Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Photography course - week 3, 4 and 5

Hi everybody!

I don't know about you, but I hardly manage to keep up with my weekly tasks, including this BLOG!
I spend at lest 2 hours a day in front of my computer but somehow I never get a chance to focus on
writing my journal. Alex is just one of the reasons for my distraction :-) I am again!

Let me continue with my photography course. A lot of things happened since the last time.

Week 5 is behind me, only 3 more weeks to go before the final task. I have to say...I will miss it! I really enjoy my Saturday mornings. Not just the course but the whole routine....waking up earlier than usually,
preparing take away breakfast for Alex, driving to the Ladie's club with my husband and seeing my family waiting for me 2 hrs later...what a joy!

Our 3rd week session - The Depth of Field

I love taking photos with a shallow depth of field, especially portraits, so from now on I will apply this golden rule very often!
This week task was to take 10 good shots. I won't share those photos with you because I can't find them on my computer anymore...pfffff.  Bad luck!

Week 4 - White Balance

Exploring White Balance was very interesting to me. It's unbelievable how the same shot could look different with different white balance settings. I might use this tool in the future...if I won't foget about it! ;-)
This week task was to take photos of people. Taking Portraits.
So here they are...

Talking Portraits

Week 5 - Histogram

Learning about histogram won't actually  help me taking great shots but it will add value to my knowledge about photography. This week class was very interesting because we were looking at all our photos, previous week's tasks, and comenting them. I've heard some critics about my work as well, mostly good,
so I'm happy as a kid now! :-)
Next assignment...20 good shots! To die for!

See you soon! Gonna take some photos now ;-)


Sunday, February 6, 2011!!!

Hi there!

I've been busy for the past 4 Saturdays with my photography course, Xmas gift from my husband and a great and fun surprise for me! I'm enjoying it very much and it's becoming more and more challenging, fun and interesting. Met some nice people overthere too!

I wanted to share with you guys what I've learnt so far, and the tasks I've completed.
Still 4 sessions to attend...

Week 1:

We were learning about 3 basic features - aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
As you might assume...we moved from AUTO and played with MANUAL :-)
Was so much fun to see how big amateurs we all are!!

Our weekly task was to pick 10 good photos, from any photographer, photos of things that we like, something very general. So here is my mosaic of let's 10 "things i like".

My creation

Week 2:


We continued with the basics of photography...still a lot more to learn!

The task of the week was to take 10 min walk from home and start taking photos in the place where we stopped after those 10 min countdown.
 Challenging task, indeed!

I have to say I sucked in this one...wasn't up to it neither ready for it.
I was out for a stroll with my baby boy who didn't want to nap that day so I couldn't take all the time that I needed to do the task. The weather was very bad that day too....very cloudy and windy, so greyish...or maybe that's an excuse for my dull photos ;-)'s my  B&W portfolio.

B&W mosaic

Week 3 will follow...right now I need to stop writing my blog because I am starving :-)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thinking of redecorating our red dining wall.

Hi everyone!

I promised myself I won't wait another year to complete another project at our home, so I'm constantly looking for new ideas for our oh-so-empty dining room.

For the moment, we have only nice big wooden table and 6 chairs in our dining room...facing a bright red wall. And there's an olive tree- wall sticker that I brought from my hometown, and a wooden box - storage for our papers, documents etc.

Now I'm thinking of adding some new colours like white, green, yellow...getting a new drawer unit, hanging some drawings and photos, adding some cosiness to it.

I'll keep you posted!


Heart collage

Marie Claire Idées Janvier 2010, originally uploaded by Vicky Tate.

Finally it's here!!

Two years ago I saw a very nice heart shaped collage in Marie Claire Idees and the idea was born!

At that time we just moved to our new appartement so that seemed like a good decorative idea for a big grey wall of our bedroom. I love photography and I've been taking photos like a crazy japanese tourist (no offense) for the past 3 years so I gathered remarkable collection of my own piece-of-arts.

I picked my favorite family photos, printed them in B&W and framed them in black.
So the pile of 38 photos were waiting in our storage room and collecting dust for...almost 1 year!

Last weekend, two great procrastinators - my husband and me, decided to finish the "project" so here are the steps of our "hard" work...

  My husband in action.

Frame by frame...and finally the last 38th frame was hanged on the wall.

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After 2 hrs of non stop work our wall has finally got some LOVE.

At the end...I have to say, last night we slept much better in our "love" bed and dreamt of our next project that hopefully won't take as long as this one...

Take care!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Year - New Resolutions

Hi everyone!

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy, joyful and creative New Year!
Then, I could start by introducing myself :-)
My name is Kristina but my family and friends call me Kiki.
I'm 34, I live in Dubai for past 3 years but I'm originally from Croatia.
I'm a stay home mum with adorable baby boy and loving husband.
I love too many things...crafting, photography, painting, drawing, reading, watching nice movies, dancing, cooking, sewing, crocheting, travelling, chatting, shopping and so much more...

I hope soon I will have some nice things to share here with you,
so let's stay in touch!