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Lately.

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All week long I've been so caught up with work. I frequented the city center as well, just to take in fresher air out of the dull study routine! Spring is officially here in the UK, and we're granted sun wash and blue sky. I can't wait to bring my crotchet cardigans and floral shorts out to play!

#1. Some really lovely necklaces gifted by the boyfriend. He's so good at picking!  


#2. A creature passing by for a short visit while I was shooting. 


#3. Embrace blue sky with open arms! I think this tree just right in front of my room will blossom in the very near future to have me waken up to flowers smiling. 


#4. Mustache or love birds? 


#5. Got very addicted to them lately. Nero's muffins are the best that I have taken! 


#6. Also, I did a contributory post this week on [herecomesthesunblog] on places to visit in the UK. You can check my previous post on Photoshop [here]. The host, Amanda is a sweet pie! 


Happy weekend! 

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Curve, Pastelle + Photoshop Curve, Rivers and Rain

Flowers in Spring.

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This morning when I woke up, I took a glance at the view outside my window and spotted some beautiful daffodils waving at me! Instantly I was reminded of the tree full of cherry blossoms I passed by a couple of days ago. I am always a little shy when it comes to going out to capture alone, but gave it a try in the end after having told myself that everyone's just a passerby. The feeling's wonderful. Capturing ignites my inner excitement. I can't wait for full Spring! 


love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Curve, Aurora + Photoshop Curve, Rivers and Rain

Friday, I'm in Love!

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After what's been a hectic week, I'm back with Friday, I'm in Love! I have loved Sofie Sund's photography for long. When you speak about inspirations, she defines it. A combo of creativity and wonderful tones makes her pictures absolutely marvelous. You can follow her blog [here], and her more frequent Instagram updates [here]


Can't wait for this examination month to pass! Wishing you a lovely weekend. 

love, M

Lately.

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#1. The other side of sinful food is to have more exercises. I am a little afraid now to hit the gym because it seems that muscles - dreadful on girls - are building up on my legs! Fortunately I can still enjoy badminton playing. 


#2. Still loving sandwiches very much, a more fruity version for this one I suppose? 


#3. Bought this secondhand iPhone earphone (second gen). Starting to be glued to music. 


#4. Got so hesitant whether to buy this Topshop baseball jacket. I decided I should pamper myself once in awhile. The plus point is the M! 


#5. Been drizzling so often lately in the UK. You can tell I don't really like that idea. Rain is annoying, it makes my fresh hair wet and sticky! 


#6. Had a coffee date with my favorite girls! I love it when we had the second floor all to ourselves. 


#7. Shopping is an in-born talent. 


#8. I have forgotten to say how much I love this new bubble tea shop in Bristol! It's been long... 


#9. Still exploring the Bristol beauty. I love my city! 


#10. Skinny fries anyone? GBK Burger for dinner. 


#11. So obsessed with footwear lately! Top: so in love with this foxy lady socks; bottom: my first ever Converse sneakers in my favorite mint! I think my sister would love it as well. 

On a side note, I have decided to make Friday, I'm in Love going on an alternate week basis. Have a lovely weekend! 

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Curve, Pastelle + Photoshop Curve, Rivers and Rain + Photoshop Curve, Aurora + Photoshop Action, Honeybear

A picture story.

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If you have ever wondered, yes, I did take on photography classes before. Many would think it's totally a waste of money as photography isn't something that's necessarily be taught formally. I do agree that the practical side of it is what matters most, but the short periods I spent in classes have me gained many valuable insights. 

Many people would say the feel a picture yields is what's most important, regardless of its composition, lighting, etc while I think otherwise. Maybe I have some perfectionist elements built-in, I find it very difficult to accept pictures with low resolutions, bad lighting, wrong compositions. For me, objects have to be on the left or the right (occasionally center to achieve a particular effect) and never have extras like cut leaves, half a person, etc. I generally call them dirty. I do understand photography is about capturing your mood, your perceptions, and all. But the fundamental principle is still... get the theories right, or you can't go far. 

The most precious thing I gained from my classes is the boost. Without having attended, I doubt if I still used my DSLR today. It helped opening a wide interesting world of photography. It helped to see the beauty of capturing. And through careful learning and active interactions without feeling embarrassed, I gained so much, and understand that everyone has their firsts, and so never be reluctant to share the knowledge you hold. I thank my teacher for the constant encouragements, for the constructive critiques and sincere compliments. 

I am not saying that I am a professional or something along that line, I'm just trying to convey my perceptions. For now, I would want to venture into portraiture, maybe when I get back to Malaysia! 

Hope you had an enjoying read x 

love, M

Friday, I'm in love!

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Oops, seems I have missed last week's Friday, I'm in love! This week's I'm featuring a pastel princess - Amelia Yap. You can tell I'm so madly in love with the absolutely sweet tone in all of her pictures, they're just so eye-soothing! I wish I could produce more pastel pictures like Amelia - dreamy and fairytale-like. Go follow her amazing [blog]


love, M

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