Waterfall photography

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Do you know what is really difficult? Nature photography. Well, mostly waterfalls. This was my first try at at. It looks so easy! You just set up your camera on a tripod and set the shutter speed low, right? Wrong. There’s so much that goes into it. You set the ISO as low as you can and set the aperture up as well. It seems like that would be all that goes into it, but even with that the waterfall can be too stagnant. This is Glory Hole. Even though the water was flowing heavily, it still did not give the desired effect. I’m hoping to keep exploring other waterfalls to find the perfect one.

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Book Nerd

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I am a book nerd. A snooty one. I’m not the type that can just sit down with any book and finish it within a day. It has to be GOOD. My brother was appalled that I don’t read the entirety of any book I pick up. He says he can defend why he didn’t like it if he read the whole thing. But I just can’t do it! I will read the first few chapters, but if I can’t get into it…I just can’t. I leave it to die.

With that in mind, I finally read the Divergent series. It’s AMAZING. I read the first book in 24 hours and it’s about a million pages long.

On another note, I can’t seem to get myself to read the rest of the third and last book, Allegiant. It’s so stagnant and boring! I need to force myself, for my brother’s sake.

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Dusty Furr

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Every 100 followers on Facebook, I do a giveaway. Dusty was the winner of this one! She was the 300th follower of my page. Her name is Dusty Furr. I think that’s the funniest/coolest name.

I really didn’t want to do this photoshoot. Not because I don’t like Dusty. But I was so tired and I was having a really hard time with life and wasn’t feeling up to it.

Dusty and I spent over an hour taking photos and talking about life, and it was really nice. Afterward, I felt rejuvenated and happy! I’m really glad that I didn’t reschedule because she helped me feel better.

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A journey through depression

According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, 14.8 million Americans struggle with major depressive disorder. This affects approximately 20 percent of the population. The possibility of being in a relationship with someone with depression is quite possible. You might not even realize that they battle with it.

There are many things to remember if you are with someone like this. First of all, it is not your fault, and it will never be your fault. You were not the cause of this illness. Depression can come in a variety of ways. Commonly, it comes when too many hardships pile on top of each other. There is a trigger and once it is pulled, there is no easy way to reverse it. It takes time, healing and reassurance.

It is not your responsibility to bring them out of their low. Putting that pressure on yourself will burden you until you snap. It may be possible to help them out of a low a few times, but you won’t always be the superhero. Some days, you should just be there. Sit with them. Don’t fill the deafening silence. Simply be there.

Remind them that they are loved. Tell them why you chose them. Yes, depression is a hard illness to deal with, but it doesn’t define the relationship. Remember why you began this journey and continue to remind them. Depression eats at your thoughts, twisting them into lies. Words of affirmation can help straighten their thoughts.

Patience is the most important element. There will be a time when they emerge from the darkness and begin to smile again. That one smile will give both of you courage to continue on your journey.

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Linh’s Vietnamese Cuisine

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I ordered the Yum Yum Chicken, which is C12 on the menu. It consisted of breaded chicken covered in yum yum sauce, rice and vegetables.

My family works with international students in Fayetteville, many of which are Vietnamese. This food took me back home for an hour, and it was wonderful. I regret not ordering any pho, so I hope to return soon to try it.

I hadn’t originally planned on ordering the boba tea, but I’ve always seen photos of people drinking it and wanted to try it myself. Mango is usually my favorite flavor, but it wasn’t the case this time. Overall, I loved the atmosphere and quality of Linh’s. I have been recommending this restaurant to others.

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Unfollowing the mindset

You open up your phone to search for someone on Facebook to show your friend. To your surprise, there is an icon that says “Add Friend.” When did they unfriend you? What did you do wrong?

Unfollowing and unfriending on social media can ruin friendships. It’s become the most dramatic thing that can happen in a person’s life. But why?

In our generation it’s not hard to see the obsession we have with technology. Social media is our best friend; we tell it everything. Last year, I got a job offer, and I told Facebook before I told my own mother. There’s something wrong with that.

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We put all of our worth in social media. There are such thing as apps that tell you who unfollowed you, who you aren’t following and who isn’t following you back. It seems like the number of followers you have acts as a scale of how cool you are. The more followers you have, the more likes you get.

I used to be so envious of a group of girls at my school who all had more than 2,000 followers on every social media site. They received at least 200 likes on every photo, and there I was with a mere twenty. What was I doing wrong?

In the past few years, I have gained followers because of my photography. When I post an iPhone photo with my friends, I don’t get many likes. It’s extremely hard to not let that get to me. I have fallen into the mindset that likes determine my worth.

So where does that leave me? I could care and post what my followers want to see or I could remember that it is a virtual world inside of a screen. I choose the latter. I refuse to get sucked into this generation of technology and shallowness. The world went round without me on social media, and it will continue to turn if I delete my apps for a few months.

This mindset will not last. Social media consumes my thoughts and feelings. It is a wonderful, horrible thing. But I won’t give in. This resistance is a constant battle but it is a worthy cause.

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