Yellow chairs

yellow twin chairs

Just a couple of yellow chairs.

In my world they are the mom and dad.   They never fight.  They can have a conversation.  They laugh together and don’t mind going with each other everywhere.

In my world, they sit together at the end of the day, side by side, with love.

Sharing with Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge Week 25.

Tuesdays of Texture | Week 34 of 2015

Every Tuesday I post an image of a texture or the use of a texture and invite you to join in the fun of sharing a detail of your part of the world by linking your own post to this one and mentioning it in the comments.  (If your blog is hosted on WordPress and you link to this post your links will automatically appear as a pingback.)

You can also @naramilee in twitter or instagram if you want to share an image from either platform. 

You don’t have to make an exclusive Tuesdays of Texture post, you can find an image during the week and join any day you want and this event is ‘theme free’.   

I share contributions on twitter and mention each one the next week.   Hope to see your part of the world! 

In the text explaining what Tuesdays of Texture is (at the top of each Tuesdays of Texture post) I say that you can share an image of a texture or the use of a texture. 

I don’t do this these days, but I used to collect textures and use them a lot in my images by layering them.  This is an example of the things I used to do.

Al borde de...

Just a girl with her jo

It is me on all the images.  Isn’t that planets away from the photography that I share these days?!  I’m amazed that the way I capture my surroundings now is so different, where did that girl go?  🙂  I also feel blessed that I get to look back at these because I blog, I would’ve forgotten about all of it otherwise.

So that’s what I mean when I say you can also share the use of a texture, if you wish or if that’s more your style. Everyone can join Tuesdays of Texture, and we can explore photographic texture through digital art too.

These awesome peeps shared their images last week, do check them out!

ladyleemanila shared a collection of food images.  And there is SUSHI.  And I’m still whining about not being able to eat it through the computer screen.

Land of Images shared purple geraniums.  I want that color in decorating pillows 🙂

klara shared the eye of Mordor.  At least that’s what I think it looks like.

Everyone please wave and throw some confetti at these two new participants:

The Chaos Within was kind enough to share a macro of the street.  I like how she focused the image to make it look very 3D.

lifelessons shared a wonderful collection of images, most of them are beach textures and you all know how nostalgic I get with beach images *sigh*.  Loved the color scheme too.

Have a beautiful Tuesday! Hope to see your images!

Fossilized — Sea Star!

A few weeks ago we were on a walk enjoying the clear day and waving to the bulls and I was snapping a few shots along the way.   I had capture nothing interesting and was ready to go inside when manfriend’s brother points to the curb and announces a fossil.

I had walked beside that curb what, six times?  Maybe more, so I’m like, haha funny.  He walks up to the place, bends down to grab a tiny pebble and tells me it’s a sea star fossil.  At this point I’m chuckling because we are at the top of the mountains of the world (at least the top of the island’s) and just in case he didn’t knew, SEA STARS DO NOT LIVE IN MOUNTAINS.

I had put my camera away (because we were a few feet away from his house) and when he walked up to me and gave me the pebble I was getting ready to throw it at his head except WHAT IS A SEA STAR DOING THERE?!

Manfriend then proceeded to give one of his famous educational speeches to explain that they have found various sea fossils in construction sites around this town because it is believed to have been covered in water centuries ago.

Well, I just arrived to the darn town a few centuries late then.

Long Exposure, Success!

The Weekly Photo Challenge in Google + this week was Long Exposure.  I was exited to try to post to the challenge because it had been YEARS since I last tried my hand at some long exposure shots.

It has a lot to do with how I seem to have lost my tripod.  The first time I moved to this town I remember vividly how I put it in the car and then one week later I spent weeks looking for it everywhere to no avail.  It’s a tripod, not a spoon, how do you loose an object that size?!  Meh.  This town also ate my tripod, the war just keeps getting bigger.

fountain long exposure

Anyway, I took a few minutes the other night to go outside and risk getting attacked by geckos or frogs try to get a decent shot, and alas!  I kept trying to shoot the hill in front of the house to show the contrast from day and night but when nothing good came out I changed sides to find the statue of the fountain.  Voila.  My best long exposure shot to date.  Very exited about it!

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

I don’t even have a title for this. And that NEVER happens, that’s how crazy this is

I wrote this post December 26, 2007 about how I lost a ring that my grandparents gave to my mother when she was fifteen years old, and she then gave to me when I was fifteen.

I wrote that post six years ago. I hope you can see this coming because this is the type of thing that you want to stop strangers in the street and tell them about.

Last week we spent the weekend at my parent’s and I used a gym bag that I used to take to aikido classes back in the day, when I was young and could seat in seiza, something that hurts now if I just think about it. I could also reach down and touch my feet without bending my knees. I’m going to stop thinking about the athletic abilities I used to have now because my ageing, from that point of view, is not looking good.

Manfriend threw some change in one of the front pockets of the bag and I was emptying it when we came back when OUT CAME MY RING. I picked it up immediately and put it on (just like I said I would. See? I know myself). It still fits perfectly. Then I sat on the floor and cried.

It’s one of the few things I have that strongly remind me of my grandfather (not that I need something to remember him, I do that naturally, but there’s something about visual reminders) and I remember mourning the loss of the ring mostly because I felt like I had a piece of him and grandmother in my finger when I used it. The moment I put it on I felt that and the emotions came pouring out.

I had made peace with the fact that I would never see this object again, and that was good and healthy and I felt and still feel proud of myself for being able to do that when that’s what I needed, but I can not hide my joy that it’s back home.


It matches this pendant:

fifteen pendant

The Challenge in the Weekly Photo Challenge at g+ was macro this week and I used this photo.   I shot this in manual focus because it wouldn’t budge in automatic and I swear my camera got scared when I touched that button.  I felt it tremble, but it didn’t come out as bad as I thought it would.  Note to self:  the manual focus will not kill you.

I’m glad I got to take a “decent” photo of it (or twenty) because when I thought I lost it I was also bummed that not having a picture of it anywhere I could never re-make it.  Not that it’s going anywhere now, but you know, we get to put it in an album and stuff.


I’m be Instagrammin’ it

December 2012 I stopped using Instagram, and this December I’m back on it.

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Little red.

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I’m sharing only mobile pictures there, so it’s nothing artsy (it’s not like I have a fantastic photographic eye anyway), just day-to-day stuff but it’s getting updated almost daily because THANK YOU MICRO MEDIA.

So you can follow me there where I’ll be Instagrammin’.   Have an excellent weekend!

A treasure for the collection

If there was a fire in my house (God bless us) and I had time to grab some things (beside my pets) my photo albums and my cameras would be ranking very high in the priority list.


There are few things that I cherish more than pictures and subsequently I have developed a love for the equipment that makes them. Back in 2009 I began making a little collection of cameras with different lenses and shooting styles. I was able to get a hold of a Golden Half, a White Slim Angel, and a Canonet 28 (you can see mine here) for my film camera collection. I also have a Polaroid 600, the only camera given to me by someone else (father) in my collection up until last July when manfriend added a treasure to my little collection:



It’s a Minolta Vectis 2000.

With this camera he shot many life experiences, he showed me some impressive photos of some of his vacations for example but most importantly; this is the camera that took all his motocross photos. Because some ten years ago manfriend did motocross. You can imagine me doing a little victory dance here.

He thinks I’m going to be able to do great photos with this camera because he has much faith in my savvy, but I think I’ll be able to shoot some surprises with it because I’ve research it and this baby can perform.


So I LOVE this camera. I haven’t shot it yet but I love it because every little mark it has, it’s his.


The Third Shift Sunrise Series

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere.”

– John Muir

Such a busy week! It went flying by. I wanted to sit down and write something Monday and now it’s Friday?!

I began uploading sunrise pictures I took with my iPod to twitter and after the third one I began to call it The Third Shift Sunrise Series.

It’s still in progress and you can check it out here.

Have a very blessed Friday! May it be a bright weekend.

Photography: My Learning Process. Step one: freak out.

This weekend was supposed to be photography weekend over here, but it rained.   In fact, it’s still raining.

So instead of taking the camera out to the streets I took out the book, Canon Rebel T1i/500D From Snapshots to Great Shots, and I finished it.  The only way I could deal with this book was by having Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide open right beside it for moral support.  Actually, I found what made this book such a hard one for me by comparing it side by side.   The Field Guide is a great book to learn about photography, techniques and camera functions.  Snapshots to Great Shots is a book to learn how to use functions on the Rebel, period.  You can’t ask more than that from it because it won’t give it to you.  It will cry and pout like a two year old and grasp all the knowledge with it’s tiny fingers while wailing “NOOOO IT’S MIIIINE!”  

I mean, for example, the Field Guide covers in page 64 the Depth-of-Field preview button.  Something that, quoting Peterson “you’ll soon be wondering how you ever lived without it”.   From Snapshots to Great Shots covers this in page 182, when you’ve begun to think the book is useless, and by covers I mean it gives you a figure on where to find said button and says “Using the Depth-of-Field preview button can help you ensure that the image is sharp.”  That’s it.  That’s your great in-depth into this life-saving tool.  Pun intended.

So the Field Guide covers in the first hundred pages all the good tricks and tools that you can use to be creative with your equipment.  From Snapshots to Great Shots starts to get to the useful stuff on page 113.   What’s the logic behind that, I think giving me an ulcer.   Wait, no, all the examples about shooting sport events already do that.

I specially loved how both books compare when covering the Manual setting.  From Snapshots to Great Shots says basically, turn the dial to Manual and shoot.  Thanks for illuminating me, I never had imagined.  The Field Guide has a page long exercise on how to change apertures and shutter speeds, note them and compare them, to learn how they both affect photographs.   On that alone Peterson beats Revell with a stick on the head and wins by a super 600mm telephoto lens.

But the thing is, Peterson shoots Nikon and I needed to learn how to use my Rebel, so From Snapshots to Great Shots was a very necessary evil.   That camera has an overwhelming amount of tools and the book does cover them all.  In fact that brings me to my second wall with this book.  And my photography in general.  I want to learn all the settings and functions and every single trick that camera has in two hours.  I want to stand in front of my subject (see? I got all fancy there) and in two seconds set up that baby like I’ve been shooting it for five years.  I want to do that NOW.  Not tomorrow, not after I’ve actually gone through the functions and test them, I want that RIGHTTHISSECOND.  Which is potentially problematic  because while I’m not on the dumb side, I don’t have the powers to learn two hundred pages of settings in a couple of hours.   I wish I did, I would use that power to become a mechanic.

Anyway, the rain helped me exercise enough patience to sit with both books and the camera and make a cross reference of all the info and topics I want to put in practice.  Basically, Peterson teaches me what I want to do and Revell tells me what buttons to push on the Rebel.    It’s pretty neat.

That’s where I am now in this photographic adventure.  I’m learning which buttons to push, and when.  While avoiding touching the lens.