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Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of. A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.
My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves. During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view. The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.
What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool. It was very relaxing. And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful. The colors were magnificent.
Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos. This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission. It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.
I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation. Go out and spend your time outdoors.
Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Today the world celebrates the Earth. Many events are happening globally to demonstrate efforts to protect and sustain our beautiful planet and its inhabitants.
As my way of celebrating this special day, I created this image as a symbol that humans and nature are interconnected. With our actions to promote sustainability in our everyday lives, we can help our planet from its further degradation.
There’s a saying that goes “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” The lives of the future generation is at stake. We must do something now!
Early this year, I accidentally dropped my mirrorless camera right before going to the venue of my parents 50th anniversary party. I was mad at myself and disappointed because I was supposed to use it for taking videos during that special event. But as I always do, when I have important places to go to, I always bring two bodies with me so that I have a backup, and this practice served me well.
My Sony NEX 6 still turns on, but it couldn’t recognize the lens anymore. When I returned home, I tried attaching my Nikon lens using an adapter and the camera was able to recognize it. So it was just the lens that broke and not the camera which was a big relief for me.
Exactly one week from now, I will be celebrating my sixth year in digital SLR photography. It was on February 4, 2010 when I received my very first DSLR – a new Nikon D3000 as a birthday present from my husband and my daughter. It wasn’t a surprise. I knew I was going to get it because I requested for it. I had been anxiously waiting for it in the mail.
I owe my introduction to the wonderful world of photography from my brother Alex. He used to have a SLR camera and shot with it occasionally. During Christmas break of 2014, he brought his new Nikon D3000 camera with him when he came to visit. I was so curious and kept asking him questions so he let me borrow it. I remember my very first shot was not good at all. I didn’t know how to make the camera work – I didn’t even know the proper way to hold it. I didn’t know what all the buttons and dials were for and what the numbers meant. I didn’t even know how to focus properly even though it was set on auto focus 🙂 But as I kept firing the shutter, I got more and more curious. I asked my brother if he will give me his new camera, but my pleading didn’t work.
You’ve probably seen some photos online of weird but interesting looking tiny planets. This isn’t a new Photoshop project but I thought I’d make some of my own photos into my own Tiny Planets.
To start with, I selected a photo from our family’s recent trip this summer to the Northeast. The photo that I found that I thought would make a good Tiny Planet was shot in Maryland while we were on the road. My husband was driving and I was on the passenger seat of our motorhome.
My criteria for selecting this photo are:
- Clear sky
- Interesting subject
- Similar things on each end of the photo – in this example I have trees that are quite similar in height and looks so I can easily blend them together.
As you can see, this is just an ordinary photo, with boring sky, power lines, and some movement at the bottom since the vehicle was moving fast. I didn’t even roll down the window when I took this photo. Nothing exciting here, just a snapshot.
In order to use this for my tiny planet creation, I had to make it into a panorama. I cropped the top and the bottom of the photo and I also did some minor adjustments to make the colors pop a little. This is what it looks like after some minor tweaking.