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Daily Prompt: Share the Love

Remember the days when I used to participate in Weekly Photo Challenge? Yeah, long ago, I know. But I was thinking of possible posts for BEDA this morning (these days everything is about BEDA, I guess) and I thought that maybe I could establish Fridays as Weekly Photo Challenge day, so that I would have at least 4 more days of this month covered and on top of that get my lazy self to work on my photos. Coincidentally, today is the very first Friday of the month and when I looked up what next week’s challenges were…. I realized that I may have to postpone my idea until next week. Why? Because I looked the challenges up after lunch and one of the topics was about lunch or lunchtime; the other one was about colours but I couldn’t find interesting enough photos in my archive.

This is the reason why I instead decided to have a go at the daily prompt challenge, which I’ve never done before. Today’s task is about the following: Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.

I’m afraid to say that I already know that there’s no one particular who stands out in my mind. The thing is, as you’ve probably noticed, I’m not the most avid and not the most prolific blogger. I don’t have that much experience and my journey is so to speak practically non-existent. Because I haven’t been blogging regularly, I have to delve into the world of bloggers anew every time I’m picking up blogging, which means that there’s no one I have been keeping in touch with or someone whose work I’ve been following so diligently that he or she’d have had the chance to influence my own work.

I can tell you though which person got me into blogging: It’s Libba Bray, the famous YA author and one of my favourite writers ever. (By the way I was just about to link you all to her blog and when I looked up the link (because I haven’t read her blog for about a year) I saw that she’s actually not – as she was back in the day – on LiveJournal anymore but that instead she moved here, to WordPress!) When I discovered Libba Bray’s books and her blog, which was late 2007, I think, she used to be really active on LiveJournal. She’d post almost everyday, if I recall correctly, and she had a really witty and humorous blogging voice that instantly got me hooked on her daily writings.
Also it was the first time I was directly confronted with blogging and the whole new world that comes with it – and I got deeply fascinated by how different you could design each blog’s layout, how there are so many people on the internet engaging in those comments or writing posts themselves, how people can be so productive and write a text everyday… (Yeah, I know. But I was 13 at that time, so give me a break.)
Because I was set on improving my English anyway, it didn’t take me long to set up my own LiveJournal blog afterwards.  I was very confused by the ways blogging works and also greatly overestimated my English abilities. Looking back, I don’t think I understood half of what the site was saying and the tagging system was just one big quiz for me. It’s no surprise that I stopped very shortly and put blogging aside for the next few months.

I did pick it up in December 2010 though and that’s when I created this blog here on WordPress. I can’t remember having someone in mind as I was creating it but I do recall how in the first few months my mind would often wander to Libba Bray’s blog and how prolific she was. A great motivator was also Kristin Cashore, another YA author, and Scott Westerfeld, yet another YA writer. They never influenced me in style and posting format, I guess, but every time I’d pay their blogs a visit and see the amazing response of their fans or the amount of posts they wrote in one month, I’d be reminded of how much fun blogging can be, when you actually keep doing it at a constant level. The thing with blogging is, the more you post, the more fun it gets. It is exhausting, that’s for sure – but unless you keep the posts coming in, you won’t get any response at all from your audience, no progression and no motivation to continue. Blogging for me is something you do all the way or not at all; if you’re not committed then you simply won’t benefit from it. Or at least not as much as you could.
In retrospective, I’ve noticed that blogging has taught me a lot – about the English language, about writing, about internet culture and about organization; but first and foremost, it taught me a lot about myself and how to express myself in words. The few times I was active were already enough to help me to open up, to let feelings in, to mature, grow and become the person I am today.

Going back to today’s prompt, I can’t say there has been someone, especially a blogger, who has influenced my own blogging journey so I could, among other things, thank them today for it; but I’d like to think that Libba Bray, Kristin Cashore and Scott Westerfeld have deserved my utmost affection and gratitude, for they have introduced me to this world and have kept reminding me that blogging is a hobby worth pursuing. So, a big thanks to them.
And while we’re at thanking, I guess it’s time again for me to say: Thank you, followers, for still being here and still sticking with me. You too might not have influenced my work but I wouldn’t be here today without you all and your support. You’re among the top reasons why I haven’t given up yet and, despite all the hiatuses, am still running this blog. Thanks.

Until next time,
Stella


from the cd stack: mighty oaks (BEDA #2)

Note: Because I started BEDA 3 days late, this post is going to be a “substitute” for my missing BEDA #2 entry.

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[photo: crop-out photo of the signed album I bought]

Time for another  music recommendation! I haven’t done one of those for a while now and when I went onto my categories list… I noticed that I’ve only done it once as part of my “from the cd stack”-series so far and only 2 other times all in all. (Proves again how rarely I post things around here.)

Today I’m going to introduce you to Mighty Oaks, which is a “Berlin-based indie-folk band”. They were founded in 2010 by their lead singer Ian Hooper and guitarist Claudio Donzelli. Later their bassist Craig Saunders joined the two founding members and completed the band. They’re now a three-man group from three different countries even: the USA, the UK and Italy.

So far they’ve only released one EP and that might be the reason why people outside of the scene probably haven’t heard of them yet.  I myself got to know them Sunday two weeks ago – Shout Out Louds are touring at the moment and a friend of mine gave me the tickets for their Swiss concert as a birthday present – and Mighty Oaks happened to be the supporting act for Shout Out Louds.

From the beginning on Mighty Oaks had me enraptured. I bought their EP later but when you’ve listened to them live, you’ll surely agree with me if I say that the EP is only narrowly a substitute for their live music. They are good. They are really, really good. Ian Hooper’s voice is amazing and the guitar playing is amazing and those guys are nice, funny people. In general, I’d describe their music as a rough-but-also-smooth voice paired with mood-brightening guitar tunes making you want to sway to them all day long.

Because I obviously have trouble expressing myself eloquently, let me write out two lists for you:

1.) Words I associate with Mighty Oaks’ music: green, wind, summer, spring, forest, trees, nature, road trip, morning, dawn, grass, meadows, earth, fun, happiness, smiles, heartache (of the good and the bad kind, I suppose), blue skies, gardens, breeze, bare feet, freedom

2.) You’ll probably like Mighty Oaks if…

  • you like indie music, folk music and optimally indie-folk music;
  • you like bands such as Mumford & Sons or Angus & Julia Stone;
  • you like music played mainly by guitars;
  • you like music which reminds you of words from the list above.

What do you think? Did I get you hooked on it? (I admit I’m terrible at selling things to people… but I have a possibly sprained ankle at the moment and it hurts and my head does too… excuse me for not thinking clearly right now and being so ineloquent.) If not (yet), you might want to listen to the two samples below (the second is my favourite):

http://vimeo.com/channels/mightyoaks/47501833

http://vimeo.com/channels/mightyoaks/47546727

I hope I could got some of you hooked on Mighty Oaks – they’re one of my favourite bands now and in most places still unknown, so I felt the need to spread their music out because in my opinion they surely deserved the support. I’m only afraid that I couldn’t give you more information – I didn’t have that many to begin with and I don’t like to analyze music before listening to at least a whole album of the artist and they have only their EP out… if you want some more information, you might want to check those links out:

http://www.mightyoaksmusic.com/#_

http://vimeo.com/channels/mightyoaks

Note: I’m sorry – somehow it’s not possible for me to embed the two video samples above. Just click on the link, it’ll redirect you to their vimeo pages. 


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: 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…