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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

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.

The Secret Ingredients To Taking Your Best Photos

How I Take My Best Photos

Greetings to all !

Every photographer's formula will be different for taking pictures. These are some of the steps that have TREMENDOUSLY improved my photography and could help with yours too!

My best photos required me to get out of my comfort zone. A friend once shared a quote with me: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Getting out of my comfort zone is a crucial part to taking great photographs.

 

Pigeon Island National Landmark, St Lucia.

Pigeon Island National Landmark, St Lucia.

For example : This photo was snapped while I was standing on the edge of the door frame of a car.

Getting out of my comfort zone may mean that I have to kneel down, stretch over something or someone or even lie down on the ground to take a picture. I do recommend having a camera with a swivel screen. It makes the job much easier!

Getting out of my comfort zone may also mean that I have to speak with strangers, or ask for their permission to take photos of them etc.

My best photos were often selected from a batch of very similar photos. In other words, take many versions of the photo you wish to capture. People say less is more, but in this case, more is more.

All of my photos are shot in Manual Mode and in RAW on my DSLR. This allows for 'complete' control of the elements in my photo: in camera and in post-production. (SECRET : I have never used Auto on my camera!)

In addition to these few tips, my first blog post also shares some great tips that could apply to taking great photos with a DSLR as well !

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day !

Maryse.