Through The Lens Thursday #5: Reflection

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Reflection”.

Reflection Paris

Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/50 f/4.5, ISO 1600

I’m typing this, sitting in an old, tiny Paris apartment. The clock says 6.30pm, but my body says it’s 1.30am.  

We’ve been here for 12 hours, and let me tell you, the first day of vacation is always the hardest. There’s the stress of traveling on mind and body, the actual 14 hour flight, the time difference, the doing of all the things (getting local numbers, buying groceries, taking in the scenery and getting to know the area), and just soaking it all in.

It’s been a long 12 hours.

I am grateful. It’s been a long, long day, and everyone’s tired and some people are cranky (read: not me). But we are IN PARIS.  

I opened the window to snap this picture. As I said to a few friends, turns out, it’s impossible to take photos when you’re walking around Paris with two children in two strollers, in the rain. It’s not great because it’s dark (it was 5.30) and grainy (high ISO). But it’s a good reflection of our day. That although not perfect, it’s good enough because we are so blessed to be able to travel as a family to a dream destination. 

(What do you think of my ‘reflection’ photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Flower

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 30, 2014 Nicole

    C’est parfait! Who cares if it’s not the best picture ever. It’s PERFECT because you’re in Paris. With your family. C’est magnifique!

    We have some really cool reflection pictures from vacations in National Parks. It’s so amazing to see the sky and mountains reflected in lakes and ponds. In some pics, it’s hard to tell which is the reflection!
    Nicole recently wrote…Wanderlust: Guest Post at Tamara (Like) CameraMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Yes, I figured what the heck, I AM IN FRANCE!!

  • January 30, 2014 Bev

    Oh, have an awesome time in Paris! It’s been 11 years since I’ve been and I would love to go back. Something about the window makes the house on the left look like a dollhouse…so cool! Enjoy your vacation with your family.
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Bev, we did have a good time! Been in the countryside for 5 days though, and loving it just a little bit more. πŸ™‚

  • January 30, 2014 Natalie

    Awww Paris???? So jealous…have a fabulous time once you recover…and love the reflection photo!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      We’re loving France!

  • January 30, 2014 Leslie

    I kind of like the grainy nature of the photo. It makes it feel more raw and less perfect. Totally jealous that you’re in Paris. Hopefully the boys adjust to the time change quickly. Have fun!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      They have been troopers, they adjusted within 2 days! And thank you.

  • January 30, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Hi Alison! This is a cool shot! I really like that we can see you off to the side. The human element is a neat contrast to the cold grey of the buildings. Hope you have a great vacation in Paris!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Jennifer! We are having a great time!

  • January 30, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Love this photo – its so classy and captivating πŸ™‚ Enjoy Paris!! Hope you get over the jet lag soon!! Take care and can’t wait to see more photos Alison! -Iva
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Iva!

  • January 30, 2014 Susi

    I like your take on the prompt. And it’s just so amazing that you are in Paris. Hope you guys have a wonderful vacation and lots of fun!
    Susi recently wrote…Reflections {Through the lens Thursday}My Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      We are having a great time, thank you, Susi!

  • January 30, 2014 Sarah

    I am clueless about photography so I don’t have much to say on that front, but I am UBER impressed that you’re braving international travel with two little ones! Please let us know how it goes. And I hope you have a wonderful time!
    Sarah recently wrote…How I’m Surviving the Polar VortexMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It’s a matter of mindset – we tell ourselves we can manage, and we just do. πŸ™‚

  • January 30, 2014 Tamara

    It’s HIGHLY unique. And I love the thought of Paris. It’s pouring rain here tonight in Orlando. Our time zones are closer together, but still not aligned!
    I took a reflection photo of Scarlet in her Minnie Mouse ears, looking at herself in the monorail window reflection. I can’t wait to upload it.
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    • January 30, 2014 Gracielle

      When I first saw this I thought that it looked old and foreign. Then I read on to see that you are in Paris! How fantastic is that?! I’m having a hard time figuring out if that’s a person standing on the right – is that you? I guess it adds mystery and interest to the photo! I hope the weather turns up for you so you can enjoy your vacay!!
      Gracielle recently wrote…{Through the Lens Thursday} ReflectionMy Profile

      • February 8, 2014 Alison

        Yes, that’s my reflection πŸ™‚

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, that sounds magical!

  • January 30, 2014 Christy

    Reflections are one of my favorite photo themes. I love the other-worldly quality they have! Any picture that accurately represents your place and time is fantastic- I know how hard it is to take the photos you want with little kids around πŸ™‚ Enjoy your time in Paris!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Yes, no hands! (with the kids around) Thank you!

  • January 30, 2014 Christine

    Love the photo and even more, love that you all are in Paris. I’ve been dreaming about taking a trip to Europe with the boys. Yes, those first 12 hours can be brutal (and I’m usually the cranky one!) Enjoy your trip!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      You must make it to Europe, you guys will love it!

  • January 30, 2014 Maureen

    Have a great time in Paris, Alison! πŸ™‚
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Maureen, we did!

  • January 30, 2014 Shannon

    You are in Paris!! That’s so exciting. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. And your camera.
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It is, and we are!

  • January 30, 2014 My Inner Chick

    ***”I’m typing this sitting in an old tiny, Paris apartment***

    Sounds like Hemingway!!

    Love your are in Paris. Can’t wait to see, hear, experience MORE)) xxxxx
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It sounded a lot more romantic and Hemingway-esque than it really was πŸ˜‰

  • January 30, 2014 tracy

    PARIS! That is all that truly matters! xoxo
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      YES! (why didn’t you come?)

  • January 30, 2014 NJ

    I love that you are in Paris. Please eat one thousand bits of tasty pastry and all of the smell cheese you can get your hands on! I love the view from where you are staying and the fact that this is 1/2 of a self portrait.
    NJ recently wrote…Through The Lens Thursday: ReflectionMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      I have eaten a lot of smelly cheese! πŸ™‚

  • January 30, 2014 Jennifer

    I love this image. I feel like it really captures the moment. End of the day, tired, unfamiliar city. Great job.
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jennifer!

  • January 30, 2014 Kim

    Such a cool photo – and IT’S PARIS!
    So exciting! I hope you get some rest and enjoy a relaxing holiday with your family!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It was a hectic few days in Paris but I loved it!

  • January 30, 2014 Kerstin

    I love how the picture has so many layers, so much going on there – just like in Paris πŸ™‚
    I have to admit that I am not a fan of Paris, but any new experience is good in my book! I hope you get over the jetlag soon and I’m sure you and your family will have a fab time!
    Kerstin recently wrote…Experience2014 – January Round-UpMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      There were some parts of Paris I wasn’t a big fan of but overall, I just love being in France. And thank you!

  • January 31, 2014 Rorybore

    I thin it’s a great shot! I mean, you’re in Paris!! How can anything not be perfect, non?
    I like that it’s a bit dark, a bit grainy — it fits your reflective mood. which is how we probably are once the sun starts to do down on the day.

    I think I will join in your prompt this week.
    I may not have Paris…..but it is a gorgeous day to get out with my camera πŸ™‚
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Oh you’re in a beautiful place, Leslie! And thank you.

  • January 31, 2014 Katie

    I really love this project, as you can probably tell. Your photo of a reflection also reflects your day and I love that. Greta had the same sort of theme: her photo reflected her day in a reflection of her kids. I love that.
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      I love that you love this project!

  • January 31, 2014 Julia

    What a lovely view, enjoy Paris!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you Julia, we did!

  • January 31, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Paris is so fab, have a wonderful time, can’t wait to read all about it! Clare x
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Clare, we absolutely did!

  • January 31, 2014 Leigh Ann

    Reflections are hard, I bet! I hope you’re having a great time in Paris!
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It was, without a mirror that wasn’t in the bathroom πŸ™‚

  • January 31, 2014 Janice Trinh

    With those lighting conditions, I think you did great! Love that it’s IN PARIS! (I’m jealous, you know.) I can’t wait to see what you find there for next week’s prompt!
    Janice Trinh recently wrote…#ThroughTheLensThursday : ReflectionMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Janice!

  • January 31, 2014 Keely

    So incredibly excited/envious of your trip! And I like the pic- I knew exactly what time it was and how you were feeling. πŸ™‚
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, girly!

  • February 1, 2014 Ashlee

    Reflections are my favorite kind of picture. I have a ton of pictures with tree reflections on water. There’s just so much beauty in reflections!
    Ashlee recently wrote…Kidney Stones, Pink Eye, And An Ear InfectionMy Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      There are indeed!

  • February 3, 2014 Tricia

    So lovely!
    Yes, that first day and the travel and the tired, yes it is the worst. But it gets so much better after that. I hope you are having an amazing time!
    Tricia recently wrote…Lovely little things, 3My Profile

    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      It did get better, and we have been enjoying ourselves, thank you!

  • February 3, 2014 Lady Jennie

    I love it! I’m so useless at giving a proper critique but I really like it. You can see both the architecture outdoors and the lights from within. Cool!

    (You’re here!)
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, lovely! And you had a glimpse of the place πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2014 Alma

    Honestly love this photo, my favorite thing about it is your neck.
    And there is a sense of mystery the way the light reflects… it works
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      I love that your favorite part was my neck, lol. Thank you, sweets.

  • February 5, 2014 Andrea

    Because there are so many layers to this photo, I love it. It may be dark, but there are the elements of self-portraiture, cityscape, and light all in one. The more I look at it, the more I see in it.
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    • February 8, 2014 Alison

      You’re so sweet, thanks Andrea!

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