May 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
I bought poop today!
Turning Poo to Paper
Your source for hand made paper stationery.
The making of paper starts with the collection and processing of the dung pulp. Elephant dung is typically full of short to medium grained fibrous materials from the elephants diet which when processed makes excellent paper:
• We collect naturally dried elephant dung from elephant conservation parks and bring it back to our paper-making factory.
• We then pre-rinse the elephant dung with water, leaving only the fibrous materials from the grasses, bamboo & fruits they’ve eaten.
• Afterwards, we place the fibers into a giant pot of boiling water to ensure the fibers are super clean. After this thorough cleaning, any color that we may want to add can be added.
• Natural fibers from banana trees & pineapples are added to the dung mixture so the paper will be thicker & stronger.
• Once this is all mixed together, we separate the moist fibers into small “cakes’ or “wafers” of about 300-400 grams each.
• The cakes are spread evenly over a mesh-bottomed tray measuring about 60cm by 90cm.
• The tray is leaned up against a tree, angled toward the sun and allowed to dry naturally for a few hours.
• Once dry, we peel the sheet of paper from the mesh tray and start making Poo Poo Paper products.
This is how we made the hand made paper stationery and our how to make recycled paper process!
May 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
I recently came across worldofinspiration.com. It’s worth a look if you like good quotes. It’s a nice compilation site, and one of the better ones I’ve seen online. Check it out if you need some inspiration. =)
May 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
After days of perusing photography tutorials, it’s so nice to be able to hold a functioning camera in my hand! I’ve had the body for a few days now but no lens to use it with! The camera is amazing and everything I could have wanted in my first DSLR. The auto focus is stellar and although do plan on learning much more regarding the functionality of this camera, I can see it producing beautiful photographs simply by pointing and shooting. That said, I present to you… MY FIRST PICTURE!!
That’s my baby, Navi. Technically she’s the older one but she acts like the little sister with her shy, hide-in-the-farthest-corner tendencies. I’m so happy my first picture was a decent shot (even though I just literally pointed and clicked the shutter button) because all my other pictures from that session were horrible. To be fair, I was just trying out the different settings on the camera but still…none of those pictures were worth saving. I did another mini photo session today after work but those pictures didn’t come out that great either. I still need to finish reading the manual and find out what all the different buttons do. HEHE. Oh! And I need to learn how to manually focus and produce decent pictures. All my attempts today were super blurry. I also realized that the lens that I purchased is not actually all that great so once I learn some more about the different options out there, I need to invest in a better one (they are just as expensive as the camera body though =/ ).
Photography is so exciting. It’s so nice to be able to finally capture something similar to the vision I have in my head. Once I have a handle on my camera, I plan to dive into the new Photoshop CS5 tutorials. I’ve already seen some preview videos and the changes are major! I’ve only done really minor photo manipulation (more along the lines of photo restoration) so I’m also really excited to learn more about Photoshop in general. One of my dreams is to one day take pictures of wild animals in Africa (a la Nick Brandt) but before I do that I need to buy a very powerful telephoto lens (I’m adventurous, not stupid). That way I can stay safe in the jeep but still capture their tiny hairs. Luckily I have two little mini lionesses to practice on in the mean time.
Once I get better I’m happy to take random pictures for people but at this point, you’re probably better off taking them yourself. =) Till next time!
May 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Photoshopped or not, this picture is amazing!
May 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
I am well aware that buying fancy camera equipment does not make one a photographer. Because if everyone thought that way, it would be a disservice to the true photographers who are able to capture moments like this:
May 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Once I decided on the camera I wanted (Canon EOS Rebel T1i, body only, and Canon EF 50mm/f1.8 II Lens), I spend three days researching where to get the best deal. Before I started on that arduous journey, two reliable sources had recommended Amazon. But being the stubborn person that I am, I spent the next three days searching high and low for the best price. And guess where I found it… yeah, that’s right… Amazon.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of places to buy a slightly cheaper camera. But once you factor in shipping cost, reliability, and trustworthiness, Amazon wins. This ordeal has taught me that there is no “outlet” camera store and rarely are there significant discounts on cameras once you get into the $700 and up range. There were a few deals at places like Sams Club or Costco but either they did not have the exact model I wanted or the promotion was not running in the areas I had access to. I also considered Ebay and/or buying a used or refurbished camera but because I intend to use this camera for a very long time, I decided to spend the extra $50-100 and buy it new.
If you are in the market for your first DSLR, check out this article from Photo Tuts Plus: http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/the-ultimate-guide-for-buying-your-first-digital-slr/. It definitely taught me a thing or two while searching for my camera. They also have great tutorials on photography in general.
Another great resource is the Canon Digital Learning Center: http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=HomePageAct. Over the next few weeks I will be looking into more photography tutorials so I will share anything good out there. Oh! And if you’re just looking for inspiration, get a Stumble Upon account and check photography for some amazing photos. Enjoy!