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!!!

Check out my Instagram for more!

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The end is a new beginning…

a collage of the photos I took at the schuylkill river. many flowes and the river in the distance. beautiful and warm spring day.
Schuylkill River, warm day, trees with flower buds, sun shining bright, three angle statues under the tree. clear day. beautiful day
Photo 1
flower bloomed on the left side with a branch directing eyes to crew boats on the schuylkill river. warm and beautiful day. grass and trees are green and bloomed.
Photo 2
sun shining upon the tree with flowers on the left. a bike on the right bottom corner on green grass. schuylkill river and green trees in the distance
Photo 3
a beautiful pink flower bloomed. schuykill river in the distance on the right blurred. flowers surrounding the main one are blurred.
Photo 4
focused on a branch with pink flowers. many couds in the distance as sun sets. reflection of the sun on the schuylkill river
Photo 5
focused on many pink flowers. a rower below the pink flowers on the schuylkill river. sunset reflection on the river.
Photo 6
a sunset over the schuylkill river, the railing guides your eyes to the sunset. the sky is beautiful, very blue with pink and orange.
Photo 7

 

Kelly Drive, Philadelphia

At Last, the time of year that we have all been waiting on the edge of our seats irritably for, is finally here. SPRING!

Fortunately, St. Josephs is very close to Kelly Drive so getting there is very easy. For those who do not know how to get there, just head north on City Ave for 3 miles.

As I walked out the door from Spanish on Wednesday I told myself, “this is a perfect day to take pictures along Kelly Drive”. Something about this day had me smiling and feeling alive. Maybe because of the warm 76 degree air that whipped gently across my face opposed to -1 degree air. Maybe it was the vitamin D that the sun gave off that eased my anxiety. Or maybe it was the fact that summer is less than 2 weeks away. All I knew was that I could not waste a beautiful evening.

From the time I unzipped my camera bag to the time I zipped it closed, the experience made me realize how close summer is and how freshman year flew by my eyes. It feels like yesterday when I was sitting in Chili’s after decorating my dorm with my mom, dad, and brother. Discussing my new journey that was about to begin in college. New people, new environment, opportunities, and new discoveries. I still remember waving goodbye to my family as they drove off into the distance. Leaving me at St. Joseph’s University to start my new adventure.

I have learned so much for my first year. I’m excited to keep growing and learning in my upcoming years at St. Joseph’s. I will still post on my blog, but it might be more spread out at times. Thus, I apologize about my consistency. I will definitely be pursuing photography in my upcoming years of school and beyond. It is something that calms me and makes me appreciate how beautiful the world can really be.

Being at school for a long period makes me irritable when I’m stressed out. This week is finals so it will be tough for many of us to stay content. When you are feeling like you are about to explode, go take a walk outside or go for a nice jog on Kelly Drive’s running path that runs along the Schuylkill river. This is the time we have waited for, temperate weather, longer days, vitamin D “thanks sun”, and everything becoming alive! If we survived this cold brutal winter, we can survive through finals.

Camera Settings

Photo 1

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 21mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/22

Shutter Speed: 1/125

Photo 2

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/11

Shutter Speed: 1/125

Photo 3

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/3.5

Shutter Speed: 1/2,000

Photo 4

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 39mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/5

Shutter Speed: 1/640

Photo 5

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter Speed: 1/500

Photo 6

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure Compensation: 1EV

Aperture: f/9

Shutter Speed: 1/40

Photo 7

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 24mm

Exposure Compensation: 0EV

Aperture: f/11

Shutter Speed: 1/250

Welcome to Hawk Hill!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset“Snow falling soundlessly will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” Novala Takemoto

St. Joseph’s University

Top 10 reasons why I love St. Joseph’s

1. Gorgeous campus

2. In a perfect location (easy transportation, in the city but away from the chaos).

3. Professors and staff are friendly and outstanding. Always willing to help you.

4. So many opportunities are offered ranging from jobs to being involved in clubs and activities.

5. Meet many new people.

6. Many resources are offered to help you, for example the writing center and the tutor center.

7. There is a Starbucks on campus :)!

8. You can see the Philadelphia skyline, which is beautiful.

9. The library is gorgeous and has a lot of space for studying. It even has a snack bar area that even has the news displayed on the TV (I am so behind on the news).

10. Although I do not like the cafeteria named Campion, there is a food court down the hall that sells much better food including subway, hawk wraps, grill works, and sushi!

This is my first year at St. Joseph’s. I have not fully experienced what else is has to offer. So far I have been really enjoying my first year meeting new friends, adapting to the crazy work load, balancing my time, and exercising at the gym. Sophomore year is coming fast. I just completed my housing for next year and I am about to pick my courses next week. Spring is right around the corner, what I have heard is that the campus is stunning once flowers bloom and the grass and trees turn green. I am very excited to take more pictures of campus and share the beauty of my school with you!

Check out Mary’s helpful site about St. Joseph’s http://maryvmellor.com/hawkward/

Also, check out St. Joseph’s site for further information

http://www.sju.edu