Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kristie and Keith Donavan's Wedding!

I went to my sorority sister's wedding to her long time boo Keith at Wente Vinyards in Livermore, CA. Congrats to the new couple!

I had such a great time taking pictures with my digital SLR and got to really think about how I would love to do this as a side gig. I kept wanting to capture the moment, try different angles, settings on my camera etc.

These are some of my favorite shots from the wedding.

You may now kiss your bride!

Wedding Cake

Perfect Summer Wedding

Party time!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Yelp Elite Event at Cypress Hotel

Monopoly theme!!

I'm in this thing called Yelp Elite Squad and its almost like a club that Yelp has for members that are constantly contributing to the site. Its a great community based website that allows you to see reviews on everything! From restaurants, events, tourist spots, dry cleaners, you name it!

Being on the Yelp Elite Squad has its perks like being able to go to free events usually themed with free food and drink. Restaurants or hotels put their best food forward because you are serving to a room full of reviewers!

Here are some shots from the event.

Let the alcohol run freely...

Pinot Noir

Using flash in a group picture

So I am getting a lot more comfortable with holding, positioning my digital SLR. What I noticed is that when it comes to dark environments if its really dark the flash will pop up immediately but in those medium light/dark areas its best for force flash.

My next step it to take pictures at night. I want to test out the settings for those.

Photographs makes me so happy!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival

I FINALLY have gotten another chance to play with my new digital SLR camera. Today was the perfect opportunity because of the beautiful weather and the free event Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the event. I hope to be able to take photos of people. I'll have to ask my friends to model for me. I'm so excited for that! Til then it will be events and objects. I've had a fascination with flowers as well. They are just so beautiful.

Summer is here

The apple and the pear

Sunnyvale Farmer's Market- Cherries ripe and ready

Tall Flowers in front of Target

Oh how I love Fro-Yo

I'm hoping to get out and use my camera a lot this summer. More to come!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Playing Around at Lunch

Wow holding a digital SLR is just heavenly. Looking through the viewfinder instead on the LCD screen is so fun. Especially since my Canon point and shoot doesn't even have a viewfinder which is great because its not needed.

So during my lunch hour at work I decided to shoot some things. Played with some of the functions. I am really looking forward to the outside shots because the camera on its auto function have the pictures coming out great.

Cluster of flowers in the parking lot of work

Working hard

The above photo is something I want to master. That is the ability to do Out of Focus pictures. Focusing on the subject and blurring everything out in the background. It has to do with the different settings of the SLR and I know I can accomplish this by just playing with the settings.

Thanks for baring with my newbie-ness!

Photographs in San Francisco are soon to come!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Finally my very own digital SLR- The Canon EOS Rebel XS!

I have always been in love with taking pictures. I love taking pictures because not only does it take me back to that very moment and temporarily experiencing how I felt but its just amazing.

My beloved purchase from Best Buy

We have a technology in our hands that captures that one moment. I have had all types of cameras throughout my life- a 35 mm where I always had trouble with loading and unloading the camera and exposed the film and ruined all my pictures. Yes I learned the hard way. I always had this HUGE digital camera that was 5 megapixels at the end of my senior year and that was a lot at that time. It ended up being too bulk to carry around all the time so I got a smaller sleeker point and shoot.

So my history of point and shoots are vast- they range from Sony Exilm, Casio, Olympus, and most recently my beloved Canon Powershot Digital Elph. With a huge LCD screen, easy functions, and amazing quality of photos I fell in love with the brand Canon.

So that brings us up to speed with my first digital SLR. I officially own a Canon EOS Rebel XS!!! After yearning for one in the past year my wonderful mother and grandma bought it for my birthday!! I did tons of research online, through friends, and through random people and they pretty much said either Canon or Nikon as a starter camera.

I didn't want to spend oodles and oodles of money which one can when investing in the hobby photography so I went with a dependable brand that I can continue to build on.

My new baby..

I'll be spending a lot of my time reading manuals, researching features, taking classes, and just taking more pictures! (If that's possible!)

My goal is to take pictures of events but I love taking pictures of anything really. Any photograph that evokes emotion from you- I have done my job.