a white night

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hi all, happy tuesday night. it seems by the time i get here it’s pretty late and tonight is no exception. i’m gonna make this short and sweet. it was a dreary day and although i ran around a lot, am not sure much was accomplished. then again, who’s to say what’s an accomplishment as long as there was progress, right?

real quick before we get going, wanted to announce the winner from the other day with the christian lacroix journal and it is…Paige!

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please email me at theparisapartment@gmail.com with your address and i’ll send it out tomorrow.

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white out

i’ve been procrastinating photographing some of my pieces cause it’s a lot of work to shoot, edit, upload, crop, colorize, measure, describe and post items to my website as well as some of the other portals i sell with. to make the process more bearable, i started to break it down to digestible bites. now instead of doing it all at once, i shot in the afternoon so i can edit while i’m relaxing and watching tv. this small change took away a lot of the stress of feeling like not much was getting done since there is so much involved with each and every piece.

 

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i shot a collection of japanese goddesses that have been waiting patiently to go up on my website. i like the clean look of having white backgrounds and there are lots of techniques and tricks to getting images to pop. the one above is not perfect, in fact she needs work (the lights are reflecting on her forehead, the bottom still has shadows and is not completely white)…but below is a quick overview of how i shoot and try to get the background to recede. there are other videos and articles below to check out if you want to go deeper but this is my method:

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pixelz.com/blog/photograph-white-products-on-white-backgrounds-ecommerce

 

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anyway, that’s what’s up for today. if i was really on top of it i’d spend the next hour working on the pics i took but think i’ll call it a night instead and do something radical like…read! my friend dayle sent me a book i’ve been dying to dive into so, until tomorrow, sweet, pure white dreams!

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January 13, 2016. Tags: , , . Photography, the paris apartment project, TPA Project. 6 comments.

it’s all luck

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“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera…they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

hi dear friends, i hope you’re having a lovely sunday. it’s been ridiculously long since i’ve been able to get to the blog and reading someone else’s actually inspired me to sit and put this one together. do you know soli kanani? she takes wonderful photos of her travels. in one of her recent posts she wrote about visiting the pompidou center in paris to check out the henri cartier-bresson exhibition. as an apsiring photographer his quotes really moved me and i wanted to share them. it’s very easy for us to get caught up in the snap happy world of our phones and hope we get the right image after 5-6 tries. maybe there’s more to it. or less…

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“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”

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“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”

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“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”

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“A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.”

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“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”

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“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”matches-shoes

“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?”

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“Of course it’s all luck.”

wikipedia: Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004)

well i’m off to make the most of the rest of the weekend, have a beautiful afternoon, evening, dusk, twilight and night!

June 8, 2014. Tags: . Photography. 24 comments.

groovin on a sunday afternoon

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good morning and happy sunday! how’s your weekend going? i hope things are going well in your world. i’m heading to the flea market to try out my new camera. it’s a lot getting used to all the controls, let alone the exposures, f-stops, focal lengths, aperture, shutter speed and all the things my other cameras didn’t  have.  (at least not on auto  :) anyway it’s time for a real camera and i’m excited to play with it. i’ll take some shots around the house once i get the settings down.

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these were trials. this week i’ll be shooting things that are up for sale, vignettes to show how we’re using them in real life. we’re now selling on lots of portals (besides the paris apartment’s boutique) the buttons and links are to the right on the blog side bar. have you been to hunter’s alley? it’s one king’s lane’s sister site and they put together the best features on the web so you can sell, pin, like, favorite, share etc. it’s a lot of fun! next is etsy and of course one king’s lane itself. we have a tastemaker tag sale coming up in the spring, so more about that soon. in the meantime, check out what we’ve been up to!

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last but not least, it’s time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway  for the original book, The Paris Apartment. drumroll…#26, Bridget Boyle. congratulations!  i wish i had more copies to give away. a new one is coming soon so we’ll just have to do it again. thank you for all your sweet comments, they mean a lot to me!

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last but not least, i’ve been meaning to get this next giveaway going for quite awhile. the author, jan dolphin, was kind enough to send two editions of her compilation of books called ‘Paris from the Heart’.  they’re lovely paperbacks with great color photos and info on walking tours, day trips and escapades around paris. if you’re interested, leave a comment and we’ll draw TWO winners this week.

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well it’s sunny so i better get out there. have a great rest of the weekend, today is just getting started and they days seem to fly by! have fun!

February 16, 2014. Giveaway, Photography. 55 comments.

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