Gold Leaf Sketchbook Cover

June 10th, 2014

When Joel and Ashley of This Paper Ship shared a photo of their gold leaf sketchbook cover a while back, I knew I had to try out Krylon’s gold leafing paint pen on my next sketchbook’s cover. This pen is awesome. Anything you draw with it looks like a masterpiece. For example, I drew a bunch of lopsided diamonds on my sketchbook cover. If I had drawn them like that on paper with a regular pen they’d look really lame, but because they are all gold and shiny they look magical!

gold leaf sketchbook cover

gold leaf sketchbook cover

gold leaf sketchbook cover

gold leaf sketchbook cover

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Star Fruit

June 5th, 2014

Before today I had never tried a star fruit. They are so beautifully shaped and their subtle translucency makes them seem to glow from within, especially if you hold them up to a window like so…

star fruit

star fruit

I was expecting something crazy inside, but the flesh was very similar to a pear. I should’ve let mine ripen a bit longer because it was still sour, but I will definitely try again soon. These would be perfect in my cookie cutter fruit salad!

star fruit

star fruit

Have you ever had a star fruit?

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Sketchbook Flip Through

June 3rd, 2014

I filled up another sketchbook, so here’s a quick cover to cover flip through. Whenever it’s time for me to get a new sketchbook I’m always a little nervous, because I have no idea what I’m going to fill it with. Somehow it always gets filled though, so I guess I shouldn’t worry about it too much!

(Click “HD” to watch the video larger and in high definition—otherwise it’s pretty blurry!)

Music: “an inherited record collection” by Lullatone (Buy one of their albums—so great!)

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Macro Reverse Ring Camera Mount

May 28th, 2014

I want to follow up on the reverse ring camera mount I mentioned in this post, because I finally got one! I ordered it a while ago and it took ages to ship, but it was worth the wait. My photos with the adapter are much sharper than when I was holding the lens up myself. If I wasn’t too lazy to get out a tripod they’d really be crisp!

I’d definitely recommend getting one of these ring adapters if you want to mess around with macro photography without committing to a new lens. Just make sure you buy the right size adapter for the lens you want to use. I took the photos below with my Canon 5D Mark ii and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, but if you used this technique with a crop sensor camera you could focus even closer!

This is what yarrow looks like up close and personal.

macro reverse ring camera lens mount

A purple coneflower bloom is going to come busting out of this green prickly thing in a few weeks.

macro reverse ring camera lens mount

Here’s the inside of a St. John’s Wort blossom.

macro reverse ring camera lens mount

Parsley flowers—oops, I should have cut this back a while ago so I’d have more leaves to eat!

macro reverse ring camera lens mount

Just to show you how close the focus is, here’s a shot of some teensy sedum flowers next to my ginormous finger tips.

macro reverse ring camera lens mount

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Farmers Market

May 22nd, 2014

Today is my mom’s birthday, so I met my family at the State Farmers Market to celebrate with a southern (greasy but delicious) breakfast and a bit of browsing. I brought my camera along so I could practice with the new lens Daniel got from a coworker—my first Canon L lens! First I photographed the heaps of fresh fruits and veggies, but I couldn’t get any shots I was happy with. Before long I got into the groove over in the plant section, which is my favorite part of the market. There’s a huge variety of plants, and they’re so reasonably priced that it’s a little crazy. Thankfully my camera distracted me from trying to take them all home.

farmers market

farmers market

farmers market

farmers market

farmers market

farmers market

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