A highlight from our trip to Kakopetria village in Cyprus.
A highlight from our trip to Kakopetria village in Cyprus.
I love sunsets. The sky and the sea are painted with such great colors and it is fairly called the golden hour. It is also known as “magic hour” but in photography, the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer, we prefer the term the golden hour.
At those specific timeframes we can achieve a great effect. We can create a silhouette of a subject which is back-lighted from the sun. In photography, a silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background. More specifically, it is where our subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background. This effect can be achieved with any kind of bright light source, but the most commonly used is the sun around sunrise or sunset.
These past few days, I have been going for a walk along the sea shore during sunset and the view it’s just breathtaking!
I am the sun in sky of green
I am the golden summer queen
I’m the friend to every child
Because I’m strong, bright and wild.
Grown-ups cut me when they mow-
Forget they loved me years ago.
But when I’m gone, then don’t you sorrow.
I’ll be back again tomorrow.
This is a poem about dandelion flower from the poetry book “The Winds that Come From Far Away and other poems”, by Else Holmelund Minarik (the author of the Little Bear books).
Dandelion is known as the wish flower. The plant flower is yellow and when the flower matures you see the white fluffy seeds. Some people say, that when you see the first dandelion of the season, you should make a wish and others say you should blow on a dandelion puff and make a wish. After that, you are supposed to say: “Dandelion, puffs away, Make my wish come true some day.”
Now that summer is one month away and the weather here in Cyprus is getting warmer, it’s time for a refreshing home made soft-drink! It is ideal when you will have friends coming over your house! They will love it. This lemonade is so simple that I wasn’t going to post it, but sometimes simple is good.
(If you want you can add the ice before you serve)
The last thing to do is pour over the sparkling water, stir slightly and serve. Your refreshing lemonade is ready. Quick and easy!
Before you serve leave it about 15minutes in the refrigerator. If you want the lemonade sweeter add more lemonade squash. Also you can create your own variations and add other fruits or syrups.
Decoupage is a well known technique that everyone can use and create beautiful decoration for their homes. You can use old things you have at home. For this craft project, I used an old photo frame.
Is good to know that…
Decoupage derives the is the art of decorating surfaces of an object by gluing colored paper cut-outs onto it. Each layer is sealed with several coats of varnishes until the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30 to 40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish.
Decoupage may seem like a new trend, but the technique actually dates back in 12th century. Actually the first origin of decoupage is supposed to be East Siberian tomb art. From Siberia, the practice came to China, where by the 12th century, cut out paper was being used to decorate lanterns, windows, boxes and other objects. The history of modern decoupage, starts from the 18th in Europe. This art form was also known as arte povera – poor man’s art, because in the olden days those who couldn’t afford to hire an artist to decorate their furniture could obtain quite elegant effects with cut-outs pasted on and covered with multiple coats of varnish.
Materials for decoupage
Materials that I used:
Additional materials for the flower:
With a pair of scissors you cut out long pieces of colorful paper napkins. Apply the glue on the wooden surface with a brush and paste the cut out paper napkins. Then cover the object and pasted paper napkin with a few coats of glue to protect it. At the end you can apply a layer of varnish.
On Easter time we were invited by family friends to a village called Melini, in Cyprus, that is close to the forest. The house is built on a hill and the nature there is beautiful, so I went for a walk around the house and I found a lot of things to shoot. Something that attracted my attention was a wasp trying to get into his nest. So I spent a lot of time there taking as many shots as I could from different angles. As soon as I got home I searched the web for more information.
Some information from Wikipedia
Paper wasps are 1.8 to 2.5 cm long wasps that gather fiber from dead wood and plant stem, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.
Unlike other wasp species, which can be very aggressive, paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened. But if they attack their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individual.
Most wasps are beneficial in their natural habitat, and are critically important in natural biocontrol. Paper wasps feed on nectar and other insects, including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae. Because they are a known pollinator and feed on known garden pests, paper wasps are often considered to be beneficial by gardeners.
In my effort to get better shots I had to get closer. I am so glad that the paper wasp didn’t think of me as a threat, or else I would have been stung!
When I was taking photography lessons, our instructor would always stress the importance of going out to implement what we learned. A great way to enhance your photography skills and your creativity is to give yourself assignments – something to focus on. Sometimes you venture out without having any idea what you are going to shoot. However, it is better to decide before what your daily assignment would be. This way you will be more aware of what you are looking for and will be focus on that. Create a variety of themes by choosing a different assignment each time, for example, one day shoot ‘patterns’, another day ‘color’ etc.
These kind of assignments will help you boost your creativity, improve your composition and your photography skills.
When you go out for a project you need an assistant to carry your things, so it can be more comfortable for you and you can be focused on taking pictures. My main assistant is my lovely husband and I should admit that he is good at his job; well, most of the time. While I’m shooting, he carries the empty camera bag and my purse that’s filled with my personal belongings. So far so good.
However, he is always in the visual field and as a result he is in most of the photos. So I have to retake the same photo without him and sometimes it is time-consuming. At other times, he is not always around especially when I need him. For example, if I need something from the camera bag, lets say the soft cloth to clear the lens, he is far away. I don’t know how my assistant will cope, when I will acquire more gear, like tripod or different types of lenses! I am not complaining that much, am I? Ok, maybe just a little! There’s also a positive side to this. For example, he enjoys being in nature and he doesn’t complain when it takes me too long when shooting things and, plus, he keeps me company. I should also admit, that sometimes, when I think that the composition looks good, I include him in the picture on purpose. But that’s only a few times!
Another hobby of mine is crafting. And this project is one of my favourites. I decorated my living room with these yarn wrapped bottles of ‘LOVE’. We had learned this technique at elementary school in art&craft. It’s probably a kid’s craft so if you have children, this is a another way to spend some creative and quality time with them and have a good time yourself. Plus, It is very easy.
Materials you will need:
Apply the adhesive with the paint brush on the bottle. Start wrapping firmly the thread/yarn around it, until the bottle is completely wrapped. At the end you can decorate your bottle with flowers, letters, butterflies and other things you like.
Be creative and have fun!
As photography is one my passions, buying a good dslr camera has made the bucket list. There was nothing wrong with my Nikon coolpix s2600, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I wanted to be more creative and it was about time. For the last year, I have been taking intensive online courses in order to get better and learn in depth the world of photography.
As of January 2015, I am using my new DSLR Nikon D3300 with nikkor 18-55mm kit lens and I am very satisfied. Most probably I will need more types of lenses and some additional gear. The good thing is that we are a ‘Nikon family’ – my father, my sister and I – we can borrow and use each other’s gear. At the end I will see what gear I will use or need the most and I will write it first thing in my bucket list!
No offence to other manufacturers; I’m pretty sure that their cameras are as good as the Nikon but as I said above – it’s a family thing!