Thursday, June 29, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #26


Some days ago, I went to see one of my favorite bands, Anathema, and after some consideration, I decided to take the chance and bring my camera along. This time, I took the 35mm lens instead of the kit lens.
Even though I would lose the possibility of zooming, I gained a LOT by having a much larger aperture. 
If you want to know more about this lens then, please check this post.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Photography | What's new


Today's post is a little update on my photography set up.
Recently, I bought a new lens for my Sony a6000 as I noticed that for indoor photography my kit lens could not (or I wasn't able) give me the results or type of photographs I was looking for.

When shooting indoors, I mostly do food or products (yeah, I will start sharing a few more of those here) and normally, the light condition is not so good anymore.
After some extensive research and debating if I should or not put some money into this or not, I finally made up my mind and order a Sony SEL35F18. This means it is a 35mm lens with a maximum aperture of 1.8.
It comes with two caps (front & back) and lens hood.
Why I choose this lens? Well, since the Sony a6000 is not a full frame and has a cropped factor of about 1.53, this lens will be an equivalent of a 50mm on a full frame camera.
I watched and read several reviews, but there was one that really helped me out. Watch the video here.
So far, I have used this lens only for product photography and I am super happy with the results! It allows me to take nice sharp photos even in low light conditions due to the large aperture number.
Since this lens has a fixed focal length, in order to "zoom in or out" you must move forward or backward. A little bit of exercise hurt nobody, right?
The back of the lens.
In the near future, I want to take this baby out on the street and see what I can come up with.

What is your photography set up?
Do you have a favorite lens (or lenses)? Share your thoughts with me!
Let's be geek together! 😊

See you soon!

Next Post: June 29th @ 9am CET

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #25


Facade [noun]
1. the principal front of a building, that faces onto a street or open space;
2. a deceptive outward appearance.

Week 25/52

Are you a person who cares about facades or you can skip that when it comes to people?

I have the tendency to follow my intuition and if I don't like the "facade" of a person, most likely we will not get along.

When it comes to buildings, I love to stare at them; just like this one on the photo.

By the way, this post also marks the very photo taken with my new lens! 😍
Soon a post on that.

Photo details:
Location: Netherlands
Settings: Sony a6000, ISO 100, 35mm, f/2.5, 1/400s 

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Next Post: June 26th @ 9 am CEST 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

An evening with EPICA - Concert photos


WARNING: picture heavy post

There is a big chance that most people reading this post know the background but for those of you who may not, my boyfriend plays drums in a band.
So, a week ago I had the opportunity to check out Mr.A and his "compadres" playing in Dordrecht.
It was a fantastic show; both crowd and band were on top of their game and the synergy between both was just amazing.

Never I had seen such an intense Dutch crowd...

I thought to myself: "this is a great chance to go and take some photos".
During soundcheck, I wanted to try out my new lens but totally forgot to use it (fail...) and ended up using the kit lens all the time, and also during the show.

Now, let's make a few things clear before I overload you with photos:
I am not a PRO nor I have a "concert photography" setup. I just used my Sony a6000 with the kit lens. Also important to mention that I was quite far from the stage.
But hey: I tried!

A little reminder: all photos are my property. If you decide to use them then please give credits and do not cut or remove watermarks. Be cool, ok?πŸ˜‰

All photos w/ Sony a6000 & SEL1650

Now, tell me: did you like the photos? Have you got any favorite?
Also, I am willing to learn more so be free to share tips & tricks with me in the comments below. Much appreciated!

If you got curious about the band then please check to get to know them and maybe even check them out live! It will be fun I can guarantee you!

See you soon!

Next Post: June 22nd @ 9 am CET

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #24


Life is only a reflection
of what we allow
ourselves to see

- author unknown -

Monday, June 12, 2017

The sights of the Netherlands | Alkmaar


Who's in to get to know Alkmaar?
It was an impulsive decision to go to Alkmaar for a day trip but it was totally worth it; it is such a cute town in North Holland province.
The ride to get there was very easy; did not have to drive at all! Hopped on the train and sat for 3 hours... Nice!

Alkmaar is located just 30km from Amsterdam which makes it ideal for those of you planning on coming this way.

We (me and Mr.A) visited the city on a Sunday and I thought that perhaps it wouldn't have been a wise decision but let me tell you: the town was crowded and certainly not "dead".
Apparently, there was this medieval fair going on all over downtown, or let's call it the Old City, which attracted lots of tourists. I wasn't aware of this... 😎

In my perspective, Alkmaar has all the cute things you find in Amsterdam but without all the crap you find there as well.
Kind of in the same line as Delft as I showed you in previous posts (check out Delft #1, Delft #2, Delft #3).

Since I do not want this post to be overloaded with photos, I will divide in a couple of posts.

So, without further dues, come along on my day in Alkmaar!

All photos taken with Sony a6000 & by me.

Did you like it?? 😊
Have you visited Alkmaar? 
If not, I totally recommend you to put it on your "to-visit list".

Come check the second part of the day in Alkmaar. I will announce on my social media when it will be online. So, don't forget to follow me & the blog on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Bloglovin so you won't miss out!

See you soon!

Next Post: June 15th @ 9 am CET

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #23


As far as my memory goes, I have always been a book lover.
I don't know what it is but I get fascinated with all those pages, the stories unfolded and the endless movies you can make in your own mind while reading a good book.
The love extends to book fairs, bookstores, and libraries.

Monday, June 05, 2017

My blogging experience


source: pixabay

On today's post, I thought it would be nice to share with you how my blogging journey has been going on, what I still like about it and what I don't.

I remember very well the day I had this crazy thought of creating a blog; I was driving home back from work and thinking about life and my experience as an immigrant. And this was almost 4 years ago.
Throughout the years, there were moments that I was more into blogging than others. Sometimes it just felt like there was nothing to share or at least relevant to my readers.
It hasn't been always easy to come here and write content that I am satisfied with; because the last thing I want to have is a blog without content and just random stuff.
It does help to have a schedule (2 posts/week) in order to create content and take photos (which helps me to improve my photography skills). And you know, this is a very nice hobby!!

Believe it or not, but this hobby takes quite some time, effort and preparation in order to write a post but in the end, I am always happy that I did it. And it makes me even happier to see that more and more people read this blog, leave a comment, follow on social media and all that jazz.
It's very nice to have feedback from you! I really appreciate it.

May was an extraordinary month for the blog; had the highest page views of all time in a single month and a lot of social media interaction.
I am mostly active on Twitter, but also on Facebook and Instagram. If you like, give me/the blog a follow to stay up to date.

On Twitter, I found a great support and boost for the blog, by joining RT accounts that are sweet enough to share my content with their followers. Believe me, it's a GREAT help!
Also, participating in Twitter chats has been so amazing, as I get to know fellow bloggers and really nice people. Unfortunately, life has been a bit busy and I haven't been able to join as many chats lately as I'd like to.
I read several stories of people having troubles with the community, but so far, for me, it has been only positive! #happy

Now tell me; what type of posts are your favorites?

And, what would you like to read from me? Did you know that in the Contact page you can drop me a little message?
So, if you've got any requests or things you'd like to read my opinion about, just hit the contact form and tell me.

But before I go, let me say OBRIGADA (thank you in Portuguese) for you being here and reading my stories. 

See you soon!

Next Post: June 8th @ 9 am CET

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #22


When looking at this plant in my garden, it made me think that if we were plants, we would have endless chances to start over. Wouldn't that be great?
Sometimes, I wish that was possible...

Week 22/52
Rebirth | May '17
What are your favorite plants/flowers? 
I cannot wait for these to blossom completely. 

Photo details:
Location: my garden πŸ˜‰
Settings: Sony a6000, ISO100, 24mm, f/5.0, 1/80s 

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Next Post: May 29th @ 9am CET 

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