera when I take pictures, and a camera, so I can take pictures. A tripod and a camera is a photographer's basic kit).

Two camera bags - one for my camera and one for my tripod.

My camera.

A memory card for my camera.

A battery for my camera.

A camera case for my camera and tripod.

A jacket for me, my camera and my tripod.

Sunglasses, a hat, rnwear.

I don't know if it's all really necessary, but I like to be prepared. It's a nice feeling when I am ready to leave for a trip and have all my gear packed and wting for me. There is something more exciting about knowing that I have my tripod and camera and memory card and batteries and camera case wting for me. Sure, I'll be taking pictures, but I can't help but feel that I need to have everything I need ready and wting for me.

I had a wonderful day. As well as taking pictures, we went on a tour of the area we were visiting. The guide was knowledgeable about the area, and the people we saw and the things we did all gave us some interesting insights into the local culture. It was a good day, so I had to take some pictures. The ones below are a few of my favourites.

I really need to do some more travelling, as my holiday pictures are few and far between. But until then, here's a few pictures of a day out in Paris.

Sunday, August 15, 2011

As some of you know, I'm currently on holidays in Paris. I arrived here yesterday and so far it's been a very relaxing holiday.

Yesterday, I had a day out at the Moulin Rouge. I've heard of the Moulin Rouge, but I've never been to one. It's an amazing building with beautiful lights and a show that I'll never forget. The show involves some traditional dancing, then there are various shows that take place throughout the day. It was a lot of fun, and I got to take some great pictures. Unfortunately, my camera got a little wet and I had to stop taking pictures, so I'll save them for another day. I'll also be saving my thoughts on the trip, because I really want to share them with you all when I get back.

I'm still settling in, and finding my way around. I got very tired and went to bed early last night, and so I'm just not up to posting anything today. I'll be back tonight, and I've got a whole bunch of posts to share with you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2011

Yesterday was another day of being absolutely terrible, so my apologies for the short post today.

Yesterday, I was in the studio with Kumi. He had his work cut out with me this morning, because we had to do a really intense photoshoot for the cover of the magazine, as well as some test shots for the photo shoots. We were also scheduled to do some promotional shots for the magazines, so that took up some time too. After all that, he sent me out the studio, and I did a photo shoot with some new people I'd just met, who want to be models. They seemed very nice, but I don't have a good feeling about them. I'm not sure why. I'll have to do some thinking about that. It's hard to trust the people you are doing a photo shoot with. If they are just out to make money off you, they're not going to be very honest. I don't know about you, but I'm really picky when it comes to finding people to work with. I would rather do it than do it with people I don't like, so I'm afrd of people like that.

Other than that, I had to do a hr shoot today with some superhot girls. They gave me a hard time about my hr, and it was hard to be like, "Oh, sorry," when I look at my camera. They're just too stunning for their own good, and they're also really pushy about getting the photo shoots done, I guess. There were also a lot of other people there for the same thing I was, so


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