Amateur Nature Photographer Plays Pokémon Snap

(with her boyfriend)

The photo labeled “High Score” was taken by my photography assistant*

For my 27th birthday, my boyfriend decided to get me, an amateur nature/landscape photographer, the new Pokémon Snap game on Nintendo Switch. As someone who had played the older version with his brothers when he was younger, he knew I’d enjoy it since I love photography.

He was indeed correct. Pokémon Snap is so much fun!

The first few times I played it in his company so that he could help me decide on which photos to show Professor Mirror. I also let him play a few research rounds and he ended up scoring super high on a cute closeup of two Bidoofs which are displayed on my profile info until I manage to somehow beat that score of 4,938. So I guess he’s my photography assistant* now? 🤣

Every time I play Pokémon Snap, I feel like I’m on an interactive Disney ride, except instead of a ride I’m sitting on a couch living vicariously through my character in the game as she travels along the track via NEO-ONE through the park and jungle habitats.

The game is super chill and relaxing. I’ve played for about 6 hours at the time of writing this and it doesn’t even feel like it has been that long.

Every time I find a new Pokémon or catch them in new poses I swear I squeal aloud while attempting to snap photos before they move out of view.

See below for some of my favorite photos so far from Florio Nature Park and Belusylva Island!

(I’m not very good at night photography IRL or in this game so I will spare you the night research shots. I’m also not going to get into how many points I’ve gotten for each photo because the scoring system seems to care very little about aesthetics since these snaps are for research purposes.)

Grookey & Pichu are too cute. Seriously, how is it legal to be this freaking cute?!

Liepards are probably my favorite to photograph. They’re sassy and they know it.

Is it just me, or does Dodrio always appear to be screaming when it’s not asleep?

Wurmple getting ready to nom.

Taillow, Vivillon, and Florges 🤗

Bidoof cronching, Swanna and Ducklett swimming

Closeup of Taillow with its beady eyes

Bonus Snaps of Meganium in the Florio Nature Park Illumina Spot

I directed these snaps while my photography assistant held the controller 😶🤭

Dreamy

Stopping to smell the Crystabloom

Have you played Pokémon Snap? Let me know your thoughts on the game in the comments!

Photowall Custom Canvas Print Review

*SPONSORED

You might remember that back in 2017 I reviewed a canvas print sent to me by Photowall. They reached out to me again this month to review another one of their products, so instead of choosing a canvas that was already on their site, I decided to have one of my own DSLR photos blown up in a custom print!

The photo I chose to have blown up is one that I took in the summer of 2020 in Dorchester County, Maryland. It was taken on a farm while my boyfriend’s family’s Border Collie, Ajax, was running around. 

I had the choice of having the canvas print with no border, a black border, or a white border. If I chose no border, the top of the tall tree in the top left was cropped out, so I went with a black border.

Just as with last time, one of the screws didn’t want to line up with the hole. I didn’t have a drill or another screw I could put in it, so I just left it out. 

Delinquent hole

I love the way it turned out! It’s super fun seeing one of my own photos blown up like this.

The print was light enough to hang up with Command strips, as I did with my first canvas print.

Photowall also has wallpaper and wall murals available for purchase. Be sure to check out their selection at photowall.com and use the code thewhisperbox25 for 25% off your order (expires 2/14/21). Their products would make great Valentine’s Day gifts ❤️

DSLR Diaries: The Rest of 2020

Since 2020 didn’t end up being what anyone thought it would be, photo opportunities were very scarce this year. At the start of the pandemic, I was stuck out on Long Island for about three months (all of spring) without my camera, and once reunited with it in NYC I barely went out due to social distancing rules.

My dream of taking more photos of actual humans in nature went downhill really fast, and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get back to trying in the future now that the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.

However, looking back at some of the photos I was able to take after the lockdown, I realized my 2020 could have been a lot worse. I still went on a few road trips (the safest way to vacation during a pandemic IMO), so I was able to capture some amazing shots. I also managed to take a few photos around Manhattan.

Here are some of the photos I wanted to highlight from this year:

Summer 2020

Cloudy skies in Dorchester County, MD

June 2020’s Sahara Dust in Manhattan, NY overlooking NJ

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery in Vienna, MD

Summer berries in Highbridge Park, NYC

Ocean City, MD

Wild horses on Assateague Island

Behind Snappers Waterfront Cafe in Cambridge, MD

Fall 2020

Found a flower while pumpkin picking at Emily’s Produce in MD (plus a ladybug)!

Goat friends at Emily’s Produce

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Union Square, NYC before the Nor’easter

Be sure to check out my photography Instagram @thewhisperboxpix for more!

DSLR Diaries: Pittsburgh Vacay

At the end of February, I took a fun road trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my guy and had a blast. I honestly was so psyched to take my DSLR camera out of New York for the first time, and I had such a fun time taking pics and video during the trip. I did leave my camera behind during some parts of the vacation due to a few places not allowing professional cameras and whatnot (I’m also not great at night photography yet so I didn’t really bother taking my camera out after 6pm), but I am happy with the shots I got.

We stayed at the Oaklander Hotel, which is right near the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, so at night there were tons of college kids out and about in the streets and the bars.

The hotel itself was a bit odd as the check in desk is not in the lobby on the first floor, but instead on the 10th floor (you read that correctly, TENTH) where the Spirits & Tales hotel bar is. Other than that, the room was great (the stand up shower situation was also odd but after a while you get used to it) and I would stay there again if I were to go back to Pittsburgh for another vacation.

Enjoy some of my favorite shots from my Pittsburgh vacay!

Chasing the sunset on the Pennsylvania Turnpike while traveling to Pittsburgh.

The Pitt Panther Statue

The Cathedral of Learning

Inside the Cathedral of Learning

Austria Nationality Room – The Cathedral of Learning

Israel Nationality Room – Cathedral of Learning (imagine sitting at one of these desks!)

Heinz Memorial Chapel

Inside of the Heinz Memorial Chapel

Dr. Thomas Starzl Statue at UPitt

Oakland Mural

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Oakland Ave

View from the terrace near Litchfield Towers at UPitt

Oakland Square

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church

Mad Mex Restaurant

Bouquet Gardens

Love locks on Schenley Bridge

Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park

Phipps Conservatory

Dinosaur statue wearing a scarf near the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Downtown Pittsburgh

Heinz Field

PNC Park (Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)

Wagner Statue at PNC Park

Birmingham Bridge

Heading back to NYC

Be sure to follow my Instagram @thewhisperboxpix for more photos!

A vlog featuring the footage I took during my Pittsburgh trip is up on YouTube as well:

DSLR Diaries: New York Comic Con 2019

I should have posted this days ago, but I didn’t, so here we are, looking back at October in my DSLR photos more than a month after New York Comic Con.

I didn’t attend Comic Con as a ticketed guest, but I had some friends that wanted to do a photoshoot after, so I hung out around the Javits Center and took some pics of people in cosplay entering an exiting the venue.

I did dress up though, as Qveen Herby. One of my coworkers took these shots of me:

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You’ll notice a bunch of Where’s Waldos in these pics. I’m not really sure what that was all about but I was kind of annoyed that I couldn’t find anyone dressed as Carmen Sandiego!

Anyway, enjoy! (These have no captions because I have no clue who half of these people are, save for Mario and Luigi, Tina and Louise Belcher, and Spiderman lol)

Also, check out the two photoshoots I did with my friends in October in my Instagram stories highlight @thewhisperboxpix!

DSLR Diaries: New York Fashion Week SS20

It’s time for another DSLR Diaries!

I had a blast being an amateur photographer during New York Fashion Week SS20. While I wasn’t prepared to take shots of moving models on the catwalk (didn’t know how to work the manual shutter speed), thankfully, I was invited to photograph the Kentina showcase backstage. So exciting!

I also went to two NYFW events, one at Micheal’s Luxury Consignment shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a blogger event at Ann Taylor on 5th Ave (thanks for the invite, Christina!).

I wasn’t able to take any photos at all during the Minika Ko showcase I went to at PH-D Lounge (the Penthouse rooftop at Dream Downtown) because it was so dark that my night mode setting was USELESS. I was able to get a decent video on my DSLR though, which you can see in this Instagram post.

Without further ado, enjoy DSLR Diaries a la fashion week:

Backstage at Kentina

nyfw kentina ss20

nyfw kentina ss20 doc martens

nyfw kentina ss20

nyfw kentina ss20

nyfw kentina ss20 kento

Micheal’s Luxury Consignment

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

michaels luxury consignment nyfw

Style Collective Blogger Event at Ann Taylor 

nyfw ann taylor

nyfw ann taylor

Be sure to follow my photography Instagram account!

@thewhisperboxpix photographer new york

 

 

DSLR Diaries: SHOWFIELDS & Night Shots

Summer is almost over, so soon I’ll have some completely new scenery to shoot photos in!

Let’s take a look back at my favorite snaps from August 2019, including some fun pics from SHOWFIELDS and a couple of night shots.

Showfields boodles gin

Boodles British Gin Exhibit at SHOWFIELDS.

Totally jumped into this pile of pillows at SHOWFIELDS.

Floral boards for sale at SHOWFIELDS.

Screamed all the way down this slide at SHOWFIELDS!

Motto of a shopaholic. SHOWFIELDS gets it.

Neon signage on above the elevator at SHOWFIELDS.

long island city

I think this is one of my best urban shots of NYC to date.

one wall street nyc

Repetition.

nyc architecture

Loved the way the lighting looked on this building facade at night.

little italy nyc

Ferrara Bakery’s neon sign.

I’ve also started a new Instagram account solely for my DSLR photos, so check it out for some bonus content!

@thewhisperboxpix photographer new york

DSLR Diaries: Artemis Lucille & the Birds

If you follow me on Instagram or watch my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I’m the proud owner of a new Canon EOS 4000D. It’s my first ever DSLR camera, and I’m so excited to be considered an amateur photographer.

As I practice taking photos, I figured it would be fun to start a new series called “DSLR Diaries” where I share some of my favorite shots for the month. My ultimate faves go on my Instagram stories immediately after I’ve taken them, so I’m not going to repost those here. Make sure to follow @thewhisperbox so you don’t miss them!

Enjoy my July 2019 in photos!

cat

This box remained in the living room for several weeks because Artemis Lucille the cat loved it so much.

flowers

Sidewalk floralia in Washington Heights, NYC.

citibike

A cool shot of docked CitiBikes in Chinatown/Little Italy.

sidewalk chalk art

Chalk art on the sidewalk on Grand Street of interlaced hearts <3.

chandelier close up

Okay, so I technically posted this one on my Instagram stories already but this chandelier close up is too cool!

genesee cream ale

My boyfriend’s favorite beer, Genesee, at the East Harlem Bottling Co.

Dinner at East Harlem Bottling Co.

yellow flower

I couldn’t resist taking a closeup of this yellow flower in Babylon, NY.

geese

A bird day afternoon in Argyle Park.

swan

A graceful swan in Argyle Lake.

Check out my Canon EOS 4000D unboxing video if you haven’t already!

Gallery Mondays: “The Fall” by Anja Niemi

anja niemi the fall she could have been a cowboy

The Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is exhibiting some pretty intriguing art lately, so I could not resist stopping by to check out She Could Have Been A Cowboy by Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi.

The exhibit features several photos (among other cowboy-themed photographs) of a woman in a blonde wig that covers her face. In some of the photos, she’s pictured in cowboy getup. In others, she’s in a pink dress or other feminine garments. When she’s dressed as a cowboy, she looks alive, moving her body in different ways. However, when she’s dressed in feminine wear (or sitting in the bath unclothed) she appears sad and still. The exhibit reminded me of the unhappy and unfulfilled 1950s housewife.

Of all the photos, “The Fall” stood out to me the most. The woman in the blonde wig is standing in the middle of the desert with a lasso in hand, wearing her sleek cowboy attire (loving the neutral pink-ish tan and brown palette, btw!), her body captured in a pose I guess one would strike if they were falling backward gracefully.

What is she falling from, though? There’s no horse in sight, so it must be something figurative. Is she falling back to into a reality where she’s not a cowboy, but instead a dreary housewife who has just taken off her sad pink dress to sit sulking in the bath?

Maybe I’m reading this wrong. Regardless, Niemi gives us some interesting material to think about this Women’s History Month.

Catch the exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery before it closes on April 14, 2018!

Gallery Mondays: Kobra’s ‘The Kiss’

the kiss kobra

Valentine’s Day is coming, so it’s time to get a bit lovey-dovey.

This colorful mural by Eduardo Kobra might trigger a black and white memory of a real life event that happened in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945 commemorating our victory over Japan.

The photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures one of the most romantic kisses of all time between a soldier and a nurse. Swoon.

Kobra turned their black and white memory into color, and for that I’m sure they’ll be eternally grateful.

Looking for a cute Valentine’s Day photo to take with your honey? Imitate Kobra’s street art, which can be found in Chelsea NYC, specifically on West 25th Street and 10th Avenue.

Learn more about V-J Day in Times Square here and check out more of Kobra’s work at eduardokobra.com.