Shamefaced Return…

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by Sarita

I’ve been so horrid at keeping my blog updated that I should be shot, and not with a camera! (badam-CHING:)

I think I’ll do a quick (hopefully interesting) run through of what’s been going on with me – not much, I must confess – since my last post.

First things first, is that I’ve migrated my blog over to Blogger, so I could update easily from the road, and also because friends told me it was easier to operate (so far I’ve seen no evidence of this myself, but maybe it’s because I’m stupid). I’ve also changed the look of it somewhat – let me know what you think:)
I’ve just gotten back from an amazing trip to celebrate my birthday, thanks to my most excellent brother and sister-in-law, who planned surprise after surprise, spanning 3 states in the USNevada, Utah and Arizona, the highlight for me being the chance to shoot in Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ. Here’s one of my faves from Upper Antelope –


(Yes, I DID feel like Peter Lik🙂

To say this was a dream come true would be an understatement – it was magical, even with hoardes of people jostling for photographic space in a small cavern to catch these beams. Our Navajo guide, Josh, was excellent – herding people out of the shot and calming us down when we swore we were losing the light (tip – wait for the hot spot on the wall to disappear before shooting the beams).

Second things second, I got a new iPhone 4s for my birthday and have been playing with app after app, mainly photo apps, and LOVE both Camera Awesome and Snapseed.
They make your pictures POP (the photo above was edited using Snapseed), but you can maintain image quality better with Snapseed over Camera Awesome – CA however, does come with optional add on filters from Kevin Kubota (Kubota Tools) that take your pics to a different dimension. A pretty similar app I just bought, so I haven’t had much time with it yet, is Trey Ratcliff’s 100 Cameras in 1 HD, which lets you overlay effect on effect and adjust transparency/filter type etc. There are slight issues with loading very large images on my iPad 3, in that it gives you a crash warning, but I loaded up my D700 NEF files anyway and it worked fine – no crashes yet! (fingers crossed).

And lastly for now, it’s been a year since our team, The Power of One, took part in living below the poverty line. We learnt some hard lessons and got a small, brief glimpse into what living with hunger could do to a person, not only physically, but mentally. Since then, we’ve had the luxury of slipping back into our normal, well fed lives, but so many others have not, and still more have joined the ranks of the hungry and malnourished.

Atticus Finch said to know a man you need to walk in his skin. That’s what we’re trying to do…

If you’d like to join us, we’re going to try to eat just what TT$10.00/day (US$1.50) can buy. Last year we learned that the cost of items we considered basic was a lot more than we thought, but thanks to people on my FB page, we got advice about smart shopping that helped us through it. We’re going to do our shopping today, because this weekend we’re out all day, both days, so dried beans/peas and ‘old time’ rice and veggies from the market, here we come!
Pics to follow:)

Sar

Happy Narcissist’s Day!:)

Posted in life in general with tags , , , on February 13, 2012 by Sarita

A few years ago I came up with this concept, at first purely out of Valentine’s Day backlash – but I really believe in it post VD annoyance – before any day/occasion/event that dictates you love someone, there should be one that dictates you should love yourself…

So Happy Narcissist’s Day everyone – because you have to love yourself before you can love any one else!

🙂

It’s Been A Year?!?

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by Sarita

How far along into the new year can I post without looking like I just woke up from a coma?

(I think after this week if I don’t post something I should just ignore the fact that it’s 2012 and act like nothing’s new)

2011 was packed with experiences, learning and great people helping me along in my quest (nice and adventurous sounding, eh?:) to become a better photographer. I started and finished (yay me!) a Level 2 photography course with Desmond Clarke – one of the people I referred to earlier, who helped me to understand who I am and what I bring to a photograph (I still can’t freaking ‘see’ light – I’m hoping I’ll understand it before I die, but…)

I worked on many weddings, many corporate events and many official group photos, including being part of the team (thanks Scully and Curtis:) that shot Raoul Castro when he was here on Commonwealth business.

I’m grateful for every opportunity and obstacle that presented themselves to me in 2011 – without the motivation of both, I would not be able to say, as I can now, that I’m a better person and therefore photographer than I was one year ago…

Here’s proof:)

http://video214.com/play/cWv1OmLZetZC7mobd77gmw/s/dark

And here’s to bigger and better in 2012!

Midnight

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by Sarita
Midnight

Midnight by saritamoo featuring a black bootie

Mint green shirt
€55 – zalando.de

Prada checkered skirt
£789 – farfetch.com

Rupert Sanderson black bootie
$655 – rupertsanderson.com

Sang A zip top tote bag
$2,600 – kirnazabete.com

Repossi engraved gold ring
$9,680 – barneys.com

Effy Collection black and white ring
$1,325 – lordandtaylor.com

Swarovski jewelry
$850 – swarovski.com

Reed Krakoff leather bangle
$690 – reedkrakoff.com

Prada bangles jewelry
$595 – prada.com

Roberto Cavalli rhodium plated jewelry
$540 – net-a-porter.com

Oscar de la Renta drop clip earrings
$279 – boutique1.com

Cinzia Araia leather bangle
€100 – lindestore.com

When Separates Come Together – 2 Looks.

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by Sarita
When Separates Come Together - 2 Looks.

When Separates Come Together – 2 Looks. by saritamoo featuring wide leg pants

White House Black Market halter top
$78 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

Jane Norman red t shirt
£5 – janenorman.co.uk

Quiksilver fake fur vest
$119 – quiksilver.com

Elie Tahari wide leg pants
$188 – shopbop.com

High waisted wide leg pants
$198 – aliceandolivia.com

Aldo shoes
$135 – aldoshoes.com

Christian louboutin heels
christianlouboutin.com

Links of London yellow gold earrings
$1,200 – linksoflondon.com

Gucci leather jewelry
$1,050 – macys.com

Watch
$950 – nova68.com

Asha by ADM gold earrings
$495 – calypsostbarth.com

Kate spade jewelry
$248 – katespade.com

Kevia bezel ring
$76 – theoutnet.com

Michael Kors golden ring
$85 – neimanmarcus.com

J Crew facets jewelry
$30 – jcrew.com

Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses
€139 – impressionen.de

Funky Quirk

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by Sarita

I came across this site and decided to try my hand at styling something I’d wear – current jumper style notwithstanding:) – and came up with this.

I think I’ll do some more:)

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

 

Funky Quirk

Funky Quirk by saritamoo featuring leather bags

Pedro Lourenco sleeveless top
£495 – brownsfashion.com

Mulberry long coat
$2,300 – mulberry.com

Goldsign bootcut jeans
€359 – veryeickhoff.com

Yves Saint Laurent high heel shoes
€636 – ekseption.es

Proenza Schouler leather bag
$1,595 – openingceremony.us

R J Graziano gold jewelry
$65 – bloomingdales.com

Jennifer Fisher bracelets bangle
$350 – barneys.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs bronze ring
$182 – my-wardrobe.com

Michael Kors face watch
$250 – michaelkors.com

Quartz ring
£4,825 – couturelab.com

Gucci bamboo hoop earrings
hydeparkjewelers.com

Ham-mer Time?

Posted in life in general with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Sarita

I put a ham to bake earlier tonight – at around 8p.m. It’s now 12:30a.m.

Based on my previous disastrous attempts at cooking recently, I decided to use the timer on the stove – something I’d never used before, because to relive having to scrape burnt pans isn’t something I look forward to.

So I set the timer and sat in front of my comp to kill time.

Contrary to my last culinary blast, about 10 mins ago, I began to wonder why it was the scrumptious smells of baking ham weren’t pervading my senses, so I went to check on it.

The dial was set to 350 and the oven on light was blinking at me furiously. But the oven wasn’t hot.

The ham wasn’t even breaking a sweat.

I took a picture that looks much more sizzly than it does in real life – that’s the Leica magic for you, not my cordon bleu skills.

After prodding and poking the various buttons on the stove, I turned it off completely and started over – as of this typing, the pre-heated beep just sounded, so at least there’s that.

I swear to god, I’m going to give up cooking.

Snap, Crackle, Flop.