My Favourite Landscapes.

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I have quite a soft spot for nature and landscapes. There’s something really calming about waterfalls, mountains, the sea. And I’ve always dreamt of building a home so close to some of these features.

Today, I’m gonna share with you a couple of my favourite landscapes at the moment:

1. Naivasha, Kenya.

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2. St. Petersburg, Russia.

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3. Dombay, Russia.

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4. Thika, Kenya.

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5. Mombasa, Kenya.

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Always be kind.

Dee .

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How To Take: Stunning Pictures Of Wildlife.

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Hey there! ūüôā

Hope you are all doing great.

Today, I’m gonna share a few tips with you on how to take amazing pictures of wildlife.

1. Blend In.

Make an effort to blend in with the environment. It will increase the chances of you getting a more natural shot. You know. Since you are not sticking out like a sore thumb in the wilderness.

2. Angle and Lighting.

Most animals love seeking shade under trees and all. This makes it hard to take pictures of them since they may appear darker than they should. So you need to work your way around those shadows. Go to the other side of the animal maybe. Very smoothly though. Then take your shot.

3. Composition tells The Story.

Get as much of the natural habitat as the animals you are capturing into your frame. This lets viewers have an idea of what’s going on without having to say a word.

4. Steady Hands.

Wildlife can be unpredictable. One minute they’re “posing” for a shot and the next they are running away from you. As much as you would love to run after them and shoot, you’re much better off standing still and zooming in. While keeping the camera very steady so as to avoid blurry images.

5. Timing and Persistence.

Those “Magic Shots” don’t just happen. You have to be really patient. Observe the wildlife. Admire them. Enjoy the moment. Take it all in. And take a couple of pictures as you do so. Your “Magic Shot” will be in there somewhere when you finally relax and go through the photos you took.

Always be kind.

Dee.

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5 Cool Ways To Keep Memories Of Your Trips.

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We’ve all had that post-trip fever. You know, that few days after getting back home, when¬†you’re already back to your work or school schedule, you wake up at 6 in the morning and get in the shower, and as the water drips all over your body you go like, “Damn! I wish I was still in *insert exotic destination here*.” Yeah, that fever.

The memories you make during your trips need to be saved and stored for these kinds of days so that you can re-live the trips over and over again.

Here are a couple of ways you can do that:

1. Print pictures.

Probably my favourite way to keep memories. Pictures are such good visual ways to freeze all those amazing moments you had during your trips.

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2. Get souvenirs.

I love collecting sentimental jewellery like bracelets and necklaces. Shirts and jumpers are pretty good too.

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3. Collect currencies.

You can never use up all the foreign money you’ve had¬†during your trip. So how about storing all the change in cute little jars at home. Or even get creative and make some sort of collage with them, then hang it on your walls.

4. Write stories.

I write mine on this blog. You could also make a scrap-book and fill it with all the interesting experiences you’ve had.

5. Share your experiences.

Whether you are verbally telling the stories to your family, or virtually sharing the pictures with your friends on social media, it all helps you re-live the amazing trips you’ve taken.

Always be kind.

Dee.

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How to Take Perfect Travel Photos.

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There’s only so much you can physically leave with from your travels. And I think that’s why photography was invented! ūüôā

You see, pictures are not only personal memories that will last a lifetime, but also make amazing stories that you will be able to share with friends and family for a pretty long time…like your grandchildren will also sit down to listen to them one day.

And that’s why you need to make sure that you capture as much as you possibly can in each frame. Below are a few simple guidelines that should help you do just that:

1. Where?

Outdoors definitely. Hotel rooms and¬†bathroom selfies don’t make for interesting stories at all. Scout for locations that make the best, authentic and beautiful backdrops. Someone should be able to tell where you are from what you’ve captured.

2. What?

Now, this refers to the atmosphere and subjects/objects that you’ll be capturing. Try to include as much as you can in your frame so as to compliment the main subject.

3. When?

I personally love pictures taken in the middle of the day because that’s when natural light is at it’s best. Sunrises and sunsets are also good for those who love playing around with the concept of light and shadows. I don’t like the in-betweens though.

4. Who?

For those travelling solo, as I do most of the time, you’ll need to¬†ask someone to take a picture of you. That’s after you’ve spotted the location, background and all that jazz so that you can quickly let them know how you want the picture to appear.

5. Click!

Now watch me whip! Now watch me nae nae! ūüôā I couldn’t help myself… ūüėģ Have fun at it and don’t forget to take in and enjoy every moment!

Always be kind.

Dee.

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5 Simple Ways To Edit Pictures.

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Did you know that you could take a simple picture with your phone, then edit it, and make it look like it was taken by a professional photographer using some thousand-dollar DSLR? Oh, yes you can!

Thanks to picture editing, you can work magic on your photos to make them look a million times better. I usually use Picasa to edit my pictures. It’s a free software application that allows you to manipulate your images in a good number of ways.

Before posting my photos online, I normally polish them with the very simple edits below:

1. Crop the picture.

To make sure you only have the necessary elements within your frame.

2. Adjust brightness.

Photos originally appear a little bit too dark and need just a bit of brightening up to bring them to life.

3. Add saturation.

This is a sent-from-above effect. Throw in a little concentration here and there and your pictures will look heavenly.

4. Reduce warmth.

Looking red in photos is not a thing. I’ve been guilty of this before, so believe me when I tell yah,¬†it ain’t a thing.

5. Use filters, sparingly.

This one’s subjective and is based on your preference. Try out all the filters out there and decide which ones make your photos look amazing. ūüôā Don’t overdo it, though.

Always be kind.

Dee.

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Solo Travel: Who Takes Your Photos?

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question…

I do enjoy strolling and discovering new places by myself. And even though I don’t have a sent-from-above dedicated photographer wrapped around my finger or anything, I still manage to get a couple of¬†candid images of the place and myself in the frame as well.

After sharing my pictures on social media (just Instagram really ūüôā ), a couple of people have been¬†impressed and ask:

¬†“So who takes your photos?”

My answers…

1. Friends.

Whether I’ve just met you, or known you for years, if we’re out together and I spy a photo op, chances are you’ll be playing photographer that day.

2. Strangers.

You’ll be surprised by how nice people actually are if only you talked to them. No one will ever turn you down if¬†you ask them to take a picture of you. Some will even strike up a conversation with you. And then there¬†are¬†those who’ll ask¬†you¬†out…

3. By myself.

Thanks to the inventors of the self-timer! ūüôā Out of all the 3 ways in which¬†I take my pictures, this has got to be the one with the most satisfying results since I get to dictate the angles, composition and pretty much everything else that goes into it. And since I’m patient enough, I’ll end up taking multiple photos until I’m satisfied with¬†the results. If I want to be in the picture, I just find a nice surface nearby, place my camera on it, set the self-timer, run into the frame and CLICK! I shattered¬†my screen once doing this. Apparently the breeze was stronger than I’d anticipated that day and it swept my phone down a concrete stairway. I remember thinking, “Thank God the lens is fine!” Ha! ūüôā

Always be kind.

Dee.

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