My next door neighbor gave my family and I a little gift for the spring season.
Guess what was inside?
And not just green tea...
tea with fruit flavors like pomegrante,
blackberry and rasberry.
It also had TAZO teas: earl grey andn sweet orange!
This is a heck of alot of tea. I've never felt so happy over tea in my life. I also love the little decorations on the box. It's so cute!
Last but not least, this is one of my favorite chocolates.
When I came back home to Cali on Friday night, I found these on the table. My parents let me finish them on Saturday night. I love the little inspirational quotes inside the wrapper. One of them said "look for love in the most unexpected places". Didn't reallly care much for that one. However, I found one that said something like live everyday to the fullest. That one sounded more relevant.
This was alittle random post I wanted to share, especially if there are any tea lovers out there!
Here are some of my original pics (before any editing took place)
Alrighty! I have some up-close human macro shots. I apologize for not wearing makeup. I'm getting off a cold and I was in no mood, nor had the patience, to put on makeup. Plus this experiment was just in the spur of the moment. Anyway! So, after I've taken these pics I've decided to edit them. BTW, I have taken more pics then these, but I like these two the most. In the editing process, I first thought about what style. The usual cross process wasn't going to do, so instead I used the vintage film effect seemed better. Within that effect I only used the base. Then, I messed with the curves, used alot of ISO reduction (my little Nikon lacks ISO manual control), levels, color balance, sharpness, and bright/contrast to give my own touch. Here's the finished product for both photos.
I like how they turned out! But then I thought..."hey! some BOKEH would be cool with this!" I tried some bokeh textures witht he first photo and failed miserably. Can't say the same for the second photo. For the bokeh layer, I changed the levels and toned mapped it. Thinking the texture won't darken the background image. When I toned mapped the bokeh layer, it duplicated it, making the duplicated layer with an opacity of 90%. I only took the toned mapped layer. If I didn't, you'll get two layers of bokeh with one that's darker than the other. Here's the finished product!
Honestly, I like it! The bokeh gave the photo a whole new meaning and deeper emotion than the one without bokeh.
I'm thinking about putting the first two (the ones without bokeh) in to diptych. Maybe....
I've decided to reedit an old photo. Here is the finished product.
Title: Reading Is Imaginary
Over the weekend I found out who Tim Walker is. He once did a photo shoot with Tim Burton. I remember reading about it in a magazine and online. Walker's work is amazing. Its pure fantasy, fun, uplifting, and magical. His photos remind me of Sophia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst with all the pastel colors. I can't believe I'm just discovering him now. I don't get Vogue Magazine, though.
Today, my best friend, my brother, his fiancee and I went to go see Alice In Wonderland. Tim Burton did an amazing job once again. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were great. Crispin Glover and Anne Hathaway surprised me too. I loved the film and the storyline. I've never read the book and barely saw the original Disney film but this one is my ultimate favorite film. Out of all of Burton's movies, this one is at the top.
We also spent some time at the mall. My BFF and I bought a few things. I got AFI's Crash Love album. I love it! It rocks! I also got some Alice in Wonderland merchandise. ^^
Yesterday, the family and I celebrated my 20th birthday. My parents surprised me with a new camera.
Its a Nikon CoolPix L100. I did some research. You can't control the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed manually but it takes great close up shots. Despite some disagreements, I'm beginning to like this camera. I hope he and I will be great friends. lol!
Tomorrow, I return to Las Vegas. I got an exam and a short paper to write when I get back. So lazy! Plus, the Oscars are tomorrow night. I'm excited for that. But for now, the night is young. I may watch Mirrormask or Invader Zim. Or both!
Today I turn 20. I'm getting old. I'm back in California to visit my family and to celebrate my birthday. My brother and his fiancee are coming aswell. We are going to see Tim Burton's remake of Alice In Wonderland. He's a genius. I'm so excited.
Lately, I've been considering sharing how I edit my photos with you guys. Are you interested? Leave a comment, if you are.
Here is a picture of a music sheet for the song "Wait" from the broadway musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I'm trying to learn this song. :)
My friend and I were talking about music today. One of the bands we talked about was AFI, also known as A Fire Inside. Personally, they are one of the most poetic, artistic, rockin bands I've ever heard. They've inspired me since I was 16 years old. So, why not post a few videos from AFI.
This one is brand new. Its called "Beautiful Thieves"