Winter snapshots

Here are some more photographs I took for my assignment. Featuring my friend M. as model, these were taken early Sunday morning last week. You may click on the images to view full size, and here to view the full TMA.

Winter snapshots

Winter snapshots

Winter snapshots

Winter snapshots


Amsterdam dusk

Dusk 2

I was testing my new Sony NEX-F3 camera yesterday and took these photographs of Elandsgracht in Amsterdam. (Click the photos to enlarge.)

Dusk 3

Dusk 4

Finding the perfect shot

Eiffel Tower 1

This is my attempt at telling a story through pictures …

A visit to Paris would definitely not be complete without the Eiffel Tower in one’s itinerary. On our first day in the city, my friends and I went there for yet another photo shoot. It was early evening and the place was teeming with tourists taking pictures. Having the camera frame all for ourselves proved to be really difficult, as passersby kept on appearing in our photos.

On our way back to the hotel, we saw this side street that still gives a nice view of the well-lit tower.  We took out my friend’s SLR camera and tripod once again, waited until no more vehicles were passing, and hurriedly took the following photos:

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

My comment: I think these photographs would not be able to tell a clear story on their own without the explanation I provided. Or would the post’s title, or an improvement of it, suffice?

Full monty


The sky was unusually clear today, so I thought of going out to take more pictures for this series of photographs I’m doing. Where to go to was a no-brainer, for a public park is just a stone’s throw away from my apartment here in Amsterdam. The challenge was how to capture nature showing rythm when everything seems to be in a torpid state this time of year.

Fortunately, seeing the tree above on my way to the park gave me an inkling of what to focus on for this photo shoot: trees going full monty as their way of syncing with the changing season. I did just that and was pleasantly surprised with these results:

Tree 2

Tree 3

Tree 4

Tree 6

Tree 5

Tree 7

I also took pictures of trees in Paris and I’m thinking of using them as examples of photos showing texture or pattern.

Still life


This is my second series of photographs, this time for the theme still life with complementary colors.  These pictures were also taken in Paris: the first three, at the Carrousel du Louvre Shopping Center; and the last one, at a chicken fastfood. Please click images to enlarge.




Romancing the camera

Musée du Louvre

I was in France this week to spend Christmas with friends, and I took the opportunity to snap these pictures with my five-year-old digital camera (Canon IXUS 860 IS). I have yet to get the DVD containing our lessons, so to get me started I just read The ultimate beginner’s guide to digital photography, a magazine I bought recently and brought with me for this trip. I also visited a number of websites, and this collection of photography tutorials was particularly helpful.

I’m starting off this series with the following shots of architectural buildings that show vertical lines.

La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Hôtel National des Invalides

Le Théâtre du Palais des Glaces

Arc de Triomphe



Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Château de Versailles

Featured structures are (from top): Musée du Louvre (photo 1), La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (photo 2), Hôtel National des Invalides (photos 3, 4 and 5), Le Théâtre du Palais des Glaces (photo 6), Arc de Triomphe (photo 7), Pantheon (photo 8 and 9), Université Paris (photo 10), and Château de Versailles (photo 11)

Please click the pictures to enlarge.