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On the move

I have been really busy lately. For the most part, it is because of work. Unfortunately, I haven’t found time to get back to my “normal” routine (which includes training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and going to the gym). However, I don’t lose heart. And not only I am going to be on the mat and on the gym floor really soon again, I am already planning further.

Hajimemashite. Aoi desu. Douzo yoroshiku.

On my first post of 2012, I already mentioned that I wanted to do some new things. The kick-off was my entrance to a photo contest (and if you haven’t voted yet, remember that you have until February 5th to do so). I also mapped this blog on a personalized domain (https://debbierodrigues.com/) and had a haircut.

Moi

Today, I came across an old blog entry I posted back in 2007 that reflects a lot of my spirit now. It reinforced the fact that I am not having just an impulse of excitement, that is who I am.

Yukino's new outfit

I hope to have some more news for everybody soon. And in the meantime, I continue doing my best to improve my photography skills.

Aoi & Yukino

Thanks for stopping by.

I need all the help I can get

To all my  friends out there! I need all the support you can give me.

For those who have Facebook: I need all the “Likes” I can get, PLEASE!

I entered the photo contest of a Belgian photographer and the prize is one photo shoot with him. I really want this photo badly. To win, I have to have the most “Likes” on my self portrait.

I can’t afford a photo shoot at the moment, but if I get this, it will be an awesome start!

The theme I chose was “Watch out! l’m aggressive!!”. I used a katana and my cosplay lenses to build my character.

If you also have FB, please go to this link (http://tinyurl.com/7s8c4ub) and “Like” my picture. And if you want to help me even more, spread the word to your friends, acquaintances, neighbors, colleagues, family and EVERYONE ELSE you know, please! If you vote and get me at least another vote, I am sure I can win this.

Thank you so much in advance!

2012, here we go!

The end of 2011 was a busy one for me. Even though it was not busy in the sense that I wanted it to be, I made it to 2012!

Yukino and the plants

I am not a resolution person. I always associate the idea of “resolution” with a plan that will not last long enough. Many times, they are motivated by external factors and are full of enthusiasm, but lack content.

Yukino and Louise

In my case, I prefer to plan. It is not by chance that I describe myself as The Planner.

Yukino playing in the forest

As long as one does not get stuck in their plans, or lost whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, planning allows you to get “somewhere”.

Yukino on figure.fm

Danny Choo’s New Year’s message really got me thinking. Unfortunately, I am not skilled like him or people like Chun, Smithy, Kurai KawaiMiette-chanLeticia Ribeiro and Jamie Eason (just to name a few I admire). However, I have dreams. I know what I want for myself, for my life and my future. I also know what I do not want. And that is my start point for 2012.

Arrival in Ghent

Please bare with me in this journey throughout this leap year.

Yukino's last trip of 2011

Wishing you all a great 2012!!!

Playing with filters

In order to bring some fresh air to my pictures of Yukino-chan, I decided to play a little with Lightroom’s filters. It also added some mystery to the her new look, so it was double fun.

Yukino reading

Recently, I ordered an outfit from Nine9Style for her. It looks really nice, including the boots. So far, I have not had the best luck with the shoes I got for Yukino. This pair made me really happy.

So that is what she is reading

Together with the outfit, they sent a small magazine with some of their outfits. It looks really nice and I could not leave it without a photo shoot.

Yukino's new wig

The wig looks so sweet on her. Pink is one of my favorite colors and it is exciting to see how nice Yukino looks in it. (^_^*)

Reading

Thanks for reading!

It is weekend!

Weekend has arrived and it makes me really glad.

Even though the week has started with me getting sick on Monday, I still managed to keep on with my Picture of the Day Project on Figure.fm. Arigatou minna!

Yukino

Each week, I am getting more and more visitors and supportive interaction. Knowing what people think about your “work” helps you improve and also gives you the feeling that your efforts are not in vain.

Yukino being adorable

I have been enjoying sharing Yukino’s adventures with everyone. Besides, I have the chance to become better in my picture taking skills. It is a lovely win-win situation! ^_^*

Wild hair

Slowly, I start to understand the mysteries of post processing as well. This allows me to “reinvent” some of the pictures I took of Yukino on her first days at home. I test the settings here and there until I discover the secret of magical photographers (like Haku1923, BlueBlueWave, Hololo, Danny Choo and many others I know).

Buggenhout Forest

Today, flan_man and I went to the Buggenhout Forest (Buggenhoutbos). It was great to be outdoors in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Yukino was with us too and she had lots of fun there too. Thanks flan_man for all the help once again!

See you next time.

Post processing drama

After I felt I was getting somewhere with my pictures, I decided to venture into the worlds of post processing. I knew it was not going to be easy, but why not?

Yukino at the park

It felt like a natural continuation and a good thing to have both skills moving forward together instead of waiting for some miracle to happen.

Yukino at the park

Well, I knew it was going to be difficult, but I was not expecting it to be THAT hard.

New leg warmers

I am not blaming the software. I am pretty sure that a lot can be done with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, but for obvious reasons, one needs to know how to get the best out it. In my case right now, I don’t.

Another hair clip

In the meantime, I keep on shooting, trying, sometimes getting good results, failing miserably others… And I hope you can bare with me in this long learning process.

Yukino

Thanks for stopping by. And if you think of anything that might helps us out, let Yukino and I know it, please.

Out of time

The past months have been really hectic for me. Last week however, things got ever busier.  And to make things worse, I got sick (cold, sore throat, fever, you name it).

Needless to say, when I manage to finally get home, I was worn out. I just sat on the couch like a potato.

The only action I had was updating my Picture of the Day project on figure.fm. It has become a challenge right away, but I am loving it.

Yukino and her best friend

So the idea is posting a different picture of Yukino every day for as long as I can make it. 🙂

Yukino at the park

I am making use of the opportunity to learn some on post processing. I have to say that it is not simple though. Sometimes what I like doesn’t seem to be what others like. That makes me admire even more those who catch the attention of the public with their photography.

Yukino at the park

Today it was the seventh day of the project and I am glad that I made it so far. Mainly because to wrap-up the week, I finally managed to get a shot of Soubi with Yukino-chan. My first family portrait with my babies.

Yukino & Soubi

I want to find a feasible way to update this blog more times in the week. In the mean time, feel free to stop by figure.fm or Flickr.

Thanks for reading. またね!