Photographing during a Mistral

On the way to take my daughter to her nanny’s house, I noticed how amazing the clouds were in the morning. I rushed home, grabbed my camera, and returned to the road to begin shooting. The wind gusts kept blowing clouds, rearranging their positions, and ruining each shot I was setting up to take.

It is a frustrating, yet invigorating experience. I can’t wait to go out and do it again!

Here are some photos from this morning…


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Experimenting in Photoshop

I went for a little hike today. It normally takes my husband 10 minutes to reach the top of the hill to the old village, so I decided I’d go for a little walk. I wasn’t thinking clearly. I’m 5 months pregnant and struggled up the steep incline – it took me nearly 30 minutes to get up there! I came down huffing and puffing with some mild contractions.

It was 10am in the morning and cloudy. I love shooting with cloudy skies so the photographs are more dramatic, however, it turned out that with the light fog, most of my shots are flat.

Since most of my photographs are not excellent straight out of the camera, I thought it would be a good opportunity to experiment with some different post processing techniques.

I have yet to find my unique style and it’ll only come through lots of trial and error until something clicks. I think these photos look neat, but are over-processed. Here’s some of my work from today.



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What’s in my camera bag?

It’s been 11 years since I’ve photographed professionally. I used to shoot portraits and weddings and became too busy too soon, burning me out after only a few years.It’s taken me this long for me to find enjoyment in photography again. I’m now married, a mother of a toddler and 5 months pregnant. I want to get back into photography but have tight budget restrictions. I’ve held onto all my photography equipment – even after moving to Montreal and throughout France. My two Nikon D100s have some issues now and one of my zoom lenses broke, so it was time to do some shopping.

I purchased a used Nikon D300 on ebay for ony 480 euros that has shot less than 5,000 images. So far I’m extremely pleased with this purchase! I love the larger display on the back, ability to keep a moving subject in focus, and more vivid colors.

The next purchase I made was a Samyang 85mm F1.4. After much research, I found out that this lens is a very good competitor to Nikon’s 85 1.4. Since I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on upgrading my equipment, I decided to go for this cheaper lens. The bokeh is amazing! The only negative thing I can say is it’s a manual focus lens, so I’m fumbling around with it now until I get used to it.

I also bought a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) lens. It also received high marks, and for being such a wide lens, I couldn’t say no to this low price. Even though landscapes and macro are generally shot at small apertures, I also wanted to have flexibility to use it for portraits.

The last lens I snagged is the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6D ED. My Sigma 70-300mm is the lens that broke and I wanted to replace it. I found the Nikkor on Ebay for a steal, so I decided to go for the better glass. It’s quite a bit heavier than my Sigma and I miss the macro feature, however, it’s a sharp lens and I’m happy with it. When I get a little more cash, I’d like to get a lighter zoom lens for when I’m playing tourist, as this thing is heavy!

I’m holding onto my Sigma 28-105mm f/2.8-4.0 lens from the good ‘ol days. It was my favorite all around lens – even used it to shoot portraits and weddings. I loved the focal range I could get it on it and my images were sharp. I may not use it much now with these new lenses in my bag, however, it’s a great, trusty lens for taking with me on trips.


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