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Prints Available Soon!

And The Last One Is Off


Bonjour à tous!

Thank you to everyone for the continuous support and those few buyers of this print in the last few weeks.

I have gotten requests for larger prints of this photo, please place your order soon.

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet Saint Lucia.

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet
Saint Lucia.

En Martinique!

En Martinique!

Hopefully, they will be available by next month.

More details (sizes and prices) soon.
Thank you!

Best wishes,
Maryse.

Photographing: The Fight For Belle Vue by Travis Weekes

Such a fun cast!

Once I was introduced, I immediately felt like I was apart of the play. We all had our assigned roles. Mine was taking photos.
I'm so glad to have been included in this wonderful day and wonderful project, in some special way.
More photos on my Facebook Page.

The Cast (including me :D ), with Director Travis Weekes (The Travis Weekes Project).

The Cast (including me :D ), with Director Travis Weekes (The Travis Weekes Project).

Synopsis of 'The Fight For Belle Vue'


 
The Fight for Belle Vue tells the story of two brothers, Tonne and Kosh, along with their families who are caught up in a battle over the family estate at Belle Vue. Kosh would like to sell a significant part of the estate to Henri Laroche, an American investor, who wishes to construct a tourist resort. Laroche visits the island and attempts to seal the deal with Kosh. However, Kosh needs Tonne as a signatory to the agreement but the elder brother insists that the land which they have inherited from their ancestors should be left for succeeding generations.  
 
Whereas the disagreement over the land provides the central conflict in the play there are also serious issues of religion and identity among the members of this family. Tonne is a high priest of the African derived Kèlè religion, maintaining the tradition of his Djiné (Guinea) ancestors but Kosh and his wife Meredith have joined a Pentecostal church and consider Tonne’s practices as evil. Tonne, though aging is as determined to maintain the Kèlè traditions as he is to keep the land. Ironically, he believes that it is his sister in law Meredith that is guilty of evil practices and blames his wife’s death as a wicked act of jealousy perpetrated by her. 
 
Through the “The Fight for Belle Vue” also run the subplots involving the love relationships between Sandra the dancer and Gavin the aspiring politician. Sandra is Tonne’s daughter and Gavin is Meredith’s brother. Sandra is also the leader of a dance troupe who seeks Gavin’s assistance to acquire contracts for her dancers at a large hotel. Gavin in turn appears to see the popularity of Sandra and her folk dancers as his political base in the community. The plot and subplot merge when Meredith persuades her brother Gavin to use his influence with the Prime Minister to have government effect a compulsory acquisition of the land for developing the tourist resort. Tonne refuses to succumb to the pressure, his daughter and her dancers throw their support firmly behind him and “The Fight for Belle Vue” becomes more than a fight for land but also a battle of art, love, religion, politics and power.

My Interview with The Voice Newspaper St. Lucia

Thank you, everyone!

Hello to all! Bonjour à tous!

This would be a short write up, but it's important. I would like to extend a major thanks to everyone who has read and even shared the story, either in print or online.

On April 22, 2017, almost one week ago, my story was published in The Voice Newspaper (St Lucia).

It was very heartening to be chosen to be featured for Youth Month. Thanks to Stan Bishop, Editor at The Voice, I was able to share my story with many more people. I hope that you enjoyed reading the timeline of my journey in my studies and arts.

I want to encourage everyone, the young and the young at hearts, to always do or continue doing what you love.

Love,

Maryse.

Stay connected with me via:

Facebook: Maryse S. Marius Photography  --  Twitter: @MaryseSMarius--  Instagram: @marysesmarius & @marysesmariusphotos

The other features for Youth Month by The Voice Newspaper:

Rashaad Joseph

Dwight Florent

BEGINNERS: Improving your photos

I feel stuck. How do I improve my photography?

Some people will just tell you to "go out and shoot as many people/events/(whatever) as you can". But this could be interpreted in different ways.

The answer is pretty simple, and can be applied to everything in life. Practice. Now wait. It sounds very cliché, but let me explain.

You may be feeling like you can take photos that are just okay, and you don't know how to make them better and start looking like the pros. But all the pros were once like you. With practice, your photos will go from "okay", to "better", to "good", to "great" and so on.
 

What do I mean by practice? How do I "practice"?

I take my camera outside (I love shooting in natural light) and start snapping photos, adjusting my settings every few shots to get the right exposure(I shoot in Manual). I always try to leave my ISO between 100 and 200 if the sun is on my side, but I feel guilty if I go beyond 400. I mainly adjust my aperture and shutter speed, depending on the type of shot I'm looking for. I go further by choosing an appropriate white balance and picture style. All of this will vary due to personal preference/taste.

After toggling with the settings, I find a subject (person, animal, object, scene etc) and I take several shots with different compositions each time. I review them in camera (and later on in post production) to see what I like, what I don't, what works and what doesn't.. AND WHY!!! It's important for you to do this with your own images because this is how you will get better! It's not much different from someone else giving you advice or vice versa, because you may ask or say WHY (very important) and that will lead to seeing things differently. Composition is probably one of my favorite aspects in photography.

And for heavier stuff, I pull out my flash and other bits and pieces, if needed. It's really important that you know your gear. Another thing that I do is look for various tutorials or tips on Youtube and use the same techniques in my work. Learning never stops.

Even in other professions, like music, you have to practice. Imagine a band comes to play and they didn't rehearse.. That's a recipe for complete discord!

You need to practice to be great at what you do. There's no getting around it.

Photographed by : Merth Weekes

Photographed by : Merth Weekes

What do I do after practicing?

To be honest with you, practicing never stops either. After you practice every day or once a week (or whatever works for you), THEN you can "go out and shoot as many people/events/(whatever)" you like! Because hopefully, after learning and taking note from what works and what doesn't and why, this will help you on your next shoot!

THAT'S HOW YOU IMPROVE!

Extra: Learn how to read your histograms, because many people overlook it. You'll have an edge. ;)

Don't forget to follow my photography account on Instagram : @marysesmariusphotos

#BackInTheGroove

Thanks for reading, guys!

Maryse.

BACK IN THE GROOVE !

Hey there !

I have been away from blogging for about 2 months. Reasons being :

  1. I had a photography special going on for a little over one month.
  2. I just entered a new school, so preparing and settling took a bit of my time, as well.

But like the title of this says, I'm back in the groove and I apologize to those who have been awaiting my next blog because it took so long.

But let's get into things !

 

What's New ?

  1. I have updated this site : added new photos and updated the blog.
  2. I have a separate Instagram page running for my photography. @marysesmariusphotos
  3. I have been working on improving my portraits.

 

What's Next ?

  1. More portraiture.
  2. More blogging.

 

Quick Tip For The Weekend

For Photographers :

Share your work with your friends and get some honest critique.

For Non-Photographers :

Enjoy your weekend and photograph the experiences because Monday will be here soon.

 

If you read till the end, comment #BackInTheGroove

Till next time and thanks for reading,

Maryse.

Shooting Landscapes Like A Pro !

Capture Stunning Shots Of Landscapes Today !

Greetings ! I hope you all are doing well.

Today, I'm gonna share some tips on taking photos of landscapes. I learned most of these as I took hundreds of photos over the few years.

For example:

  • Camera - Playing around with different shutter speeds, apertures, white balance selections etc, can give you a lot of different results, producing a range of photos to select from in post-production. Also, changing the photo orientation could lead to surprisingly great outcomes.

TIP : Slower shutter speeds could blur your oceans, while faster ones would capture the splashes.

  • Scene - Changing the positions of the subject(s) and/or items in the foreground, background and the frame, could hugely make or break your photograph.

TIP : Use rocks and trees/branches to frame your shots of the ocean, or use them as defocused foreground items, to allow your subject to stand out.

Even MORE Tips:

  1. There's no doubt that shooting through the magic or golden hours of day are perfect for landscapes. I love shooting from about 5pm through 7pm, which is not exactly an hour, but is still great light. Bonus: If shooting very early in the morning, or late at night, using a slow shutter speed (a few minutes) is a great technique. It allows the sun or stars to beautifully paint/light up your shot. Patience is key here !
  2. Capturing movement creates drama and mood in the photograph; whether it be trees swaying or water flowing over the waterfall.
  3. Horizons are great, no kidding, but different angles are cool too ! Think layers : hills, rocks.

I have always loved shooting landscapes, mostly because you can make so many different, but subtle adjustments to get that perfect shot. Also, this is very calming, especially when water is involved (waterfall, beach, rivers, lakes). I mostly use my kit lens : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM to shoot landscapes.

Please try a few (or all) or these out and leave feedback in the comments or share/tag me in a photo you took using these. You can also contact me very easily on my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram ! I'd LOVE to hear from you.

www.facebook.com/MaryseSMariusPhotos
Twitter/IG : @MaryseSMarius

Thanks for reading.

Maryse.

BONUS BLOG : Performing Again

Jazz at Jambe De Bois

Good morning/afternoon/evening ! Welcome to my first Bonus Blog, which will not necessarily focus on photography, but maybe music, writing, or something else.

For those of you who know me : family, friends, fans, you most likely know that I am a musician. I sing and play the guitar. I sometimes play other instruments, but to find out more, read my bio here.

Photo by : Yannick James Photography

Photo by : Yannick James Photography

Last night (Sunday), I joined a legendary band, Annexus, and my cousin, Harvey Millar at Jambe De Bois at Pigeon Island here in St Lucia, to play a few jazz standards at the ending of their set : Mercy, Mercy Mercy and Chameleon.

There is a one minute clip on my Instagram (@marysesam) of last night, which you can view here. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will definitely get back to you !

 

After the set, with Harvey !  Photo by Merth Weekes.

After the set, with Harvey !

Photo by Merth Weekes.

Once again, thanks for keeping up with me through my blogs ! If you missed my last one on Photographing Your Pets, click here !

Don't forget to go see Annexus live on Sundays at 7pm ! We may meet there.

Have a great day !

Maryse.