Impromptu Banff Trip: October 01, 2016

This trip was taken on a rainy Saturday and included stops at Bow Falls, downtown Banff, and Lake Louise. Let’s just say, my upper respiratory tract infection was not the only thing that took my breath away today. Enjoy.

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Engagement Shoot: Fall 2016

Sooooooooo, my dear friend from high school is getting married (I still can’t get over this)! This was by far my favourite shoot to date, not to mention how truly perfect these two are. Enough said, let’s get to the photos.

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Taken August 24, 2016 ♡

x Bonnie Chow

Campus Collection no. 1

I got inspiration to pick up my camera lately. Specifically, I have been shooting architecture using a more wide-angle approach. Here are some hand-picked photos from around campus.

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I’m still into cityscapes…

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…and interesting textures.

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Nightlife Photography: Flow in the Dark

A couple nights ago I attended an event called “Flow in the Dark” hosted by a well known student group that I am a part of here on campus. Basically, the concept was to hold a blacklight (flow) yoga class that combined yoga with a nightclub-like atmosphere. It was a year kickoff event that the group had been planning since the end of last school year.We had a great turnout (as you will see).

In terms of photographic styles, I had never done anything quite like this before. The low lighting conditions combined with the movement of the “yogis” were the main difficulties. I did some research before the big day and made some notes:

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I did borrow a tripod from my friend, but through most of the night, I ended up just sticking to using a really high ISO and a very large aperture (“quick handheld shots”) because I needed to be on my feet. Because of these restricted settings, much of the depth and quality was lost in the photos. To remedy some of the graininess in the photos, noise reduction had to be applied in Lightroom during post-processing. I took advantage of the time during sound/light check to play around with camera settings with the tripod. I tried a deeper depth of field and a lower ISO, but I couldn’t get it how I wanted it (there was always too much light resulting from the shutter being open for too long). Perhaps adjusting shutter speed in M mode or investing in an external flash would have been a good bet, but either way I had to move around so a tripod was not a practical option. Overall, I have to say this event was quite a challenge for me and I did learn a lot just from going out there and trying. Shout-out to Health and Wellness Movement for hosting this great event! I had so much fun!

Here are some of the highlights from the night. Enjoy!

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These shots captured the nightclub atmosphere.

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The party begins…

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Face Painting!!!

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Zen.

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Our amazing crowd 🙂

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Creative shots.

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And lastly, it wouldn’t be Bonnie Chow Photography without some bokeh ❤

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~Bonnie

Back to Blogging!?!

Heeeey everyone!

I would really like to get back into blogging regularly, whether that is posting photos or just me rambling on about life. I would like to acknowledge all my new followers. Welcome to my blog :D! I take it a lot of you are in Mr. Bruce’s Photography 12 class at Kelly Road Secondary….yesyes? Hopefully you can gain some inspiration from my previous posts. Photography 12 was BY FAR my favourite class in high school. Also if you need any advice, shoot me a comment; I’m happy to help!

ANYWAYS, I haven’t touched my blog since the last day of photography. To be honest, I really haven’t picked up my camera since I moved to Alberta for Uni. I am currently in the mist of midterm season, working day and night studying, writing papers, and doing labs…..PSSHH, who am I kidding?…I am procrastinating like none other xD. No, but really, in the craziness that is university, campus atmosphere is beautiful and very uplifting and I would like to post some photos of campus very soon! There are many photo opportunities. I am apart of the established university photography club here on campus and I work on a design team for a a group called the Health and Wellness Movement. BUT YES, photos soon, I promise.

Good luck to everyone in school and whatever else life throws at you!

Talk soon (feel free to comment on this post).

Goodnight <33

–Bonnie Chow

 

For now, a quote…

Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Commission: Billiards

I really wanted to do some photos at a pool hall because I found these images that really inspired me on Pinterest. The ambiance that is created in a pool hall along with the vivid colours under low light was something I wanted to capture. I brought some friends and family to a local pool hall recently and did a shoot with them. I asked if they wanted prints from this shoot. They really liked the cool and edgy style of the photos and agreed to this. : )

Highlights:

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Photography 12: My Exhibition

THEME: A BOKEH STORY

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I feel that this collection of photos reflects my style as a photographer well. The moods portrayed from the delicate shots to the urban photos all achieve a certain effect while incorporating bokeh as a main element. For my watermark, I had an idea one day to shoot a “treeline”. One of the things I really enjoy shooting are cityscapes and citylines, but since I live in Prince George, it is impossible to shoot city buildings because they are non-existent. I figured that trees would better represent this city and I could make it imitate a city line silhouette.

Bokeh is something that really intrigued me as an aspiring photographer. There are so many applications for it as I learned it doesn’t always have to be created from conventional out of focus lights. For this exhibition, I decided to focus my theme mostly around bokeh and other creative uses of light such as star flares and spotlighting with low key conditions. Bokeh really softens backgrounds and brings out the foreground, often adding a nice framing effect. Some of the photos I chose are completely out of focus, creating strong bokeh light rings against a dark background. I like the look of this, as it gives a sense of mystery.

I decided to somehow incorporate polaroid frames into my display. For my final project, I chose six photos that would work cropped to square dimensions and placed a polaroid border on them. These would be the supporting photos that would frame my four main images. The first four have a delicate, girly theme; the following photo of general bokeh+lens connects my two styles together. The last five highlight an urban city mood.

I have to say, these are not my best/favourite photos of all time, but I focused on portraying my style as a photographer through the theme and moods.

Over the course of the years, I would say I have grown and become more aware of my photographic styles and habits. I can’t believe it was three years ago that I picked up that first Rebel T3 DSLR and started shooting paper bags in the back of the classroom. It will be hard leaving this class.

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