Sunday, November 11, 2018

Little birds told me you'd like to see how my Samhain looked like this year. So I took my camera with me as I was sure my phone won't handle any more autumnal darkness.
What is Samhain exactly? It's the original, pagan holiday that later became Halloween, combining a lot of different customs from all over the world. It brought carved pumpkins for example!
The day symbolizes the end of rural year, giving us a lot of crops to celebrate with. It's a perfect time to forgive, to get rid of bad and toxic energy from our lives and of course it's the time to honor the dead, to bring back the memory of them. Usually it's celebrated with a special dinner, full of crops, fruit, pumpkin, bread, wine or cider (cider for the win!). For the first time in my life I was not alone and it's the nicest feeling to be with someone who cares as much as you do.
Next one is Yule and it collides with Christmas so the whole December will be a one, huge holiday - I can't wait for it so much!
(feel free to ask any questions you might have about pagan holidays, I won't bite <3)

Terrible at living.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Autumn is showing it's ugly face recently. It's early but I can call it - frost is bitting my lips and cheeks every time I go out and stone cold rain is putting out my fire of thoughts. I gave up on challenges and goals - I'm trying to take whatever I can from every free moment.
Although I'm terrible at living these days. I don't get up when I don't have to, I don't force myself to do anything.
I rearranged my room a little bit. Sometimes the tiniest thing makes such a difference!
The mysterious atmosphere of Halloween (for me - Samhain) is everywhere. I had no chance to go to see celebrations in the medieval village I celebrated Litha in but still - I'm pretty excited for the day. It's not "trick or treats" for me, it's a wonderful dinner made of all earth gave us. With wine and cider, candles and pumpkins, dried leaves and conkers. Nature ends it's cycle, the winter begins, loudly driving us all home to hide from cold.

Half past autumn.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Oh how I failed with my B&W photo challange! There were so many colors around me I couldn't simply desaturate them all.
So here are another snippets of my day to day life, filled with work and cold evenings on my way back home.
Street lights shine bright very early, fondly, ineffectively trying to warm us up. Tips of my fingers tingling from cold, wishing my mittens were in my pockets this very moment. October is almost over, and now there's only Christmas spirit shyly waiting to jump on us from behind. Not yet, please, I still have a photoshoot and an autumnal walk to do.

First days of autumn.

Monday, October 8, 2018

You know me well - I absolutely love autumn. Especially that the weather is still so stunning! Every day I see all the trees getting more and more colorful - like they're waiting for me to photograph them. As I absolutely failed in #inktober I decided to give myself small challenges every week of autumn - this one I'll prepare a Black&White challenge! Even though the world is full of colours, I will try to capture a few wonderful moments in b&w pictures. Of course - feel free to join me and let me know in the comments so I can see it.
I've been shattered between the world of dreams and our real world recently. A hectic run between work and home with no pleasure, no joy. I don't agree for such situation, because I'll have to wait a whole year for another autumn.

Remember Spain?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Last year I spent the best time ever in Spain, in Santander. It's a small city with adorable architecture and wonderful views. It was the best week I've had in many years. I had a dream that I went back there so I decided to refresh and edit again some of the pictures - it still surprises me how different my editing is every year.
I hope you enjoy a little throwback.

The ultimate app for vintage looking photos.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Film photography is now popular more than ever - old school looking photos are a great thing to catch our memories into. More and more people buys old cameras to feel this immortal soul of a film roll.
But what if you want to check if it's your cup of tea and don't want to spend money on all this gear?
Of course - your smartphone will come with help. We have such apps as Huji, Gudak of Feica. Sounds familiar? Of course it does.
Because testing apps and softwares is my huge passion, I'm always up to date with all kinds of applications that can make our photography better and more unique using only the phone in our pockets.
These apps I mentioned are really good and if not free - very affordable. I'm never satisfied so I keep searching. Few days ago I found NOMO and my world changed 180 degrees. The app is free and gives you 8 different cameras to use - 2 of them are free of charge and the rest we can buy for $0.99 each. It's the best simulation of film camera I've ever seen. We can choose from Nikon 35 Ti, Toy camera, Fisheye, Ricoh GR21, Polaroid OneStep 2, Olympus mju-II, Lomography LC-A and Fujifilm Instax. Tempting? I hope so!
As a film photography freak I highly recommend checking it out to get the best emulation possible. I compared Instax and Polaroid photos with real films and I was so impressed with similarity.
But what if you're an amateur and you have no idea what I'm talking about?
Keep calm, I come with examples. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Nikon 35 Ti
Lomography LC-A
Polaroid OneStep 2

Fujifilm Instax

Toy Camera

so sad so sexy

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I keep my reality in pictures. Words are not whole when you’re down. Everything is okay but nothing’s good.
It bores me to death. I need to change my meds or therapy.  Not sure which one, probably both. I know I’m monothematic, I really do. But I only have two states - depression and indifference. These are my only states of mind for last 12 years. And of course, I have fun. But the heart stays dry like a raisin. I hate raisins in my cheesecake.

Agata invited me to a question game.  Go and check her wonderful cooking blog out! Thank you so, so much and here are my answers:

1. What would be your perfect place for holidays?

2.  When everything and everyone annoys you…
... I listen to music.

3. Did you see any movie worth watching recently?
I binge watched The Alienist for the second time, does it count?

4. Water - sparkling or still?

5. What makes you cry of laughter?
Jeff Dunham.