Autumn Leaves

My balcony this autumn has turned into the most wonderful showcase of changing leaf colour, or at least I think so. I was so captured by it that I spent nearly an hour outside just enjoying the breeze, finding color combinations and spending time with Butter. My own overgrown secret garden as I like to think of it.

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52 Weeks of Self-Portrait: Autumn

30/52 Autumn

citizen erased photography 52 weeks of self portrait  (1)Spent so much of my week going for walks and enjoying Montreal while I can before it’s hide-inside-season. This self-portrait was taken at Parc LaFontaine while I was passing by. I was taking photos of the trees as I just love the ever changing colors of the leaves and this tree seemed to have every color imaginable. After a few shots of the tree I decided I wanted to be a part of it and devised this shot. It took a few tries to get one I really like but this feels the most special and is only the 2nd double exposure I shot of the day. I’ve included another one below that I also really like – it’s hard to choose some weeks what photo to feature. Also my inspiration for this week and worth a listen is my wonderful boyfriend’s mixtape. It’s his first one he’s made and he decided to feature only Montreal electronic artists, I think it’s really mellow and perfect for the season!

Inspiration:

Vic Mella ‘MTL Fine Cuisine Mixtape’

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Fall portrait

victor (18)So many photos from November I haven’t even shared yet…I cannot help but reminiscence about the colorful leaves on the ground, right now it’s just grey outside for days on end. I cannot wait until snow reaches as far as my eyes can see. I love that feeling like you are in a snow globe – all snuggly and warm surrounded by snow. I keep seeing photos of people in the woods during winter and feeling pangs in my stomach because I would love that so much. Some days being a transit girl for life just bums me out. When you live in a city you really need a car to escape it. The photos today are of Victor taken a few weeks ago at the bottom of Mont-Royal. His birthday is next week on December 10th and he is turning 32! So this is my birthday post of sorts to him looking all cute in the leaves.
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I love the last photo of his silly face. I always take a photo of us together when we do things because I print them off and create a little book at the end of the year for our anniversary.

victor (25)I loved my outfit so I made Victor take photos of me and then I decided to do the can-can.

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Autumn Walk

In October I made myself a promise that I’d go on a long walk at least once a week, and so far I’ve been doing a really good job of that. It’s my favourite season but the colder tempatures and clouds usually keep me inside so it’s been nice to drag myself outside and really enjoy the falling leaves and the amazing colors. These are from a few weeks ago, I thought about smushing them all together but last weekend we went to Mont-Royal and I took a few too many photos. It’s nice just taking fun pictures and not being stressed out about making sure they are perfect – and throwing leaves at the camera. I’ve been working for the last month on some old photographs for a seriers of postcards I am getting made so it’s nice to have a break. I’ll be sprinkling a few comments along with the photos taken in Parc La Fontaine.

autumn walk (2)autumn walk (3)autumn walk (4)I sat on one of the benchs infront of the lake by myself for awhile before meeting up with Victor and just spent some time taking photos with my Kodak Dualflex (here)

Kodak Dualflex (3)autumn walk (9)     Meet up with Victor at the metro and walked back to the park marvelling at all the leaves on the ground.

autumn walk (11) autumn walk (12) autumn walk (13)Portraits of us getting ready to throw leaves about and have fun.

autumn walk (15)autumn walk (16) autumn walk (17) autumn walk (18) autumn walk (31)autumn walk (38)And now for silly gifs of me and Victor throwing leaves at the camera. These just make me smile so much!
(ps click on the image to be sent to the better quality gif)


The geese kept swooping in and out beside us.

autumn walk (21)Some stills of us throwing leaves, they are hilarious. I love throwing leaves photos even if I can never get the leaves in focus.

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autumn walk (47)autumn walk (49)The sun started to hide so we went around the lake and headed off home.

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I also picked up some really bright red leaves to try and press at home.

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It’s so nice being 15minutesaway from a big parc when you live in a city. Next spring I think we will be spending a lot of time here. I love just walking around with Victor. This weekend we are going to investigate the side of Mont-Royal where the cemetary is so that should be fun.

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Autumn Butter

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Butter of the Week: Autumn

How has your week went? Butter has been eating leaves all week every time I let her outside. She’s did that all summer too and I still haven’t got around to researching why. Silly kitty. I can just feel the air in Montreal getting colder by the day so I’ve been letting her outside when I get home from work as much as possible so she can enjoy herself before it is too cold. She’s had a good week I think, and mine started good and relaxed and ended up exhausting. Regardless I have big plans for my weekend besides working tomorrow, like Indian food with Victor and taking some photos of my newly orange and red hair. Hopefully some apple picking on Sunday with Zara too, oh and getting a pumpkin would be amazing. Any big plans for yours?

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Fall with Holga macro and close up lens…

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For Lomography Wednesday I grabbed my Nikon camera and my trusty Holga close up and macro lens and headed to my balcony. My favourite thing about the Fall is the changing colors of the season! There are a few changes happening already around my house. The first is this little bud I got from the Botanical Gardens started to sprout out something that looks like a kidney bean. The bud was growing on a tree that was covered in them and they looked like a penis with balls – lol so I grabbed one to take a better photo. As well my entire herb garden has become dried and weathered, it didn’t survive the summer at all which is sad. The best part though is the vines on my balcony are starting to turn orange and yellow and it’s just amazing to watch. I am hoping to soon replace my toy lens with the real thing so I can even more amazing close up shots soon, in the meantime I really enjoy these Holga lens and they were only $10 for each set.

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Lomography Wednesday

A few weeks ago I got a Diana F+ kind of randomly and while waiting to get more 120mm film, I decided to test out the lens! Last summer I bought a Diana adapter for Nikon because I thought it was like the Holga one and came with the lens so I had it laying around my shelf just waiting for me to finally get a Diana. So a few days after getting my new Diana, I popped the lens on the adapter and attached it to my Nikon DSLR. These shots are a combination of the Diana lens and Holga Close Up lens, I just sat in front of this bush and testing them out so. They looked much more crisp on my camera screen so I was a little disappointed to find how blurry they actually are. But I still love them and cannot wait to experiment more!
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Where I End and You Begin

lisamichelle (4), citizen erased, citizen erased photographyThis photo shoot is one of my favourites, its from 2007 which feels like a century ago. This beautiful lady is my friend Lisa-Michelle, she`s a fellow photographer and one of my favourite models. We love going on little adventures together and take photos of each other. She has taken really great photos of me even though I am not comfortable poising for other people`s photos. She probably has a nice collection of me making mean frown faces for that exact reason, lol. I am enjoying looking back at these photos, I hope you do too!

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