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My Introduction (Alyssa): Life Through My Lens

Hello everyone,

I am very honoured that Edward T. invited me to join him as well as other fellow photographers on this new exciting website collaboration.  I am especially flattered since I have been a huge fan of Edward’s work from the first time I saw his breathtaking images. Hopefully my images can inspire some of you,  just as Edward’s photos have inspired me.

early morning on Pont Alexandre III | paris | france:  1/160 sec at f / 5.6, ISO 110 |

My name is Alyssa and I currently live in Toronto, Canada. My background is in fashion design and  visual merchandising.  I lived most of my life in Toronto, however, for the past 12 years I have been living in Florida, California and most recently Paris, before moving  back to Toronto this past year.

way up high | toronto | canada:   2.8 sec at f / 4.5, ISO 400 |

My style of photography has changed throughout the years (even past months) as I tend to evolve through my experiences and travels. Currently, I am most passionate  shooting  long exposure images, sunsets, the city after dark, architecture surrounded by our ever changing sky and cityscapes, which you will see from my current gallery.  As much as I love going out and taking pictures, I love the editing process even more.  I like bringing out the details of the sky and architecture through HDR processing to give my images a higher contrast and a more dramatic look.

before sunset along the seine | paris:

When I was living in Paris, I really enjoyed photographing people candidly.  I would go to the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, just before sunset and watch the excitement on people’s faces staring at these famous monuments and shoot them candidly.  Watching people’s expressions, when they are not posing for the camera, tells a great deal about the emotions a person is experiencing and tells the story in just one photo.  After I moved back to Toronto, I became less focused on shooting people candidly and concentrated more on cityscapes and night photography.

love locks bridge | paris:   1/160 sec at f / 7.1, ISO 100 |

I have always had a strong appreciation and passion for fashion as well as for art & photography that are brightly colourful.  As long as I can remember, I have loved colour!  I am immediately drawn to things that are bright, saturated & vibrant.  Whenever I am out taking photos, colour is what my eye is initially drawn to.

the louvre after dark | paris | france. 20.0 sec at f / 6.3, ISO 100 |

I love the reflection of the colourful lights illuminating in water after night fall and glimmering in our darkened sky.  I also really enjoy capturing a images with flowing water or a cloudy sky to create another element of  excitement to my photographs which you will often see repeated throughout my work.

front street | toronto: 2.5 sec at f / 10, ISO 100 |

I have always had an interest in photography since I was in my pre-teen years and my first memories of taking photos was in the New York City streets.  Taking pictures has always been a hobby but not consecutively throughout the years.  Since I started getting more and more involved in taking pictures and sharing them on sites such as Instagram and Flickr, my desire to become a better photographer in the recent years drove me to want to learn how to use my camera to it’s full potential.

sunset | curaçao: 1/125 sec at f / 6.3, ISO 100.

The first thing I did was just go out and shoot.   Once I would go back and review my images and edit them, I would see what I would like to improve the next time I was shooting and try to figure out how to achieve what I was setting out to accomplish.  What worked best for me was concentrating on a specific goal I wished to accomplish and to do research by reading photography magazines, books, and websites to see what settings were recommended by other photographers to achieve a similar shot.  Then apply what I had learned and just go out and shoot!

along the gardner | toronto: 1.6 sec at f / 3.5, ISO 200.

When I  look through images I have taken in the past, I seldom find an image that I wouldn’t change, if I were to take the same shot again.  So, as long as I continue to take photos,  I will continue to grow.  I hope you will share my experiences with me through my pictures and  feel free to comment and make suggestions along the way.

polson pier | toronto: 30 sec at f / 20.0, ISO 100 |

I look forward to sharing my work with you and I hope you follow me along on this journey.

Till next time,


flickr |  www.flickr.com/photos/alyssablack/

instagram | http://instagram.com/capricebianca