A glimpse into my work process

For this photograph, I experimented with lighting and had minimal editing done for this piece.

I used my canon 5d mark i, and the blue filter on my ring light and the wreath and the lights to create such an image. The lights on the wreath reflected on the red bows creating red tones and as per the blue filter that created that duotone in the capture. When I uploaded the photos onto Lightroom a handy tool to easily and create a quicker work-flow, I used the temperature settings and set in a little more blue tones as you see the final image below. As well as added a little bit of contrast, clarity, black and white adjustments, shadows and highlights, I wanted to create a little darker toned photograph. Quick change from my usual style of brightly toned photographs, whether portraits or landscape. 

As of 2016, many of my photographs I aimed to photograph with minimal editing, or I had filters or a natural look my photographs. I hope to experiment and learn how to improve my photographs even more.

Also found on Instagram @ amvxn. Model: Dorothy Y.

 

As I wrote this today, and tomorrow is Christmas may whoever is reading this right now. Thank you for your time for taking the time in doing so and may you have a splendid holiday for those who celebrate and for those who don't celebrate this holiday may you get enough rest the next few days to feel refreshed for the new year. Stay safe! 

 

Amanda

Series 1: Travel | Madrid and Lisbon (2)

Day One of Madrid

Travel, travel and more adventures awaiting, so I don't know how to start this post. I guess, I'll start by talking about Madrid and the first impressions of the city.

Arriving into Madrid at 7:00am in the morning flying via Air Canada as I said in the previous post. It took 40 minutes to get all our luggage from the carousel, management for the morning was quite poor - however, I'm not sure if Madrid Barajas Airport is like this entirely all the time. We arrived in Terminal 4 that is. "We" as in my father and I. Up until a week ago, this trip that I planned for was going to be a solo trip, to be more independent. As this trip has not gone as planned, or what I hoped for - in terms of not leaning on someone else, it was nice to have someone else to speak to as not many people spoke fluent English. My Spanish is very limited anyways. Purchasing an English to Spanish Phrasebook was a good choice as it was awesome to try to speak Spanish and indulge yourself in a culture that isn't yours. Instead of going to somebody else's country and not trying to communicate or just use an English menu all the time -it's also respecting their culture.

 

 On route to the Terminal 4, metro station. This escalator is actually elevated.  

On route to the Terminal 4, metro station. This escalator is actually elevated.  

Besides waiting for the luggage for quite some time - 45 minutes, transportation out of the city was quite swift and easy.  It took 10 minutes to figure out our route - of course with some prior knowledge, courtesy of google maps. 

Tips on riding the metro:

1.  If you arrive via Madrid Barajas Airport at least for Airport T1, the information centre is not where you purchase your tickets. Everyone lines up thinking, you can purchase tickets to ride the metro but the signage on the window of the office is false.  As the sign on the window is misleading. There is a pair of elevators and escalators that you lead you down to the metro station.  

 

2. Even with, four pieces of suitcases, it's easily accessible as there were elevators in each of the stations that we had access to from the airport to our hotel. In comparison, to Paris, France, the system was so much more modern in Madrid. 

3. To enter the older trains you have to pull the lever up in order to open the doors. Whereas the newer ones, you have to press the buttons.

4. The metro runs from 6:00am to 1:30am (roughly).

5. The price for a single trip is simply very cheap, and roughly around 1.40 - 1.80 euros, to get out of the airport to the city it is roughly 5.00 euros.

6. For touristic purposes, the city is easily accessible via metro. Don't forget to grab a metro map.

 

 Escalators proceeding downstairs to the Metro Station.

Escalators proceeding downstairs to the Metro Station.

 

Other remarks/observations in Madrid

An observation for the population, they're not really friendly or maybe to strangers - that's maybe just how they live.

As an Asian going to Europe, I'm being stared at like I'm an alien. Which was something I wasn't used to since I haven't been to Europe for over five years, and it felt weird coming from a multicultural city of Toronto, that never happens.

The metro as its convenient from the airport to get into the main city but even travelling through the city. Keep in mind I went in October so it's also very warm. There's not much air conditioning in the actually metro car is that how you call it? We call it in Toronto, as subway car.  

There's no actual luggage space to put your luggage at in the Subway hoping you don't arrive at a time of rush hour, people going to work or going home. 

Check your hotel/hostel/Airbnb if they from the airport if that's the transportation mode you're coming from. Double check if you elevators at the closest metro station to you.

I lived near Villa de Vallecas and that's the suburbs of Madrid, people dress casually - not as fashionable as people in the city centre in Sol, Madrid.

Uber runs in Madrid, but not Uber eats (sadly, and they need to expand to more cities).

Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 is all one metro stop whereas, T4 has it's own stop and is at the end of the line.

The economy is not very swell in Spain, it is beneficial to travellers not from Spain.

 

Tug at my heart & the realization

I read something posted by a fellow Instagram-er this morning about heartbreak. The toxicity of the relationships and being ready for love, for the one. She's ready to settle down with someone that loves her 110% for her. 

This reminded me of the old me, yes in some ways now I would maybe be ready to settle down with someone. It looks further away than it was two years ago. 

This reminded me of my old self, and man, I felt her pain through the words she typed on her phone. I remember waiting and waiting for the love to come - "the one"... I used to wait and try to pursue people with the mindset of marriage as the end goal, or a happily ever after. Don't get me wrong sometimes it's very easy to get to that path for some people, and they're lucky. Some it takes a while longer, or you just never experience it.

I've learned to not lean on as many people because people come and go, people change faster than the seasons changed, even though it's amazing to have a group I can call my homies, to rely on. I've learned my self-worth, and not needing people's approval to know my worth a while ago, but not needing a man to approve of what I wear, or what I do. Nor do I need to act a certain way in order for someone to like me and oh god, I did that two years ago - I wasn't like that before but oh I've been lost but I refound myself. If they like you for you and not just your physical appearance, you've found a diamond in the rough.

I was naive and I look back, two years ago me and who I am now, I've grown and haven't even noticed. I've experienced more, I know how a man should not ever talk to a woman in a disrespectful manner, and I will stand up to whoever disrespects me. The way some men talk to women is absolutely disgusting. But besides that, I know how to stand up for myself (most of the time), and leave an ugly situation or dodge a bullet. I tell my mother, I am not the same daughter you sent to college because the world is opened at the palm of your hand. I've seen more, I've experienced more, I felt more ways... I'm drinking coffee this morning and two years ago - I utterly despised the taste of coffee, but nor did I drink tea often.

I am a bit emotional, and my brain is thinking all over the place, but I'm thankful because I'm not waking up feeling empty today. I'm feeling a little more hopeful for the future than I was yesterday. Sometimes it's amazing to take a step back, jot a few things we're thankful for or emotions we're feeling - good or bad and write them down so your future self and look back and be like damn girl/boy/he/she/it whatever gender you call yourself, who you identify as, see how much you've grown over a few weeks, months, years. You realize how much you've changed by taking a step back, on a night where you're worn out and you need inspiration, take a moment and read it, or when you're in bed in the morning and just want to remind yourself where you've been and where you've gone in life, to look back at the silliest moments but memorable ones you created, or when you're 90 and can't remember all the moments in your life but when you sit down and read it - it all comes back to you.

 

Have a great day wherever you may be,

Amanda

Series 1: Travel | Madrid and Lisbon (1)

Flying out of Toronto, without the flight being 1 am in the morning to another destination is something that's abnormal when I fly. The many years, I've flown since I was one year old I usually 90% of the time fly out then. Flying out of Toronto via Air Canada. 

 Photo from Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson Airport 

Photo from Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson Airport 

Air Canada, internationally has actually made a substantial positive experience. I've heard of stories about Air Canada but man it was blessed, an 8-hour flight to Madrid felt so short. Usually, flying 15-20+ hours. Although the entertainment section of the plane was very outdated, nothing to keep you entertained throughout your flight. The music selection is very limited, tv shows, are only from one culture when Canada is a multicultural country - or at least Toronto is known for its' multiculturalism. 

The flight itself consisted of a lot of turbulence, and I mean a lot. On other planes, there is turbulence in certain areas but for most of the flight, it contained turbulence - as I had not received any sleep what-so-ever. Oh also, I forgot cause I haven't been to Europe in more than five years. DO NOT PACK HEAVY. I contemplated in purchasing a backpacking backpack - for future trips around Europe with friends. However, in the end, I brought a regular suitcase, a small one and a bag on my flight.  

With the mindset of having to pack for 5-30 degree weather as I originally planned to go to Hong Kong as well as Madrid and Lisbon. Packing for a trip has not been as difficult as it was to pack for this trip. 

The dinner I had on board was gucci, I'm very picky with my chicken but it was the right tenderness, moisture - the chicken wasn't dry or overdone, awesome catering Air Canada! Breakfast was simply banana bread and juice/coffee/tea but as I don't like banana bread I finished my bagel from Tim Hortons. 

 Dinner - with chicken. 

Dinner - with chicken. 

As I ended up not sleeping, I drew a sketch or two, referencing the airplane, the artwork will possibly be posted on my Instagram @ amvxn in the next several weeks as I am completing the concept and colouring them. By the way, I'm trying to upload photos, on my laptop right this moment does anyone know how to fix the problem of your Macbook not recognizing your camera? My camera doesn't even show up on my finder... It's so odd, this hasn't happened - not until I brought my camera for sensor cleaning. Please comment below and help a sister out.

Anywho, it's 1:16am in the morning in Madrid, 6 hours ahead of Toronto and I think it's time to say goodnight as it's my last full day in Madrid before I head to Lisbon and honestly, I really need to sleep and explore the museums tomorrow! Ciao for now!

Amanda 

Welcome

Welcome to my website!

Some people may be wondering why did I switch my amandayeung.co to amvxn.co 

My email amanda@amandayeung.co is now hello@amvxn.co

Branding 101 - our social media links have to all be in sync, it's the brand we have to create.

I will be establishing a new logo for myself in the next couple of months. As well as confidently establishing the core concentrations as an artist - Graphic Designer, Photographer, Visual Arts, and Lifestyle blogger.

As for my business cards - handmade cards instead of being printed, instead of printing them out as one design - I felt it wouldn't have to represented myself fully. Each articulated business cards will be different. I can showcase the different art forms I create. Whoever, I do give a business card to has a small piece of my art/ portfolio, it gives them a glimpse of who I am as an artist. Handmade business cards take more time and effort however, it adds a personal touch. 

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-Amanda