The name is Joanne Elaine, but was given the nickname sunshine. And it got stuck with me.

Amateur photographer driven by inspiration,
and a lover of all things beautiful.

Current location: Sydney

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old beginnings.
30 April 2013 / 0 comments

Was talking to Jen Mei and she reminded me of this shoot we did ages ago. My first ever photoshoot to be exact, taken with the standard kit lens. Now do you see why i really dislike this lens? The quality is horrifying and i had to do whatever i could to salvage them through Photoshop (and let's be clear, my Photoshop skills aren't nearly satisfying enough). But the transgression of photo skills are really evident hey. Definitely not my best work but to me it shows how i've improved over the past 3 years. Given the opportunity to shoot with them again, i think i could do a whole lot better.

// With Jen Mei and Kai.


the quadrangle.
27 April 2013 / 0 comments

I've always had this fascination with old architecture; brick-wall buildings with archways that make you feel like you've stepped into a magical world (or in my case, Hogwarts). Coming here actually made me mad at my uni for not establishing a building like this. Now how am i supposed to find a building equally as grand for my winter convocation? *sadface.

Certain shots would have looked much better with someone posing inside but i'm leaving all that when Melissa comes. In the meantime, i still have a lot more to discover about beautiful Sydney.

P/s I'm thinking to get a good zoom lens since i'm currently living off my wide angle and (neglected) prime. Deciding between the:

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens
Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM lens
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 II DC OS lens


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ewen bell.
18 April 2013 / 0 comments

I am currently obsessed with Ewen Bell's photography. His pictures are beyond amazing and i can't begin to describe how inspired i am just by looking at it. That's where i hope to be one day. Taking pictures as beautiful as this, venturing around the world and sharing them with people. If i am able to make someone feel inspired through my pictures just like how inspired i am through his, well, that's all it takes for me to be happy.

He conducts photography tours and workshops and when i discovered about the Arctic tour, in my head i was already all set on going. Until i scrolled down and saw the price. $9500 for 14 days exclusive of flights. I'm guessing that's gonna take an eternity to earn with my already struggling wage rate and even so, am i really set on spending that much money by then? For now, i guess i can only dream.

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shades of gray.
06 April 2013 / 0 comments

It's been really rainy these past few days so i thought i'd make my pictures black and white to balance out the gloom. Spent my afternoon at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, sipping on my tea accompanied with a good read. One of the many days where i get my dose of peace and serenity.