Sunday, March 06, 2016

The Sunday #9: Composition

Hello, long time (14 days, to be exact) no see!  It's been a roller coaster of the past two weeks, trying to get things done and stretching myself a little bit too thin.  Turns out when you try to do work and a conference in town at the same time, you just end up too exhausted to blog or be productive.  Now, on to the post!

I.  If you've been poking around this space in the past two weeks, you'll see I've switched from a double to a single column layout, commonly found in more photography oriented blogs.  I struggle with settling on a blog design because I'm still actively working to figure out how to best represent myself and the voice of my blog.  When I came back to blogging, I knew I wanted to put the focus on lifestyle and photography, but I am still figuring out the type of content I want to put out and the overall theme of Lumière & Lens.

II.  I went around my neighborhood with my camera and a borrowed telephoto lens this weekend.  Since I don't have models or a lot of natural scenery at the moment, I worked on composition.  I often take the architecture and grounds on my campus for granted.  I love how buildings can be constructed to frame the sky, kind of a juxtaposition of the man-made versus the organic world.  Shown above is the Gene Pool which has streams that resemble the double helix of our genetic code.  If you can guess, the photographic theme of this post will be architecture!

III.  Thank you to those who wished me well on my talk on the last post.  My talk at the conference went over well!  I had a nice queue of people waiting to ask questions as I was finishing my talk and ended up staying for a half hour after the session to interact with other scientists.  It's always good when you get a lot of questions after a presentation because it means people were engaged and interested.  I have a presentation at another conference in San Diego after this and then I'm done for March!

IV.  I can't believe it's already March.  I have meetings to schedule for my degree progress and so much to do.  Where did the first two months of this year go?  I feel properly old nowadays with another California spring around the corner.  In case you aren't aware, graduate school is a kind of arrested development.  You're an adult, but you're still in school and there doesn't seem to be much space for doing the things other people my age are doing (i.e., getting married, having children). 

V.  I've been watching a lot of Ruth Crilly's (A Model Recommends) vlogs lately.  I love how down to earth she is despite being big on YouTube and the way she talks to her audience.  She has a great personality and sense of humor.  Vloggers like Ruth inspire me to vlog myself (I'm still too hesitant at the moment). Speaking of humor, check out Jennifer's blog!  Her posts always incite a chuckle or two from me.  Trust.  They'll make you laugh, too.

I'm off to take some time to pamper myself before going out to see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot tonight.  It's a Tina Fey movie so I'm looking forwards to lots of laughter.  I've got some new post ideas lined up for this coming week so watch this space! 


  1. I'm really happy to hear that your speech at the conference went well - I never doubted it for a second. ;) Your photos and your blog layout looks amazing, I also struggle with finding a blog design I fully like though - I could honestly change it every single week haha. I have no idea where the first two months of the year went, either, they just magically disappeared. xx

  2. YAY FOR A GOOD SPEECH! So happy it all went well. I love your new layout and I can't wait to see more of your photography. These shots of architecture look so good, you just reminded me how much I enjoy taking photos of architecture. Speaking of that, I need to do more of it soon. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  3. I love the theme you set to your blog. The first thing I noticed when I opened up your blog. It really showcases your photography. These photos are amazing! Glad your speech went well!

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