new camera + an abundance of hearts ♥ ♥ ♥

the camera that mom & dad got me for my birthday finally arrived today! mom woke me up just so i could open it. then i went back to sleep for a couple of hours. i played with it when i woke up the second time and marked it the best way i knew how: with a giant heart sticker (and a little bow sticker).

after figuring out the basics (oh god, i don't even know what a lot of the functions are for yet), i thought i'd take pictures of those teeny tiny animals my sister bought for me from when she went to the santa barbara zoo last week (i have a fondness for miniature things!).

the elephant photographs quite well, i'd say.

after a while, i thought i'd try to do something a little more complicated: a shaped bokeh. i remembered seeing awesome images of light made up of cute little shapes and was set on figuring out how to execute the effect.

it took me forever (and 4 failed bokeh lens hoods) but i re-created the effect pretty successfully using my brand new point-and-shoot olympus! instructions can be found here. i couldn't find my black construction paper, but the indigo paper worked just fine. it's a little ghetto-fabulous, but at least it works. i had to spend a LOT of time tinkering with the settings on the camera and focusing/de-focusing until the light finally resembled heart shapes.

here are a few of my favorite images that resulted from the heart bokeh thing (keep in mind i'm a beginner + still experimenting):

i used sequins for the colorful hearts. i love how they turned out! they look like candy.

i think i'll try other shapes soon, but the heart seemed to be the easiest (and cutest).

unrelated, but i finally blew out the candles for my birthday tiramisu and my family sang happy birthday to me (3 days after my birthday, lol). it was delicious!

♥ erica


Fashion Personality said...

happy belated birthday.
thanks for sharing.

Ash Fox said...

happy birthday! i loove the heart pics! i'm adding you to my roll!

Indy Grrrl said...

Happy Birthday : )

Eri said...

Cute photos and Happy birthday.
Thank you so much for visiting and hope to see you soon.

Toothfairynotes said...

lovely photo!
happy bday!

Maverick Malone said...

Happy birthday, Erica!! :D

That camera is sick! I've been meaning to get a new camera for foreverrrrrrrr but I just haven't yet! I love getting new gadgets to play with, hehe. Looks like that one takes awesome shots. Have fun with it :) Hope your birthday was awesome-that cake looks damned good.

xox, mavi

ismoyo said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Looks like a great new camera, Love the heart photos and thank you for visiting my blog!

krissy maroons said...

ur so creative. i love reading ur blog ♥