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Rebirth

Carnations

Hey you dear followers, I wanted to keep you up to date on some changes I am making on the blog. Changes I hope will be improvements and will help me to gain more followers.

Design

In the next couple of weeks or even months the blog may change it’s looks a little. I am trying to self-host my blog, and this might have it’s effects on the blog-design.

Name

To reach a bigger audience I will change the domain of my blog. Something snappier and easier to remember. I am going to try to keep the CoralynxBlog.com domain existent and will ease you into all the changes so you will not be lost.

Errors

I will try my best to make this changes as smooth as possible and hope there aren’t going to be any problems within the website. If you notice any errors (like links to other content that don’t function anymore) please let me know.

Thank you so much for understanding and for all your support in the last couple of months, let’s dream big!

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Challenge me

Hi everyone! A quick update from your blogster. I have been working on some new posts lately which I am very excited about, you’ll find out very soon! (More information will be on my Facebook page)

And I will be having a new photo challenge also, in which this time you can challenge me! All you have to do is vote on this poll, which you can also find on my Facebook page. Of course once the results are in I will announce the new challenge here on the blog and you are welcome to join me.
Have a good wednesday!

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Food photography by Ira Leoni

This week we are taking photographs of everything on our tables and this got me all excited and started looking up some famous food photographers. The work of Ira Leoni really caught my eyes.

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So happy to be working on my food photography this week!
[Join me in the #OnTheTable Photo Challenge]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: on the table

It is monday and that means it is time for a new Weekly Photo Challenge! This week’s challenge will make you stand up on your chair in your kitchen, the restaurants you go to and at family dinners. You will certainly turn some heads!

For some examples I looked on the instagram profile of one of my favorite Phoneographers: Ditut

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Rules:
You have one week (up to and including saturday) to send in your pictures. Simply paste a copy of the URL in a comment to this post.
You can either use your DSLR camera or your telephone.
Use your imagination.
I will mention all entries in sunday’s post and the nicest ones will be displayed in full size with my own photographs.

Tips:
Get up high for a birds-view of your table.
To create a feel for the viewer to be where the picture is taken you can include the people around the table or maybe just their hands.
Details: Napkins, cutlery, glasses, tablecloth..
Color: The success to a beautiful #onthetable photograph is the contrast and colors used in the frame. A green salad looks better on a white table then a green table cloth.
Activities. I don’t only eat at my table, I write, play, cook, drink, talk.. There is more than just food.
Light is everything. Photograph at daytime rather then at night. Especially food really doesn’t photograph well in poor lighting. Avoid direct sunlight.
Look on the internet for some inspiration.

Have fun everyone, I am looking forward to see your entries. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Come back tomorrow for “into the wild” a photo series taken in Montpellier’s zoo.

Cloudporn

In the beginning of this week I started my first photo challenge: Cloudporn. Living in Montpellier where it has been cloudless all week long I looked through my old photo’s to discover some great cloudporn. [Scroll down for some Cloudporn for dummies.]

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Tip: Apply the rule of thirds. 
Set your camera viewfinder to Grid. This means that you will see a grid of 3×3 in the viewfinder, this will help you with your compositions and make use of negative space (the empty) in your pictures.
My camera doesn’t have a thirds grid but AF-points, if you look well you can see a thirds grid in there too! I can’t not see it.

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How to: Rule of thirds.
These grids will help you to use the lines in your composition (such as the horizon) in the best way possible. If you want the clouds to be the main subject in your photograph it should take up at least two thirds of your picture.

Of course you can choose to photograph only your clouds, make sure the sky looks interesting and provokes a feeling.

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How to use the light:
Be careful not to overexpose your cloud photo’s. It’s preferable to underexpose a little so you can compensate better in editing programs later on. When there is too much light, there is nothing to do to make it look better.

The sun should always be in your back for high-detail or behind one of the clouds.

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Manual settings:
Use a small aperture (large number: f/22) for great details.
Fast shutter speed (not below 1/30, you’ll need a tripod to keep the camera steady)
ISO settings to daytime. It depends whether you are shooting in broad daylight or at sunset. At daytime set your ISO to about 200, nighttime to 800.

Example:

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Manual settings:
Shutter speed 1/80
Aperture f/20
ISO 200

P.S. I just took this photo on my balcony while writing this blogpost, first clouds of the week!

Good luck shooting some clouds, keep your eyes on the sky!

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