Sep.15.14 Life in Stills / 02

Happy Monday, friends! I feel like this month has flown by, so allow me to reminisce a bit by sharing a few snippets of my every day life with you, using captures from my Instagram and VSCO feeds.

Life in Stills | Of Trees and Hues

Imagery of my travels and adventures are flooding the pages of this blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share those candid moments, the ones from simple every day living… I think, in doing so, it will inspire & encourage me to live a more happy & adventurous life!

We’re only half-way through this month, but already, September is proving to be a fabulous — roadtrips to Southern California, visiting in-laws in the Midwest, lots and lots of coffee to fuel the creative & productive weeks, and taking moments through out the day to spend with my husband, despite how busy our days have been. It’s the little things that have the biggest impact on us, and I’m trying to be mindful of the details. To enjoy life — every little ounce of it.

If you would like to follow along, feel free to follow me on InstagramI would love to see what every day moments you’re capturing! So leave your instagram handle in the comments below. Have a happy week, friends!

Sep.12.14 Fall Fashion Giveaway / $450 Giftcard

I can’t believe we’re nearly half-way through September! Before we know it, we’ll be dragging our boots and scarves out from the back of our closets. And I can’t wait!

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An autumn wardrobe is my absolute favorite — nothing says comfort to me than being snuggled in layers around a roaring campfire. I’m already thinking about what to add to my wardrobe this Fall — leather boots, an endless number of scarves, over-sized sweaters, chambray button-ups, and a cute peacoat!

To help you get started on your own fall wardrobe — I’m teaming up with an incredible group of ladies to bring you the ultimate fall fashion giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $450 gift card to the clothier of their choice. What would you include in your autumn-inspired wardrobe?

Sep.10.14 Between Lenses / 09 “Silence”

Capturing silence is no easy feat — but it definitely inspired Tara and me to challenge ourselves, and I have to say, I am incredibly happy with what we came up with! Take a look below to see what Silence means to us and how you, too, can join us in this creative Bloghop!

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues
Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues

I knew that capturing silence was going to be a little challenging — but once I opened up to it, my mind was literally flowing with ideas. But the one I just couldn’t shake was this one — those quite and fleeting moments when I’m alone in the car and it’s just me and the asphalt. The twinkling stars above me and the shimmer of distant lights behind me.

The stillness of the night comforts me, allowing me to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s one of the most comforting moments and it’s those very nights where I had my biggest epiphanies and dreams. Silence isn’t just a quietness but a moment of tranquility. To just be.

Between Lenses with Tara Victoria and Of Trees and Hues

Oh my! I can’t get over how beautiful and serene Tara’s photo is. I have always been drawn to the stillness of the mountains and I love how well she captured that. And that blanket of fog only adds to the peacefulness of it all. Do take a moment to head over to Tara Victoria and see how her imagery represents Silence for her. Her words will absolutely blow you away, I assure you!

This is a blophop! — Tara and I hope that you, too, will join us and share your imagery with us! You can easily link up with us via the following steps:

1. Create your blog post and feel free to use the header image in which you can download here.
2. Copy your blog post’s url.
3. Notice where it says Click here to enter — click that and follow the easy instructions. Be sure to only link up with one of our blogs, not both. No worries — since mine and Tara’s blogs are interlinked, your blog post will show up on both!
4. And for fun, you can share your photo on Instagram & Twitter using the #BetweenLenses hashtag.

Our goal for this collaboration is to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers. And we hope that you’re one of them!

The up & coming Between Lenses themes:

For those of you who have been participating ( and those who plan to! ) Tara and I have went ahead and scheduled out the next few month’s worth of themes. They’re goodies!

no. 10 Wednesday, October 8th // Mornings
no. 11 Wednesday, November 12th // Urban

Sep.08.14 “At This Moment” Moodboards / With Friends

To live in the moment — With our busy lives, sometimes it’s easier said than done. So, in efforts to be more mindful and aware of ourselves, I get together each month with some friends and we create personal moodboards — imagery that represent us at this very moment in time. I’ll share my moodboard later on, but I can’t help but be inspired by theirs! Meet my lovely & incredibly talented sponsors:

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Tara Victoria is a lifestyle and design blog written and curated by Graphic Designer Tara Victoria about simplicity, experiences, living authentically and all things inspiring.

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Sep.05.14 Photography 101 / Understanding Shutter Speed

Hi, folks! I am so excited to delve deeper into the Photography 101 series — we’ve already discussed what ISO and Aperture are, so let’s get into Shutter Speed!

Photography 101 Series by Of Trees and Hues

Shutter Speed is the length of time that a camera’s shutter is open. The longer the shutter is open, the more light it will let in; with a faster shutter speed, the less light it will let in. Controlling the shutter speed allows you to determine the sharpness or blurriness of a moving subject. This is can be a very fun aspect when taking a photograph! Controlling the shutter speed, you are able to freeze the motion of waves crashing upon the shore or slow it down to capture the fleeting lights from passing cars.

And just like it’s name states — it’s all about speed. Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of seconds, the bigger the denominator ( the bottom number ) the faster the speed! For instance, a shutter speed of 1/500 is much faster than a speed of 1/30. To make things more simple, those same speeds can also be read as 500 and 30. Speeds of a second or longer are shown as 1”, 2”, and so on.

The following shows the typical series of shutter speeds in increasing 1-stop increments:

1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1″, 2″, 4″…

As you move from left to right in the series, each shutter speed is twice as long as the one before it and lets in twice as much light (a 1-stop increase). And as you move from right to left, the shutter speed is twice as fast and you reduce the amount of light by half (a 1-stop decrease). It can seem a bit confusing at first, but I think this following graphic will help bring it all together:

Shutter Speed chart by Of Trees and Hues

Now that we're a little more familiar with what shutter speeds are, let's chat about how to determine the perfect shutter speed for what you're capturing. The important consideration is movement. If you’d like to “freeze” the subject in order to get a clean and sharp photo, then a fast shutter speed is needed. Or if you’d like to show the motion, like the blur of a passing train, then choosing a slow shutter speed is key.

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