How to Photomerge

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By Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo When I first started photographing seriously in the late 1980’s I was shooting film. I had a 35mm camera and also had a medium format, twin lens reflex Yashicamat camera. The medium format film was very attractive to me because the print quality from such a large negative was amazing, when compared to little, old 35mm. Also, the larger cameras were so clunky and … [Read more...]

Circle of Life

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By Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo Recently I took a long bus ride for a two-day, whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. with my daughter’s 5th grade class. To keep the children entertained the teachers played all three Lion King movies so I have had “The Circle of Life” song in my head ever since then. It got me to thinking about my own circle of life. I am blessed to have healthy parents, three … [Read more...]

How to Photograph Tweens

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How to Photograph Tweens By Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo A tween is the stage between middle childhood and adolescence, so from roughly 9 to 12 years of age. This can be an awkward stage as tweens bodies and minds are changing rapidly in fits and starts. They are not little children and are not yet teenagers. They are busy transitioning in mental, emotional, hormonal and physical ways. My … [Read more...]

Spring Gardening

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By Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo Chapel Hill, North Carolina Some gardeners know how to gently coax life out of even the most delicate plant. They study the soil, the available light, a plant's specific needs and even give plant food and sprays to keep their plants healthy. My kind of gardening would be opposite of that. It could be called survival of the fittest gardening! I love my plants … [Read more...]

Reflections on Parenting


Reflections on Parenting in Light of the Trayvon Martin Case By Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo Like most parents, I am trying my best to teach my children vital life lessons so they will eventually be equipped to go out on their own to find happiness and success. We talk about self-respect as well as respect for others. I tell them that you are only as good as your word. Even though none of my … [Read more...]

Snapshots from the Hill

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I have lived in Chapel Hill since 1991. I moved here at age 18 to attend UNC and just never left! Even though I am not a native, like any Chapel Hill native I know WCHL, 1360 a.m. During March Madness nearly all locals turn the television down while watching days of basketball so they can hear commentary by WCHL. I also tune in to get my political junkie fix by listening to Stephanie Miller in the … [Read more...]