Today at university we had introduction to film. It’s harder than I thought!
DIY BOKEH SHAPE
So I finally came around to do this tutorial which I planned to craft for a while :)
It’s really easy and took me about 30min to finish up. It’s a nice Sunday afterenoon craft to do.
So here’s what you’ll need
- Black cardboard
- Tape (preferable black)
- X acto knife
Step 2: Tape together
Next you’ll cut out a circle in the diameter of you lens. I left some corners so it’s easier to tape on to your cylinder shape.
Using the x-acto blade, I cut slits into the circle so I can easily chage the shapes. Now all you have to do is to tape it all together and cut out all the shapes you feel like. Unfortunately I don’t own any shape punchers so my heart and my star look a little wacky lol
Make sure the size of your heart is big enough. At first I made it too small and I had a major vignette and a lot of light loss as you can see int the images. The last one and the brightest one is just the lens without the bokeh shaper but with the exact same settings. So you have to be aware of how much light you loose and set you’re camera acordingly.
Step 3: Experiment
Set your camera to its lowest aperture value (completely open). I used the Canon 50mm 1.8 so I used 1.8.
And now go out in the world and enjoy the endless possibilities of your new bokeh! Mother’s day is coming up and you could turn a heart shape bokeh picture into a handmade card by just printing it out :)
This little bug was interested in some crafting as well ;)
I always wanted to make a Terrarium. So the holiday season was a perfect opportunity to test my skills.
The trend of DIY Terrariums is on for a while now. You can see tons of them at florists at the moment but why don’t make one on your own ? It’s pretty simple, honestly, and looks super professional. :) Also there’s nothing better than a personalized DIY gift, right?
So let’s start with a list of Materials:
- Succulents (pick which ever you like best but they must be small)
- Clear Glas vase, jar, bowl ( I like high, round ones)
- Cacteen soil (I think Home Depot sells that too)
- Clay pot pieces, or clay balls ( used as a false drainage layer)
Tipp: Keep succulents and cacti together and keep fern and tropical plants together. They need a different amounts of water and soil.
Step 1: Imagen your Terrarium
Imagine how you want to arrange your plants inside the vase. Maybe test it out see how well they will fit.
Step 2: Insert Clay pieces
Step 3: Insert Plants
Arrange the plants the way you like them best. If they’re too long don’t worry you can just cut of a pieces and stick it in the soil. That’s the great thing about succulents. It wil just get roots and grow back! Remeber to keep your plants away from the edges or they might not have enough room to grow.
Step 3: Add soil
Carefully add soil. If some of it lands on your plants just brush it of with a paintbrush. Add as much as you need to cover the roots. I also cut of one of the branches of my succulent that stuck out too much and just digg it back into the soil.
And you’re all set! Wrap a Bow around it and make someone happy (Or just keep it) ;)
Just remember to keep it in a nice light space so they get enough sun.?You hardly ever need to water it since succulents hardly need any water. All you have to do is pick out the dying or wilting leaves so it keeps looking nice and clean and to maintain the health of the little eco system. If a whole plant dies, take it out as well.
You can also add all kinds of little decorational pieces. For example if you give it too a superhero fan add a plastic figure of his favorite character. The overall costs are around 15$ depending on where you get your supplies from. You can find gorgeous vases in trhift stores for a couple of bucks for example.
Und hier nochmal in Deutsch.
Ich wollte schon immer mal ein Terrarium machen. Der Hype darum ist ja schon lange im Netz und jetzt zu Weihnachten dachte ich mir es wird Zeit es mal auszuprobieren. Und es ist ja auch nebenbei eine ganz schöne Geschenkidee.
Hier erstmal eine Materialliste:
- Succulenten ( welche auch immer Ihr am schönsten findet)
- durchsichtige Glasvase
- Tonstücke (damit die Plfanzen nicht zu nass werden)
- Kakteenerde (gibts im Baumarkt)
- Schritt 1: Planung
Stelle dir vor wie du die Planzen arrangieren möchtest. Stelle sie probeweise mal in die Vase um deine gewünschte Anordnung zu finden. Die Pflanzen dürfen nicht zu nah am Rand sein, da sie sonst nicht genug Platz zum wachsen habe.
Schritt 2: Tonstücke einfüllen
Zuerst muss der Boden mit den Tonstücken befüllt werden bis man den Grund nicht mehr sehen kann. Falls versehentlich später mal zu viel gegossen wurde nehmen die Tonkugeln das überschüssige Wasser auf, sodass die Planzen nicht ertrinken.
Schritt 3: Pflanzen einsetzten
Jetzt werden die Pflanzen so eingesetzt wie man sich das in Schritt 1 überlegt hat.
Schritt 4: Erde reinschütten
Sobald man mit den Pflanzen zufrieden ist füllt man mit der Kakteenerde auf bis die Wurzeln bedeckt sind. Wenn etwas auf den Pflanzen landet einfach runterbürsten z.B. mit einem Pinsel.
Und schon ist es fertig! Schleife drum und unter den Baum gestellt. Mach bestimmt einen tollen Eindruck! Das ganze kostet ca. 20 Euro und somit auch echt preiswert. Mein Terrarium hat sogar nach einer Woche angefangen zu blühen! Hab wohl einen grünen Daumen *lach* Viel Spaß beim nachbasteln!
Today we decided to make some bubbles outside. We still had some bubble liquid at home but we coudln’t find the bubble wand so we simply used a straw and got amazing results! A lot of cute little bubbles shot out of the straw and with some patience we could even control the size by how fast you blow trough the straw.
If you don’t have buble liquid at home try mixing your own. Use liquid dish washing detergent. 1 part deterent and 15 parts water. I read that mixing it with corn syrup will help but you’ll have to decide what you like better.
I had the chance to photograph the Connecticut based band Second Street Saints at the popular Music Festival Alive@Five in Stamford.
Next week Tuesday I’ll turn 24. Since that following weekend’s memorial weekend I couldn’t celebrate my birthday than since everybody is traveling (including me). So we went out yesterday night first to Tenjune and than to Anja Bar. Without a minute of sleep I made my way to Six Flaggs after a quick change at my house. Now I’m here waiting in Line, listening to Teenpop and getting a nice sunburn. Somehow it was way easier to have fun at that in my Teens… Still a fun day with lovely friends!
This is me with the worst case of dark circles in front of Kingda-Ka a crazy attraction at Six Flags. I did it…twice :)
I’m currently trying to get into street photography. It’s such a nice challenge. You have to have your settings right or otherwise the moment has passed. It’s a lot of fun and trains my eyes so much. I think it’s a good exercise for everybody who’s into photography. Try it yourself!
Grap your camera and snap away. A little Tip: Wide angled lenses are better. ( You already have a bigger depth of field) and push your ISO high in most cases a 100 is not going to do the job.
I like to turn them into Black&White. It’s easier that way to concentrate on the subject. Especially the East Village is very colorful and you don’t know where to look first.
I took this shot in the East Village of New York City while walking by. She just walked out the store to light up her cigarette.