Going RAW

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I’m going to go a bit technical today and talk about my photography, because the outfit is pretty straightforward and I have nothing else to talk about. Since I moved home, I’ve been color-editing my photos to make the tone more consistent, because the light here can vary so much from day to day. Back in LA I can always count on bright sun or some lovely magic hour light, but here, one day it may be overcast and the light is nicely diffused, the next it may be harsh sunlight, and the next it may be the yellowish light after a thunderstorm. That’s not to mention sometimes I have to take pictures indoor too, and our house is not the best for natural light (it’s built to keep every bit of sun out, not let it in.) So I would run my photos through a color-editing software to get a more consistent tone. Most of the time it turned out OK, but I’m not entirely happy with it because the photos sometimes ended up with a weird purple undertone, or they would get overexposed, and plus it’s just too time-consuming.

So starting from this week, I’ve switched to shooting in RAW. I wish I’d done so earlier because it gives me much more freedom to tweak the colors and exposure to my liking, and saves me a lot of time too. It’s probably going to take some more tinkering for me to get the photos how I want them, but so far I’m happy with the results.

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Shirt & Belt: thrifted, Skirt: local shop, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: gift


On Location

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Are you guys sick of seeing the same background in my photos all the time? I know I am. I keep meaning to scout some new photo locations, and have actually found a couple places with potential near my house, but when it’s time to actually take the photos, I always balk and decide to stay home instead. One, I’m lazy and don’t want to venture out (sometimes I’m too busy to go out, but mostly I’m too lazy.) Two, I know people are going to stare and I’m not comfortable dealing with that (it was different back in LA, when most people didn’t give me a passing glance and those who actually did stare or approach me were so weird that they didn’t make me feel like I’m the weird one). Three, I have to admit, I don’t feel completely safe dragging a camera and tripod around on my own. Sad but true. Our neighborhood is relatively safe, but you can’t never be too careful around here.

Maybe I’ll try to bring the camera with me to school one of these days and take pictures during lunch break but I’d probably die of embarrassment if a professor, or God forbid, a student, saw me. So I guess I’ll just stick to the front yard for now. Oh well. The outfit should be the main focus anyway, right? Though this outfit is really basic so I’m not sure how much of a focus it can be.

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Shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Hermes, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: self-made


The Oval Office

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Now this is a familiar outfit – after uploading these photos to my computer I spent a good five minutes staring at them trying to think if I’ve worn something similar before. I know I haven’t, since this dress is new and I’ve only worn it twice, so I guess the outfit looked familiar simply because it’s a combination I’ve worn time and time again. Anyway, it’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Oval Office“. I almost went with the pattern mixing of red stripes and blue polka dots, but in the end I thought that would be too 4th of July, so I picked the white-blue-yellow color scheme instead. I only wish I hadn’t donated my red striped espadrilles, because they would be perfect for this (but then again they’re really, really uncomfortable, which is why I donated them in the first place.)

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Thank Heavens it was still cool enough after the storm for me to wear my cardigan, and it stopped raining long enough for me to take these photos. Seriously, our backyard looked like this:

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Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

Dress: Miss Sixty, Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Flats: Caprice, Brooch: vintage


Pinterest Fail

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I’ve been wanting to recreate this pin, which I think is a great way to dress down an otherwise too dressy or twee dress, but when I finally did, I’m not happy with the result at all. My chambray shirt is too boxy and my dress is kind of in between – it is not fitted enough to work with the loose shirt, and it is not loose enough for the belt to add definition either. So the outfit ended up all bulky and weird. The proportion looks wrong too – the shirt is too long for my long torso. Maybe I should have knotted the shirt instead of belting it, I never have much luck with belting outer layers anyway. Or better yet, I should’ve worn the dress on its own (it’s actually cute!) Oh well. At least I got something to link up with Freckles in April’s Style Challenge 😛

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Shirt: thrifted, Dress: Miss Sixty (belt comes with it), Flats: Caprice


A Dodo’s Conundrum

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So I managed to see Man of Steel after all – see what I did with the red, blue, and yellow in my outfit? Now my entire knowledge of Superman comes from the first 2 seasons of Smallville and Superman Returns and bits and pieces of the Christopher Reeve’s movies here and there, so I can’t say how faithful the movie is to the Superman canon or how original it is. I just know that I liked it more than Superman Returns and Henry Cavill is drool-worthy (but then I already knew that after seeing him in I Capture the Castle.) The beginning is kind of slow though, and I’m not sure if I like Zack Snyder’s vision of Sucker Punch meets The Tree of Life (what is up with those Malick-esque shots of nature and stuff? Pretty, but since when does a Superman movie turn into an indie flick?) Also I blame Amy Adams for the lack of chemistry between Superman and Lois Lane. Or maybe I’m just jealous that she got to make out with Henry Cavill. Michael Shannon is great, but I was disappointed that there is no “Kneel before Zod” moment.

So, I enjoyed the movie, but when it comes to reboots, I think I’d stick with Star Trek, thanks (given that they both start with the main characters being born while their dads are trying to deal with some catastrophe, I’d say Star Trek has a much better opening than Man of Steel.) Oh and The Amazing Spider-Man. That was pretty awesome too.

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Brooch: vintage, Flats: Caprice
Post title: from The Shins’ Australia. I listened to it after I left the theater and found some lines oddly appropriate for Superman (“The selfless fool who hoped he’d save us all”, especially.)