Manassas

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The best part about fall colors is that they are everywhere. You don’t really have to go far to enjoy them. Often times taking pictures around your neighborhood is just as good as going to Shenandoah National Park or anything like that. For example, Andrew and I spent some time in Manassas, VA over the weekend. Obviously Frankie had to come with us so we had a little mini photoshoot in the woods.

Now when most people think Manassas, they naturally think of the battlefields. But this was across the street from there. It was a great place to go with a whole bunch of trees. Plus Frankie is so photogenic, how could you go wrong 😉 In order to capture this, I had to take the stick he was chewing on out of his mouth and dangled it in front of my camera for him to look like he was looking at it. I was shooting on continuous and sort of hoped for the best. So when I first saw this image on my computer, I couldn’t help but smile.

Immediately all the captions started running through my head. For example…

  • ‘When they ask you if you want fries with that’
  • ‘When someone brings pizza to the party’
  • ‘When you’re sharing an ice cream cone and can’t wait for your next turn’

You get the idea. LOL.

Besides my furry model, I really enjoy looking at the shadows of this image. It was taken around noon so the shadows were extra long as the sun was right above us. I purposely had Frankie stand in the middle of two trees to help frame him and to make the image just a little more interesting to look at.

My camera settings for this image is F5.0 at 1/640th sec and ISO 500 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

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Normally I’m behind the camera. It’s where I feel the most comfortable and let’s be honest, the results are usually a whole lot better when I’m back there. LOL. But this time I could not resist stepping in front and throwing some leaves around. Especially when the fall colors are this amazing, how could you not? They’re gorgeoussss.

I took this in Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia. A great place to go when you want to capture some great open spaces. Obviously, this is not an open space.  I wasn’t even intending on taking an image like this when I arrived. I sort of did the same thing as I do when I’m in Washington, DC. I park my car and go. Either way, I think it still worked out, no?

My camera settings for this image is F3.5 at 1/40th of a second at ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 28-70mm lens. I had my camera on my tripod and set it on a 10 second timer in order to put myself in the image. It was a scramble to get in front of the lens and pick up a whole bunch of leaves to throw in the air in 10 seconds. It was fun scramble though. Wait, I just realized, does this mean I took a selfie? HAHA

On a totally different note, if you’re in the DC area, it will be worth your time to check out DC PhotoWeek that’s going on right now. I had the opportunity to check out some photo talks and the best of IGDC exhibit over the weekend and both were so great. I learned a lot and got to see some amazing images. There’s A LOT going on this week so take the time out to check it out. So worth it, trust me!

 

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So glad I’m home for all the leaves on trees to be changing. Something about it makes me so happy. I think it reminds me of my mom. You can’t go on a walk with her without her stopping every few steps to look at flowers or fruits growing from a tree. Now that I think of it, people can probably say the same thing about me and taking pictures. HAHA.

And here’s a super awesome photo of me throwing leaves in the air from the same spot 🙂

Falling Leaves

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If you ask me what is one of my all time favorite books ever, the first book that comes to mind is Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.

I have to admit that I was already a big fan of apple products before I read this book. I mean, I’m currently using my Macbook Pro to write this blog post and sitting right next to me is the 5th or 6th iPhone I’ve owned. We have old iPads, iPods, and basically anything else that apple sells besides the iWatch (only because I don’t really wear watches).

But I didn’t actually read this book, I listened to it on audible. So one evening I was preparing for a long drive the next morning and I knew I wanted to download a book. Sometimes music can get kinda boring so I wanted something that’d keep me entertained for at least 4-6 hrs. Then I remembered Andrew Warner saying how he loves to read biographies. So the first ever biography I decided to “read” was Steve Jobs.

Before listening, I already knew a little bit about him. I knew about his tantrums, he was a little crazy but overall super smart. Man, as soon as I started listening to the first 10 minutes or so, I was HOOKED! Initially, it was the part where Issacson pointed out the fact that Jobs knew he was already smarter than his parents at a very young age. Like, before he even started going to school. That’s insane but there is something so authentic about that statement that it really wanted me to get to know Steve even more.

As the book went on I became more and more interested in the way he cared so much about his work and everything he did. At times it made me wonder if I have the capacity to pay attention to so much detail like Jobs did. I could see why people thought he was a little crazy but I think it’s only because he cared so much about quality. Of course he’s human so he has made his own share of mistakes but he was definitely an artist in his own way. To that I am definitely appreciative of him and his genius for helping to improve my technological life. And of course for Finding Nemo 🙂

So, if you want a good book to really get lost into, I’d highly highly suggest, Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.