Photo Walks

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! 


Urban Scene

One thing I love to do in a new city is to explore. I enjoy walking with my camera up and down each street, looking for something to photograph. When we went to visit our friend in Portland, we walked the streets for a couple hours and found our way to Stumptown Coffee Roasters. If you're into coffee and you're in Portland, go there! You won't be disappointed (or so I'm told--I'm not a coffee drinker).

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland OR, USA

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO-500  |  Portland OR, USA

On another note--18 days until we leave! Yikes. :) We have so much to do. We have an extensive to do list, but the problem is that it keeps growing. I just added three tasks this morning. We'll get it all done...hopefully. :)

Have a great Thursday!


Looking up into the Sky

When we went to Thailand in August, I did a photo walk where I took many pictures of everything around me. It was fun. I am very much an extrovert and would have loved company, but it was nice just walking around alone and taking whatever pictures I wanted to. 

During my time, I sat down under a tree at one point in front of some sand and rocks, overlooking the beautiful, blue ocean and I happened to look up and I loved what I saw.

I loved the sky, the colors of the green and the almost silhouette of the leaves with the sun peeking through. I changed my angle a little and the next picture is from the same area, but not into the sun. I loved it, too!

It's amazing to me how if you just change your angle slightly you can get such different results. I'm not sure which picture I like better. 

So, if you're out with your camera today--whatever camera you have--take the shot when you see one, but change your angle afterwards and you'd be surprised at what you get!

Happy Friday!


It's been a while....

Well hello. It's been a while. If you are friends with me on facebook, then you know I have had quite the month.

We flew from Asia to Texas on October 23rd and four days later I was in the hospital in Houston with high fevers and no appetite. I was diagnosed with salmonella-typhoid and was in the hospital for 15 days! When I think about it, I honestly can't remember what happened from the time we arrived in the state's to about 10 days into my hospital stay. The beginning is just a blur. Just now I am feeling completely normal and am living normally (thank God!). So now you know the reason for no blogposts for a month! 

So I'm feeling a little hesitant to begin my photo a day project again for various reasons, but I want to complete it for this year. It's obviously lacking days, but I am one to finish what I start.

This was taken in Houston, actually at a park. I was on a photo walk with my mom and sister. I feel like it's the stereotypical picture of the purple flower surrounded by lily pads in the pond that shows up on our windows desktop screens. :) Nonetheless, it's a nice photo. 

It's nice to be back posting photos! I have much more to share. :) Be on the lookout.


Overtaken by Green

Have you ever tried to challenge yourself by choosing a color to focus on while you shoot? If your color was green, this would have been a great find.

I took these pictures in Houston, Texas, USA while on a photo walk with my mom and sister. It was a lot of fun--we took too many pictures and had a good time doing it. I love the brightness of the green and the texture of the leaves. 

As I've said in other posts, on photo walks, focusing on a particular color, shape or line will help your eyes see things that they normally wouldn't. Try it--it'll be fun as you hunt. You could even make it a competition among your other photographer friends.

I think I like the first photo more, but there is something about the second one that catches my eyes. So I decided to post both. :) Good thing I'm in charge of the rules, eh?

Hope that your day is full of color and brightness like these photos!


Photo Walk Ideas

When we went to Thailand, I took this picture near the beach. I went on a photo walk while Joshua was diving and got all kinds of beautiful photos. Photo walks are so enjoyable and you can give yourself as much challenge or not as you want. On my photo walk, it was just a leisure stroll while taking photos of things that I saw on the way. 

If you want to give a photo walk a go, some example challenges could be:

  • Choose one prime lens and tell yourself that you will only shoot using that lens. 
  • Choose a color and focus only on photographing that color in different objects that you see.
  • Focus only on portrait taking; asking complete strangers to take their photos.
  • Focus only on taking pictures of people, but do it candidly (ie don't ask them, shoot them in their natural environment while they're working, talking, etc.).
  • Focus on inanimate objects.
  • Focus on the details of objects rather than the entire picture.
  • Focus on textures that you see while walking around.
  • Only take pictures looking upwards, eye view, or looking down (choose one).
  • Focus on moving objects and play with your shutter speed.
  • Focus on shapes or lines.
  • Focus on one rule of photography (ie the rule of thirds).
  • ...and the list goes on!

There are so many options to choose from and these challenges will help memorize your camera (so you don't have to think when pushing buttons on your camera while shooting), help your eyes see things more creatively and to have fun!

So grab your camera, whatever camera you have, and just go shoot! It doesn't matter if you take good or bad photos. The idea is to be creative, practice a skill and grow. If you try one of my ideas above, send me your photo (ashley[at] or post it on my facebook wall to show me your work! It would be fun to see what you come up with!

Happy shooting!


I See Things (Symmetry)

During my photography class, some of my students and I went on photo walks to practice our photography skills. It was fun going out around campus for about an hour of continuous shooting! For my time, I tried to look for symmetrical things around campus. I also looked for things that contrasted each other (in color, shape, etc.). I'll post those pictures tomorrow. Today, however, is symmetry!

I think it's good to constantly try to get better at your skill. If you aren't growing, you'll get outdated and stagnant. I don't want to be either of those words! Towards the end of last year I presented two project ideas for me to keep growing, but I think I have another one that I'd like to try. I'll announce it if it works. If it does--it'll be so awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!