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Birtyday sunset Vol. II

Here are some more shots from my birthday celebration.

It’s been a pretty eventful couple of weeks for me, I finished my last college class yesterday, and now all that’s left are a couple of finals and a few papers. Last week I was sad to be almost done with college, but suddenly this week I’m rejoicing in the feeling that the future is wide open for me, that I have absolutely no idea where I’m going to go, but I’m going somewhere.

And while I figure it out, I’ll keep shooting :). Hope you like these!

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Birthday sunset

This post is for you, Jeff, because you asked for it :). I love photography, and I love this blog, but sometimes I get so wrapped up in everyday life that I forget to make time for my passion, so thanks for reminding me I needed to post right now!!

Fortunately, I’m passionate about my work, too. I can’t believe it’s almost December and my last semester of college is almost over, but I’m glad because I know I made the most of it. I’ve started working on my thesis, and it’s so much fun! I don’t mind the paperwork, I don’t mind the crazy deadlines, I just love being able to write about something that I love. There’s nothing better than waking up every morning feeling grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life :).

I took these shots on my birthday week, this beautiful sunset was nature’s gift to me. Hope you like them!

 


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Sunset and sailboat

Hi there, everyone! How long has it been since I last stopped by? Time seems to fly this year. July was a month of leisure for me, I slept a lot, watched a lot of movies (fell in love with the Marx brothers), and read a few books. I didn’t take a lot of photos because I refused to keep a schedule, even nature’s. I did go shooting around the neighborhood a couple mornings, and they were so stunning that they counted for a million. The first one was misty and everything was covered in dew, the second one was sunny and everything was golden. My beloved almond tree was in bloom, so I got some lovely shots. If I manage to empty my hard drive and make enough space to download them, I’ll get around to posting them sometime (how did I end up with only 4GB of empty space?).

I’m starting my last semester next week, but don’t ask me how I feel about it because I haven’t decided if I’m elated or panicked yet. I’ll still have to work on my thesis next year, but there will be no more classes for me. I’ve no idea what I’m going to do with my life, but from what I hear that’s a pretty common state for college graduates.

These are some shots from last summer. My father and some friends were testing out an old sailboat one of them got, it held for about five minutes the first time until it was so full of water they had to drag it out, but the second time (after they fixed it) it sailed beautifully, and I got a laugh and some lovely shots. There will be more to come soon.

Life is good and crazy over here, and I wish you all as much happiness as I have :).

 

 

 

 

 


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Reaching for the pot of gold

It feels great to have some time for the blog at last! I’m going through that part of the semester when all the partials pile up, and I’ve been pulling all-nighters and then dreaming about the stuff I studied. The upside is on Tuesday night, after all my partials are done, the whole class is having a party to celebrate the end of our practice. It’s a costume party, and we have to dress up as something related to the subject we taught. I’m going as an alien, and I will never, ever post any photos ;). I’m looking forward to some relaxing, since afterwards I’ll have to start writing papers and reading for finals. I won’t be off until January this year, but I don’t mind because I’m graduating on February!

I’ve been blessed with some breathtaking sunsets lately (I think it’s the universe’s way of patting me on the back.) Hope you enjoy the photos!


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One year later

If anyone had told me a year ago that so many things could happen to a person in 365 days, I would have told them that person could never be me. And yet it is. Here I am, one year older, and my life has changed so much that it’s hard to believe. Not everything that happened was good, but I’ve grown a lot and learnt a lot and so far I’ve been able to handle everything.

I’m not a fan of birthdays, but this year I can look back and feel really happy for the last twelve months I was granted. Life has been beautiful, and I intend to make it even better.

These are the last of my “watercolor” shots and some from last week. Sunsets are very strange these days, thanks to the ash. Hope you like the photos 🙂


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Watercolors

For the past week I’ve been in an amazingly creative and inspired mood. Maybe it’s because spring makes me happy, maybe it’s because I can officially see graduation in the near horizon, or maybe it just is. I don’t particularly care, I’m just enjoying the ride.

I’ve come up with a great topic for the paper I have to write as the final assignment for Contemporary Lit II, and I’m really excited about it. Mixing e.e. cummings and Ursula Le Guin is one of the coolest crazy things I’ve ever done. And since I’m majoring in sci-fi, I guess the craziness will continue for a long while.

For all those who asked about my mother and sent us their good wishes, thank you. Her surgery went well, and aside from some discomfort she’s doing ok. We’re waiting for the final results, but so far the doctors seem to think there’s nothing else wrong with her, and apparently she will only need preemptive treatment so the nodule doesn’t grow again.

My driving lessons are going better and better. Shifting gears isn’t as hard as I’d thought it’d be, and I find myself enjoying the rides. Most of the time anyway. When I have to practice driving between traffic cones for the upcoming test, I’m reminded of studying Math in high school. And I still have nightmares from time to time where I fail my Math tests. I’m afraid both will haunt me forever.

I’ve spent a week editing these shots, mostly because I came up with different versions of each one and then I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. It happens all the time. These shots were one of those surprises you sometimes get when you download the pictures you’ve just taken. The day was obviously overcast and I was by the sea only because it was warm and I had to read a relatively complex book for college and there was no way I could concentrate at home. I didn’t really expect the shots to turn out well, what with the lack of light and contrast and the high chance of blurry pictures. But when I saw them on the screen, I was stunned. I discovered the unsharp mask in PS and that dealt with the blurriness wonderfully, and it has since become one of my favorite PS features.

I’m still going through the rest of the photos from that day, so expect another post with more of them sometime soon (not too soon though, I’ve got a really busy week ahead of me). I hope you like them, and as usual, thanks for stopping by, liking and commenting!


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Sailing off into the sunset

If anyone has missed me, I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a couple of days; I’ve been busier than I ever was in my life. I have piles of stuff to read for college, classes to plan that I must teach as part of my residence, I’ve just finished another sweater and finally figured out the pattern for a new one (have I mentioned that I knit compulsively when I’m nervous?). Add to that that my computer has started acting out again (does it ever end??), and that my allergies have been driving me insane for days, and well, you have a pretty accurate picture of what my life is like right now.

On Friday I escaped the madness with my father for a while and went shooting to one of my favorite beaches. I was so lucky we even met a bunch of folks who were brave enough to be sailing (it was really windy and therefore really chilly – I can’t imagine how cold it must have been in the water). Of course they knew my Dad (it’s inescapable, anyone who sails knows my Dad and every teenager in town knows my Mom since she’s a high school teacher), so they got really close to the coast to say hi and of course I took a lot of pictures.

Enjoy, people. I’m off to study some more before bed.