Friday, June 29, 2012

Black & White Photography, Pt.3

Our last project, and definitely the hardest, was portraits.
You want the portraits to be flattering and would like for the subject to be pleased with the result. It's like there is one extra person critiquing the photo besides the teacher and yourself: the subject, because the photograph shows exactly how the camera sees them, and perhaps not how they see themselves.
The subjects are the toughest critics on themselves.
And sometimes as the photographer, your favorite shot isn't always the most flattering, but because of composition and lighting, you like it the best and choose it.
I tried to make my portraits both to be both flattering and to my liking, but still remain honest.
No wonder why my teacher left portraits for the last project, they are tres difficile.
Dia de los muertos portraits of my roommate Kelsey
*tip: sunrise and sunset are the best time to photograph black and white film*
photo I
documentary portrait
Documentary portrait of a fellow actor, backstage, before a play I was in
Portrait of my friend Baker who is moving to L.A. You will be seeing him on a TV or movie screen very soon, I am very confident he will make it. 
Documentary self-portrait
photo 1
See: Part 1 | Part 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fresh Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini

grape and goat cheese crostini
Summer means oven and stove-less meals, especially if you are living in South Carolina and there are cracks in your oven door. 
I just made these Fresh Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini, that were cool, refreshing and fast - an hors de oeuvres that requires no cooking. 
If you're like me, you spend a good while squeezing grapes in the grocery store in order to find the perfect bag with firm, crisp, crunchy grapes. It's an art form that is a result from eating soft and soggy grapes as a kid. It took a lot of will power to save a few grapes just to make this snack, but was totally worth it. So, so easy to put together too.

Fresh Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini
1 cup grapes, cut lengthwise
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
fresh mint
honey goat cheese
crostini or pita chips

Marinate the grapes in the vinegar, honey and a few torn leaves of mint for 30 minutes or overnight (or for a few days). Spread goat cheese on crostini or pita and spoon grapes over, top with more fresh mint and drizzle with honey.

Makes about 8 crostini
grape and goat cheese crostini

Monday, June 25, 2012

Countries I Want to See. Pt. 4

Turkey seems like the perfect combination of Greece and Morocco, creating a world of it's own that I want to see so badly. Watching the video above is the only way I can "describe" how awesome this place looks. Between the hot air balloon rides over the unique landscape, to the colorful and thriving open air markets, Turkey is high on my list.
Bodach an Stòir, Skye. 31/05/10
Castle Stalker, Morven Hills
Cuillin Mountains
You would never imagine that an animated movie would make you want to visit a country, but that's exactly what Brave did. Also, after following Tess' blog about her life abroad in Scotland, I developed a strong desire to go see this green, magical, loch-ness land. With the 12% redhead population I would feel at home, too. Plus, Scottish accents are just fun (to hear and imitate).
**I highly recommend the movie Brave, no matter your age. It's adorable and heartwarming and addresses mother daughter relationships.
Kangaroo Australia
12 apostles
Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park, Western Australia
Baby Koala
Home of my favorite animal, actress and TV show, the koala bear, Nicole Kidman, and Summer Heights High respectively, I feel as though this is a country I need to go to. Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are must sees as far as cities go, but I would love to explore the great Outback and see the 12 Apostles along the coast. The natural rock formations are so interesting and picturesque. AND: I need to hold and cradle a koala.

SEE:  Part 1 | Part 2 |  Part 3

What countries do you want to see?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sunrise on Folly Beach

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There is something more special about watching a sunrise, as opposed to a sunset: it takes more effort. We left the house at 5:30 am to get to Folly Beach in time to watch the sunrise. I haven't been up that early since the last sunrise I saw, which was on a camel in the Sahara desert.
It was a special moment that has been on my Charleston bucket list for a while, but I have a feeling we will be doing this a few more times this summer.
After we were done capturing pictures and basking in the beauty, we headed to Lost Dog Cafe for some peach and pomegranate mimosas and a savory, hearty breakfast. 
Charleston, you're just making it harder for me to leave!
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mixtape Mondays: Love Like A Sunset

Love Like A Sunset
When my parents and I would go to the beach when I was little, we went in the late afternoon and lingered past sunset, cooking our dinner over a barbecue on the beach. This was back before Destin, Florida became a premier tourist locale and when the night sky was clear, dark and full of starts.
Because we frequented this beach in early 90's, my parents were still listening to their 80's music, which is why I resonate that era of music with sunsets.
This playlist is best enjoyed by the ocean, watching Lisa Frank colored skies turn into twilight.

1. Love Like a Sunset, Pt. II - Phoenix
2. New Theory - Washed Out
3. Reunion - M83 (watch the amazing superhero music video for this)
4. Beautiful Life - jj
5. I'll Hold My Breath - Ellie Goulding
6. Wishes - Beach House (I highly recommend their latest album)
7. Jona Vark - Gypsy & the Cat
8. Lazuli - Beach House
9. The Ballad of Speck and Pebble - Delicate Steve
10. Origins - Tennis (perfect summer music, always)
11. Golden Haze - Wild Nothing
12. Where the Boats Go - M83

Listen to the tracks here:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Charleston Lately...

charleston lately
Sunset strolls along the battery ...  Washed Out performing my favorite song of theirs at the Music Farm  ... Chocolate and Beer pairings at Holy City Brewery ... Hosting a house show for our favorite Charleston musician and friend, Steven Fiore ... Hunting down all the food trucks that have Bahn Mi sandwiches ... Much needed stretching in yoga classes ... Staying in instead of going out
Charleston in the summer is so easy and care-free. I know it's not real life.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black and White Photography, Pt. 2

light 2x day 
(Assignment 2: lighting at different times of day)
(Assignment 2: lighting making the ordinary extraordinary)
mood lighting 
(Assignment 2: lighting creating a mood)
(Assignment 2: lighting creating a texture)
light 2x day

(Assignment 2: lighting at different times of day)

See Part 1 here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cinque Terre

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I always forget how much I love to sit and people watch in airports. So many emotions can fill an airplane. Those who have just left loved ones at home, those departing for an adventure, those anxious and tired from air travel. If you are a keen observer like me, a tiny part of you emotionally invests in these moments you see and as humans you can relate. You invent backstories for these people and perhaps think of a chain of future events. (This is loosely like the Stalker exercises we do in Acting classes). It provides entertainment for hours.
There are so many pre-travel memories for me in airports. I know I have mentioned it before, but the anticipation and wonder before a trip is so, so precious. 
I remember exactly 4 years ago this summer, fresh off graduating high school and going to Italy... Part of me wants to go back an read my diary entries from that time, and vicariously live through my 18-year-old self. HAHA gosh! do I REALLY want to read a teenager's diary?
These pictures are of Cinque Terre from our Italy '08 trip, remastered for your viewing pleasure. It's a gorgeous must-see on the Italian Riviera.

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 cinque terre

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Avocado and Sriracha Egg Bagel

Avocado and Sriracha Egg Bagel
I've been on a Sriracha kick lately, all thanks to where I work - everyone is obsessed. Our beloved hot sauce is mostly savored on cheesy toast topped with an over-easy egg, but I bought a few extra ingredients to bring it up a few notches. I give you the...

Avocado and Sriracha Egg Bagel
Preheat your broiler and top half a bagel with a slice of swiss cheese. Broil until toasted.
Cook 1 egg on the stove until over easy - or to your liking.
Top bagel with egg, chopped avocado, sliced tomatoes and a little arugula.
Douse with Sriracha and a dash of sea salt and enjoy.

Avocado and Sriracha Egg Bagel

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mixtape Monday: Aeroplane

Took a quick trip home this weekend to visit with my best friends from high school (one of which is moving to NYC!) and my family. At this point in my life, it seems like everyone's future - young or old - is uncertain. It's strange to not know where your friends and family will be or what they will be doing the next time you see them. If anything this weekend was a reminder to be remain in the present and not let the worries of the future stress you out too much.
Because it was such a short trip, I flew to Atlanta. En route to back to Charleston, my flight was delayed so much that we didn't leave until it was night. But the views I saw from the passenger window made up for it: 
It was a clear, cloudless night that allowed you to see all the little clusters of light and electricity from the city hubs. The full-moon's glow reflected off the rivers and lakes we passed over, and in the distance you could see orange lighting illuminating the sky. It was magnificent and otherworldly.

On that note here are some songs to fly to:
1. Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
2. To Travels and Trunks - Hey Marseilles
3. Moon River - Breakfast At Tiffany's Soundtrack
4. The Prettiest Thing - Norah Jones
5. Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary
6. Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra
7. Airplanes - Local Natives
8. Travelin' On - Norah Jones
9. Universal Traveler - Air

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