artismysanity

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Golden sunset over Monte Hermoso

Monday, at last. I know lots of people hate Mondays, but I had a week from hell, and when that happens Mondays feel like a gift, a blank canvas, the chance to turn things around. I’m lucky to able to post these photos today, since on Friday night my computer broke down and I thought I’d have to start editing them all over again. It was just a Windows XP glitch though, and it got fixed in a couple of hours on Saturday morning without any losses (other than those of my peace of mind and spirit, that is.)
Not everything was bad about last week, though. I shot a couple of beautiful sunsets, celebrated the shelving of PIPA and SOPA, and discovered that my half-dead MP4 player is fully alive with my camera’s USB wire (you see where my head was last week for me to have made this rather odd discovery.)
Today I decided I’m starting this week off on the right foot, and to go with that statement here’s a load of beauty. I’m seriously considering moving to this small vacation city when I graduate. It’s photographer’s heaven, and I can teach literature anywhere. Winters will be frosty, though. Brrr.
I hope you like these photos, since there are many more to come from this short vacation :).


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Slideshow

Hello everyone! I’m back, and I had one of the best vacations ever. The weather wasn’t very kind to my photographic interests, but as least I got to shoot two stunning sunsets (plus one that wasn’t so impressive) and part of a sunrise (I should have gotten up earlier!) The rest of the time it was cloudy, but on the bright side now I know this lovely place is an hour from home, so I can go back, snap a few shots of the sunrise and head back home any time.
I’ll tackle the photos from the trip today or tomorrow, but for the time being I leave you with a video. I started making this slideshow a couple of months ago, and took advantage of this vacation to finish it. I love the song. Hope you like it! (Unfortunately it looks pixelated when viewed in full screen, so I’d recommend watching it in small screen.)


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Freedom of speech

Before leaving, I wanted to share this poem with you. We read it in Contemporary Lit. I, and I pinned to my bedroom door years ago, to remember every day. We have to stop them from robbing us of our voice and our freedom!

Do whatever is in your power to stop SOPA/PIPA, even if you don’t live in the US.

“The first night
They approach
And pick a flower from our garden
And we don’t say anything.
The second night,
No longer hiding, they
Stomp on the flowers, kill our dog,
And we don’t say anything.
Until one day
The weakest of them
Enters our house alone
Robs us of light, and,
Knowing our fear,
Robs us of the voice of our throats.
And because we said nothing,
We no longer can say anything.”

– Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930).

I’ll try to find a WiFi connection somewhere, but if I can’t, I’ll see you when I come back!


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The first sunset Vol.II

Hey everyone! How’s your week been so far? I’ve read in some blogs that winter’s finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. I’m sorry you have to brave the cold, but I envy you the snow shots!
Anywho, here are some more sunset shots from the same day as the last post – hope they make you feel a little warmer! I’m going on vacation for a few days, guess where – you’re right, to the beach! But this beach is better, because it looks west AND east, so I can shoot sunrises too. It’s a good thing my personal summer time involves staying up until after sunrise and sleeping through the morning and a good part of the afternoon :).
I’m afraid for the next month I’ll be staying home downloading, editing and filing all the photos I’m going to take, LOL. Have a great week, and thanks for visiting!
PS: What do you think of the new look? I felt I needed something lighter, brighter, to go with my mood.

This last shot was my submission for this week’s theme on Flickr: liquid. I edited in Lightroom to achieve the retro look.


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The first sunset

What a beautiful summer we’re having! Mornings and evenings are colored in glorious pinks, golds and blues, afternoons can be spent napping under the sun by the pool, nights are perfect for editing the photos I take during the rest of the day, and colder days are great for catching up with the sleep I don’t get during all the other days :). Besides, I love wearing sundresses! If I had a say in it, it would always be summer.
Today I had the chance to shoot a most spectacular sunset while some friends of my father took their old-new sailboat for a test sail to see if it floated (last week it didn’t, and I had a great laugh because I didn’t have time to go get the camera when they were already dragging it ashore). Boy did it float this time! It also looked stunning in the photos, so fast and sleek. I’ll get to those shots eventually; these however are from a few days ago, one of the first sunsets I shot with the new camera. You should see the smile I’ve been wearing lately. I love my Nikon D90!
And, even though I forgot twice before, I want to give a big thank you to everyone: artismysanity has reached 300 followers! Wow! It’s so awesome being able to share my beloved work with all you wonderful readers!


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Pretty water drops

It’s almost dawn as I’m writing this, and until a few minutes ago it was raining softly. It was a very welcome rain after three days of scorching heat, during which I gave up shooting around the garden and moved my suffocating self to the beach, where life is good and the sun is welcome. I could live at the beach for a whole month and I wouldn’t get tired of it.
So, at last, I got to shoot a few sunsets with the new camera. I got Lightroom, too, and I love it already, but I’m editing at the pace of a snail, so bear with me. I’ve also been reading and watching lots of online tutorials and making a list of everything I want to try. It might be a few decades before I’m done, LOL.
These photos are from the backyard, taken before the heat wave. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I ever have to move to a house without a yard. Having the chance to go out every day and see what new beauty I can capture so close to home is one my favorite things in the world. But then again, the world always provides.

Shutter speed 1/100 f5.6 ISO 320 Edited in Lightroom