Test Shot

For my first test shot with the new lens, no subject seemed as appropriate as the little dog with the big eyes:

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Needless to say, I instantly fell in love with the lens. I took a few more shots after this,  just to play, and the midday lighting was perfectly captured! I cannot wait to get some more shots!

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Just Be Where You Are Today

The past two weeks I’ve taken some much needed down-time to spend with family and loved ones. It has been such a treat to simply laugh and relax with the most important people in my life.

During this mini-stay-cation, although we managed to sneak in quite a bit of fun, I had time to reconnect with some of my favorite hobbies. I have re-engaged with my yoga practice, crocheted many a scarf, watched far too much Game of Thrones, and, most excitingly, received a new camera lens!

This bad boy is a 50mm f/1.8. I’m still doing research and experimenting with it, but this ‘nifty fifty’ will certainly be a learning experience!

Stay tuned for more!

(The title of this post is a quote from my favorite YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriennewhich simply reminds me to accept where I am today, whatever manner that may be, while striving for a better tomorrow. It never fails to inspire me!)

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main. After only a few hours in the city, I was in love.

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How could anyone see that without at least a little bit of awe?

Although I could list dozens of things I loved about the city, my favorite was the unique blend of old and new. One minute, we were standing in the heart of the city above, while only a short walk away is the historic Frankfurt Cathedral (below).

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From the Frankfurt Cathedral’s bell tower, we stood in the old, and were dazzled by the new.

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The strong gothic architecture provides such a stark contrast to the soaring skyscrapers; the old yields to the overpowering new.

These structures are the heights of their respective century’s technology. Truly, this cathedral, in which emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were coronated, must have struck pilgrims down in wonder. Today, the dizzying heights of the new buildings have the same sort of effect. Really, then, are these building contrasting? Or saying the same thing, in a different language?

Feelin’ Crabby

During my trip to La Jolla, instead of photographing the majestic waves and never-ending horizon, I focused my attention on smaller objects, easy to pass by without notice. So, I decided to catch some crabs.Crab3

These little devils would scuttle away at the first sign of human movement, making them more than tricky to get a picture of; in the end, I managed to capture a few images I am proud of, especially these two, complicated by the pool of water and dark crack:

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My personal favorite of the day.

We also managed to capture this feisty, little guy…Crab5… who we then returned to his home.

These crabs were definitely a challenge; after all, these pictures are not perfect.However, they are my imperfect photos, and I loved every minute of this experience!

Stairway to Heaven

The beach is a magical place.

My friend once told me that “we like to walk on the beach… [because] all the cells in our bodies realize they’re close to their mom.”

With that thought in mind, we journeyed to La Jolla, a beautiful beach in Southern California, to find inspiration for both photography and blogging.Stairway to Heaven

There, I was entranced by the the curves of this nigh stairway. The smoothed stones create a path towards the light, with pockets of darkness dotting the winding journey.

Overall, the beach was a success, where we encountered crab friends, crashing waves, sand and rocks, and, of course, friendship.

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To USD:

To the friends I lost and made

in the shade

of the Immaculata;

To the late nights,

And,

of course,

to the early mornings;

To drinking more coffee

than my bladder could hold;

To the classes on crying;

To the professors who barely tolerated our existence,

And to those whose words changed mine;

Goodbye, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen.

Until graduate school (coming to Indiana, August 2016).IMG_3114

Mikala's musings and photograbs of life.