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Paris - Light

I walked into my hotel today to the most stunning light I have ever seen in a hotel room. 

It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks. Really, it’s been a whirlwind of a few months.

And while my heart is heavy (incredibly so), it was enough to make me pause, take a deep breath, and just embrace the now, here in Paris.

Sometimes the now is all we really have.

And that can be beautiful.


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Paris - Light

I walked into my hotel today to the most stunning light I have ever seen in a hotel room.

It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks. Really, it’s been a whirlwind of a few months.

And while my heart is heavy (incredibly so), it was enough to make me pause, take a deep breath, and just embrace the now, here in Paris.

Sometimes the now is all we really have.

And that can be beautiful.

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Vivienne Gucwa - Winter 2013-2014

I realized recently that I hadn’t updated my profile photos across social media in a while (all of my social profiles are listed on the front page of my site). Since I have a different set of reds in my hair currently (flame-point ombre action), it seemed time for some newer profile photo options. These were all taken yesterday.

Oddly enough, this is the first time ever I have taken jpgs with the Sony A99 (after taking thousands of RAW images) since I just wanted straight out of the camera photos and didn’t want to bother with these too much. Kind of loving the straight out of camera jpg quality!

A year or so ago, I wrote about how I have never viewed the world with both eyes after I had a freak accident involving a bug colliding into my good eye which rendered me blind for a few days while my cornea healed. You can read about that here if you want:

A tale of my one-eyed view of the world.

What’s always interesting to me about the process of taking self-portraits are the little things I realize about my own behavioral patterns. For example, when I look through the images, it’s always fascinating how much I subconsciously favor my good eye when I take these sorts of photos. I have a tendency to let my hair fall naturally over my inactive eye (the right one) which draws the focus to my working eye (the left one). In regular life, I do the same because, quite frankly, since I don’t use my right eye at all, it doesn’t bother me to have my hair fall naturally over it.

For a change this time, I consciously tried to make sure I was capturing both eyes in this series. But it was a struggle and I did lapse into old habits.

It did make me more keen on also capturing other aspects of my personality as well. I laugh quite a bit when I am out and about but I have such an aversion to seeing my smile in photographs. So, I tried really hard to get over this odd (or maybe not so odd) phobia as well. Baby steps.

As I stated in the earlier thread about my one-eyed view of the world, I always wonder how this affects my photographic vision (pun intended). I suppose I will never really know. It’s interesting to ponder though.

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View these photos larger in a set here (click on each photo in the set to enlarge):

The Self

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Sony QX100 with an iPhone.
Yup! I think my excitement is palpable here… ;)
This is the ‪Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera‬ . It officially releases to the public at the end of this month in limited quantities but I was fortunate to get my hands on one.
I have only been playing around with it for the last few hours and I am basically in love with this device. The image quality is insanely good since it has a 20 MP sensor with a Zeiss f/1.8 lens attached. I plan on taking tons of photos with it all over NYC this week.
For the curious, there is another version of this device called the Sony QX10 Smartphone Attachable Camera which has a different lens and sensor and ships at a lower price)
If you haven’t heard of this device yet, it’s a lens and sensor all in one that you can literally control with your smartphone. It’s also device agnostic and works on most Android and iOS devices which is how I am using it with my iPhone here.
There is an attachment that allows you to put it on the back of your phone but you can also hold it like this or at different angles and you can even put it on a tripod or sit it down while using your phone to take photos with it.
You also have an option of sharing photos you take with this to your phone’s library for easy sharing to Instagram, Facebook, or wherever or you can share directly to Twitter via the interface.
I plan on writing a lengthy post about the QX100 this week including screenshots of the interface and more photos. I think this device has the potential to create a shift in the world of mobile photography. Exciting times!Update: Here are Sony QX100 photos taken from the top of the Empire State Building:Sony QX100 Photos
Update 2: Here is my post about the QX100’s menus, interface, and shooting modes with screenshots:Sony QX100 Interface, Menus, Shooting Modes

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Sony QX100 with an iPhone.

Yup! I think my excitement is palpable here… ;)

This is the ‪Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera‬ . It officially releases to the public at the end of this month in limited quantities but I was fortunate to get my hands on one.

I have only been playing around with it for the last few hours and I am basically in love with this device. The image quality is insanely good since it has a 20 MP sensor with a Zeiss f/1.8 lens attached. I plan on taking tons of photos with it all over NYC this week.

For the curious, there is another version of this device called the Sony QX10 Smartphone Attachable Camera which has a different lens and sensor and ships at a lower price)

If you haven’t heard of this device yet, it’s a lens and sensor all in one that you can literally control with your smartphone. It’s also device agnostic and works on most Android and iOS devices which is how I am using it with my iPhone here.

There is an attachment that allows you to put it on the back of your phone but you can also hold it like this or at different angles and you can even put it on a tripod or sit it down while using your phone to take photos with it.

You also have an option of sharing photos you take with this to your phone’s library for easy sharing to Instagram, Facebook, or wherever or you can share directly to Twitter via the interface.

I plan on writing a lengthy post about the QX100 this week including screenshots of the interface and more photos. I think this device has the potential to create a shift in the world of mobile photography. Exciting times!

Update: Here are Sony QX100 photos taken from the top of the Empire State Building:

Sony QX100 Photos

Update 2: Here is my post about the QX100’s menus, interface, and shooting modes with screenshots:

Sony QX100 Interface, Menus, Shooting Modes

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I have a pretty big announcement that I will be making this week regarding my photography!

Really excited. In the meantime, these are just some silly photos I took while playing with the gorgeous light in my hotel room in San Diego last week. It was the end of the journey after a whirlwind 3 days and I just wanted to capture the happiness I was feeling.

I was posting most of my California updates to my Facebook while I was away if you are curious: Here is my Facebook.

More NYC posts and my big announcement coming up this week (plus my recap of the experience I had in California)! ♥ 



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photography portfolio here, email me, or ask for
help.

I have a pretty big announcement that I will be making this week regarding my photography!

Really excited. In the meantime, these are just some silly photos I took while playing with the gorgeous light in my hotel room in San Diego last week. It was the end of the journey after a whirlwind 3 days and I just wanted to capture the happiness I was feeling.

I was posting most of my California updates to my Facebook while I was away if you are curious: Here is my Facebook.

More NYC posts and my big announcement coming up this week (plus my recap of the experience I had in California)! ♥

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View my photography portfolio here, email me, or ask for help.