Simplicity

I’m not sure if I could tell when was the last time I did an update, here. Well, at least not without looking at the lastest post. Today, I spent an entire day with my family, it was a Sunday as it’s supposed to be. Family, friends and no work. It was a beautiful, sunny (yet cold) Sunday. Some of you might remember my sister (first cousin) who I was taking photos of all the time, like, 5-9 years ago. Then, I stopped. Somehow, I didn’t want to blast her photos all over Internet. She is almost 15 now and grown into a beautiful young woman. I couldn’t resist but to take a few snaps, as the light was beautiful and the hair wreath was a perfect touch. Young people sport everything so much better.

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Along with the Photoshop CS6, I purchased VSCO Film (pack 1) and have been playing with it ever since. I really love the filmy effect it gives. I know the packs are the new it thing among digital photographers these days but, I genuinely like them, not just because everyone is using it. I remember, back in the 2006/7., my processing work was so crazy blown out. Not to mention fake blurs, hyper contrasts, textures, over saturation, … You name it, I’ve done it. I’m not saying these are all bad processing ways to go but I really was misusing them. I am glad my post processing has become more clean and simple. Over the years, thankfully, I think I have finally found my processing niche. Don’t get me wrong, even the best presets may look terrible, including the VSCO ones, if you use them incorrectly. Haha, I hope I’m using them right. Please, comment bellow what were your worst processing mistakes. Let’s share a laugh together as mine were pretty serious, hehe.  See you later and God bless.

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The new spring

Even though this was taken last Spring, I found it suiting for what I’m about to write. I have finally purchased my very own Photoshop CS6 licence (lifetime, not Creative Cloud). So what, you probably think. But, I’ve been waiting to make this step for 6 years as I didn’t want to use illegal copy. Basically, that’s not how I roll when it comes to the movies, editing programs and so on.  I’m so happy as I can finally do the editing my way.  For six years, I was seriously limited with what I could do, using programs I was never satisfied with. Except for when I used PS trials of each and every new edition. Imagine converting every .nef raw file to .dng just so you could edit it. Ah. Never, ever.

Now, I really feel motivated as I finally have all the predispositions for happy editing. I know that’s not the essence of photography rather good frames, light and subjects. But, being a digital shooter, processing kinda goes with the territory and Photoshop is something that gets me the furthest in my expression. I really tried all kinds of programs; Gimp, Ps Elements, DxO, Lightroom, that Nikon program I always forget the name of, Corel, … and none,  I honestly claim, none is a match for Photoshop. They are all good, don’t get me wrong but, for me, they would only get me so far. I know awesome photographers who would choose Lightroom over Photoshop anyday. They might not understand my PS appreciation. Hehe. In the end, it’s the final result that matters, just different weapons of choice.

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Sometime ago, I blogged about being lost in this whole art; no inspiration, no motives, no photography. And, I really was in that place. I would catch myself using the iPhone more than my DSLR. Tragic, ain’t it? I mean, photography world tragic. Then, I started to think about where my life would be if I didn’t discover photography all those years ago. For the last 8 years, photography has really been God’s gift to me. If I didn’t say YES to it, I wouldn’t have met some of my dearest friends who I can’t imagine my life anymore without. Not just that. When I shoot, I’m genuinely happy. But, again, it’s never just that. Many opportunities evolved out of my passion for photography such as the contract with Getty Images providing a somewhat steady income every month. Nothing major but, it did save my student budget quite a few times. It also gave me the opportunity to serve God, in the parish life but, we don’t wanna boast about that, do we? Hehe.

I really feel enthusiastic for the future projects even though my main and the most important project is living a life and documenting it as I go. Thank you all for the super sportive comments on my last pity party post. I really loved all your thoughts and advice. Thank you, God bless.

REMEMBER ME? NEITHER DO I

People have been asking about the new post since, evidently, there’s been a total lack of one. Ever since I enrolled with the full time job, I literally don’t have time. Not to mention the lack of photos (apart from the iPhone ones). I am 100% grateful I got this job but it is in the place I live in and I don’t get to go anywhere. Where I live, I completely ran out of ideas and things to shoot. And, that is where I am now. I can’t remember the last time I actually picked up my camera for anything other than 365 Project purposes.  Being out of any idea, I have moments of serious reconsideration on why to continue with photography. I know that’s life right now but, it makes me so incredibly sad. I have a serious passion for it but that is just not enough. I’m sick of shooting coffee cups and cats even though I both love dearly. I’m literally stuck in this place and only update my Instagram. With cats and coffee cups, of course.

If you, like myself, can’t live without photography, you know how it feels when you don’t get to shoot for some time. I constantly ask myself what is the purpose of all this if I’m not happy. Photo possibilities are a rare gem for me, these days. I know, go somewhere, you might say. I can’t. I mean, I can. But, what after that? It’s a quick fix, one blog post material and that is it. Back to my old life.  I am seriously not in a good mood. I try to write the most comforting posts here but, today, I just need one in return.  God bless.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR + ZAGREB TRIO

Happy New Year guys! Hope the beginning of this brand new 2015. has been pretty neat for you so far. Mine was amazing, especially because it sort of ended with spending time with my friends I get to see not very often, Marijana and Mirko. We often call it Flickr Mixr but,  in reality, it’s so much more than that as they are my good friends, regardless of the photography.  As usual, we met in Zagreb.

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Zagreb, these days, is covered with cliche bokeh opportunities that are simply impossible to leave out. I especially love the ice skating arena area on King Tomislav Square. It really is like in a fairy tale. The only thing I don’t like about it, is the icy, frozen ground as we’ve been having snow and pretty low temperatures. Other than that, beautiful.

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On that note, the majority of our time we spent indoor, in this cute little cafe called Velvet, laughing and discussing everything, as usual. If ever in Zagreb (and like this sort of cafes), you should most definitely visit this one, especially if you’re a lifestyle photographer. Everything is just so classy and artistically put together. I wish I had taken more photos of the place. But, I’m sure the trio will visit Velvet once again, sometime in the future. I have some more photos of the place but it was all taken with my phone. I guess I’ll just have to write a seperate post and share them with you. Until then, I wish you all a very blessed beginning of this new year. Much love.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS + VENTURING INTO IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Hello everyone. I finally got around to sit down, take a deep breath and write a Christmasy blog post. With that being written, I wish you all a blessed Christmas and may the baby Jesus brings you peace, both in your hearts and lives.

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We still haven’t had snow. I guess the northern half of Europe is under its cover. Us, in the south, are still waiting for it. All we’ve been having are clear, cold, frozen mornings which, in my opinion, are not bad at all.  Christmas break has begun and now I have a lot more time for blogging and taking photos. Even though, my lack of inspiration and motivation is killing me. Not to mention, as of yesterday, I don’t have any legit processing software to use. By legit, I mean – good. So, I had to get back to the basics and using the old Elements 8. I miss my filmy actions. Don’t expect processing miracles as these are raw adjustment and copy background layer + soft light only photos. Not my cup of tea but Elements really can really get only so far.

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If you’ve been following my Instagram, you might have noticed (since I got an iPhone), I’ve gone phone camera crazy and upload all the time. A few years ago, taking photos with a phone camera would be the cardinal offence, in my book. Instagram is a phone camera platform (mostly) and it really proved me how you don’t have to always use dslr to achieve quality. Ok, dslr is still dslr but, I’ve really grew fond of taking nochalant everyday snaps and turning them somewhat artsy. Now, as every dlsr + smartphone owner, I pick up both when shooting something, somewhere. What I like about phone camera photography is the use of VscoCam app which I use religiously, lately. I’ve wanted to try out VSCO for years but never had a phone that supports it. My next step would be VSCOFilm packs but that will happen after I purchase Photoshop. There is no point in spending $119 for one pack when you don’t have Photoshop. Until then, I will gladly continue to play with the Cam version. You can check out some of my snaps on Grid, too. So, in the future, expect multiple camera photos, both phone and dslr. The latter is still my weapon of choice but, I’m really liking the phone one, too! Hehe, have a merry Christmas, once again. God bless!

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