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My favorite thing about fall is the fashion. Scarves, cardigans, tights, layers in general – can’t get enough. Transitioning from summer to fall can get a little tricky though (particularly when the weather cycles between hot and cold on a daily basis). Adding tights and switching sandals for oxfords is one way to transition slowly. How wonderful are these oxfords from Restricted? As soon as I saw them online, I fell in love..

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Top: c/o Wal G // Skirt: H&M // Bag: Fossil // Tights: Target // Shoes: c/o Restricted

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Since I’ve started a theme of talking photography, I figured I should expand on this topic as a way to possibly teach others (but mostly, to teach myself). The photo below is an attempt at the ‘Brenizer Method‘ – a photographic technique developed by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. The technique involves taking a bunch of photos (literally like 40 pictures), and then ‘stitching’ them together using photoshop. This effect is supposed to give a shallow depth of field (the sharpness of the object, and the blurriness of everything else), along with a wide angle of view.

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Six years ago, a car accident left Gina Giaffoglione paralyzed from the belly button down. But for her wedding earlier this month, the former gymnast was determined to walk down the aisle Gina’s dream didn’t come easy though; It took months of physical therapy just to teach her body how to stand up straight again after years in a wheelchair. It then took several more months to teach the bride-to-be how to walk with a custom-designed brace and crutch. She defied the odds, and did it! Check out the incredible video here!

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Favorite Outfit: Shooting on an 85mm

Least Favorite Outfit:  Refashions and Reservoirs

September was an amazing month. I got to spend the first weekend with family on the beach in New Jersey. Another weekend helping my best friend pick out a wedding dress at Bridal and Formal – an amazing bridal store in Cincinnati, and the next weekend celebrating with another friend as she tied the knot.

Over this next month I’m heading back to Maryland to visit family, walking in Chicago College Fashion Week, celebrating the birthday/bachelorette of my friend in Vegas, AND leaving for THAILAND!

September was a pretty amazing month, but with so much to look forward to in the next few weeks, I’m ready for October :)

What are you looking forward to in October?

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Earlier this month, the family of Bailey, a 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier, couldn’t believe it when the long-lost pup was found six years after he disappeared from their home in Austin, Texas. Bailey was discovered roaming the streets of Indianapolis when a local resident noticed him and delivered him to veterinary clinic Post Road Vets. How incredible is that? Check out the full story here.

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_1470085It’s been awhile since I’ve had someone else taking my photos, and it’s incredibly humbling (I need to work on my photography skills..). Paul recently bought this amazing Rokinon 85mm lens and wanted to practice shooting on it, the results are pretty impressive..

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Dress: c/o Poppylux // Belt: Thrifted // Hat: Forever // Shoes: Target

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These were shot on the 85mm at t/1.5. T-stops are generally reserved for filmmaking (hence Paul’s affinity for this lens), and differ from an F-stop in that, generally speaking, the “stop” is more mathematically measured. Where as an F-stop may claim to be 2.8 on a number of different lenses, there is almost always some slight variation. Since filmmaking relies on the ability to match the “look” of a scene across multiple focal-lengths/lenses, T-stops were invented.

One thing to note about these photos is that they were shot on a Panasonic GH-2, which has a micro 4/3 sensor. Compared to full-frame sensors (i.e. the mythical Canon 5D), this sensor produces a 2x crop factor on a full-frame lens, which the Rokinon is. This means that it gives the look of being shot on a 170mm (longer focal length). So if I had a full frame camera with a 170mm lens, sitting next to my micro 4/3 camera with an 85mm lens, the image we would capture would have approximately the same frame.

The best part about this lens (for me), is the lower t-stop. Being able to shoot at t/1.5 allows for more bokeh (the blurred part of the photos). I must admit, aesthetically, I love photos with a shallow depth of field, but it’s not something I’ve been able to achieve on the 28mm or the 50mm. The photo below is a good example because you can see some blur in the foreground, the camera is crisp, and major blur in the background..

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These musicians turned a typical traffic jam into a serious jam session. A video uploaded to YouTube by meteorologist Justin Berk captures musicians David Gettes and Paul Downie of Trinidad North Steel Drums making the best of an unpleasant traffic situation on a highway in Pennsylvania last weekend. Gettes and Downie busted out steel drums and a drum set, and started playing some upbeat tunes and started a block party in the middle of the highway!

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