Random Snippets

I recently bought a new walkabout camera lens and I'm trying to actually work a little bit more at brushing up on my photography skills. I know that everyone and their grandmother wields a DSLR now and it can get quite aggravating when you're constantly bombarded by a slew of badly composed and edited photos that have no context. I know I posted recently about taking a 6 month break from blogging, but considering that I need some form of escapism from the drudgery of a thesis, and I haven't particularly been inspired to post of late, I thought a photo series would be a good way to update everyone with little snippets of what's going on in my life - if you care enough, and lest you think I've gone (further) off the deep end. I think it's also a particularly good way to improve on my photography - I'm starting to think more about composition than just "spraying and praying". While I spend an inordinate amount of time on Instagram, I find that taking pictures through a larger, sharper lens gives one a different perspective on things and helps bring about a profound appreciation of life in general.

The second picture below is one of my favorites of the 108 Stupas in Dochula Pass that was taken on my trip to Bhutan last year. I drafted a whole post about visiting developing countries and its profound effect on the way I view consumerism now, but I think I'll come back to the post when I'm less pessimistic about the world...

The rest of the photos are just pretty-fied versions of the regular stuff - coffee, dinners alone, home scents and the perfunctory dog portrait. I hope you've had a good year so far, I can't believe it's already April!
 
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  1. These are beautiful! It's hard to get a well-composed and edited shot, I can really appreciate the skill that goes into it.

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    1. Thank you. I'm still learning and please feel free to critique!

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  2. The Bhutan photo is beautiful. Totally understand that blogging can be an escape and also a (self-imposed) source of stress/ pressure... keep it on the escape side, and good luck in the home stretch!

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    1. Yes, Bhutan both fascinated and depressed me - more on that later, but it's such a beautiful, almost surreal country. I hope I don't run out of steam at the last quarter mile sprint.

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  3. I think Dieter steals the show with any kind of camera, though his cuteness is captured in perfect detail in this case.
    Happy to see you writing again :)

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    1. Hi Ming! He's quite the heart throb, albeit a cheeky one.

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  4. Lovely photos. And your dog is adorable.

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    1. Hi Ammu! Glad to see another familiar (reader) face. Thanks for continuously popping in an leaving comments even though I'm horrible at updating. I really appreciate it.

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  5. Very nice pictures indeed! The Bhutan one looks fantastic. Good luck with your exploration of photography. I have made the same resolution when I bought my DSLR - to learn photo composition, play with the foreground and background, capture the light from the more difficult moments of the day (dawn, dusk, night time). There is nothing like trial and error to improve the photography skills, in my experience. I'd love to see more of your pictures on your blog!

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  6. Hey Amanda... snaps are all good... 2nd is best...keep clicking...
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  7. The hardest thing for me is photographing kids in motion. And catching them in unguarded moments as well as when they're posing their hardest.

    Beautiful Bhutan photo.

    I think the easiest way to re-think my relationship with stuff is to move constantly. 3 times in 3 years, and it looks like we're moving again. It's funny how quickly things lose their value, sentimental or otherwise, when you have to pack and re-pack them!

    Good luck finishing up the diss....

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  8. Thanks for the photos. This was a nice break. Glad to hear all is well ;)

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  9. Loved this photo set...and I have a request! I recently started a new job in research in higher education. I'll have to attend meetings, launches and conferences: all new to me. Besides the main stress of this whole new world I feel like I need to add some pieces to my wardrobe that are cool, plain and, comfortable (to feel like myself) but also respectable! I just want to live in cashmere and jeans! I like your style and Id love some outfit examples/ tips when you have time :)

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  10. You'll have to tell us more about Bhutan soon. I remember backpacking into the remote parts of China where the locals thought I was nuts to visit but these days...... And also this place in Crete where I was treated like a local celebrity because it was the first time they'd seen a real Oriental looking face. I had to sign autographs and I sucked at being pseudo-famous. Anyhoo....17 years later, they were so jaded from mass tourism and were so different from what I'd remembered of them.

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