mountain tales


Within the past few months I have been visiting the mountains a lot. The one thing I find difficult is finding unique perspectives through my photography to make my images different from the usual cliche “mountain pictures.”

I absolutely love the mountains. Every time I am visiting the mountains I find myself forgetting I have a camera altogether and soaking in the beauty of it through my own eyes – not my lens. This is something that I think is super important – we are so tech savy Β in todays age that we forget to take the beauty of nature with our own eyes, not just with our cameras. So this is my challenge for you guys wether you take photos with your iphone or a thousand dollar camera – next time you are at a beautiful location in nature, put your phone/camera away for at least 5 minutes and just take the beauty in. It’s worth it.

Anyway, getting back to my first thoughts before I went on a bunny trail, I strive to find unique perspectives. Something that I try even though half of the time it kind of looks stupid, is to try and focus on somethingΒ otherΒ than the mountains. People always expect the focus to be on the magnificent rock formations that have filled thousands of photos, which is why it is cool to try something different. Looking at my photo of the picnic table, this is kind of what I am talking about. I focused on the table but the photo is still gorgeous because of the mountains in the back. (This is my personal opinion, you don’t have to agree with me. In fact I would love to hear your perspective on the matter.)

Have a great Saturday everyone! Feel free to comment πŸ™‚


new year with neon lights

parker4682parker4700happy new year everyone!Β 


This New Years Eve I went to churchill in Edmonton and took some pictures by the neon lights. These were my settings up here. This was my first time taking night pictures with low lighting and neon lighting, so I thought they turned out really great. I love the mood of these and the colouring. In the second one I brought saturation down compared to the vibrance of the first picture. I love all of my photos to be dramatic and to invoke some sort of emotion from viewers, even if it was “how did she get that picture to look like that?”

Enhancing – Photoshop CC

What I did to the first picture – I kept the vibrance the same and only tweaked that a little bit, but I selected the lenses of the models glasses and brought up the brightness and contrast of the lenses only. I thought it was a cool effect. I also gave her eyes a more dramatic look by adding black eyeshadow above her eyelids.

The second picture – For the second picture I added a green tint photo filter and brought down the saturation of the entire photo. I also contoured her face with the brush tool by adding a dark brown and darkened the colour of her lips.

What is your favourite picture you took in low lighting?

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The power of editing (enhancing)

parker4566parker4566-2The power of enhancing pictures is limitless. Through programs like photoshop CC, camera raw, and lightroom (and many more) you can create a transformation like this. I have never liked over enhancing photos, and even this one is a little over the top for me but I really love it. It has a fantasy/other world feel to it.

What I did (the jyst) Photoshop CC

-First of all, on the overall photo I boosted the contrast up and the boosted the clarity just a tad

-I then selected everything but the model and again boosted the contrast and brought the offset down to -0.0058

-Then again, I selected everything but the model and added a warming photo filter to give the atmosphere a unique warm feel.

-Then I went to the model- I used the paint brush tool and used the hard light option and 100% opacity to contour her face like adding makeup. I used a dark brown colour. I also added a bit of pink for blush, darkened her lips, and brightened her eyes. Then I also added a bit of black on her lash line to give her a more dramatic look.

-Last step, I added a photo filter to the entire photo not just the background. This is important because it ties in the photo and blends the background and the model naturally, this way the model doesn’t look like she is out of place, unless that is the look you are going for.

That’s all folks! tata for now πŸ™‚


Winter feels


So I got a new lens! A 50 mm 1.8/ f stop. So me and my cousin went out into my yard and this was one of the shots I took. I wanted to give it a unique look so I turned the saturation down and made her eyes brighter in photoshop, then finally added a photo filter of a dark greyish blue to give it the right mood. I love the contrast of the white of the snow and the darkness of the green on the trees. Also, I feel like her bright eyes and dark lips gives the photo sort of a fantasy feel to it. Kind of like she’s an elf on Lord of the Rings. πŸ˜€ It turned out great actually… and I am super impressed with this lens. What’s your favourite lens?

cute cabin feels

Today I hopped in my jeep and drove around my neighbourhood. I live in the country, so pretty much all that’s around me is trees, houses and snow. But I came across this cute park cabin, and snapped a shot. I tweaked the colour of the trees in photoshop so it’s more of a red/orange colour, just to blend elements in the picture better. Anyway, this is my first post on my new blog! yay! What do you like about the picture? What could be better?
Personally, I love the simplicity of this. The cabin is obviously the focal point of the picture yet it is so small inΒ this shot. I like the repetition of the trees and how it directs your eye to the cabin, and how there are about three different entry ways to different paths to leave the viewer wondering of where they go. Anyway, let me know what you think.

Adios for now peeps