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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 

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

“All You Need is Love”

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young

Race Street Pier, Philadelphia

Again I am sorry for the delay of my posts. Last week was spring break and this week were midterms. It has been a hectic week on campus because of the snow day we had the day before spring break. School work got pushed back as well as midterms that got canceled. Thankfully they are over! To celebrate this achievement, my boyfriend took me out shooting.

It was a beautiful night with temperatures around 45. I arrived at Race Street Pier around 6:30pm with the sun still out. I am still getting used to-day light savings, it would have been dark if I went out 2 weeks ago.

We found perfect parking, right in front of the pier. The only down side is that it costs $1.50 an hour and it only takes quarters.

After I stepped out of the car, I took my camera and tripod out and scoped out the place. It was a beautiful spot and well maintained. There wasn’t a single piece of trash or vandalism on the pier. Guess what, they even have outdoor outlets! How cool?! I assume that is why parking is so expensive, but it was worth the money.

As I was taking some pictures, I noticed on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge has lights that would light up after the sun fully set. Sunset was at 7:11 but, I knew that this would be a perfect place to get night portraits. My boyfriend Chris had just finished working and was tired. He did not think that I wanted to stay for 2 hours. I did not think I was either but I love night portraits, and thought this would be a great opportunity for me and a great experience for us. He agreed with my opinion and stayed with me until sunset.

At 7:14 the sun fully set and the fluorescent lights grew brighter giving off a luminous shimmer. As I was shooting around, I caught sight of Chris standing in front of the railing. Leaning against the wooden plank and gazing out at the Delaware River, as if he was in a deep thought. After I gazed at him for about 10 seconds, I called his name and waved my arm, directing him towards me. I told him to sit on the bench when and do the same thing he was doing.

After I finished taking pictures around 8PM, I folded my tripod and zipped my camera shut in its case. As I walked back to the car, my back felt like a weight has been removed. This made me relaxed, loved, and confident. Last night was a lovely way to end the night not only because I believed that I got great shots, I spend it with a very special person.

Camera Information

ISO:100

Exposure compensation: -2.3 EV

Aperture: f/10

Shutter Speed: 13.0