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Mieps' new friend

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 21, 2016, 5:42 AM


Hello everyone!


It has been a while since I have written a journal entry. So much has happened the past few weeks. :)


First of all I have adopted a friend for Mieps, his name is Archie. He is still getting used to his new home, but he's doing great so far! I am so happy I finally convinced my parents that Mieps needed a friend, since guinea pigs are group animals. Although Mieps doesn't seem to care much now, I'm sure she feels better to have a friend of her own species now. They never fought very badly, I was a bit afraid for that, but they're not the best of friends. I doubt they will ever be, but they are getting along. 


Other than that Mieps was published in many many many magazines all over the world, newspapers and online platforms! The German magazine Grazia published a photo of Archie and Bento.de did an interview with me about Mieps. So many great things happened over the past months, it's amazing to get such lovely feedback on my work. :heart: 


Things have been pretty busy around here, with Mieps her fame, school and work. I will try to be more active on here soon! Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments, favs and for watching me! :love:


Family portrait by Marloeshi Archie by Marloeshi Mieps and Archie by Marloeshi

 


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Fourth Daily Deviation

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 8, 2016, 1:25 AM


Oh my gosh, I'm so happy!
Yesterday I received my fourth Daily Deviation.
Big thanks to :iconjustacapharnaum: for sugessting it 
and to :iconjenfruzz: for giving the DD.



Party Animal by Marloeshi


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The APN Guide: How to photograph small animals

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
AnimalsPlantsNature
Your Home for APN Photography


Photographing your pet is fun to do and you create beautiful memories to hold on to. The benefit of domestic animals is that they are used to humans being around. Here are a few tips for how to make outstanding photographs of your precious pets. In this tutorial I will be focusing on smaller domestic animals such as: bunnies, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters. Of course some tips will be useful for photographing larger pets as well, so do not hesitate to read this if you would like to photograph other domestic animals. 


#1 Take your time

Just like with very young children your pet does not understand what your intentions are. In general  you cannot tell them to look that way or pose like that. You will have to ''go with the flow'' and just see what your pet is up to. So be patient and monitor the behaviour of your pet. If you notice or feel it is not going to work: too bad, pack up your stuff and try again later. Do not push your animal to get a nice shot, it is not worth the stress. With that said, let's move on to the other tips!

Swiss Teddies. by ApopFrauks
Go with the flow! 

#2 Props or natural surroundings

The first thing you should ask yourself is: do I want to photograph my pet in their natural surroundings, perhaps in a grass field, or do I want to take photos with various props in a specific setting. Both of them require some preparation, if you are going to pick the setting you might have to buy or make props to create the setup. You can think of a tea party themed photo shoot, a flower shoot or perhaps something with cute cookies. Once you have an idea you could go prop shopping at flea markets or second-hand stores. If you prefer a more natural photo shoot you should look for a suitable location for it. Take in consideration that you are photographing a smaller domestic animal. They might not have been outside your house! So always wonder if it is safe for your pet to be outdoors. You could look in your backyard if you have small spots with grass, trees or flowers to photograph your pets. With both settings: safety first! Make sure your pet cannot eat toxic things or fall of a high table.

Cosmopolitan by zoldszorny
Here the photographer chose for a cute setup with a wine glass!



#3 Composition

Of course a beautiful composition is essential for a strong photograph. A central composition can be very pretty, but if you use it too much it can be a little bit boring. Try to keep your subject out of the centre of the picture. To vary a bit you could use the ''rule of thirds''. With this rule you divide your image into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Important elements of your photograph, in this case your pet, should be on or close to the lines or intersections. This will create more tension in the photograph and makes it more interesting to look at! You can often pre-set these lines in your camera view, you should check your camera manual how to do this.

Rule Of Thirds by Marloeshi
An example of the rule of thirds. 



#4 Camera settings

Domestic animals like hamsters and mice are very fast, which requires a fast shutter speed (like 1/2000) to freeze their movement. Try various shutter speeds to find out which one suits best for your animal. Keep in mind that if you pick a fast shutter speed not much light will reach the sensor, so you will have to compensate on that with your aperture or ISO value. If you are  not comfortable with picking your own settings you could pick a sports, animal or children pre-set scene. You could choose for the S mode (Tv mode with some brands) as well, you will have to pick the shutter speed the camera will do the rest for you. Of course you want to put the focus completely on your animal. You can do this by picking a open aperture (like f2.8), it will create a blurry background so your pet will stand out! Try to keep your ISO value low, you do not want pictures with noise in them. Of course it depends on the light circumstances, better a bit of noise than no sharp photo at all!  

Spring Friends by TrablaMonRon
The focus goes to these two beautiful ferrest because of the open aperture. 


#5 Perspective

Get outstanding photographs by adjusting your perspective, you probably are used to take photographs while you are standing. Try something different while you are photographing your pets. If you photograph them on their level it will create the feeling that you are part of their world! This might mean you have to lie down on the ground of kneel down. You could take some plastic bags with you to protect your clothes if you have to lie down in grass or sand. Of course you can experiment with this, maybe a shot from right above is very interesting as well! Try to vary the three main perspectives: frog perspective, eye level and the bird perspective. 

Les comploteurs... by Ikonokl4st
This photo gives you the feeling that you are another bunny watching the other two. With a different perspective you would not get this feeling. 


A few inspiring photographs:

Wild Mocha by LyraWhite 
Caring is sharing by meganjoy It's an Andy in a basket by clara-di Lorich 13 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos
Midway by TrablaMonRon Oldtimer by zoldszorny



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Photo by The-Panic
Yay! This photo of Mieps received my second Daily Deviation! I could have never dreamed of getting a second one! It's just amazing! :happybounce:

Everlasting love by Marloeshi

Thanks to all of you who faved it or gave me a nice comment! 

Thanks for :iconjenfruzz: for suggesting it and thanks a lot for :iconkaz-d: for featuring it! :happybounce: :heart:
You guys have really made my day a lot brighter! :dummy:
Hey you guys!

I just want to thank you all for all the watches, features, faves and comments! I hope I have time to thank you all!

Just a little message that I'm going to be less active the next few months. Not because I don't like Deviantart, but real life called: it needs me. 
My internship at a big, awesome Dutch photography magazine starts this monday (tomorrow)! I'm kind of nervous, but excited as well! My internship ends June the 19th, so after that I hope I will have more time to take photos.

I hope I have time to check in every now and then! :aww:

Lots of love,
Marloes
Since it always made me so happy when I got featured, I decided to do a feature myself!
I'll pick my favourites from the past week, and put them into one journal! If you have one that should be in the next, send me a note with the deviation. :) (Smile)


These are my favourites from the past week with the theme 'nature'! They're all great pieces who deserve more attention!


Toucan by PrototypeTheOne       Sliced sky by Irkis     Orange Butterfly by LudwigSpove

'Round The Bowl by WishmasterAlchemist    Owl by WillemJ

Summer night Aurora by kongdaniel           Welsh Hills, Near Welshpool, Powys, Wales by aboshell
Thanks again for participating with my contest! :D The winners have been announced. 

As I promised, here is a feature.

Thanks again to all of you for participating. :heart:


:iconnikonfinest:  Hurried wings, nimble beauty by Nikonfinest
I adore this shot of a hummingbird! She did a great job on this one, I love the colors. :heart:

:iconlost-nomad07:  Blue Bird by lost-nomad07
This is such a beautiful photograph. I love the contrast between the blue bird and the background. 

:iconedgedfeather:  American Kestrel by EdgedFeather
I love the blurry background in this! The pose of the bird is also very nice and the colors are so soft. 

:iconrms-olympic:  Remember by RMS-OLYMPIC
This is a very nice manipulation. The colors fit very well together and you've put a good emotion in it. Everything fits very well!

:iconntomallen:  Stars Awake by ntomallen
I love this shot! :heart: The blueish sky, the silhouette of the little house and the stars. It's perfect!

:iconaaron-sprig:  Sculpture Park Trees II by aaron-sprig
Very nice photo of a beautiful tree. I really like the soft feeling it gives you. It could be a painting!

:iconbas-foto:  What happened by Bas-Foto
A beautiful portrait. You've done a great job with the lightning, the pose and the post processing. 
Hi everybody!

I decided to pick a winner, depsite that I didn't have 10 contestants for my contest
Thank you all so much for participating!
It was hard deciding who wrote the 'best' description. You all wrote such nice stories and I enjoyed reading them all!
But one really stood out to me, and that was the one from :iconnikonfinest:!
She choose this as her favourite piece:  <da:thumb id="468070687"/>.

This is why: I like this photo not only because its beautiful and creative, but because I can relate to the emotion it creates. I think everyone at some point in their life has felt like this, just ordinary wanting to become popular,perfect, or famous for that matter. I think this photo speaks for a lot of young girls, as women we get a lot of pressure to become different or to be perfect in society from the media, and even other women. So being ordinary isn't an option to us, I've felt this way numerous times, feeling like you're not as great as everyone else and wishing you could be popular or famous, hoping to be remembered in this world. But I think we all need to realize, like I did, youre the only you this world has, theres only one person who has the same looks and personality as you and thats  you.Your special, maybe not to the whole world, but to the people that are your world. This is the way I feel about this photograph, It really moved me and I feel it moves a lot of people who are going through this type of thing. It really shows them they are not alone! (Hope this wasn't too in depth! Blush ) 

I loved this description from the first moment I read it! It sure wasn't too much in depth! It perfectly described what I meant with this picture and felt when I shot it.

So congratz! You won the 10 points! :happybounce:

And now! The winner from the random 5 points is :iconaaron-sprig:.

Thanks again to all of you for participating! :heart:

I will write a feature tomorrow and pick one devitation from the gallery of each contestant to thank you for joining my contest.

x Marloes
Again an announcement for my contest. I organized this contest, because I've reached 300 watchers, yay! :happybounce: 
For the original journal, see: this journal.
Since I don't have 10 contestants yet, I'll move the deadline from the 9th of August, to Saturday the 23th of August.


Rules
Bullet; Black  You must watch me to participate
Bullet; Black  You have to choose one deviation from medescribe why you like it so much and post it in the comments of this journal!
Bullet; Black  There must be at least 10 contestants for the contest to continue. 
Bullet; Black  You can participate until Saturday the 23th of August. Comments submitted after midnight (my time) won't be able to enter the contest.


Prizes
Bullet; Black  The person with the most sweet, fun, idiotic, heartwarming, beautiful, insane description, will receive 10 points from me!
Bullet; Black  Besides that, I'll put all of the contestants names in a random name picker and he or she will receive 5 points!


The judges
Bullet; Black  Me



Contestants:


1. :iconnikonfinest: likes <da:thumb id="468070687"/> the most, because:

I like this photo not only because its beautiful and creative  but because I can relate to the emotion it creates. I think everyone at some point in their life has felt like this, just ordinary wanting to become popular,perfect, or famous for that matter. I think this photo speaks for a lot of young girls, as women we get a lot of pressure to become different or to be perfect in society from the media, and even other women. So being ordinary isn't an option to us, I've felt this way numerous times, feeling like you're not as great as everyone else and wishing you could be popular or famous, hoping to be remembered in this world. But I think we all need to realize, like I did, youre the only you this world has, theres only one person who has the same looks and personality as you and thats  you.Your special, maybe not to the whole world, but to the people that are your world. This is the way I feel about this photograph, It really moved me and I feel it moves a lot of people who are going through this type of thing. It really shows them they are not alone! (Hope this wasn't too in depth! Blush ) 

Glad I had the chance to participate in this! Even if I don't win I still want to wish you the best of luck and that your photography has really inspired me as  beginning photographer in many ways! I hope that everyone feels this way! Good luck my friend :D (Big Grin)

2. :iconlost-nomad07: likes  Farmhouse by Marloeshi the most, because:

I chose Farmhouse. Right off the colors really just popped out at me. Those soft shades of blues and the warm golden yellows just really make this photo standout. I like how the white farmhouse sits right on the line of thirds with makes the photo feel nicely balanced. Overall it is just a very nice relaxing photo. 

3. :iconedgedfeather: likes <da:thumb id="442537740"/> the most, because:

I will have to go with this one being my favorite though. I am a huge animal person, so right off the bat, it draws me in. I love how the fox doesn't seem to have a care in the world as it trots on by! I also love that it's in tall grass with no evidence of people (fences, pavement, walls, etc). It really gives the photo such a natural and wonderful feel! The fox's face is in focus and the light is hitting it just right so there is some contrast in the face with one side being darker while the other is lit up. This is a really awesome photo! Great job! :D (Big Grin)

4. :iconrms-olympic: likes  Rose by Marloeshi the most, because:

Why? Well, I love roses for one. Red roses. Blood red ones are my favorite. You could call me a traditionalist, you could say. :D (Big Grin)
This photo is magical. The dew drops look like little flecks of crystal on the delicate petals. A macro like this brings up a whole new world the rest of us don't usually pay attention to. If I could take rose photos as good as you, I'd be pleasured. 
This photo is simply gorgeous though, with the lighting and everything. I can't really say what I want to as much as I just feel it. Maybe that's what compelled you to take the photo in the first place!

5. :iconntomallen: likes <da:thumb id="455282521"/> the most, because:

Why did I pick this? Well, for one I didn't want to choose one that was already chosen above, but even more so the fact that it was shot *without* any adjusting speaks VOLUMES to your skill! I mean, I have never gotten anything that vibrant, that dramatic, that colorful straight out of camera. And I love nature/sunset shots in the first place. All of those coming together here as one have created something wonderful. I always love when artists can work with the colors and bokeh to create something like this. It's one of those things that's so unique to Photography! Love it. And beyond that, there is some sort of hidden emotion behind that leaf.. crazy as it sounds, it's there, just waiting to be found! Emotion is hard to find in today's pictures. As someone who tries his best to get shots like that.. (and fails epically) I can so understand how difficult it is. There's so much inspiration on this site, and shots like this are the foundations for that inspiration. And that inspiration in turn creates whole new realms of artists/pictures! It's amazing how well everything turns full circle here on DA. 

6. :iconaaron-sprig: likes  the most because:

Why? Well, This photo is in focus, the outfit looks amazing (including the necklace) and the color of the shoelace gives a nice contrast to the shoes (boots?) Most importantly however, is the fact that without the subject of this photo, this gallery would not exist. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

7. :iconbas-foto: likes Water by Marloeshi the most because:
Why. I like the silhouet of you in het water. Also I like the depth of the mountains created from dark to light. And the texture of the water. And how the waves created a triangle too the lower corners.
Keep up te good work.Clap 

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We still need 3 contestans more for the prizes to be announced! 

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a note. :aww:

Good luck to you all! :dummy:

x Marloes
Deviantart helped me grow, a lot. So many photos, drawings and other art inspired me to get better. Learn more and get the most out of everyhing. I've met some very special people here. They're great friends and very supportive!

There aren't specific artworks that inspired me. They all are a great inspiration source. 

I think the most important thing is Deviantart tought me never to give up. When a technique is difficult, don't give up. Keep trying and you'll get awesome results! 

Here are the 5 photographs from my own gallery I'm very proud of:

Grey by Marloeshi

Forever and always by Marloeshi    

Rose by Marloeshi    Fountain by Marloeshi
Hello!

I've reached 300 watchers! :happybounce:  I'd like to thank all of you for watching me and for your support! It's really rewarding to receive this kind of support. It's a great feeling to know other people like my photography and take time to fave it, comment on it or simply to view it!

I'm so grateful to get to 300 watchers, I've never expected it!

So I'd like to organize a little contest!


Rules
Bullet; Black  You must watch me to participate
Bullet; Black  You have to choose one deviation from me, describe why you like it so much and post it in the comments of this journal!
Bullet; Black  There must be at least 10 contestants for the contest to continue. 
Bullet; Black  You can participate until Saturday the 9th of august. Comments submitted after midnight (my time) won't be able to enter the contest.


Prizes
Bullet; Black  The person with the most sweet, fun, idiotic, heartwarming, beautiful, insane description, will receive 10 points from me!
Bullet; Black  Besides that, I'll put all of the contestants names in a random name picker and he or she will receive 5 points!


The judges
Bullet; Black  Me


If you have any questions, feel free to send me a note. :aww:

Good luck to you all! :dummy:

x Marloes

Edit: here is an update about the contest: click!

Since it always made me so happy when I got featured, I decided to do a weekly feature myself!
I'll pick my favourites from the past week, and put them into one journal! If you have one that should be in the next, send me a note with the deviation. :) (Smile)


These are my favourites from the past week! They're all great pieces who deserve more attention!

Speicherstadt Hamburg by Meduana      Blue Butterfly by Esentia-art

      Distance. by Tiina23

Tina by Tertiusalio      Green Corn by Bas-Foto
Since it always made me so happy when I got featured, I decided to do a weekly feature myself!
I'll pick my favourites from the past week, and put them into one journal! If you have one that should be in the next, send me a note with the deviation. :)


    there was a time i was dreaming to be a Peter Pan by ateist-kleranty

little explorer by wscieklik     Shenandoah Forest by br949805

pantano Gabriel y Galan 2 by Quercus1989     Beautiful Soul by TabithasPhotography

Goodnight dear world~ by Vriethael     Lady of the lake 3 by HouaVang
Since my last journal about my website. I've been working on it to improve a lot of things. 

I've changed the layout. At first I liked the previous theme. But as day passed by, I started to dislike it more and more. 
I wanted a more 'clean' theme, more simple. 

Besides that, I focussed on the menu and what I should write on my pages mostly.
I added a blog page to my site. This to -hopefully- help me get more hits and write about where I've been for certain photographs. 

My social media buttons are working, so that's a huge plus! :aww: 

I'm curious what you think about it now. If you have feedback, please tell me! I want to improve my site as much as I can. 
Although it's hard for me, since I don't know how to do it in html. But I'm doing the best I can. 

It took very long to be at this point, but I think I can say I'm satisfied with the result! :D

The adress is: www.marloeshi.com
Oh my!

Yesterday I got home from my vacation in Italy, which was awesome. I shot some great photos there. I'll be posting photographs later this day or week. :)

So today I had time to check DA for my messages. Only to discover that my photo 'forever and always' ( fav.me/d7lz5gt ), got an Daily Deviation! 
:iconsarah-bk:, thank you so much for suggesting it and :iconkaz-d:, thank you for featuring it! I'm so happy now! It's my first DD. YAY! :D *does silly dance*
Hi there, :D (Big Grin) 

I made a website for my photography. I've been working on it a few weeks now.
The main goal is to display my work and be there when people have questions or need to contact me.

This is the adress: www.marloeshi.com

What about the catogories? The lay-out? What I wrote?
I'm aware that the social media buttons don't work! But I can't figuere out what I did wrong... 

I'm curious what you think about it. Any thoughts, feedback or other comments?

x Marloes
Dear watchers,

With help of a friend, I found out yesterday that one of my photographs is all over the web (on wallpaper sites, etc.). They cropped it and removed my watermark. I never gave permission for this! 

So from now on my watermarks will be bigger and more visible in the photograph. Normally I set my deviantions to 800px, but I'll adjust that to 600px. So hopefully I'll prevent stuff like this in the future.
I'm going to check all my older devitations, hopefully I won't find them anywhere else on the internet. On my older devs I'll put a lager watermark as well.

I know it won't make the photo prettier. But it really sucks that other people steal my art and put it online elsewhere, without asking my permission or give me the credits for the photo.

I hope you'll understand this.

xo
Marloes

The wedding was so much fun to do! It was very long though... And the day after I shouldn't have worked from 6 AM till 6.30 PM... Not a very good idea.

 

Everything went so well with the wedding! The next time - if there's going to be a next time, I hope so! - I'll use my external flash more. I have some photographs that aren't 100% sharp.. But too bad! There are a lot of good photographs!

Now it's time to edit them and deliver them. I'll let you know what the couple thought of it! :D

Ugh, I'm so nervous for tomorrow!
Tomorrow I'm shooting my very first wedding! Oh my, I'm really nervous...

It's a really sweet story how I got the job. Because the woman that's getting married used to be my babysitter (a looooooong time ago). When I started with my side job, I found out she worked there too! Once we had to work together and I told her I photographed a lot. So I showed here some of my photographs and she really liked them! A few months later she called me to ask if I wanted to be her wedding photograper! She said she immediately thought of me, because she thought my photographs were beautiful (so sweet!). Of course I said yes!

It won't be a traditional wedding at all, so it's an easy wedding to start with. Bridesmades? No. Pictures with the family? No. First dance? No. They didn't even want a photoshoot together. I would have liked that part though, but too bad!

Unfortunately some collegues from work will be there as well, including my boss! Ugh..

I hope it will turn out well.

Well, I just wanted to share this with you. (STILL NERVOUS)

Byebyeeee, tomorrow I'll let you know how it went!

If you have advice for me, please share! :D