Look up!


Last weekend some of us hit the slopes up in Revelstoke, it was worth it for lots of reasons… One of which is that we got a day with some amazing scenery. (A piece of me wished I’d taken one of my “nice” cameras with…and the other piece is glad I didn’t because it’s hard to snowboard with a camera, especially because this season I’m rediscovering the sport of snowboarding).
This was taken on the last run of the day. As we came down the hill we had to board through a patch of fog…which had created this quiet winter wonderland. I was struck by the beauty of the snow clinging to the branches…a stark contrast to the bright sunlight up at the top.
Today is a reminder that there’s different types of beauty everywhere – we just have to stop for a moment to see it.

Always, Aims

A more “official” Pachos post!

Ever since I posted (wayyy back in April!) a post called What are Pachos Anyways? People have come to my blog weekly (or more!) because they have googled something to do with pachos… Which is all fine and good (I mean, who doesn’t like more blog traffic especially from Google?!)

However… I’ve always ALWAYS felt really bad that the only pachos picture they would see was the horrible dark grainy one taken on my cell phone…


So this post is to rectify that problem… more for my peace of mind than anything else! πŸ™‚ Kelly O’Brians is a local restaurant chain (they’re only here in BC) and they’re rather famous for their Pachos… which are basicially roundish fries…with melted cheese, chives, and BACON! And a super yummy dipping sauce. Β Think gourmet nachos but made with potatos (get it? Β nachos + potatoes = PACHOS!) but yummier than nachos… Anyways, I’m obviously not very good at describing food…but really melted cheese and bacon and dipping sauce…what could be better?!



So there you have it…not one but TWO somewhat better pictures of pachos. But honestly…you have to eat it to believe it! πŸ˜‰

Be happy! It’s Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

Always, Aims

Portrait: Devon

So I’m super excited to share today’s portrait feature with you!! πŸ˜€ Β This is Devon, she was my model for my final shoot at my photography course. Β For our finals, we went to Garden of the Gods which is close to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The goal was to use our speed lights as well as the natural light around us.

My beautiful bubbly model Devon. Β She’s been living in Colorado for the last few months and at the time of this shoot she was leaving for home in the next couple of days. My goal was to not only take great pictures of Devon, but to capture Devon in Colorado…so that when she sees these pictures she would be reminded of her time there.

I really enjoyed the challenge of using “artificial” light as well as ambient light. Β I was also blessed with a patient model! The location of Garden of the Gods was also absolutely spectacular!

Thanks Devon, for being a great model! For your patience! For your laughter! Keeping sharing that gorgeous smile….and I hope you get to go to Oxford someday! πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

1 Subject 10 Ways

One of today’s assignments was this: Pick one subject and shoot it 10 ways. I chose my little “Canada ring”.

Obviously, above it’s on a camera because I’m at a photography course.

I’m kind of “old-school” in that I still take notes in a notebook. My ring with my notebook.

It was raining outside. My ring on one of the bricks in the little courtyard outside.

The ips logo… IPS is the company with which I’m doing this course.

On my feet…because they take me everywhere I go πŸ™‚

On a lamp

My lens cap

The place I’m taking the course is in an old hotel, build in the 1890s. Β My ring the old window lock.

With my computer…

Back on my hand where it’s meant to be πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

Who I Am…

Another assignment was a “self portrait”. Β So obviously, the picture above is of myself. πŸ™‚ I’m wearing a hat (of course!). Also, I am wearing a scarf I bought in Germany which represents my love of travel. I chose to convert the image to black and and white because…well, I really love black and white images! My expression is intentional…showing that I’m taking what I’m doing here seriously….but there’s a hint of a smile – always…

Part 2 of the “self portrait”was to take pictures of three things that represent ourselves.

Coffee…of course! πŸ™‚ If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, or if you know me in “real life” you’ll know I love coffee.

I know it’s a little quirky… but I decided to add Remmy in. I’m traveling so as you may have guessed Remmy is here too! I also decided it would be fun to take a picture of Remmy in my studio here. πŸ™‚ (Remmy’s Story is HERE.)

My last choice is my iPod…for a few reasons. One, when I travel this is where I read my Bible…so this, is my faith. Β Two…the obvious reason, MUSIC! If you know me, you know that music is a huge part of my life from singing in choirs, playing violin, and the sheer enjoyment of listening to it! Please note: the iPod case is green πŸ˜‰

This…is (a small piece!) of who I am…

Always, Aims

P.s. All photos shot in studio! (how cool is that?!)

Upgrade in my Studio!

The cool thing about starting with something as simple as a box…is that it can only get better from there! πŸ˜‰ Very similar to our box post.. but with a mannequin head. Always fun to make things more interesting in class…we dressed our mannequins up a little. πŸ˜‰ Mine seems to have somewhat of a French air about him, wouldn’t you agree?

Broad Lighting: Ratio 3:1. Order: B, M, F

Short Lighting: Ratio 2:1. Order:B, M, F

Rembrandt Lighting: Ratio 8:1. Order: B, M, F

Profile Lighting: Ratio 4:1. Order: B, M, F

Butterfly Lighting: Ratio: 8:1. Oder: B, M, F

Well I’ve heard hints our next studio subjects will be people…! So come on back soon!

Always, Aims

More Studio :-)

Second part of our studio lighting assignment was to choose an object of our choice (rather than using the box in the previous post). πŸ™‚

4:1 Ratio: Main, fill, both

2:1 Ratio: Main, Fill, Both

Looking forward to learning more! πŸ™‚

Always, Aims

Studio Lighting – The Beginning

So, part of my photography course is on studio lighting, which is very challenging…but super rewarding too. It’s so different than using natural light because I – the photographer – am in full control. πŸ™‚

1:1 Ratio. Order: Main light, Fill light, Both

2:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

3:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

4:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

8:1 Ratio: Order: Main, Fill, Both

Well no, boxes may not be a super exciting subject in photography… however, it is exciting to know that these steps lead to more. πŸ˜€

Always, Aims

Summer’s End…

I know summer doesn’t officially end for a couple more weeks…

However… somehow as soon as the calendar or various electronic devices read “September”… it feels like summer is over, as if it ends at 11:59pm, August 31. Just kidding – it’s not that bad! πŸ™‚ But I think you get the drift.

I had a fantastic last couple of weeks of summer. Here are a few of the memories caught on camera (wether by cell cam, ipod cam, or a friend’s cam.) It’s a blog post to remember some of my last days of summer 2012.

I had the opportunity to attend our 5th annual Youth Retreat. πŸ™‚ It was great to get away…to spend time with friends, time without technology, to be inspired anew by what was said in the sessions (this year’s theme being the Fruit of the Spirit.) Β My Sister organized the food, so that included a big “cook day”:

The ride up to the retreat was as great as the retreat itself – almost. πŸ˜‰ My bro took the hard top off his Jeep…how fun is that?! SO fun!

One of the activities was a photo scavenger hunt…where instead of finding random listed objects… your team creates a scene or answers a question. The picture below answered the question: How DID you all fit in there?

Ah, good times. πŸ˜€ Our group for 2012.

Before the youth retreat, I was able to snatch a quick coffee with Astrid who is now back in Germany. I hate good byes… so this is a “see you later” picture. Astrid, I wish you all the best…I’m looking forwardΒ enjoying coffee again sometime either here in Canada or, in Germany…guess this depends on whoever visits first! πŸ˜‰

Right from the Youth Retreat we headed off to Armstrong B.C., home of the IPE – Interior Provincial Exhibition… Ah, we always just call it the Armstrong Fair. πŸ˜€ I missed it last year so I was glad when it worked out to go this year…especially because we were able to get tickets to the Rodeo!
Some of my family and friends enjoying Horse Blankets (deep-fried…dough. Kind of like a fresh donut…but flat – with sugar on it.) Can’t go to the fair without eating a horse blanket! πŸ™‚ SO much YUMMM!

Our cousin from England/Switzerland dropped in for a couple days on his way through on an extended bus trip. πŸ™‚ It’s been a few years since we’ve seen him, I’m glad he arranged his trip with a stop at our place! So…we enjoyed an afternoon of paintball. πŸ™‚

Four of my bros and I with Matt, our cousin. (He’s the one wearing the yellow scarf.) πŸ™‚

The next day we hiked up Bear Creek. I didn’t take my camera because to see the waterfall you have to swim through a small canal…and I didn’t want to risk dunking my camera. (Note to self: learn how to swim with camera…?)

Anyways, Matt zip locked his iPod in a bag and brought it through…so here’s a picture to prove I swam through coldish (we guessed around 14 degrees C …around 55 F) water to see this waterfall. πŸ˜›

This is all for now… it feels like my summer finally started…and now it’s over! πŸ™‚ But that’s ok… Fall is a wonderful time of year! I’m excited for whatever September my hold! πŸ˜€

Always, Aims

Special thanks to Mel, Gene, Kim’s Camera, and Matt’s iPod, for helping make some of these pictures possible πŸ˜€