1. Last Sunday, I had the great fortune of walking by a beautiful bakery called Sophie Sucree. It is located on Pin Ave. in the Plateau-Mont Royal area. From the moment we stepped in (I was with Derek and Pablo), we were greeted kindness and professionalism.  I was blown away by how awesome everything (especially the service) was. Yet, what’s really special about this particular bakery is that it is actually a vegan bakery. Now, I eat pretty much everything and so do my friends but I can imagine how amahzing this must be for people searching for gluten-free and/or vegan goodies.

    The owner is a 30 year old baker who apprenticed with a cake maker in Toronto. She made cakes from a small kitchen for 4 years before finally opening a storefront. I wanted to capture the essence of the bakery in this assignment. 


    These two images would fit into fine art, mainly because I see them more as a personal type of project. The images work together because they of their commonalities, mainly, both were shot during a photo walk in the Plateau (on the same day), both show a hipsterish mode of transportation, and both include a pink flamingo. They were also processed in the same manner.

    I’m not sure if there really is a concept. I really liked both images I took, and I had a picture of a flamingo. The concept that I had actually did not work out for me because it was extremely hard for me to do in photoshop.

    This is a fairly simple composite. I took more time processing the colors than doing the composite. I selected the flamingo, and put it onto the images. Masking was used but not for putting the two images together. 


    1. Landscape Shot (establishing)

    2. Lifestyle

    3. Still Life

    This series of shots was taken on my road trip to Winnipeg. Driving through Canada (and the US) was so breathtaking it made me forget that I was in a car a total of 5 days just to get to my destination and back. Since winter is such an important part of Canadian culture, I’m happy that we went in March and that I was able to capture snow in my images.  The first shot is of this mobile home that was along the road. It had a great vintage vibe to it and it was surrounded by pine trees which made it seem even more Canadian.

    In the second shot I had my boyfriend act corny around the car. He got on top of it and I thought “perfect”. However, on our way back, there was a group of people skidooing and this guy saw me taking pictures out of my window. He signaled for us to pull over and just posed.  It was awesome and I like the authenticity of this lifestyle picture. 

    Finally, a still life of things I took on my trip. I included a Tim Hortons Cup because unfortunately, at many points of Canada, Tim Hortons seems to be the only thing you can eat. 

    I think only the establishing shot could make it onto a more professional travel blog. I think the rest could be seen on a personal blog.

  4. 1. A young athlete does not make the cut.

    2. Getting pumped before the drills

    3. Team spirit

    4. Another athlete gets an offer from a University of Michigan scout. There are talks of a $250,000, 5 year scholarship.


    This shoot documents an elite group of young football players who are trying to impress college scouts. To these young players, this day meant the difference between playing for a division 1 school on full scholarship or going to a university in a lower division and having to pay tuition out of pocket. The players were both excited and extremely anxious, so there were a lot of emotions and tension for me to capture. I found this shoot to be easy going because my brothers are the directors of this program. However, at times, I felt intrusive, particularly when I took a photograph of the young man after he found out what his overall score was, which meant that he would most likely not be going to the school he had wished for.

    It was difficult to compose the shots because there was so much movement, I couldn’t really get in close because I wasn’t allowed on the field, and there were people everywhere. Also, the lighting was not very nice, which is one of the reasons I put all of the pictures in black and white. Another reason for choosing the black and white is that I wanted to simplify the pictures so that my audience would only focus on the emotion.

    I didn’t enjoy the lack of control I felt when doing this shoot, I found every single picture ugly. It’s not the type of photography that I would be attracted to, but overall, I am happy with the pictures that I chose. 

  5. 1. Horizontal and Vertical Lines (The Marche): f/9, 1/100, ISO 100 

    2. Time of Day (The Bath House): f/9, 1/6, IS0 100

    3. Composite (Library): f/22, 1/3, .80, 1.60, 3.2, ISO 100

    4. Interior: f/4, 1/250, ISO 400

    The first two pictures were taken in Hochelaga Maisonneuve. Both buildings were built at the beginning of the 20th century.  I used the free transform tool to align my vertical and horizontal lines. The second one is the time of day shot. Even though I looked up at what time the sun was setting, it actually set a bit later. Next time I will use my eyes instead of simply relying on what the internet says. I made a composite of the study room at Westmount Library. I layered 4 shots from dark to light in PS, and concealed what I didn’t want to show, until I got the look I wanted. Finally, the inside of an office building. I liked the exit sign as well as the shovel. I found it lovely even though it isn’t a grandiose space. I like it because it’s more like what people encounter everyday- plain spaces. 

    My biggest problems were with the free transform tool. Making the building look realistic was quite hard because of the way I took the pictures. I had to shoot looking up and the original pictures were distorted to begin with. Also, I found that once I started to transform, I had a hard time stopping. 

  6. All I need in this life of sin: Today, I practiced matching up the light outside to the light inside. I had just come back from taking pictures of the country and I was still in a cheerful mood. I looked out onto the yard and saw the beautiful colors in the sky and a sun that was getting ready to rest. I thought “oh snap! this is the light thingy Kate was talking about” So I got out a bottle and a glass, set it up on a table and snapped away at 10 minute increments. This is the shot I got. I paired the glass and bottle on a table outside because I usually consider the winter to be cold and dreary, but with the sun out today and the wine it just felt more optimistic. f1/1.8, 1/125, ISO 100.

    But when I got back in the house. I saw something else. The blue in the window and the light from the inside looked really good together. Have I found that time of day when the light inside matches the light outside. If I have then grade this one, if I haven’t then grade the wine bottle:). In any case, my still life is of the two things I need to get by. My boyfriend’s visa card, and lipstick. The pairing is girly and shallow and awesome. The intention is meant to portray just that. f/1.8, 1/25, ISO 100.

    Look how far we’ve come/So far left to go: The story I’m telling is of a young couple that has their whole life in front of them. The road in the foreground signifies how far they’ve come and the road in the background signifies what lies ahead. The road is full of ups and downs and swivels and is the perfect metaphor to a relationship. In fact, even though this was staged, both my boyfriend and I were really touched by the beauty and openness of the road. It had a sort of optimism to it. We were also proud of sticking by each other’s side and being stronger than ever after almost 5 years. The setting really helps tell the story because it is vast and open and full of possibilities. f/11, 1/125, ISO 100. (I’m submitting the first one)

  7. 1. Natural Light with reflector: f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400.

    2. Natural Light only: f/4.5, 1/125s, ISO 400

    3. Natural Light with Flash (Rembrandt lighting): f/13, 1/30, ISO 200

    The shoot was fun and went well. I had a small aperture on the third picture because I really wanted the background to show be clear, since it’s such an important part of the setting and really helps to demonstrate the designer’s interests. I wanted a more shallow dof in the first two pictures because I wanted to focus more on the designer, although you still get a good sense of where she works and what she does.

    I imagine that these pictures could be used on the artist’s personal tumblr/blog/website, which is www.tatianapoblah.com

    My real challenges were in the skin retouching, it’s something that I am really trying to practice even outside of my assignments. 

  8. Ice Cream

    I chose an f stop of 1.8 because I wanted to get a shallow depth of field, in order to focus on the cone that is in the front. The cones were placed on a white sheet of paper and I had a white foam board pointed towards them to reduce any shadows. I had my boyfriend/assistant shine a light on the area. Because of the light and all of the white surrounding the cones, my shutter speed was really fast at 1/400. I also chose to leave quite a bit of white space in order to direct the viewer’s eyes to the ice cream. 

    Elvis, guns, and Cellphone

    This photograph was taken with a smaller aperture (f11), in order to clearly show the contents of the purse. The shutter speed was pretty slow in order to let in more light. I shot this in my living room at night so it was fairly dark. I shot from above at about 45 degrees to the left on the purse. Since I started photography 4 months ago, it has been quite a challenge for me to take pictures from various vantage points. In addition, I tried to fill the frame in order to put more attention on the bag. This looks a bit product shot-y, but I was trying to go for more of a lifestyle shot. I maybe should have included a background other than white. 


    Tokyo was photographed at f 1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/100. Again, I used a large aperture to blur out the distracting background as is often done in portraits. What I wanted to practice doing was filling the frame so that the viewer focuses only on the subject.