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2 years!

Dear followers and readers

As mentioned in my previous post I’ve been very busy (as usual, actually) and hardly had time to post anything on this blog. Last week was, in fact, the very first week I didn’t have to worry about anything and I took time off to relax and recharge. Some of you who might know this blog from its very beginning know that around this time I post a lot since it’s Christmas time and New Years Eve and this blog’s birthday. But I deliberately took time off from writing here as well, since (bloggers probably know, non-bloggers probably not) it always takes a lot of time to prepare a post and for me, being a self-conscious introvert, it also takes a lot of ‘energy’ and a little bit of ‘courage’ to share something of mine with you all.
Especially with my inconsistent blogging I’m always wondering how and if your responses to my text posts and my photos change over time or  if you expect something from me (and then what).
I actually started this blog just to write for myself – the thought that I might get followers never really occurred to me – and now I’m trying to find a balance between self-expression and meeting your expectations. I’m a person who, at times, gets rid of things in my system by writing. I’m fully aware that more than half of you follow and read this blog for the photos that I post (I guess visually inviting posts will always attract people more) but I need this space here for my writing as well.
This summer I’ve learned in an Economy workshop project of my school that in a market you, as a company, only have a chance of survival if you have a clear concept. Transferred to the blogosphere, this means that WordPress is the market and my blog is my company. And if you’ve been reading my posts for a while you’ll surely have noticed that I have no concept whatsoever. It’s basically a gigantic mess consisting of teenage angst, rambling, observations, photo posts, music posts etc. around here.
That you all, after two years, still follow me and accept all the sides of this blog is an incredible honour for me. I can’t thank you enough for all the support you have shown me in the last two years, the encouraging words and the fond comments. The many, many likes that I got for my posts. That I get the honour of being linked on some blogs, of being recommended to other people, is the biggest gift I ever received since I started blogging and it makes me super teary and thankful when I think about it. The professionals among you might think that it’s nothing but your appreciation for my work is something I’ve never dared to dream of and now have so generously (and surprisingly) received.

All in all, thank you so much for sticking with me and I’ll hope we can go this road together for at least two more years. Cheers!

Stella

PS: I’ll be away now until the second of January. From then on, I’ll post a text about what I’ve been up to the last couple of months and (hopefully) another one about my personal experiences with introversion and how it has influenced me and my life. Also, I’ll probably queue some posts for my photo blog, so if you’re interested for photos – wait for me there!

Orchid Photo Week: Zooming in

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Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #9:
So guys, I’m really, really sorry for the delay but life (read: my final paper) had taken over my life and I didn’t have the time and the energy to post things in the last few months. But here they finally are, the last two photos of this series.

I’m intentionally saved them until the end because I, as an amateur, am not really good with nice-looking close-ups yet and I feel incredibly lucky that with these two (especially the latter one) I managed to get such a beautiful close-up of the orchid. I also like these dusty pollen particles and the way the orchid looks at you as if it had eyes…

Do you like it? I first wasn’t sure about putting as the last one, but it just seems as if it were the most successful of all the shots… but as the saying goes, tastes differ from one person to another.

And finally, I just want to thank you for all the great response I’ve received on this series so far. I think it might be my most successful one! I’m incredibly glad to know that you like my photos and every time someone commented or liked I felt truly honoured. It’d be nice, of course, to get some criticism but I’m already very satisfied this way. So, thank you all for your comments and likes!

Until next time,

Stella

Orchid Photo Week: Duotone

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #9:

So this is already my second to last post for this photo series! And as yesterday, not a really spectacular one; but I quite like the colours of these orchids above – I’ve hardly seen yellow-ish orchids before. (Especially not ones with a purple-coloured center.) And what I think worked out well is the composition of the photo: I actually wanted to take a close-up of the centered one above but it simply wasn’t possible (I wasn’t taking photos with my zoom lens at that moment) so I had to take some more in, which was not the worst decision, I think. (And also,these orchid buds are just lovely!)

An alternative can be found here.

And yeah, I admit, title credits belong to WordPress… the title was not my idea, I’m afraid.

Orchid Photo Week: Clear

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #8:

So, this is officially the most inefficient Photo Week ever. I’m really sorry guys – school has started again and my exams and final paper have unfairly taken over my life and I simply couldn’t afford the time to post something. However I hereby inform you that there are still two posts to go, and one of them even contains two photos (because they both belong together, somehow), which will be posted tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

This orchid above is, again, one of the simple ones, and although I’m not a great fan of putting the focus right in the middle of the picture, I’ve got to say that I quite like the composition of this shot above. Also, I quite like the colour palette – they remind me of a bamboo wood, somehow. (Yeah, don’t ask.) What I also like is the grainy background (it is a little bit grainy, isn’t it?). In my opinion grainy photos for modern motives can turn out pretty ugly but this time I didn’t mind it as much. Even gives a nice contrast, I think. What do you think?

Cheers,
Stella

PS: No alternatives today, sadly.

Orchid Photo Week: Warm

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #7:

Today I let the image speak.

(I actually don’t know what to comment since this orchid has caused me some difficulties – be it on my camera display or on my image viewer program, this orchid always looked good. It was only when I was editing the photo and had a really close look at it, that I realised that the colours were far from intense and strong, and that there’s a slight blurriness to this photo, which unnerves me a bit. What do you think? It’s rather pale, isn’t it?)

The alternate version can be found here.

Orchid Photo Week: Fresh

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #6:

Today I present you a photo that could be really, really good… if it wasn’t so blurry. I’m still a little upset that I lost control of the focus and it had to turned out this way with the droplets rather being part of the background than the foreground. On the other side you can’t always get what you want and I’ve learned to accept photos like these as part of taking photographs… or art in general. In a way it’s similar to the way some inventions or discoveries were invented respectively discovered: by accident.  And by accepting that this is just part of the learning process, I was able to see the beauty in this photo and appreciate the way the light falls on the petals and the gentleness they seem to convey; I’m seeing it all now and have to admit that I am a bit proud of this shot. I am. (A really, really small bit.)

And two things more:

– To all my new followers: Thank you so much for following me! I’ve been quite busy lately and didn’t have time to thank you all personally; so don’t think that I’m indifferent to your kind follows – I appreciate them a great deal! Really, you keep me going and you help me to believe in me, which is something I haven’t done for such a long time now…

– And, as always, an alternative version of this photo will be posted on my photo blog.

Cheers,

Stella

Orchid Photo Week: Rosy

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #5:

So for today, I’ve chosen this rose-coloured orchid. It’s a rather simple one compared to the other we’ve seen but I just really love its simplicity. I’m also somewhat satisfied with the angle I’ve chosen to take this photo and the way it presents the inside of the orchid. As you may have realised by now, I’m a great friend of close-ups and I’m quite happy that I managed to capture the tiny dots on the inside (considering I’m total amateur).

Oh and yeah, I know, I’ve missed out on a couple of days again – I’m sorry! But I’ve been away travelling with my family during the day and working like a mad woman (I mean “mad” as in “mad-because-I-haven’t-got-enough-sleep-the-past-weeks-but-I’ll-still-try-to-scribble-down-something-for-my-final-paper) at night. So… forgive me?

As always an alternate version will be found here.

Orchid Photo Week: Reddish

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #4:

Oh man, I know, I know – I missed to post something yesterday! I’m really sorry for that. I just had quite a lot to do with my final paper and it’s left me with no time to post something.

Maybe the fact that this photo above is one of my best shots in the series will make up for it. Will it?

Anyway, what I love about this shot is a closeup (I’m a sucker for those) and that I managed to get such a nice contrast without editing. (I’ve edited nothing on this picture.) I just really like this strong colour contrast of the red and green, and what I also particularly like is this pink hue on the inside of the orchid… such a beauty.

Also, an alternative will be posted on my photo blog right after this. So if you’re interested, check it out here.

Orchid Photo Week: Pale

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #3:

Sorry guys, no comment today – I’m way too tired from writing on my final paper (I’ve been deleting and rewriting parts all day long… if any of you have got any tips against writer’s block – I’d be extremely thankful!) but there’s an alternate version to this which will be posted on my photo blog.

Orchid Photo Week: Diva

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #2:

As I post the photos in chronological order, so in the exact order that I shot them, this beauty here would be the second one.  And a quite special one at that. I had never seen such a wildcat-like orchid until then! Somehow, with all her purple colourings and these leopard (or is it cheetah?) dots she reminds me of some Hollywood diva outfit…