Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday #33: You Are My Compass


Happy Sunday, y'all, and 新年快樂 to those of your celebrating the Lunar New Year!  My family is across the United States so I haven't been able to see them on this holiday for the past four years.  This year, my boyfriend was out of town as well, so I had to make do with phone calls.  Rather than mope around being sad, I spent the new year doing a photoshoot and eating a lot.  If you celebrate, I hope you got to spend it with loved ones!


My friend David and I went out to Pasadena's City Hall to do a photoshoot.  I borrowed a Canon 5D Mark II from my university along with the 50 and 85 mm lenses and had a blast using them all weekend.  I've never had so much equipment to use and feel very fortunate to do so.  Look, I'm all about making the most of your available equipment, but using a full frame camera for the first time is just an unparalleled experience.  A Canon 5D is definitely on my wishlist.  Someday, I'll own you.

Lumière & Lens Photography Equipment


Pasadena City Hall, Pawnee City Hall, Parks and Recreation
Pasadena City Hall

I've been scheduling photoshoots for the past few weekends.  I did Helen last weekend and my friend David this past Saturday at City Hall in Pasadena (part of Los Angeles County).  Recognize the building?  Pasadena's City Hall is represents Pawnee's government building in Parks and Recreation!  It was definitely one of the most difficult shoots I've done.  I was using new equipment, shooting in an unfamiliar equation, and struggling with directing.  However, David pointed out, "If you're not struggling, you're not improving" which I wholeheartedly agree with.  I like to say, "Life begins outside of your comfort zone."  Here's one of the shots from yesterday!

Portrait Photography, Portraits on the Canon 5D

I finished out the rest of my weekend with photo editing and taking it easy as I'm feeling a little under the weather.  We've just had a home cooked meal of chicken udon with bok choy and carrots (second time this week) and I'm ready to turn in.   


•  Lorna's take on the loss of the relatable blogger that echoes my own sentiments.
•  Torrie wrote about the space between fear, fearlessness, and acting in the face of it.
•  I discovered Clara (or rather, she found me!) on the blogosphere this week.  Another chemist who blogs!


  1. Happy Chinese New Year! Love the shots you got. Hope you feel better soon!

    Jane / deluminators

  2. Happy Chinese New Year, Alyse! Love those portraits and shots you managed to get. (:

  3. Happy Chinese New Year! I agree that life definitely begins outside your comfort zone :)

  4. I couldn't agree more with those two quotes. I love your shots and Cannon 5D looks like a nice camera to have.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. Kicking ass with your latest photo shoots, Alyse. I definitely need to work on taking time to focus on shooting. AND YES PAWNEE CITY HALL, hahaha, I didn't even realize that was shot in California. :P


  6. Love your shots! I've been considering upgrading my camera - I'm actually looking to downsize my camera and get a mirrorless Fujifilm or Sony. I've just seen some of my friends switch out their 5Ds for those - so makes me think it's definitely an option! Still pricey, but maybe I'd use them more as they are slightly smaller!

  7. Camera experimenting sound so much fun. Your photos are always gorgeous though, and I had a little squeal over the City Hall building (I never knew)!

    Amber -

  8. happy lunar new year, alyse! i hope you get better soon :( it must've been fun to be able to shoot every weekend. canon 5d has been my longtime dream too. ugh, someday both of us will have it!

  9. Doing a photoshoot and eating a lot is the perfect way to spend a day! Your photos are really lovely, the Pasadena town hall is so grand looking. Also, thank you for recommending Lorna's blog post. I've been totally thinking along those lines too lately!

    Jessthetics xx

  10. I know what you mean about the right camera, makes you just to go out and shoot! Hope this month is good for you so far xx