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Purisima Creek Hike:

I have to admit that I haven’t been on many hikes in my life. It’s been so few actually, that I can count them on one hand. But every time I do manage to go hiking I find myself wanting more. Telling myself that I have to do this more often. When I got my new Sony Alpha A6000 camera I thought it would be nice to go hiking and take some photos. I was surprised at how easy it was to set up the hike, and how many people jumped on board.

The plan was to use the hike as a way to practice some photography. So admittedly I assumed we would take a few more brakes and treat the whole thing a little more leisurely. Instead, the group was full speed ahead and I didn’t get as many opportunities to take photos as I would like. Despite that I had a blast! The view was beautiful, the people were enjoyable and the workout was intense. So intense that I think it’s safe to say that it totally kicked my butt! lol. The distance alone wasn’t an issue, but the second half of the hike was pretty much all uphill and my body wasn’t having it.

I did need to take a break several times during the hike which made me feel bad about slowing down the group. But fortunately every time someone needed a break it gave me a chance to snap a few photos and give my lungs a chance to breathe. Finishing the hike was very satisfying and despite the difficulty I would definitely do the hike again. I gotta say the Purisima Creek trail in Half Moon Bay is definitely a beautiful trail. Highly recommended!

Next Hike:

The next time I try and put together a photography hike I will probably go with a smaller group of people. I also need to pick a shorter (or less steep) trail, and plan out a few breaks along the way to make room for mini photoshoots. If everyone knows in advance how often we are supposed to take breaks, things should go a little smoother. Also, I need to find more people who WANT to get their photos taken. Lol.

Have you ever done a photoshoot hike? If so, any tips to make it a more enjoyable and productive experience?

Until Next time,

xoxo, Tatyana

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Photos shot with: Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera & Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

I got my first camera to take photos of my art, I’m an illustrator, with the hopes that I’d shoot photography as well. Despite making no effort to improve my photography I figured having a nice camera would do the trick. Boy was I wrong. I managed to capture a few good photos here and there when at different events, but I didn’t really put the effort into improving. This Shanghai 1930’s event was about a year and a half ago, long before I decided to put effort into my photography. The photo’s aren’t terrible, but neither are they great.

Shanghai 1930’s Themed Birthday Party:

Jonathan of Jonathan’s Closet is the man behind the beautiful vintage outfits my friends and I usually wear to events. Having a friend with an impeccable taste in vintage fashion and a wonderful collection of vintage clothing definitely leads to some pretty kick-ass Birthday Parties. This particular party was no exception. The theme was a Shanghai 1930’s inspired deco birthday party for the man himself. The 1930’s western shanghai inspired fashion was not only beautiful but fun to wear.

The venue was a friends backyard which was beautifully decorated to fit the theme along with the food choice. One of my favorite parts was feeling as if I’d stepped back in time. Everyone was dressed to impress and it really added to the experience. I’ve been lucky enough to attend several authentic feeling events over the years. Despite that, I gotta give the man props for pulling off such good parties among friends.We’ve all been to a themed party where half of the party didn’t even try. It’s disappointing. Fortunately, this was not one of those.

Fun Among friends:

One of my favorite things about parties like this, aside from time traveling, is spending it with friends. Getting dolled up, taking photos and having a generally good time with people you love. Whats not to enjoy? As a fan of vintage fashion in general I find myself drawn to styled events. Give me an excuse to play dress up, and I’ll be there (most of the time). However nothing enhances an experience more than sharing it with good friends.

Have you ever attended a vintage party? Whats your favorite era?

Until Next time!

xoxo, Tatyana

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dsc00194Photography to me:

Photography is that magical thing that I’ve always been interested in but never felt confident enough to really give a try. Now I’d be lying if I said I didn’t put a little photography effort into my pictures when at events or out with friends. I’d try to capture a few good shots but if they didn’t turn out well thats okay cause “I’m not a photographer” after all.

What a crap excuse! I may not be a professional photographer YET, but I am still a photographer none the less. So I might as well start acting like one and really focus on learning and improving.

 

The Blogs Focus:

So to help document this journey and motivate me to get out and practice more, I’m making this blog. I guess you can think of it as a photo journal of some sort. focusing on lifestyle and of course photography.

I’m not a 100% sure what you should expect since I’m figuring things out myself. Photography as an art form and not just a way to document moments, is very new to me. So as you can imagine, I’ve got lots to explore and try out. I’m trying to find my style and figure out what works best for me.

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About This photoshoot:

After deciding that I wanted to put a little more effort into photography I quickly nabbed a new mirrorless camera. The Sony Alta A6000 to be exact. With a smaller camera body than my big clunky Canon EOS 60D, I figured it would be the perfect practice camera.

Shortly after receiving the camera I was eager to test it out, after all it was very different from my DSLR camera. So, I decided to take a few self portraits to see how the camera handled itself. Using my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens and a K&F concept lens adapter I was able to take these shots.

For an quick impromptu photoshoot I think the images came out pretty well. The lens adapter that I was using at the time doesn’t allow for auto focus so I had to manually focus which is very new to me. Also the 50mm lens gives me life when it comes to portraits cause it REALLY takes away the distractions of the background.

I look forward to future photoshoots and getting more comfortable editing my photos after the fact. I just started using Lightroom and I have to admit that I am really diggin’ it so far. Lots of cool features that really come in handy. Anyway, that’s all for now. Thank you for stickin’ around this long! I hope you book mark the blog, follow me on bloglovin’ or via RSS feed and say hello in the comments bellow.

Until next time!

xoxo, Tatyana

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