HAPPY NEW 2018 YEAR

My dear Friends,

May the year 2018 give you the opportunity to realize your dreams, rediscover your strengths, muster your willpower and rejoice the simple pleasures that life would bring your way! Happy New 2018!

Love you all, 

Yours Santa

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Christmas Photography

Christmas is the most interesting topic to photograph. However, be aware that making pictures of your Christmas tree needs the knowledge of some details. I am not so experienced yet and I am learning how to do it.

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Outdoor photography at night requires a tripod – obligatory! It’s the only way to guarantee a crisp shot for your long exposures. It is recommended to forget your flash since your flash could interfere with the lights’ color.Now the main parameters.

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It is said that we should start with ISO as 400. If our photos are too dark, increase it, but know that any increase to the ISO will degrade image quality. Your aperture should be f/8. It is always good to keep in mind that the lower numbers bring more light, while the higher -less.

Christmas-4When you need more light, increase the exposure time (slow shutter speed). We have to use macro lenses with the lowest aperture. In case you would not like to use manual, then put your camera on aperture priority and set the lowest f number your lens will allow, for example f/2.8 up to f/4.6. When using aperture priority, make sure automatic ISO is turned off.    You do want to choose this setting yourself, so you can keep it to around 400 ISO. ANN_4778

However, the most important rule is just have fun while making pictures and preparing your greeting cards. If it is still difficult for you and you feel not sure In yourself, please feel free to contact me and I will present you any of these cute photos with your greetings or design the collage of your dreams for you!

Have a great weekend!

Find me at Instagram @anrostudio, facebook Ann AnRo or twitter Ann!

 

 

Christmas Message to the World!

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My dear little Friends, today many of you celebrate a very magical evening, Christmas Eve. And I cannot leave this occasion without my special attention. I would not like to take lots of your time, since this evening is very family one, when everybody gather together to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

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The holidays bring back memories, an appreciation of all the happy times we have shared. My Christmas message for you, at this special time of year, may your home be filled with happiness and laughter where memories are made. Good times, good memories and the love of family is one of the best we could every receive.  NEVER FEEL PAIN OR LOSS. A special Christmas prayer that God above will bless you and your family with peace and happiness this season.Hopes that your home be filled with laughter, your spirit warm and gay. The peace of the season, may it bring harmony to your heart, happiness to your life and joy to your world. LET IT BE PEACE AT EVERY CORNER OF THIS PLANET, NEVER HEAR ANY SIGN OF WAR ANYMORE! I am so thankful and feel very fortunate to have great friends like you not only at Christmas but the whole year through. A very Merry Christmas to you and those you consider dear.

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And if you did not watch my Christmas Episode yet, here is your second chance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeAgg7NffPw

Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël! Vrolijk Kerstfeest!  Vesele Vanoce! Glædelig Jul! Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi! Hyvaa Joulua! Kala Christouyenna! Boldog Karacsonyt! Gleoileg jol! Buon Natale! Priecïgus Ziemassvtkus! Linksmų Kalėdų! Wesolych Swiat! Craciun Felicit! Feliz Natal!  Vesel Bozic!Feliz Navidad!  God jul! Schoni Wiehnachte!

Love you all!

Yours Ann

2017 A Life Started Anew

Every new year starts with a new calendar, this forthcoming 2017 is not an exception to the rule. There was an option to make up a calendar of my photos at redbubble and I could not resist the temptation  to take this opportunity.  I made a careful selection of all the uploaded images and choose one particular for every month. By clicking the following link you will be able to page through every month and image selected: https://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/calendars/24305501-2017-a-life-started-anew?p=calendar&ref=artist_shop_grid

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The front page only is available here. All other pages are visible via link above (there will be   buttons to press). Calendar Size is  11.7″ x 16.5″(Printed to fit A3). Tough wire binding and hanger, stunningly sharp digital printing, start the year with the month of your choice, 200gsm satin art paper with a tougher cover.

It does mean a lot to me. It looks like my final photo report on my photography venture. I opened my page at redbubble this year. It was not a simple decision, I knew that market is competitive (i still feel it) and I might not be successful. I am not able to boast about my success, however, I think I can be proud of giving it a try and involving myself into adventurous world of photohunting. I’ve grabbed a lot and so much unknown await for me yet. I plunged into the magical world of still image and dared to experiment. I did many mistakes and will do, but “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman together with Ann

My calendar is among unique Christmas gifts that can be purchased for 24.59$ and still can be delivered before Christmas with expedited shipping. Choice is yours!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

Kyiv in Christmas Postcards

My city, Kyiv, is especially beautiful in pre-Christmas white season. Though every city (or village) takes its best sparkling outfit on during winter holidays. Don’t know which color in trend this season, but white seems to be still popular. I am looking out of my window and admire fluffy snowflakes dancing in the frosty air. Lady Winter has landed in Kyiv and covered everything with snow carpets. 

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“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. “
John Burroughs

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“Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. “
Terri Guillemets

8All postcards can be purchased at my internet store https://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/shop/postcards?cat_context=u-stationery&ref=shop_product_refinement

Let us catch this joyful Christmas spirit!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

P.S. Christmas Special episode of Fun Time with Ann is already in sleigh. Ho-ho-ho!

Black Saturday

pillowKnock, knock! It is BLACK SATURDAY, well, the idea is the same, but at my shop you’ve got not FRIDAY, but SATURDAY. Isn’t is even better! Huge 30% DISCOUNTS ARE LANDED ON ALL PILLOWS Use FINDGIFTS30 at my store (home decor department can be found via the link:

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https://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/shop/home-decor?accordion=department&ref=shop_category_refinement&asc=u), so examples to tease you a bit:

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30 % OFF IS FOR ALL MUGS: (in case you buy 2 + 15% discount)

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Different sizes, styles, shapes, purposes! Just for you!

Christmas is looming, so do not spend too much time on standing in big queues in search of a perfect gift, here you can find 30 % OFF LOVELY TOTE BAGS FOR ANY LADY EVEN THE MOST CAPRICIOUS ONE (a special offer for you, dear husbands, buy any two bag + 15%, kill two ladies with one shot), ORDER TODAY ONLY:

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Finally, new type of designs freshly dicovered for this season for demanding art lovers, volla: abf4x4x900-bgffffff-u1-1abf4x4x900-bgffffff-u1

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Happy Weekend! Please make me happy and leave a comment!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

New Year Special with Eros, Rose and Lily

Dear Friends, I guess you go on celebrating Christmas and visiting all your relatives, aren’t you tired yet? Honestly, you are a bit. And how about your stomach, after having eaten so many different delicious food don’t you feel uneasy? Hope not…How about to relax and read my Christmas Special about my sweet trio who is ready to come back to stage, they missed you a lot and you? Action…

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A blue-eyed god of love, Eros, is a frequent guest in Crown’s House since he bravely opened their doors with injured Lily in his hands this Fall.  Yes, sweet little Lily experienced a real fall this season and she was forced to stay in bed for a while. And guess who did visit her? Surely, her real knight-in-arms who rescued her…not from a tower…but from a tree’s branch over which she fell. Yep, I agree that we have not a classical Princess and brave Prince episode, but let’s face the truth we live in the 21st century and everything changed a lot since that time. We have Internet, mobile phones and spaceships, who can imagine Prince driving a very modern BMW car, latest model, instead of riding a horse…oh, I bet riding a horse still sounds more romantic, ain’t I right? I am too old-fashioned though. Sorry, I went too far and lost my trail… Thus, Eros became Lily’s superhero, a very handsome man whom everybody liked immediately, especially her mom, Marina. If she had had her way she would like to have such a son-in-law for her daughter. She has already drawn a picture in her head, but rules of decorum did not let her act too quickly. She was not a bad mother, however, she wanted to see her daughter happy and considering her unlucky fate – Lily needs to have a strong and supportive shoulder by her side. Who wouldn’t like? It is a huge dream of all girls! Marina Crown, a decisive lady and serious council, wanted only the best for her daughter and she thought that Lily found a good pair for herself. Certainly poor little girl did not realize it yet, she is too inexperienced in affaire d’amour, that’s why her mom’s role was as important and obligatory as never. She encouraged Eros to visit her and made everything (and even more) to attract his attention. And she did it pretty well because somehow Eros and Lily came to an understanding. Eros found Lily pretty funny and clever. Firstly, he came because he felt that he should inquire about her health and his visit was not too long due to Lily sharp tongue, she went on telling some jokes about his pity towards her state and etc. Secondly, Lily’s mom Marina asked him in office to bring some documents to Lily to deal with, you might guess that it was made on purpose. This second meeting was a good game, Lily did her work well and treated it with respect. Eros saw her seriousness and even businesslike approach towards tasks, at that moment they found something common. Surprisingly, Lily saw in him not only a playboy, but a man who likes his job. She started to respect him, although that kiss in Lviv did not come out of her head…

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Anyway, Lily recovered and came back to office. From time to time they meet in the office and chatted during lunch breaks. Time flied away very quickly, Christmas and New Year holidays have come. Rose decided to invite her colleagues for New Year market in the city center to celebrate. This year was quite unpredictable for her, she got her first job at the Embassy, she met Eros who gave her a perfect kiss in a nice place. However, she felt that it was right to stay only friends and colleagues. She cannot let herself any romantic affairs, too risky and not in time. Rose Spice is a very ambitious woman who needs to establish her career life and proves everybody that she suits to this diplomatic world. She cannot believe how lucky she is to come back to Ukraine and celebrate these nice family holidays in her big Ukrainian circle. First time in her life she was where she belonged – in an amazing, colorful, sometimes difficult and yet unknown city – Kyiv. Place where her mom was born, place where her grandparents live, place that makes her heart sing. Now she was walking along this long market between two cathedrals that was a kind of bridge between her past and present, she looked at Ukrainian faces and pictured them in her head…

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This exact day Lily also was there, among people, she planned to do some Christmas photos. She asked permission to leave her office sooner and headed straight to the market. She was fully equipped with her camera and tripod. Every second minute she stopped and pressed her magical button. She admired its Christmas atmosphere. Beautiful Christmas tree, which was specially brought from Western Ukraine, decorated with hand-made Ukrainian toys, sparkling scene where children were practicing before New Year show: children who were excited and full of energy, they were eager to go everywhere and watch everything, they were so curious, loads of candies, presents, attractions and different food. A well-known picture drawn by Charles Dickens ” Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!” Lily felt how her heart jumped in delight, pure childish delight!  

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“Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly.
For a friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let’s all be jolly!” sang Eros in his head and smiled because this is the first time when he does not celebrate it at home in UK. “How odd it is” he did not stop repeating in his head. His mom, Dolly, made it almost obligatory to spend Christmas only at home and within UK territory whenever he was on a mission. That’s always a rule to come back to their old cottage on N street and celebrate it in traditional British manner. And this year everything has changed. Dolly was so involved in her new atmosphere and new friends that she forgot about it. Eros’s mom met wonderful people in Kyiv, she also decided to join local culinary club where she got acquainted with many charming ladies of her age. All of them were foreigners and had a lot in common: they were in a strange country with an unknown language and culture, however, here they almost felt like at home. Eros saw his mom happy every time she came back from this course.

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 This 2015 was a really fantastic year for him. He met Rose…oh, a beautiful flower who made such a mess and then left him so confused. He did not know what to think, he thought that he was in love, but her friendly behavior and kind words made him changed his mind. He definitely found her very attractive, but she clearly let him know that she prefer to leave it as it is. They were colleagues and she was his boss! While thinking Eros did not notice how he occurred to be next to Santa Claus House, so it was time to make a wish!

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 “What a long queue?” said Lily and stopped here for a second. Among many adults with children she recognized a tall blue-eyed man.

“What does he do here?” wondered Lily and turned her head to the scene. And what she saw was not less surprising…Rose Spice in her nice white coat was elegantly walking in the direction of the same Santa Claus House. Lily almost froze at her place, she did not move and almost did not breath, Rose was coming to her and Eros was turning his head in her direction. At this awkward funny and fatal minute all three gazes are met…three very different personages were looking directly at each other…Rose also stopped and put her eyes on Eros while he hold his gaze on Lily…and their minds started spinning and time stopped…

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” Who wants something sweet?”

My dear Fellows, I can see your angry or puzzled faces now and I know the reason – I finished my story at the most exciting part and put “awful” three dots. How can I dare to do it? Probably I agree with you, at the same time, cannot do much since I have no idea what is going to be further. My three funny personages joined in a conspiracy and went silent. I am not able to read their thoughts and see their moves. They closed the curtain and switched off the light. Thus, I am sitting now in a cafe and tasting this dessert, wouldn’t you like to join me?

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Now that’s all I have! Delicious chocolate mousse that will wash  your tears away.

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“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”I am happy to share this chocolate glass with you, my sweet and kind Friends, and wish you happy 2016! I want it to be as sweet as this mousse and so good-looking as well. Every year is a challenge for us, it is a countdown, which nobody can stop, therefore let us live it to the full and never give up! Always dream and transfer our dreams to reality, even the craziest and most impossible! I make a serious prediction – 2016 is going to be the most challenging and most fabulous year in your life, each of you, but only if you come and read my posts…ha-ha-ha…kidding! My warmest wishes and strong hugs!

Love you,

Ann

P.S. Do not eat a lot during last year night or you can be the next Winnie the Pooh who was not able to leave Rabbit’s house after too many meals!

My Christmas Present for You

Dear Fellows, I cudgeled my brains over a present  I would like to put under your Christmas tree. It took some of my time. I wanted to prepare really something special and unusual. I guess I have already mentioned that photography is not my only one crazy passion, I have the other one as well – I am fond of film-making. I bring my video camera with me whenever I can and film everything I see. Thus, I decided to make up a video story for you about days before and after Christmas in two big cities, Lviv and Kyiv. If you know my blog, then you read several posts devoted to these nice and unpredictable cities. They are quite different, one is the center of Western Ukraine, while the other is the center of Northern and Central parts. However, both of them mean a lot to me. I prefer thinking of them as of my two residences…as in ancient times lords and dukes always have two residences: winter and summer. I am no worse than them, ain’t I right? Indeed. I love these cities and cherish them. One is my birthplace, where I spent my childhood and students years, the other is my soul place, where I find my muse and inspiration. Two places, two short stories mixed with Christmas decorations, over a cup of coffee or tea with black or white chocolate, somewhere in mysterious coffee mine and magical tunnels, sang at opera house and listened to beautiful music, under Christmas tree and with magical wishes in our hearts…

Please make a wish and St. Anna, whose name day is celebrated today in Ukraine, will make it true!!! Merry Forthcoming Christmas!!! Here we go…

Yours Ann

P.S. I would much appreciate your opinion on my film! Thank you in advance!