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by Katie Paul on November 23, 2014

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It was a long hot day in the rehearsal room today. I felt as though my calm exterior was slowly cracking, that my skin might not contain what was inside for much longer.

It sometimes takes a lot of effort to be who I am supposed to be — mature, responsible and in charge — when all I want to do is take off my clothes and run naked through the sprinklers.

I felt like an eggshell that had gotten a tiny crack. You can’t repair something like that. All you can do is hope that it sticks together, hope that the crack doesn’t grow until all your insides come spilling right out.

― Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/100 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels | Perfect Effects 8

 

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Self Portrait 365|34

by Katie Paul on November 22, 2014

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For old people, beauty doesn’t come free with the hormones, the way it does for the young. It has to do with bones. It has to do with who the person is. More and more clearly it has to do with what shines through those gnarly faces and bodies.
~ Ursula Le Guin

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.2
Exposure time: 1/100 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels | Perfect Effects 8
Overlay : Watercolour Texture
Blending Mode: Linear Burn 72%

 

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Self Portrait 365|33

by Katie Paul on November 21, 2014

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson {via Vicky Finch}

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.2
Exposure time: 1/60 sec
ISO speed: ISO-200
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels

 

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Self Portrait 365|32

by Katie Paul on November 20, 2014

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You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.

― Anthon St. Maarten

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/200 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : Brooke Shaden Textures
Blending Mode: Soft Light 45%

 

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Self Portrait 365|31

by Katie Paul on November 19, 2014

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Denim and a Ponytail

It’s a denim and ponytail kind of day. Probably because I got up at 4.30am this morning, and yesterday morning as well, to catch a Brooke Shaden streamed workshop, broadcast on American time.

I’ve been thinking about the difference between writing and taking photos. There is no way I would get up at 4.30am to watch a show on writing. I just wouldn’t. But photography is different. I could do it, learn about it, look at it, all day. There’s no such thing as a creative block, or forcing myself to get in the mood. I look forward to taking a picture and seeing what I can do with it. I don’t even care if my hair is greasy and my eyes are hanging out of my head.

Perhaps that’s what they mean by passion. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve been excited about what the working day might bring. 

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.

Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.

~ Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswa

What are you passionate about? What would make you get up at 4.30am?

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/60 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels | De-noise (the painterly effect)
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Forty Niner
Blending Mode: Multiply 60%

 

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Self Portrait 365|30

by Katie Paul on November 18, 2014

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The Stars

This photo didn’t turn exactly how I wanted it. I was playing with a hair-flip and a graphic overlay. My perfectionist tendencies made me want to scrap the whole thing, but then I thought I might look back at it and giggle at my first attempt to be more abstract and creative.

I like how the stars look almost as if they are painted on parts of my face and chest.

 

We don’t look at the stars in the universe and say how tragic they are, how bruised they are, even though that is what they are. We look at them and speak of the beauty they contain. The inspiration they give us.

Even though stars are the scars of the universe we don’t see them as these broken pieces of gaseous matter, we see them as these majestic astrological blessings that give hope to billions. What if you saw yourself in that same light, or better yet what if you saw others in a similar way.

~ Ricky Maye

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Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/125 sec
ISO speed: ISO-400
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : Star Map and French Kiss Texture Fantin
Blending Mode: Multiply 20%

 

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