I’ve been back in Oregon for around 4 months now and almost halfway through my spring semester. I won’t be traveling around Europe any time soon, but one thing being in Europe has taught me is how much there is to appreciate at home.

It’s been unreasonably sunny in Oregon the past few weeks, which is great for photography. I’m currently taking a photography class for my major (electronic arts) and it’s been really great to come back from abroad and give myself an excuse to continue photography and even get college credits for it.

Our first assignment for the class was just working on basic composition and color. For the project we had to take photos with different compositions, monochrome color, complementary color and photos with no color at all. The photos below are my favorite from the group.

Hanging outside our dorm room on a sunny day. The grass remained wet, but it was nothing a few blankets couldn’t handle. My roommate was rocking the 90’s look and we were all having fun playing with her hula-hoop.

Complementary colors.

Somehow two of my roommates were wearing blue and orange on the day I just happened to need complementary colors. What intuitive roommates I have! I especially love the contrast between the texture in each shirt.


After wandering, my roommate Janelle and I ended up at 7-11, which just so happened to have complementary colored Slurpees.


Black and White photos.

For this part of the assignment we were not allowed to have any color in the photo, but we also weren’t allowed to change the image to black and white once the picture was taken. I had fun with the light and the blinds in my room.


My blinds with the fish-eye lens.



A star-light taken with the fish-eye.


My favorite photo of the group. The reflection of a tree in a very old and dirty bird bath. Originally the image was upside down, but I liked it flipped better.