Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Creating the world

This week on You See i See we had an interesting theme. The World. It was suggested by my someone :)
I don't know why or how, but the first idea that came to me was to create sort of a map of the world using one of my favorite props- M&M 's
It was a fun and tasty project, and I think I am quite proud at our final result (my someone of course helped me!)

First we separated each of the colors

Then we used a continental map to view the shapes and sizes

And started spreading the M&M 's

Until the world was complete

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photoshop Actions

First of all, I'd like to say I am feeing much better than last week. I'm still dragging a few symptoms, like the stuffy nose, but I am definitely not sick any more! Thank you all for your wonderful comments and get well blessings. That really warmed my heart!!

So while I was sick, with no patience or power to do anything really, I played around with some Photoshop actions. I've been wanting to collect me a few good actions that are specifically useful for editing millions of people images (like after a wedding shoot...) and could make my life (and my photo editing time) a lot easier... I searched a little on the net and found this website, where you can download a bunch of actions (which I then tweaked and customized to suit my needs)
Here's a little sample of my Photoshop actions...

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

About a month ago my friend Shannon of Happiness Is posted about an amazing project - The Sketchbook Project. You can follow the link and read all about it (you should actually) but for those of you who just want the basic jist of it right now, here it is. Artists from all over the world can sign up to participate. Once they are approved they get sent a sketchbook. All sketchbooks are exactly the same on arrival. It's what the artists put in them that makes the difference. There are also themes which you choose in advance, and your art needs to relate to that theme. You can change the pages, replace them with others, attach them all together, what have you, as long as when the sketchbook closes it's back to the original dimension of 5.5x8.5 inches. They also encourage the artists to alter, design & work on the cover of the sketchbook. All sketchbooks must be complete by January 15th, and mail-stamped that very day. They all get sent back to NY and from there they will all go on tour around the US finally returning to The Brooklyn Art Library in NY.
Here are just a few samples from previous projects:

More samples from previous years here

Well, needless to say, I jumped right to it! I signed up. The theme I chose was "This is not a sketchbook" (yes, they had a theme named that for a sketchbook project...). It's the perfect theme for me as I do not plan on sketching anything. Nope. I am going to be the artist I am - a photographer. So my idea is to make it a photo book of the people in my life. The people I see and talk to every day, that in this way or another are an inspiration to me. I am thinking of doing all the images in Polaroid style.
I have a few months to work on this project, so I'm not really putting it in full speed yet, but I did have the opportunity to photograph my friend Yair the other day, and he'll be entering the sketchbook.

Thanks Yair for stepping in and being the first to be photographed for this project. 
Stay tuned as there will be more coming up in the next few months :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm sick

Yep, just like the title says, I am sick. As a dog. Runny nose, aching throat, sneezing & coughing all day, heavy headed, tired, stuffed up, chills & heat waves kind of sick. But it's the middle of Summer so why on earth do I now have such a cold???
It started with my someone. He had an allergic reaction to something (he has plenty of allergies so it could be any number of things...) but 24 hours later he was sick as a dog. I did my very best to take care of him, and since we thought this was all because of his allergies, well, I guess I didn't take any caution steps to avoid getting sick myself.... well, a few days later and here I am. Sick. As a dog.
Hope your weekend is better than mine...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Breakfast... American diner style

I've mentioned in the past that I've spent almost eight years living abroad both in the U.S. and in Canada. It's been about 2.5 years since I've been back here living in Tel-Aviv, and for the most part I am content. No, content is not enough, I am happy, satisfied, joyfully living my life here. There are only the little things that sometimes make me miss those eight wonderful years... Like when we get 90% humidity in Tel-Aviv, I dream of summers in Vancouver. When I feel like a fabulous road trip, I dream of the Route 1 Highway in California. I miss the  shopping sprees in Los-Angeles (when oh when will they introduce Anthropologie and UO to Israel...), the Cherry Blossoms every Spring in Vancouver, Whole Foods markets, real Mexican burrito, Barnes & Noble and the grandeur of it all, the Santa Monica Promenade, and the pier, and the beach, Kits neighborhood & my home in South Granville, the Sushi (!), the Indian food, the abundance of options!
...And I miss those Saturday & Sunday mornings heading out for breakfast at The Omelet Parlor or The Elbow Room or any other diner/breakfast spot we found. So the other day while we were planning breakfast I decided to go American style! My favorite thing, actually the one real reason I loved going out for breakfast, was the Hash-browns. We had some potatoes & onions laying around so I got right into it. It was by far one of the best breakfasts I've had in a long time (and that is my favorite meal of the day...)
Here are some snaps I took... enjoy :)

 The basics

Breakfast served

My handsome partner in crime :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

And the winner IS....

Remember my one year blog-aversary giveaway....?
Well, without any further ado, I'd like to announce the lucky winner...

** insert drum roll here **

That would be....

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Wow congratulations Tali! What a great yearly round-up. You've done so much! I honestly have no idea how I found your blog, since I've followed for so long! Thanks for the awesome giveaway my friend :) xo
I want to thank all who commented, and all who follow my little blog. You make my day every day with your comments, and insights. It is so hugely appreciated!!
Have a great week :)


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Home Work - Our Bedroom

Since we've moved in to our new apt. back in April, we've been slowly decorating, designing, and furnishing the apt. to make it our own. Pretty much every space in it has been touched... Except our bedroom... We weren't sure what we wanted to do with it and so we left it as is- an empty room, with a bed, a mirror, and a dresser. Though we know what other items we'd like to put in there (night stands, a bench with a cushion, a new bed frame...) we either haven't had the time to look for what we want, or when we did have the time, we couldn't find something that appealed to us...
Last week, on one of our off days from work, we decided it was time to at least paint the room. We didn't want to paint the entire room, as the current color on the walls is a creamy shade of white, and we actually really like it. We just wanted to add a color, an accent wall, and we chose the wall behind our bed. The color we chose is a warm dark gray. The plan was for both of us to paint together, but since we only had one roller... well, my someone took the job upon himself (but I cleaned the house while he was painting...)
Now we didn't just paint that wall... A couple months back I had purchased these wall decals from a shop on Etsy. I bought two sets- one in white, and one in light gray. The original idea was to put wall paper on that specific wall, but a visit to a few wall-covering shops made us realize that it simply is too expensive for us at the moment. So, this was our way of trying to create the same visual you'd get from a wall paper...
What do you think...?

We've only put up 4 trees so far... It was getting late and the whole process kinda' takes a while. Besides, we wanted to give it try, see how we feel about them, and maybe add a few more later. I think it needs another gray one in the center, and perhaps another gray one on the white wall (where my someone is standing in the second to last picture)

** You still have time to enter the one year blog-aversary giveaway here
** I will be guest blogging on Laura's Love.Laugh.Believe blog on Sunday

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Wedings continued

Remember the last two weddings I posted about here...?
Well, here are some photos of those two lovely couples (just added these to the "couples" portfolio on my website)

I happened to catch this couple as well...

Friday, July 02, 2010

One year ago + A giveaway!

Exactly one year ago I wrote my very first blog post. Imperfectly Perfect is celebrating 365 days of online existence! And what a year it was...
Just to recap here are some highlights and lowdowns from this past year
This was such a great year! I can honestly say that I have come a long way, and I know that a huge part of it has to do with being able to have this blog as my outlet, and having all of you to share it with, and to join along for the ride. 
As a token of my appreciation I am giving away TWO 8x8 prints of your choice from my shop, to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment telling me how did you come about my blog, and what keeps you coming back. For an EXTRA entry, blog about this giveaway, or share it on Facebook and come back and leave another comment with the link. (please just one extra comment)
You have until July 12 at midnight Israel time (GMT+2) to enter. Winner will be chosen via


Thursday, July 01, 2010

Weddings Weddings Weddings

When it comes to weddings in Israel, June through September are the busiest. The entire industry is at its highest workload. Now I do not consider myself a wedding photographer, but I do shoot the occasional wedding as a second photographer. I've mentioned working with my friend Liron in the past, but since she's had her first born back in April, she's been on maternity leave. Lucky for me, my friend Dvora is a wedding photographer as well, a very talented one if I might add (Check out her website here), and she's been using me as her second photographer in weddings where the couples choose to have two photographers. Our first wedding together was in the beginning of June, and so far we've shot three weddings together. I have to say that shooting alongside Dvora has been nothing but great fun!
Though I wish I could show you images from those weddings, I cannot, as I do not yet have the permission from the couples. I can, however, show you images that do not include the couples or their guests.
Now it's back to editing for me. Enjoy your week!

Wedding No. 1

Wedding No. 2