Though we didn’t really plan on it, and we were unprepared for the bitter cold, there was still a little time to go out and see a few sights around Paris while waiting for our flight to Italy.
Walking up to The Louvre, we saw that the line was insane, so I took some photos of it and the surrounding areas instead. Just being there was a bucket list item, so enjoy the photos below!
Au Revoir Paris! Until next time.
Stay tuned to Do As Locals Do, my travel blog, to see how we stretched our legs & ventured out into Pairs during our layover.
Even though I’m posting this on Halloween, San Michele, the Italian Cemetery Island, was one of the most peaceful and serene parts of our Italy trip.
The only spooky thing about it was the possibility that we’d miss the vaporetto (Venice’s ferry system/one of the only ways to get around) and get stuck on the island overnight.
On the island, you see graves as old as the 1800s, beautiful gardens and even some graves as famous as those of Igor Stravinsky, and Princess Bagration, known for her beauty, love affairs and outrageous behavior. She sounded fun to me…
Though I wish I took more photos, I actually got caught up in the beauty of the place. It’s easy to see how anyone would want to spend the rest of eternity here. The massive headstone for this man was as impressive as an art piece, as it was a grave site.
Many more Italy photos to come, so be sure to stay tuned to VeritasPhotog.com & my other brand DoAsLocalsDo.com
I have always been obsessed with astronomy.
I’ll never forgot the first time I saw a comet through my grandpa’s telescope. Or the first time I saw a meteor shower sitting near them and a campfire in the Texas Hill Country. Looking up to see dozens of stars flying across the sky is an experience everyone should have.
After many failed attempts at astrophotography, I researched settings, lenses and more for months and months. The result of which was a post-it that I carried around for about 8 months.
Then finally- the stars aligned. A “supermoon” on the way, I used the SkyView app to plan out my camera setup. I was ready as soon as the moon hit the roof above my apartment balcony.
I’d say there is now an exciting possibility of astrophotography shots in my future. Stay Tuned!
The Mississippi River needs no introduction. My first big encounter with it was celebrated by a gorgeous sunset. Amazing architecture, sunset, Mississippi River? I was sold.
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72 ppi, 300 ppi… Just kidding.
This time of year it’s easy for one to say they will do something, so I tend to stick to ideals; focusing my thoughts toward a general way of thinking.
I always have some resolutions/ life goals in place, but in regard to my photo goals this year I really want to do a couple things differently:
Use my photos for good.
I’ve already started looking locally to shoot for nonprofit events and local shelters!
Start selling my work.
It’s one thing to do portraits, but it’s another to start selling the photos I’ve taken each day. Apparently there are sites now that allow you to keep the copyright? Yes. Please.
Print and enjoy more of my work.
This includes shooting more film. With brand new walls to fill in our apartment, I need to start sifting through all those photos I said I’d print one day. Hello CVS!
Not sure where you want to take your photography in 2015? I saw a great article from Photojojo today for some ideas. I may add some of theirs too!
Be sure to share your photo resolutions with me below too!
2015, let’s do this…
It’s great to go out of your comfort zone, but it’s easier said than done. After being nominated for the Five Day Black and White Challenge, I decided this was a great way to do just that. You can read more about the origins of the challenge on USA Today, but the version my friend explained was to post a black and white photo on Instagram every day for five days. He’s a great black and white photographer and had no problem. I, on the other hand, had to really think. I love and appreciate black and white photography especially in portraits, but I love color more. If my photography has any style or reoccurring theme at all it would be featuring bright, vibrant colors. This was going to be a challenge to say the least.
My strategy was to take shots of things I’d love in color and see what happened when I processed them in black and white. Since it seemed within the rules, I also posted two photos old photos. I tried to edit them all on Photoshop for a higher quality feel, but one of the days my program was acting up and I had to use my Galaxy S4 to shoot and edit. It’s also pretty obvious which that photo that is, but it was still a blast!
I was even so inspired, I made a collage inspired by my finding a career search in my new city (oh yea, we moved states :D) and black and white! Once again, collages are something I do in bright colors, so this was a unique way to incorporate some of the lessons I learned in the Instagram challenge.
Check them out below and see more on my Instagram!
And here’s the collage! It’s black and white AND inspiring.
In honor of Halloween (aka my favorite holiday), I wanted to post some shots of New Orleans I took this month. We actually just took a day trip to go to a Haunted Tour there, but we definitely fell in love with the city. I couldn’t take enough photos of the architecture!
We went to see the St. Louis Cathedral first. So gorgeous. Below is a photo featuring the alter at the front.
Built in 1721, the ceiling is as interesting as what’s under the building. See who’s buried under the church here.
Outside the church is Jackson Square. Here is the statue that sits on front of the cathedral. It happened to fabulous day outside!
I have a thing for trees and this one in Jackson Square was gorgeous!Street Views. I found myself imaging myself living on one of those balconies. Can you imagine? Gorgeous!Couldn’t get over the details on this iron. Later that night, we came across this eerie shadow from a Jesus statue. Turns out it’s actually the back of St. Louis Cathedral!During some wandering, we came across this bar, Burbon O Bar. I don’t know if it was the creepy atmosphere, them playing classic movies in the background, or this amazing singer and drummer, but I definitely fell in love.Stay tuned to Do As Locals Do for more photos and details from our New Orleans Haunted Houses Tour!
Some time ago, a friend of mine was doing a video series on interesting characters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For his first assignment it was a local illusionist who performs at burlesque shows at the House of Blues. It’s no wonder when he then asked if I’d like to tag along to take some photos, I said yes immediately.
Since there were so many great photos to share, I decided to turn this two-day shoot into a three-part blog. So scroll down, enjoy and stay tuned!
I was amazed to learn that using his creativity and engineering skills, he makes all of his own props and magic contraptions.
In case you didn’t already think an illusionist was an artist, Eddie has tons of works of art throughout the space. I was so inspired by all the paintings and sculptures. He even had a few cameras he made himself!
We even got to see the dress rehearsal!
Want to learn more about Confetti Eddie? View the video below!
Be sure to stay tuned to my blog to see more in the series and Veritas Photography on Facebook for some exclusive shots, as well!
As you may or may not know, it’s been REAL cold here in Dallas, Texas lately. Growing up in Texas, there have been many moments of exaggeration when it comes to the weather. This was not one of those moments. Parades and marathons were cancelled for the first time ever, entire highway systems shut down, icemageddon 2013 was in full swing. I haven’t seen snow too many times in my life, but I have a few times since living in Dallas. What was interesting about this storm, besides the fact that it was named Cleon, was the ice on the road was made from sleet. Not snow or rain that froze later on the ground. Sleet.
Friday, I was able to work from home which means I was also able to play a little after 5 p.m. Check out some of the shots I was able to get before I my fingers and toes went numb below:
Just in case it isn’t obvious, I really loved the way these trees look:
Here is a few fun icicle shots
Also, check out the Hi-larious blog from The Observer about the storm of the century…
It will be difficult. It will be painful, but mark my words- I will not take a photo on my wedding day.
This isn’t to say that I always take photos every second of the day. There are sadly some days or weeks in which I don’t take a single one. However, to have a special event on vacation and not take a photo? Not cool.
So, why would I make this silly declaration? I am generally the “photographer” on vacations and special events. It’s not because I was asked, but because I love taking photos. I love getting home from vacation, posting all the best shots, then seeing everyone using them to update their profiles. It’s how I get my jollies.
Needless to say this system has resulted in many great photos, but there are almost none of me. The good ones of me are few and far between. So, I will resist the urge to take any photos this one day. I may not be in all of them, but I will be able to get some great shots of me having fun, eating, drinking; anything but hiding behind a camera. No matter how much it kills me, I will resist.
The only thing is I worry that my pesky “photographer’s eye” won’t be pleased. So, let’s see how many times I request others to take a certain photo. Friends and family: be prepared and bring your cameras…