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A Colon and a Parentheses

I have been fortunate enough to have very willing friends when it comes to my hobbies. Honestly, when you’re starting out in photography or film, or any field for that matter, it really helps to have people willing to help you or at least support you. I’ve been lucky in that I have both! I can only name a handful of shoots over the past few years that didn’t require me asking for some assistance….

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Episode IV: A New Home

Episode IV: A New Home

As is deliciously and glaringly obvious, I have a new home! I realize that not even a couple of months ago I welcomed everyone to the new Retro Penguin, but the site just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to take a risk and follow through with the overhaul I had been planning for several months.  So I say again, welcome to the new new Retro Penguin! This overhaul, which includes me hosting this…

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Cinematography Practice

Cinematography Practice

  My first project for cinematography was to photograph three objects of the same kind in different compositions. I originally had considered some tall, white candlesticks I have but I came across these decorative wooden balls in my apartment and thought they had a much more interesting texture. I changed up the lighting each time, as well. My lighting sources include natural light from the windows, candlelight and a small desk lamp.      …

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Shooting on 16mm Film

Shooting on 16mm Film

I was pretty nervous about shooting on film for my first time when I did this project back in April. I had shot on film before for photography, but the process for video is quite different. Luckily, things were exposed correctly in the end and our developing facility did an excellent job in processing. I have to say, I ended up really enjoying working with film. Nothing compares to the end result. However, as I…

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Baby, You’re a Firework

Baby, You’re a Firework

On the fourth of July I was lucky enough to be invited to a FC Dallas soccer game by my boyfriend and his family. As usual, I brought my camera along and I’m glad I did; the game was, for lack of a better word, boring, and I kept myself occupied by taking photos. Now don’t get me wrong, I love soccer, but this game in particular just wasn’t very interesting. Lately I have come…

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Esclavo de la Noche

Based on the poem “Esclavo de la Noche” written by me. Below is the translation from Spanish. “Esclavo de la Noche” (Slave of the Night) I am a slave of the night. Slave to her hands. Slave to her lips. Slave to her taste. I am a slave of the night, That with delicate demeanor weaves Her intricate webs all over my body, Slowly liberating my mind of its control. I am a slave of…

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Smoking Spirits

Smoking Spirits

Large black bath towel, check. Desk lamp and reflector, check. Hookah, check. Makeshift studio in my living room, check. Also, person willing to pose for you, check.             Shots were made possible with all the aforementioned objects. Shout out to all the Russians who, for some reason, read this blog. Cпасибо!  

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