Foliage Is Eye Candy

Can you believe we’re already half way through October? I can’t! Heck, I feel like summer just started; where does the time go? Anywho, last week I saw some gorgeous colors starting to appear on the leaves, so being the natural photographer that I am, I snapped some pictures and then edited them. I personally feel that these are my best shots yet, as I really feel that I captured the essence of fall, while still paying close attention to the different shapes and textures.

Without further adieu, here are the images!

I love how this photograph showcases the metamorphosis of summer turning into fall, as you see both green and red/orange plant leaves.

I love how this photograph showcases the metamorphosis of summer turning into fall, as you see both green and red/orange plant leaves.

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Nope, I did not edit the bokeh in. Surprisingly, the camera captured it by itself!

I love the "climbing upwards" perspective of this photograph and also how it showcases the metamorphosis of the seasons (green to yellow)

I love the “climbing upwards” perspective of this photograph and also how it showcases the metamorphosis of the seasons (green to yellow)

So is it orange turning into red or red turning into orange? :/

Burnt Orange Leaves 

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I love the variety of colors in this photograph. Between the different shades of orange, yellow, and green, what’s not to love?

Speaking of a variety of shades, check out this photograph. Now, HOLY CANNOLI, this just might be my most favorite fall photograph of all time!

Speaking of a variety of shades, check out this photograph. Now, HOLY CANNOLI, this just might be my most favorite fall photograph of all time!

Up tha tree

Let’s keep climbing that tree peoplez!

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For some reason to me, this leaf looks like it has been drenched in spices. What do you guys think?

Hopefully, we won’t get a ton of rain this fall and get a spectacular foliage season! I hope to take some more awesome foliage pics soon and show them to y’all! Do any of you guys have any fun fall activities/follliage drives planned? Let me know in the comment section!

xoxo

Alexandra Spund

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Apple Picking Adventures

Everyone has their favorite fall traditions and for me, it’s apple picking. This past weekend, my family and I ventured up to an apple orchard, located in Maine, that we’ve been going to for about five years. Not only do we love their scenic location and ludicrously delectable apples, but also that they are a low spray orchard. You may or may not be aware of this, but apples are apart of the “dirty dozen group”, which means that pesticide usage is much higher for fruits and veggies that are members of this circle. My family is very health-conscious, so we prefer picking our apples at low-spray orchards. This apple orchard that we go to is further away from our house, but 100% worth it (especially for the best honey crisps I’ve ever had in my life) and the drive is super beautiful.

I have been taking pictures at this orchard for years, but I think that these are some of my best yet. I feel like I’ve really captured the vibrancy of the apples and unique trees shapes. Here are a few of my favorites!

xoxo

Alexandra Spund

Silloutted Leaves

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This totally looks like a gate made out of apples to me!

Doesn’t this look like a gate made out of apples?

Apples shapeee

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Thee most perfect triplet of apples I've ever seen!

Thee most perfect triplet of apples I’ve ever seen!

:P :P :P Talk about YUM!

😛 😛 😛 Talk about YUM!

Ten Year Photo Bucket List

So, instead of doing your traditional bucket list, I decided to put a little twist on it and create one about all of the photo related stuff I want to accomplish in life! Okay, I don’t think I can project that far, but maybe the next ten years? That sounds reasonable! Without further adieu, here is my ten year photo bucket list!

-Start my own photo business

-Win a major photography competition

-Have my work featured in a gallery

-Create a Photoshop tutorial

-Have an advanced knowledge of Photoshop

-Start a “Humans Of… Project”

-Take photos at a wedding

-Become decent at self-timed portraits

-Take photos abroad

-Regularly scrap-book my photos

-Take photos of a sitting President  (Check! I took photos of President Obama during his reelection period when he came to speak at a local high school in the state I live!)

-Take photos of a 2016 Presidential Candidate

-Get invited to take photographs at a major event

-Purchase a photo related fashion item

-Write a coffee table photo book

-Incorporate photography into my future career

-Take photos of a moose

-Dip my feet into astrophotography

Let’s see how many of these I can accomplish in the next ten years!

xoxo

Alexandra Spund

Going Back to 2008: The Hollister Trend

I was never one to fit in a crowd. I mean, I didn’t go out of my way to stick out like a sore thumb, but it was the little things. The minute differences such as my refusal to participate in the Hollister trend, that set me apart from others. When I moved to a new state in the 5th grade, almost all of the girls and even some of the guys in my class were wearing Hollister shirts. Want to know what my first impression of these shirts were? Yawwwwwn Fest!!!

I couldn’t understand how these mundane sheets of cloth, which only had the words “Hollister” slapped on could be so popular. You’d sometimes get lucky and get one with the brand’s signature bird as an addition, but most of the time, you weren’t. These shirts were a sensation! It was consumerism at its peak! I was seeing Hollister carbon copies everywhere and suddenly, unfashionable became the hottest new trend.

Despite my original skepticism, I was still the ten year old new girl in town and was determined to fit in. So therefore, I dragged my parents to our local mall to transform myself from a “What’s Not to Wear” girl into a hip and trendy pre-teen. When we first walked into the store, we were greeted by a picture of a hunky man’s broad chest. Hello, nice to meet you too! It was almost as though that picture was saying, “If you shop here, we guarantee that you’ll be able to find yourself an Arnold Schwarzenegger Jr!” Then, as we turned left, we walked into a dimly lit room where our noses were blasted with incense. Sexy vibes? Maybe to some, but honestly, the perfume was just giving me an allergic reaction. However, I still picked out my supposedly perfect, hot fuchsia pink Hollister t-shirt and was totally stoked to wear it at school the next day.

When I first wore that Hollister shirt, I felt so powerful, like I could be anybody; maybe even one of the popular girls! After all, one of the cool, probably most Hollister obsessed girl in our school, complimented on my shirt; how could I not be happy? For a few weeks, I wore that shirt pretty much every other day, feeling like I was going to find social heaven. I probably would have worn that shirt seven days a week if I didn’t have to wash it! I did this for about a month. However, it was my frugal instincts that reminded me of why I didn’t want to shop there in the first place.

One day when I was selling Girl Scout cookies, I noticed that my belt was digging into my brand spanking new Hollister shirt. After I moved it, I saw a very distinctive hole. This made me pause. How could this piece of clothing, which I bought just a little bit over a month ago, have a hole in it already? How cheaply was this made? Was it made out of banana peels or something? Who knows? Suddenly, it then hit me! This shirt that my parents just spent money on was boring, thinly made, and definitely not worth its price tag.

After that happened, I threw the shirt in the garbage and went back to wearing my neon bright, denim infested outfits again. I never was by eleven year old standards, fashionable, but to be honest, I really didn’t care anymore. I was just glad to have my clothing sanity back! After all, life is too short not be a little weird, right?

xoxo

Alexandra Spund

Been Bit By The Shutter Bug Friday – End of Summer Sunset

I took these photographs a few weeks ago on a picturesque island located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Pierce Island). What I love the most about this location are the vibrant sunsets that shine upon the calm waters of the Piscatequa River. They make for the most gorgeous landscape photos! I also love how many of these photos are outlined by the silhouetted rock formations, it really brings out the colors reflecting on the river. I am truly amazed by our natural surroundings at times!

xoxo

Alexandra Spund

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Maine BridgeJenny SunsetRocks and The OceanSailing Through

Been Bit By The Shutter Bug Tuesday

Hi everyone!! Just letting you all know that I have not fallen off the face of the Earth and plan to be posting again on a regular basis. I’ve been so busy this summer it’s crazy, but I’ve missed blogging so much! I have also been doing a lot of thinking about the direction I want to take my blog, and I’m really excited about where I think its heading, as well as myriad of ideas I have to make this written space FAN-FREAKIN-FANTASTIC! While I am excited about this new direction I’m steering my blog, I also love having reader input! So please, tell me in the comment section below what posts I have written that captured your attention the most :D.

I know that I usually do “Been Bit By The Shutter Bug” posts on Friday, but I decided to do it a bit earlier this week. Here is some landscape and digital manipulation artwork that I’ve done lately!

Big Blog Hug,

Alexandra Spund

This was actually an old photo that I re-edited. I played around with settings in a photo editor and gave the oceanic scene a tilt-shift effect.

This was actually an old photo that I re-edited. I played around with settings in a photo editor and gave the oceanic scene a tilt-shift effect.

What I love the most about this photo is the huge contrast between light and dark. I also adore the cloud reflection!

What I love the most about this photo is the huge contrast between light and dark. I also adore the cloud reflection!

Yeah, I know, I could have chosen a more age appropriate title for this photograph, but that is what it feels like to me. This home is absolutley beautiful, but I never see anyone  actually living in it. Strange!

Now isn’t this home absolutley beautiful?!? The funny thing though is that I never see evidence of anyone living there. Strange!

Once again, I actually used an old photo I edited and turned it into a black and white kaleidoscope! Cool, huh?

Once again, I actually used an old photo I edited and turned it into a black and white kaleidoscope! Cool, huh?

This was actually a photo that I took with my cell phone and posted on Instagram. The day this photo was taken, the Old North Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire was open for free self-guided tours. Mind you that this is one of the oldest churches in the United States and notable historical figures such as George Washington have prayed here. Therefore, this made taking photos extremely interesting. Also, I took a lot of photos during sunset which made it  that much UBER COOLER and definitely gave the  experience a holy vibe.    :)

This was actually a photo that I took with my cell phone and posted on Instagram. The day this photo was taken, the Old North Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire was open for free self-guided tours. Mind you that this is one of the oldest churches in the United States and notable historical figures, such as George Washington, have prayed here. Therefore, this made taking photos extremely interesting. Also, I took this and other photos here during sunset which made the experience that much UBER COOLER and definitely gave it a holy vibe. 🙂

Been Bit By The Shutter Bug – – – Personified Cars Wearing Mascara in NYC

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I took this photo on my cell phone when I was in New York City last August. I actually edited this photograph on my cell phone and used a “mirror effect” to create the image that I did. Hope you all like it!! I will be posting more again starting this week!

xoxo

Alexandra Spund