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Week 35/52 : Mistakes are proof that you are trying

I found this quote online and I liked it so much that I had to shoot a self portrait based on it.  I just wish I knew who said it.

This quote really spoke to me because I’m one of those people who are so scared of making mistakes that sometimes I choose not to things because I’m terrified of failing. It’s a horrible way to live, I know. This way of thinking has stopped me from doing a lot of things in the past – and I feel like I’ve missed out on so much because of it. But lately, I’ve been trying to convince myself that mistakes happen all the time. As long as we own up to them and correct them, then it should be fine. It’s all part of the learning process. Life goes on, right?

Originally I planned on holding an eraser, but I couldn’t find one that day so I ended up using a pencil. It bothers me a bit that my hands look a little awkward (since I was holding a thin stick in place of the pencil when I took the picture) but I actually really like the final image. The notebook I’m “standing” on is one that I used during my MS studies in 2009. It was for my Thermodynamics class – one of my hardest subjects back then. But it was also one of my favorite subjects since we had a really good teacher and my classmates were all very kind and helpful :)

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Week 30/52 : Breathe

I managed to squeeze in a quick and simple photomanipulation. I made the heart using cloud brushes from Obsidian Dawn.

I shot 4 self portraits yesterday, but I don’t know when I’ll be able to edit them, or if I will be able to use them all. Sometimes I’ll shoot something and end up really liking it at first, but during the editing process I’ll realize that it’s terrible and I end up scrapping it. Hopefully that won’t happen with these photos because I spent a lot of time conceptualizing them.

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Week 24/52 : Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors

This manipulation was obviously inspired by the recent weather here in the Philippines. Over the past week, we’ve had two typhoons, and we’re expecting another one this weekend. I’ve already written a blog post about what Glenda did to our house and my grandparents’ house, which you can read HERE.

We finally have power at our house again, yay! Let me tell you, living a week without electricity is no fun. It wasn’t even about not being able to get online or play games or watch TV. I thought that those would be what I missed the most, but I was wrong. I missed our washing machine, our microwave, our fridge and our electric fan. Our dirty laundry piled up because it was so much harder having to wash them by hand. And having to go to the market and cook every day was no walk in the park, but we had no choice because we can’t have leftovers since they would spoil easily in our hot and humid climate. But now the power’s back and I can’t be happier. Hopefully this means I can edit the rest of my self portraits soon.  (Although, looking on the bright side, having nothing to do at home meant I was able to brainstorm and come up with a couple of new ideas for my 52-week project :D)

I had fun shooting and editing this. I had to piece different parts of my body together during post processing since it wasn’t easy to pose as if you’re being carried off by the wind. And I had to paint almost all my hair on since I couldn’t use the fan when I shot this. But I really like how it turned out.

Here are the stocks I used for this image:

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Week 16/52 : Sometimes it’s about going there, not getting there

This is a little late since things have been a little busy lately. But to be fair I did shoot this last week, I just never got around to editing it. I’m on vacation right now with my family, we’re back in California, yay! I feel sort of embarassed that we’re back here and I still haven’t finished blogging about our trip from last year … but I’ve only got one entry left and it’s about 60% done, so I guess it’s alright :D

I was a little busy last week, doing last minute stuff for work and packing for this trip. I managed to squeeze this shoot in while we were picking out which bags to bring. I got sick on the last 2 days before we had to leave, so I barely even finished packing on time. I forgot to bring a lot of stuff because I was so out of it. I had to edit this without a tablet because that was one of the things I forgot to bring T__T

The quote in the title is from Drake’s graduation speech. His more popular line is actually “sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”, which I like a lot too, but I feel like the other one spoke to me more. It shares the same idea as another quote I really like – “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. I used that quote in a past self portrait, and I talked about how I’m someone who avoids taking risks because I’m so scared of failure. I think the reason I love Drake’s quote because it’s a nice little reminder that we don’t always have to succeed in everything we do. Sometimes simply trying is an accomplishment by itself :)

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Week 15/52 : Happy Easter!

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
-St Augustine

This week’s self portrait is in honor of this blessed day. Our family hasn’t made Easter egg in years, so I decorated them digitally. I used my mom’s favorite marble eggs for the shot (she has a thing for egg figurines), and added the designs during post processing.

When we were younger my mom would let us decorate Easter eggs and she would hide them around the house for Ezra and me to find. And sometimes our neighborhood would organize an Easter egg hunt for the children and we would join in. I kind of miss those days :)

Have a blessed Easter everyone!

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Week 12/52 : Oblivion


Just a quick photomanipulation. Finals week is upon us, which means I barely have time to do anything these days. This past week I’ve been busy checking exams and computing my students’ grades. (Although I have been trying to sneak in a little blogging every now and then. Summer’s almost here and I haven’t even finished writing my entries for last summer!) I even stayed overnight at the office to check exams until 6am, but I still have loads of lab reports to check.

I might be crazy for attempting a photomanipulation during this busy time, but fortunately this photo didn’t take that long to edit. Premade backgrounds are heaven sent~ The only thing I had trouble with was the lighting. In this photo the light source is from the left, but the original picture of the clock had it on the right.

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Week 10/52 : At the end of the day, confidence is the best hairstyle

This ended up looking like a shampoo commercial. Or, according to my sister, a poster for a horror movie. I asked Brinks and she assured me that it’s not as scary as Ezra lets on XD (Maybe if I was looking straight into the camera and I had blood on my face and clothes … hmmm … I should try that for my Halloween SP.)

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for the past year. Ever since I stopped subjecting it to different chemicals, it’s been going well. I guess this is what I will look like with extremely long hair. The longest my hair has been was up to my waist, back in 1999. I’m trying to see if I can do it again. At the moment it’s about 4 inches above my waist, so I’m getting pretty close. I’m enjoying having long hair but I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up. Summer’s coming up and it’s going to get EXTREMELY hot here in the Philippines. It’s going to take a lot of will power not to cut it.

I had something different in mind when I shot this. Originally I wanted to have my hair fade to a black background, which will then turn into the night sky. I really wanted my self portrait this week to have something to do with stars because I’m completely obsessed with this K-drama called You Who Came From The Stars. I kept trying to play around with this shot but nothing I did looked right. In the end, I figured I would just make the best of it for now. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to come up with something star-related.

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