Boat

Perspectives

I've wrote about the idea of "perspectives" on my blog before, but I think it's worth bringing up again.

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Finding images that are interesting around us is fairly easy to do. Just like this boat I came across in Thailand a couple years back, I saw it and was so excited. I loved the colors and have even posted images of it before. 

However, what happens if I would have stopped just there? The above shot is nice, but it's good to get different perspectives by walking around your subject. 

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO-500

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO-500

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/250 sec, ISO-100

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/250 sec, ISO-100

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

There are so many details that I would have missed if I would have just taken that first shot and walked on. All that to say, if you have the opportunity to take time on your subject, shoot away! Changing your perspective, whether that's walking to the left or right or getting higher/lower can completely change the image. 

This week I had a micro project that is about the topic of perspectives in my photography class and it's been really challenging. The topic is "Is this really South Asia?". The idea is to take images that one would not normally associate with this area of the world. I'm compiling the images today and will post them here tomorrow! This program keeps me on my toes!

Hope you've had a great week!

-Ashley

Life Happened

I've been slightly avoiding this initial blog post after my hiatus, as I knew it had been an incredibly long period since I had written on this blog. I went from updating from 4-6 times a week to nothing for two months! What happened?!

Let me tell you--life has happened. Not only did I move across the world during this time, but visited a few places in between and have been more busy than I ever could have anticipated! Between setting up a home, getting used to living in South Asia again (which includes figuring out how to not talk in English!), and trying to get into a routine--everything else has paused whether I've liked it or not. And unfortunately I'm far from finished with the above things.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to post like I was previously for now, but I do hope to post at least a few times a week, as I have many exciting things coming up in the future in regards to photography. I'll explain those more in another blog post (believe me, super exciting)!!

For now, I just wanted to say, "I'm alive and doing well" and post some long overdue photos, which I had planned to post in July (...such as the 4th of July fireworks). Such is life.  Better late than never! :)

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm f/2.8  |  f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO-640  |  Koh Samui, Thailand

This picture was taken last year some time on a trip to an island in Thailand. It is a beautiful place and I recommend everyone going, especially if you like to dive! I wouldn't know, because I didn't dive on that trip, but I'm told it's stunning. I'm normally drawn towards color, but I liked the change to black and white for this photo, as it accentuated the texture of the sand and the light on the water. :) 

Happy Friday!

-Ashley 

Use of Color

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.2, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

One thing I love about other cultures is their use of color. You can find an array of colors on buildings, cars, fences, walls, boats, buses, and so on. It's a photographer's dream! 

The people around this scene above probably thought it strange that I was photographing these old, distressed boats, but I obviously didn't care. While on a photo walk I saw them and couldn't help myself. :)

I have a few more of these photos that I'll post soon that are of different perspectives. Have a great Friday! 

-Ashley

Favorite Place

Out of all the places we've visited, I still think this is one of my favorite places: Istanbul, Turkey. I love the beauty of the water with the city in the backdrop. The mixtures of sounds and smells from the water, street food, boats, and traffic make it very fun place to just sit and take it all in. There is a lot to see and do--you could never do it in one or even two trips. If you ever get a chance, go and visit this place. You'll not be disappointed!

The last week was very busy for me with a conference and visiting friends, so I got a little behind in my photo of the day's and portrait project. I resolved within myself when I started these projects that I wouldn't be obsessive about it, so I am just going to pick up where I left off! :) I have some very fun photos to post soon though--some portraits from people I've randomly met and some new places for me that I've never been to. It's fun visiting new places! Have a great day!

-Ashley

Colorful Fishing Boat

I think these are the most fun boats I've seen as we've traveled. I've never been on one--I think they're like fishing boats or something like it. Most of the time, I've seen them while we're on a ferry or when we're looking out into the ocean from the beach. Maybe one day we'll somehow get a ride on one. Stranger things have happened! :)

We're still in Colorado right now (which is much different in temperature from this picture above!). We went to Estes Park today and enjoyed the shops, lunch and the scenery. It was so beautiful! I'm sad that we'll be leaving our friends in only two days. 

We'll be traveling next to Washington state and I'm really excited to see our friends there! Hopefully I'll be able to keep up these daily photos! Some fun ones are coming up!

-Ashley

A Favorite Moment

I really like this picture and where I was at when I took it. I was on a ferry headed to an island in Thailand. It was early in the morning and not many people were awake and moving, except the men working the ferry. The air was warm and salty and there was a slight breeze. It was comfortable, quiet, nice and a favorite moment of mine. It was a good morning. :) All that was missing was a cup of Earl Grey tea. ha!

On your last trip, wherever you went, what was one of your favorite moments? Tell me in the comment section below!

-Ashley

A Lovely Setting

Howdy folks! This above photo was taken in Istanbul. It was the same spot as a previous post about a ship. We watched this ship pull out and I got a few shots of it in the water with the amazing scenery behind it. Istanbul really is, by far, one of my favorite cities in the world!

The last week has been a doosey--I feel as though I'm still recovering! To give an update to my previous post, we're submitting our documents today! It feels like it took forever to get to this point!

Hope you had a great weekend and hope that your week ahead is great as well!

-Ashley

A Docked Ship

When we went to Istanbul, Turkey, we walked a lot! One day we decided to take the metro out a long ways and then walked all the way back. Our feet hurt afterwards, but we really enjoyed the sites, like this one.

We just happened to be walking by when this big ship was docked. We stood there for a while and even watched it leave. It was beautiful with the scenery behind it. I'll post that one another day and keep you in suspense. :)

The last few days have been extremely busy. Joshua and I have recently changed our jobs and are no longer working for a university, but for a language and culture center. At this center we're wanting to offer some other languages besides English, like Chinese. Due to this, we have a Taiwanese couple that came to check things out, to see what things are like here and how they could offer their services. So, the last two days we have been doing Chinese classes and the response has been overwhelming--people really want to learn Chinese here!

So if I don't post something in the next couple days, you know why!

-Ashley