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The Catacombs of Paris

While visiting Paris, I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I got to go the Parisian Catacombs.

Note: All of these photos are completely unedited in any way. So if things look odd, that is because, well, they did look odd.

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The signs outside the entrance said, in multiple languages, “Not for the weak of spirit” and I have to agree. Despite this, though, I thought it was a fascinating place. It was full of history, if a slightly morbid history.

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menskulls

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I think someone must have tried to take a picture at the same time I did – that’s the only thing I can think of to explain the crazy green color.

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If you’ve never been, and you are not, “faint of spirit” I’d recommend going if you have the chance. It is quite an experience.

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Life of a River Rat

It has been really nice these past couple of days, so I’ve been going to the river and the park a fair bit. Here are some pictures from the past couple of days!

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This was last week, I think. It was lots of fun, frolicking around the park.

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The river again! It is interesting how different places get different editing styles. The river always gets a green filter, to bring out the browns and yellows, and a slight blur. I think it makes it look more summery.

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By the time we left, the moon had risen.

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A Huck Finn Adventure

Today, some friends and I went down to the river. We ate sandwiches and salads, then frolicked in the water. I, of course, took a large number of photos, as did the boy.

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We were not the only ones with the idea. But it was kind of nice to see everyone there – it really made it feel like spring.

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The water was fairly cold – no one wanted to go very far into the water. Brinn was adventurous, though.

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Not pictured – Brinn taught me how to skip ricks! The image on the right is of my victory pose.

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Joe looks so serious and dashing! Brinn does not. Adorable, though.

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D’aww.

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An Amalgamation of Events

First of all, I tested out a new lens today, a 50mm f/1.8. All of these photos were taken with it. And let me tell you, I am blown away by this lens. It is a beauty. I barely edited anything in these photos. My 35mm ain’t got nothin’ on this lens, at least when it comes to portraits.

Speaking of portraits! A friend in my digital arts class, Fitz, needed to have his senior portrait taken, but had missed the school deadline. And so, here are some of the portraits I took. If you’d like to see more, look here.

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I had a little trouble figuring out the focus on it, though. Although I normally use the manual focus on my 35mm, it has a zoom. I had never realized how much I depended on the zoom to focus until I couldn’t anymore. So some of these photos are not as sharp as I might of liked. But, oh! This lens! When I did focus it properly, it was remarkably clear. Crisp, even. I could wax poetic all day.

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Flowers and Fitz have little to do with one another, but holy cow look at the bokeh in the flower image! Isn’t that something?

And after taking photos of Fitz, we explored a bit under the bridge on campus.

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And finally, unrelated to anything else, you have the flower pin that is currently living on my purse. Isn’t it pretty?

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PS: If you need portraits taken for something, contact me and let me know! I’d be happy to talk with you. 🙂

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Spring Break Pt. II – Snapshots

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I cut my hair! How exciting! I actually really like it, it is remarkably refreshing.

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I also went down to UVA to hang with this lovely lady. She is one of my best friends, but since she lives far away and goes to a different school, I don’t get to see her much. So any time we hang out, it is always really exciting. Moreover, no matter how long it has been since we’ve seen each other, we always seems to pick up like it’s been no time at all.

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In short – I am kind of in love with her. 🙂

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The boy came down too!

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While visiting, we made cupcakes! They were pomegranate & blood orange cupcakes – we used this recipe. I’d highly recommend it.

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And finally, as always, I took pictures of flowers – once again, with the lenses the boy got me.  I mean, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take an inordinate amount of macro flower-photos. But with such shiny lenses to play with, it becomes increasingly hard to resist.

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The Little Things

Midterms are coming, midterms are coming! Run for your lives!

Oh wait, they are already here. Damn.

Here are a few small things that made me happy in the midst of this insanely chaotic weekend.

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I actually don’t really like mushrooms (gasp!) but these were tasty. This probably had something to do with the amount of butter they were cooked in.

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Roses! I love two-toned roses.

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Salad noms. Cause I’m healthy like that. (I totally ate this with ribs.)

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He is such a goof-ball, it makes me smile.

PS: From this point forward, until I get a new lens (read – far in the future) I refuse to try and shoot nice photos after the sun sets. My little lens cannot handle lighting like that, poor thing. And I hate, hate, hate flash. So no more of that.

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Oh Joy!

Today was a picnic day! I went out with some friends and we nommed sandwiches at a local park.
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My friends are awesome. If you want to see a few more photos, look here. 🙂

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