Wednesday, June 29, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 16

 The sail could have been done in a more professional way, I have nothing else to say about this.

Or actually, I do have a lot to say. Not about the making of the photo, but the photo itself. My mind is blocked though. Too much emotions clogging the flow of words.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 15

A lovely tree just blossomed in our front yard. I'm not sure what kind of tree it is, but it's divine!! It looks very similar to cherry blossom trees.

Monday, June 27, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 14

Sixteen more photos to go..

Craving a good, hearty novel (preferably a classic), any suggestions?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 13

You know that feeling? When you imagine something, but in reality it turns out even better than what you had imagined? The feeling of utter, joyful surprise? This is how I'm feeling at the moment.

I had no idea what I wanted to do while creating the setting this shot. The silver plate was sitting there, the cups, the tea bag.. and then I saw the light. It flooded in the room through the window and hit the silver plate, and instantly the whole atmosphere was bathed in a shimmering golden glow. The first thing that came into my mind was "I need frills, and a model (aka my sister) to pour hot water!" and this is how this shot came to be.

It's over exposed, I know. But who cares! I loved it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 12

A few years back I attended an Arabic calligraphy course in our local library. It was very interesting and I did very good, but for some reason I stopped going.
The other day I was looking through some of my old things, and found a bunch of calligraphy pens that I don't remember owning. I felt an instant urge to use them the minute I saw them, although it has been more than four years since I wrote anything with a calligraphy pen. My skills got rusty over the past four years (of not practicing) but I thought I'd give it a try.

Turned out I wasn't that bad, at least my lines weren't that crooked, and the shapes of the letters resembled the likeness of real letters. In other words, they were good. Not great, but good, a little less than good.. fine, yes they were fine..

AND, ladies and gents, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have fallen in love with Arabic calligraphy, and this can be proved by the stains of ink all over my right hand (does this thing come off with soap, I wonder..? meh..)

After having spent about three hours trying to perfect a word in a design I was copying off of google images a few nights ago, it struck me how much of an idiot I was to quit the course I was attending, so much I could have learned.. so much..

This word here means "mīlestība" (or "love", for you non-Latvian speakers out there), I thought it would be very fitting for the Cups of Love theme, how lame, eh?
I'm proud of it, although I'm sure a professional calligrapher would count a thousand faults in it, but hey! It's mine, and I like it. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Last Night I Shot the Moon

Technically, it wasn't last night..

I'm sure most of you heard about last Wednesday's lunar eclipse. Well, here is the astronomical event, captured by my lens.

Such lovely evening it was! I took to the roof with my camera, tripod, and my brother's spotting scope and sat on the edge of the rail (my grandmother would have panicked at such an arrangement! Not to worry though.. the rail was pretty wide) and there I was, enjoying the best view in town, all that was missing was a cup of steaming hot cocoa.. (we were out of milk, it wasn't laziness that was preventing me from making one.. in case you were wondering)

The photo turned out a little less glamorous than I had expected, in fact, those are 12 photos layered into one on photoshop. Not bad though, eh? Considering it's a first time, and probably the last..

Friday, June 17, 2011


So, I have finally joined the dark side and created a twitter account! Took me a while to get used to the idea, for some reason I found it very odd, but I thought I'd give it a try and see how it works out..

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Amazing video I came upon today.. 

 ..make sure you watch the whole video!

Monday, June 13, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 11

Coming up with daily original ideas for my "30 Cups of Love" challenge is exhausting, therefore I have decided not to rush this project just for the sake of proving to myself that I am capable of committing to a challenge. I'm not totally giving up, I'm simply giving myself more time. The challenge is still up, but the entries are not going to be published daily.. or maybe they will be, depending on my mood.

Don't you just love that gorgeous green color?! It makes me think of Victorian England, satin frocks and afternoon tea..

Monday, June 6, 2011

30 Cups of Love - Day 10

I have not given up, I was just taking a break.. and I probably still am..