Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

My dear little Friends,

I wish that as this year comes to an end it also ends all the difficulties and as the New Year dawns it brings all the successes and happiness for you and your family. I hope that 2019 gives you wonderful moments to cherish and to store in your heart to create wonderful memories that you would like to look back upon every now and then.

I always have some Christmas present for you and this year is no exception:

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)

https://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/shop/mugs?accordion=department&ref=shop_category_refinement&asc=u

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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:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/shop/bags?accordion=department&ref=shop_category_refinement&asc=u

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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