Amsterdam at Night

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I love Amsterdam at night. As soon as the sun goes down and the lights of the city come on, it has a completely different vibe. Depending on where you go, it can be peaceful to stroll along the canals and watch the lights reflect in the water. But if you are looking for more of a party vibe, the city definitely has that too. I think one of my new goals is going to be to see more of Amsterdam at night, I definitely don’t spend as much time out as I should when the city is so magical. Enjoy these few photos I managed to take at my favorite time of day!

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What is your favorite city to see at night?

Until next time x

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In the Dark Room: Light Project

 

Untitled-1    The semester is finally over, aside from one exam and an essay I need to complete, but I am all about celebrating as soon as possible so…. yaaay! I am currently writing this back log of a post because I don’t want to start my seven page essay which is due in two days. Whoops once again for procrastination. This was my favorite project of the semester and I am very proud of it actually. The project was all about light, whether that be painting with light or just shadows from a tree it was your choice. I opted for night shots only and tried experimenting in a few different settings. I remember being so anxious about whether or not these photos would develop properly because I had never taken night shots with film before. Luckily, they did turn out really well, although these shots might not show it. I just quickly photographed the photos with my dslr so I can share them here, but its not the best quality. I was too lazy to scan them.

I shot two rolls of ilford delta with ISO 100. This was my first time using any film that wasn’t ISO 400 but I really liked it. I actually want to go out and try to take more night shots, especially since there are so many pretty lights around due to Christmas.Untitled-2The first thing I tried for this project was painting with light. I wanted to write something but we discovered that it is just way to hard. I usually would test shoot with my dslr first to see if they would turn out but it never looked right. That is why I opted for this infinity sign instead of the billion other things we tried.Untitled-5When my prof first told us about this project the first thing that I thought of shooting were cars driving on the highway. We have only one walkway in Kelowna that goes about the highway so that is where I headed. It was really fun shooting there and it made me want to go elsewhere in town and shoot more traffic. The patterns that cars make are really interesting. Untitled-3After these two ideas were up I didn’t know what else to shoot to use up my film and then it was like a lightbulb went on over my head. I immediately contracted Kimberly to be my model and draped a string of Christmas lights over her. Thank you Kimberly for putting up with my photography projects! I know you really hate sitting still when I am trying to make my camera focus just right.Untitled-4 1I have already had my last class of photography and I was surprisingly emotional about it. I am hoping to take another class next year when I get back from Amsterdam. But until then I will just be sharing my own photos I take on my travels (Besides the next backlog post from my photography class).

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

until next time x

Nights With An Insomniac

DSC_0389Every summer this happens to me. Some strange switch is made, unbeknownst by me, and I can only sleep during the day and wander about at night with nothing to do. My night usually starts out with tea. Not a good idea in itself as I always drink earl grey and it has caffeine in it. No wonder I can’t sleep. DSC_0390After milling around for awhile with random thoughts wandering through my brain I decided to watch Lord of the Rings. After getting about a quarter way through I paused the movie and sat for some more staring blankly at walls. This is when all those deep thoughts go through your head. Those “I could change my life right now” kind of thoughts. My sleepless nights usually end with me saying I’m going to start doing -insert something motivating- today. Of course nothing actually changes. Halfway though the night I always get hungry. Since getting sick I have been obsessed with chicken noodle soup and am constantly craving it. DSC_0397I decided that I need to update my music library so I headed over to indieshuffle to see what I could find. Unfortunately I am super picky with music and didn’t find much. Most songs sound the same to me these days. :( DSC_0403My night ended with this selfie as I waited for the sun to rise. It was a futile wait however, as the sun could not be seen from behind the clouds.

And my day started with a 6am jog.

In the Light of the Night

Last week I made my first video ever! Over 4hrs of work to produce something that is just over 2 minutes long. And its not even that good, but still I’m proud of it.

Making a video was my final project for my Intro to New Media class. Now that this class is officially over I can go into photography next year, so excited!

And actually, now that I’ve learned how to use final cut pro I want to start making more videos. Its actually rather fun even though it takes a lot of work. And now that I know how to use the program I know how to more effectively film things. Filming something blindly and then trying to edit with a program you’ve never used before is stupid and frustrating, but thats how you learn.

Hopefully I will have more little projects in the future, until then!

Momentary surge

Last Thursday at about one in the morning I had a momentary surge of inspiration. I don’t know where it came from but suddenly I had so many project ideas filling my head. Unfortunately, that morning when I woke up it had disappeared almost completely. I still went out and took a few pictures but only got a couple of good shots, the rest were not near enough to the quality I was looking for.

I’m hoping that this sudden motivation will find its way back to me soon as I could really use it; for school and my photography endeavors.

There’s something about the night that makes me want to work hard and accomplish things but as soon as the sun rises all I want to do is sleep, lay around and do nothing. I would be much more productive if humans were nocturnal, I practically am already. If only the rest of society worked that way…

 

Light is enough

Finally took some time to take a few photos of the Christmas lights Christine and I hung up this year. I also tried using some new settings on my camera that I had never really explored before and some of the results were awesome while others… I probably won’t use again.

The lights on this tree were hell to put up. As great as the lights look, next year I don’t think I am even going to go near this tree. The icicle lights kind of give this tree a pom tree effect.

I also had the help of a tripod for this set of photos. I received one for Christmas and am so grateful for it! Now I can take more variation with my photos such as shooting at night because the camera will be more stable. Can’t wait~!

I enjoy how in this photo you can see the little crystals of each light, a nice little detail I didn’t expect.

Still hoping to get a few photos from lights around town. But we’ll see with the rate I’m going. Such a sloth I am :3