Because i had to .. and also because i am so tired of seeing all the damage and destruction.. yes our island is destroyed but not our core. =) our hibiscus and birambi trees are already blooming... little hopes and inspirations .. the stars are smiling too.. so in that interest..
i'm just gonna do my do.. and hope for the best .. and quick recovery for us all. =) even the jackspanjards.. (yes i been feeding them - they lost their homes too)
let's think about the positive .. about being humble.. about changing our attitudes and treatments of others.. not just humans but animals and environment.. as a people.. bc real talk.. the amnt of negativity (animal neglect abuse - environmental exploitation - hatred and envy ) these things fuel the BS. let us not add to fueling any BS ..
u with me? even if u skeptical.. or think this is some hippy talk.. no worries.. but .. just think abotu it..
.. just think about it.. there is a reason we experience pain and loss and suffering.. only via humility can we recognize and allow this pain to motivate growth and growth.. brings change.. positive change. unity.
no fear no hate be assertive for what we believe in and deserve.. no bending over without lube.. we need to come together to fight together...
THINK .. wake up.. go get a FREE (donated) bag of dog food and feed a stray.. repair your karma !!!!!!!! enjoy
That time of year has come and gone once again.
Carnival on Sint Maarten this year was I heard a fun one, did not attend many shows but did of course do what i love to do every year .. and that's shoot the grand parades, two days of colourful costumes, shining happy expressive people and music and whinin and smilin and drinkin .....as they say 'cyant done'.
So after much ado....These are my full albums, the images are not yet edited but this is a quick look for those who have been ehem.. asking me for a week now. sorry about the delay.. been very busy lately..
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Last week I was asked to take part in a photo competition, winning prizes include being on the judges panel for Miss Photogenic for the carnival pageants (hosted by posh productions) on Sint Maarten.
I was informed that the delegates would arrive at the Walter Plantz Square in Philipsburg, then each introduce themselves, do their routine and then have their photos taken by participating photographers. I was pretty psyched for it.. delegates and water fun! at the new Walter Plantz Square (yes i just got back so for me it's 'new')
The little waterfalls go pretty high and the coloured lights are quite fun .. so I figured it would be interesting to get some pictures.
Low and behold, with all the preparation I took for this, packing my bag on time, getting proper sleep ! etc. I still magically managed to forget to bring my flash, charged my batteries and everything.. made sure I brushed up on using it.. and BAM.. forgot it !! This is when you're busy and got your hands full, like fostering 4 puppies, a kitten and taking care of a newborn (kitten people.. not baby just yet.. kitten! ) lol. (yeah I get quite busy and I'm not getting younger !) The struggle is real. :P but i love my photographer life. (most days) :P
So back to it...
It was too late to turn back to head home (hence why one should always leave 2 hours prior to any shoot !!) but anyways it was too late to turn back, so bummed.. but I figured I would show what I captured anyways. I did my best with the ambient light (available light) and figured out I still (since my concert shooting days.. I still .. dislike blue green and red lights :P #photogproblems
So here I am uploading images on a Monday, with sprained ankle (oh yeah that happened ! and ouch!) got my leg up, my Imac sideways, a kitten in my lap, my music blasting and my hubby at my beck and call lol.
I hope regardless of the proper lighting that I had envisioned and wanted, that i still managed to capture some of the fun dynamics which make images into memories. and good luck to the other photographers (who did bring their flashes).
ya live ya learn right? or as I always say make do with what you have (and my baby - my camera, is still an incredible tool...flash or no flash ) I love my Canon =) Thank you for visiting !
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Probably the friendliest most helpful warm hearted fellow animal lover I will ever meet.. Jasmina.. my slovene sistren =) Took this shot of her back in the day while on tour with Last Day Here & Dweal in Slovenia.. My first time in Ljubliana and Maribor (lord i need to find those pics to finally post ! ) I snapped this quickly and I remember I had to rest up in the hotel before driving to Zagrab, Croatia but instead of sleeping....I was too excited to show her the portrait I had taken.. (it's actually an edited version of a photo I took of the both of us at a CRAZY Metal Festival the night before in Nova Gorica. Thank you again Menno Kappe for the opportunity =)
Jasmina is not only a talented vocalist and experienced graphic designer, but she is also a dedicated and committed animal lover and rescues animals where she resides and she has just recently expanded her photography work in Slovenia, where she covers metal/rock bands (and does amazing at it ! )
I began writing this blog a while back ---> here and I never got around to finishing up my entire blog the way I wanted ( meaning.. add my full editorial story), which led to .. no posts ! The struggle is real. I finally found the inspiration and the time today (and I have my hard drives back in my possession!)
I believe my creativity will flow in ways i never knew, my first island shoot after 2 years will be this upcoming Saturday and Sunday... SO looking forward!!!
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