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Jamaica beach, Texas 

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

Decipher

Joy in looking and comprehending is natures most beautiful gift – Albert Einstein

This beautiful gift from God is so hard for one to full decipher. This question is rather ambiguous as there could be so many other meanings behind His beautiful gifts.Recently, I was thinking to myself if maybe nature is a reflection of our life? We all have hard days when we feel brittle and weak. However, we always find a way to pick ourselves up. 

I feel this picture is a reflection of finals week. We are all vulnerable and stressed as we study countless hours for a test that could either “make us” or “break us”. Just remember that it’s only temporary like this leaf, it will come back to life and shine vibrantly.

Tranquility

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!- Mehmet Murat ildan

This photo was taken at the top of a mountain in Jim Thorpe. It can be a bit difficult to get to especially since some roads are unmarked. Once you are in Jim Thorpe take the main road (Broadway) to Flagstaff Rd. From there you will keep going until you hit a dirt road that has signs saying “lots for sale”. Then CAREFULLY take it to the top of the mountain. It is extremely narrow so take your time.

When you reach the top of the mountain it is absolutely breath-taking. You can see miles ahead. Below are some land marks you can see from the mountain. I was super surprised that you can see New Jersey from up here… Definitely worth checking out if you ever have the time or are in the area. Yes the photo below is hard to read, but feel free to save it or zoom in on it! fullsizerender

The Silver Lining

St. George’s Island, Bermuda

“Let the light shine out of darkness” 2 Corinthians 4:6.

Recently I was looking through my mom’s old pictures of the family and came across this photo that my grandfather.  He took this photo in St. George’s Island, Bermuda as the sun was rising east. As I gazed upon this photo, a sense of tranquility, hope, and happiness arose within me. My grandfather was a courageous and brave man as he Marine in World War 2. He has a loving wife and two kids, one, which is my mother. Ten years ago he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and saying goodbye was excruciating. It has changed my family and the community he has touched. He was a virtuous man who put others before him and wanted to make everyone happy. Everyone who knew him said he always brightened their day with his contagious smile and loving personality.

My grandfather also had a passion for photography and inspired me to grow a passion for it. Yes this picture is not mine, but he is the main reason why I have a passion for photography. When I shoot pictures on my free time, its like all my troubles seem to fade away.

Can’t take a perfect picture of your dog in the snow? Think again!

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Hey you Instagram/social media users!

Yes you.. especially you dog lovers and owners!

We can all relate how hard it can be to take the perfect shot of your adorable fluff ball, especially in the snow right??

Well, it may not be as hard as you think…

All you need is something that your dog thrives for. It can be treats, toys, or even a snowball, whatever can catch your dogs attention and make them fully in tuned to you! I used a snowball since Sandy loves eating snow and thinks it’s a toy!

Ready for the big secret?? This can be done by using an iPhone! So don’t think that you have to bring your fancy camera out in the cold weather! With the right lighting and editing APP, you can make your photos look as if a professional photographer took them! I love using VOSCO editing app for my photos. Not only is it easy to navigate, it has so many effects and editing features. Just be aware that some effects may cost $1.00 but there are many you can get for FREE (which I use)!

Here are some tips that can help you when you are taking the photos. First, sprinkle some snow on your pup, if they don’t have any snow on them from playing or rolling around. My favorite places to sprinkle is the nose, back, chest, and head. I especially like to sprinkle some around their chest to give a framing effect of their body.

While I took the photos with one hand, in the other was my distraction hand. Once they know you have their possession, they will do anything for it. This makes you totally in charge! It makes it easy for us photographers because this gives us great opportunities to capture many shots from different angles. One technique I used was having Sandy sit, stand or just getting her full attention and then waving my distraction hand(the snowball) in all different directions; left, right, up, down. As I was waving my distraction hand, my camera hand continuously  captured photos from every angle. Remember, dogs have a short attention span.. Don’t tease your pup for too long or else they will get very impatient and try to lunge towards the toy. Wave it around for a good 5 or 10 seconds. This is the best way I believe to capture photos of your pup. They become completely in tuned to you!

Don’t be discouraged if your pictures didn’t turn out as you wished. You may have to do this for a bit of time, depending on what exactly you want to capture. My goal was to get a photo of her with snow perfectly on her nose with her puppy eyes twinkling.

In VOSCO editing app, I used a high exposure, low contrast, and a bit of shadowing to help me bring out the twinkle in her eyes.  I also used some saturation and a cool temperature(blue) to give the cool effect. In some pictures I gave a pink tint to give off a warm feeling to my viewers.

So enough of the “ughhh this is impossible” Because this mission impossible, became a mission possible!!!

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