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!
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…
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!
Have you ever had a star fruit?
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!)
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.
A purple coneflower bloom is going to come busting out of this green prickly thing in a few weeks.
Here’s the inside of a St. John’s Wort blossom.
Parsley flowers—oops, I should have cut this back a while ago so I’d have more leaves to eat!
Just to show you how close the focus is, here’s a shot of some teensy sedum flowers next to my ginormous finger tips.
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.