Is your dog overweight?

I thought the problem of excess weight will never affect my little Hektor, but it unfortunately did. Of course, the problem was not big and we easily managed to make him weigh less, but from now on, we have to be more careful and keep monitoring: what and how many times a day he eats. Hektor weighs 7 kg now, but a month ago his weight was over 8 kg. Our vet said that we should feed him only once – twice a day and that should be rather dry food than food from a can. He advised of course that we should walk and play with him a lot to make him keep moving. We started to give him a carrot as well. Carrot is healthy, it does not make him fat and he has a lot of great fun trying to manage to eat it somehow. Hektor is a healthy, happy puppy (he is only 6 months) and we are very lucky we have him. We will do everything to keep him in the best shape and never ever make him fat again. You can also find some useful tips here if you want your dog to be fit and healthy.

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My Hektor – picture by me (KF)

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Carnival in Brazil

At the beginning of this year, in February, me and my boyfriend went to Brazil to visit our friends. That was a time of an amazing carnival in whole Brazil. We were in Sao Paulo, where the event is the most spectacular. We regretted a bit that we could not see another great event, in Rio de Janeiro, but the road traffic was to big to get to the city. Anyway, we had a great fun in Sao Paulo and  I took hundreds of pictures. I am posting some examples of them below, but if this is not enough for you, here you can find some amazing pictures taken by professionals at this year’s carnival in Sao Paulo. Enjoy!

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One Little Happiness

My friend, Paula, runs a very nice blog about her everyday life, inspirations and, what is the most important, about her baby, few months old Marcelina. It is called: One Little Happiness. Paula has only few post, but she already has a lot of fans and followers. Just take a look at the comment section! She writes very long and interesting stories and adds a lot pictures of Marcelina, her house and everything, what inspires her. Check it out, if you are interested, what is new in baby fashion and home decorating . Paula writes in Polish, so I hope there will be no problem to understand her while the blog translates her posts to English.

Picture by me (KF) from One Little Happiness

Christmas gift ideas

There is always the same rush before Christmas; we never know what gifts to get for our beloved ones. Fortunately  there are a lot of places, where we can find a whole bunch of Christmas gift ideas: for teenagers, husband/boyfriend and wife /girlfriend. A small  example below.

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Christmas behind a glass

It happens every year, in any place in the world. The Christmas comes first in shop windows. In Dublin, there is a silent competition between the biggest shops, I think. The shop windows are more and more beautiful every year and probably even more expensive. But it is worth it! I am come in more often to shops, where the windows are rich and artfully created. Pictures below, which I took last year, depict Kilkenny’s shop window on Nassau Street in Dublin.

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Fake and Pro Photographer

The video above is a short documentary film about faking a professional photographer. They have chosen an IT guy and tough him how to look and behave like a pro in one week only. He did not know much about photography, but they managed to teach him basics in technical and visual aspects of photography. One week later the “fake” photographer was asked to take some professional pictures of a wedding couple. How did he manage? Well… One thing is crucial: you can not be a professional photographer if you only know how to set the right exposure and how to achieve shallow or maximum depth of field. Being a pro is all about being in control with a situation and having a confidence in what you are doing. Experience is crucial – there is no chance to learn photography in a week.

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon is another photographer who has influenced my work and my future plans in the area of photography. His pictures are an amazing record of human being. The way he engaged with his subject is almost impossible. It is obvious that Avedon was obsessed with human nature and was inspired by history of literature and art. He passion to theater, portrait galleries and museums turned his obsessions into creative portrait work. The beautiful contrast and sharpness of his photographs evidences his technical darkroom skills. Avedon loved studio work. He managed to create full of life and sophisticated portraits of famous individuals of our time. Every picture tells a story, because it was captured in the right moment. Avedon definitely had a gift to catch the important moment of time and the ability to set his subject at ease in order to create unique, true and full of expression photographs. Anyone interested in Avedon’s work should definitely check out The Richard Avedon Fundation.

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Hungry?

There is another interesting subject in photography – food photography. It is probably not as difficult as taking pictures of people or events, but it still requires a lot of skills and love both for photography and food. There is a lot of fun in composing the food, playing with colours and depth of filed. Photographer Michael Ray gives loads of very useful tips on his blog. The most important for me are: the angle of view, tight cropping, shallow depth of field, adding a little bit of vegetable oil using a paintbrush which makes food look hot, wet and tasty, using a soft light and adding a back light with mirrors. Ray’s article is long, but worth reading till the end, so if you have ever been thinking about photographing food, search web/books first and learn from good examples.

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High ISO Photography

I am doing a photo project tomorrow and I have to use a high ISO film, because there will be very low light conditions. I am shooting in my friend house, afternoon. I was looking for ISO 1600 film all day long, but I could not find any. They stopped producing this kind of film in B&W colour in Ireland. All I could get was ISO 3200 B&W film, so during processing my film next week I will have to pull it, to get the effect of ISO 1600.

High ISO film or high ISO set up in a digital camera gives a really nice grainy effect, great with B&W documentary photography. Photographer Darren Rowse writes in his article that “Grainy or noisy shots can give your image a gritty and raw quality that creates a completely different mood in your shots”. He adds as well that manufacturers of digital cameras are now even better in eliminating noise from the images shoot at very high ISO speed, so it is very difficult to get really nice grain shooting in digital. “In the ‘old day’s of film this was a lot easier to do as high ISO films naturally had lovely gritty grain to them”. So I am really happy that I am shooting with my film camera tomorrow. I cannot wait to see the results.

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Fashionistas, part 3: Signe Siemsen

Another Swedish girl – Signe – runs her blog called Milk for the last couple of years already. She writes about her everyday life and being a DJ and model (she was modeling e.g. for a big fashion company – American Apparel). Signe has her own style of wearing clothes. The one with a large military jacket, black tights and army boots is my favourite. I really enjoy watching her blog, because her pictures of everything around her are highly interesting and there are a lot of photos borrowed from other blogs and websites, but very stylish connected with each other. Meet Signe Siemsen – a fashionista with an artistic soul.

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