Diana Photo App

Hi Guys!
There’s so much going on in my life right now and it’s turning it upside down. I participated in a Live Show from my university and I will tell you more about it in another post but for now let me tell you about the Diana photo app. I’m not sure if you remember my double exposure post from a while ago. Anyways I pinned it to Pinterest and the guys from Diana App noticed it and offered me to try out their App which is all about double exposures!

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DIY BOKEH SHAPE

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
  • Scissors
  • Tape (preferable black)
  • X acto knife

Step 1: Cut the cardboard
So let’s start by cutting the cardboard so that it will fit around your lens and tape it together. Make sure you don’t fi it too tight as it will hard to slide of.
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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
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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.

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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 :)
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This little bug was interested in some crafting as well ;)

DIY Terrarium

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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

Fill your vase wit the clay pieces until you can’t see the bottom anymore.This is to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plants.
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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.

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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 stuck it back into the soil.
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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 thrift stores like Goodwill for a couple of bucks.
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My Terrarium even started blooming after a week or so. What a great surprise! Seems like I have a green thumb for Terrariums. :)
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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!

Make Bubbles with a Straw!

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.

Enjoy!

 

Second Street Saints at Alive@Five

I had the chance to photograph the Connecticut based band Second Street Saints at the popular Music Festival Alive@Five in Stamford.

Overview: Based in Southeastern Connecticut, SSS is comprised of Rich McGowan (Vocals, Guitar), Devin McGrath (Guitar), Derek Kennedy (Bass) and Tom Kelly (Drums). They came together in early 2010 with the goal of creating intelligent pop music—songs that are pleasing to the ear but also literate, thought-out and distinctive. After months of writing and rehearsing, SSS made its public debut in late 2010 and continues to play regularly throughout Connecticut and New York. The band is also in the process of recording its first demo and recently released the singles “Time Is Running Out,” “Not Too Late,” and “It All Comes Back To You” on its Facebook page. It has also released two DIY music videos on its YouTube page and will continue to release new content throughout the year. SSS knows what it takes to make it in the music industry, and through constant touring and dedication to their craft, the band hopes to show the world what many in CT already know: SSS is the real thing.

Six Flaggs

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 :)

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Another one from Coney Island

Here’s another one from my trip to Coney Island last weekend.

I’m so sorry that my posts are so spare recently but I have so much stuff to do including applying for Universities. Once this is over I promise you there will be more stability in my Blog :)