Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Finally Found - A dSLR Camera Bag Review

Searching for that perfect dslr camera bag and not finding it? I hear you. I've been looking for a bag, and not for a perfect one, but rather just a regular camera bag that will hold my camera, a couple of lenses, and also look good. Is that too much to ask for in this day and age where you can find anything and everything on sale? A few years ago I did succumb to the ultra cute bowling camera bag, but that bag is nowhere near functional, it only holds your camera body+lens, and it's really difficult taking out and about, but it makes for pretty storage. So the search continued.

Last month as I was planning a trip to a lovely place, I decided I had to spend precious time once again looking for a camera bag and who knew, maybe since some time had passed there would be something decent out there.

& Lo & Behold:

The Cosmos Vintage Camera Bag

It's not vintage. It's vintage inspired, vintage looking, it's well made faux leather which will hold a camera body and 2 lenses + phone, charger, cards etc. I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

The good news is that the interior dividers are removable (they come with velcro closures), so you can customize the space based on your needs. 

Easily carries:
Camera body + lens
2 more lenses
Front & back pockets for camera accessories, memo pad/tablet/netbook, money, credit cards etc. in short, you won't need another bag.
It's well made and good looking, has unisex appeal ; ) not too bulky, not too small, the size is just right: 
Dimensions: 14 Length x 4.5 Width x 8 Height inch (36 x 12 x 22cm
The adjustable shoulder strap allows you to wear it over your chest, perfect for those outings where you have to have your bag on you! 

You may also take the entire padded insert out and use it as an everyday bag.
Last but not least, the price can't be beat! I bought it on amazon for a great price. Camera bags don't come cheap, this one is affordable, functional and pretty! What else could I want?! 

Love my new camera bag!

If you own this bag, let us know what you think of it. If you plan on getting it, come back and tell us what you like and dislike about it! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Spotlight: Photographer With His Killer Weapon

I would have liked a self-portrait but this photo was too good to pass!

Meet Najeeb Aziz: Photographer with his killer weapon. When I asked him to describe himself in 5 words, Najeeb went straight to the point. He has a no nonsense approach and I thoroughly enjoyed this interview! Najeeb hails from the beautiful city of Lucknow in India known as the Golden City of the East. He's an avid photographer who enjoys nature in all it's glory. He's currently working on Pvt Project of Horses in Lucknow Race Course, I have uploaded some of the photographs but for the entire album visit him at Najeeb Photochrom

Festival of Just Colors, Holi 2012

1-When did you first realize you couldn't go a day without photography?

Initially it started out of excitement of new camera, but then got into the habit of carrying it always.

2-Have you received formal education in photography or are you self-taught?

It's defiantly on my own and if I ever wanted to gain any knowledge had all my answers and solutions..

3-What is your favorite camera accessory?

I usually don't attach any accessories into my camera, as a matter of fact not even flash.

Holi ~ Religious Spring Festival 

4-What is it about photography that makes it so special? Is it about freezing a moment in time, about telling a story with a single image? What makes it special for you? 

For me it's both freezing moment and the story behind it...... unless we freeze the moment there wouldn't be any story to narrate....

Today, a photograph does not need to shout “I am Art.” Photography stands on it's own without reference to other arts,with its five essential qualities,first proposed by MOMA curator John Szarkowski. These elements make photography unique: The Subject, The Details, Frame, Vantage Point, Time.

5-What are some of the difficulties you have overcome as a photographer?

1 - Passion does not make a business.
2 - Who’s paying for all this?
3 - What do your customers want? …the plan

6-In our digital age, the photography market and especially the fine arts market has become super saturated with photography of all genres. What advice would you have for someone who is starting out when they face obstacles with their photography business?

Every new business owner faces challenges. Some challenges are harder than others and some are even avoidable. The key to keeping the stress at a low level and ensuring the smoothest start up possible is to know the obstacles and how to avoid them.

Horse Race in Lucknow

8-Have you worked in the dark room? If yes, do you prefer analog photography and if not, would you like to try? 

I wouldn't want to try analog photography, as it would take alot of time developing the films, negatives, last but not the least if the moment is captured, but the picture has come out not as you expected, there would be alot of disappointment held.

9-If you could have a conversation with a photographer (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Well I usually do have conversation with most of the photographers, but my favorite is Aditya "Dicky" Singh from Ranthambore, a wildlife photographer who has achieved a lot of fame in the world of photography and a perfect role model.

Even before I had bought my camera, it was he who gave me the right advice at the right time...hence till date he has all my answers to my questions.

10-We live in a big world, with endless photography opportunities, but if you were asked to photography three things and three things only, what would they be?

Animals : they could have 60 expressions in 60 secs 
Portrait : I usually click pictures without the person knowledge to capture natural photographs
Food : I try to make people drool over my photographs (which I have succeeded)

At the Lucknow Horse Race

Some more beauties from his albums

I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Visit Najeeb at his facebook page Najeeb Photochrom  for more photos, updates and more!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Congratulations to PhotoDebb & Bright Rose Creations!

The results are in!

Congratulations ladies!
I will contact you to get your mailing addresses. I wish I could have something for everybody! Thank you all for participating, it was fun : ) My blog readers get a whopping 40% off with coupon code OFF40 and you may use it on any listing, be it print, mouse pad, note card or postcard! Thank you once again and come back  for an exciting interview on this Sunday's Spotlight: A Photographer With His Killer Weapon!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Giveaway Time!

In honor of my facebook fans, both old and new, I'm doing a giveaway for either a 5x7 / 6x9 photo print or a mousepad of your choice!
Open to participants worldwide! Simply visit, pick your favorite print or for the mousepads, come back here and comment with your choice and the reason why you like it!
Please include your email address (or send me a msg on facebook if you'd like to keep it private).

To increase your chances of winning, you may tweet, comment on facebook, blog about the giveaway and let me know in a new entry for each post you make!

2 winners will be chosen by!

*Giveaway begins 2/23/2012 and ends Thursday 3/08/2012
*Winners will be announced on Friday 3/09/2012
*For questions, comments, suggestions, send me an email:

Have fun and good luck!

With Love,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Road..

"The road to success is always under construction"
Lily Tomlin

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Spotlight: Christmas with Twenty Little Lights : )

Meow Meow! I hope everybody is having a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends! I know I've written about how awesome Etsy is and how I can't stop discovering new shops, (not that I want to!) 
It really is the artist's market place. Full of amazing unique talent, and my most recent discovery is the artwork of the talented Ann from Twenty Little Lights. (Wait till you read how she named her shop!) When I first saw her art I was instantly drawn to the super cute kitty drawings, they're fun, whimsical and full of life! Ann has also recently started making plushies and decorations, mixing different textiles and materials for an ever interesting mix of art! Here's more from her about her beautiful work, enjoy! 

"A Sunny Day"

1.Tell us about what you do
I paint, make plushies and decorations, and sell them in my Etsy shop. I try to make colorful feel-good stuff, for kids, and grown-ups who are still in touch with their inner child. :-)
1/3 of the profit of the paintings and prints is donated to a local cat shelter, Cat Shelter Limburg.

2. How did the name of your shop 'Twenty Little Lights' come about?
It's so hard to come up with a good shop name. I wanted something that sounds neutral but interesting. My garden is a meeting place for every cat in the neighbourhood. At times, in the summer, there were 10 cats lying on the lawn. When the sun went under, you could see all their eyes twinkle. So those are the 20 little lights. 

3.What medium/materials do you work the most with?
I work mostly with acrylic paint, ecoline and fabric.
Acrylic paint because I like the texture of it. I like working with my fingers, I need to feel the paint. It dries fairly quickly, which allows you to work fast.
Ecoline has such lovely bright colors, and it's so easy to use. Buying Ecoline colors is a real treat to me, and I can get all excited by it. :-)
A newly discovered medium is fabric. I love looking for new prints, and combining fabrics to make them look more interesting. 

4.Is there a certain time of day when you feel the most creative?
I'm an evening person. After my day job I love to retreat in my studio, with some good music and some scented candles.
Although I also enjoy getting up really early on a day off, and see the sun come up while I'm painting, knowing that I have all day to do what I love most. Guess I'm just not a noon person. :-) 

5.As a fellow cat lover I know the joy cats bring! Tell us a bit about your cats, their names, likes and dislikes, and their unique characteristics. 
I have two cats, Bram and Floor. 
I rescued Floor from a cat shelter. When I went to the shelter, I decided that the cat should pick me, not the other way around. And Floor (which means "flower") was the first to jump on my lap. She's a big ball of fluff. She looks a bit like a Maine Coon but is definitely not a pedigree cat. 

It took me a lot of patience to make her a bit more social cause she's really skiddish. But eventually she came to me more often to get a cuddle, on her terms that is.
She's not the easiest cat to have around. She can be very sweet, but changing her flea collar or catching her to go to the vet is a battle, in which I am almost always the one that gets hurt. But I love her to bits. She meows often without a sound, just opening her little mouth. That's really cute to see.

Bram is a very big ginger tom cat. He's ok with everything. You can chase him, cuddle him, pick him up, even tease him a bit without him minding a bit.
He likes to play fetch with a drinking straw, just like a dog, and recently my boyfriend taught him to sit when he gets a treat!
He looks really tough, but actually he is a ninny. He's terrified of the vacuum cleaner, and a new empty box for him to play with is interesting but intimidating as well. :-) Toys that make a lot of noise just scare him away.
Bram is a very vocal cat. He talks back to you and always has to have the last word.

My cats are spoiled rotten and I see them as part of my family.

6. Apart from your cats, what inspires you to draw?
Anything can inspire me. A good book, a movie. Pictures in magazines. Sometimes I make a moodboard for a painting, mostly I just see where my brush leads me. Most ideas I get right before falling asleep.

7.Tell us more about the charity you support, and how they help cats.
Cat Shelter Limburg is a non-profit organisation that shelters stray kittens. Instead of putting them in a shelter, they place them in foster homes until they have found their definite home. They do a lot of good work, promoting neutering, giving the kittens medical care and socializing them. It's better for cats to be in a homely environment instead of a shelter, where they don't get the attention and affection they need. In a normal home they can get used to children, everyday life, and other pets.

Every year Cat Shelter organizes an auction with items from famous Belgians and art work that is donated by several artists. This year I took part for the first time, and I will do so next year.

It's amazing what these people do, and how much time and effort they put into it.

8.How has starting an Etsy shop helped you with your art?
It helps me wanting to improve myself, stretching myself, trying new things. When you just paint for yourself, inspiration runs dry and eventually you give up. The shop gives me the energy to keep on making stuff, practicing, and keeping the creative juices flowing.
The creative buzz on the site works stimulating as well. 

9.How do you overcome artist's block? (If you have experienced it!)
I have. I think every artist get's stuck sometimes. I am lucky to have two main items in my shop: paintings and things that are made of fabric. When I'm done with painting for a while, I sew, and when I'm out of ideas for plushies and decoration, then I paint or make graphic stuff.
I have to say that I haven't experienced an artist's block since I have the Etsy shop. On the contrary: I have so many ideas for new things that I don't have the time to make them all, and I don't know with what I should start first.

10.What is your most favorite color?
My absolute favorite color is green. It is calming yet energizing, depending on its hue. It has a depth that attracts me.

11.What is your least favorite color?
I don't really have a least favorite color. I don't like drab colors, but every color has its charm when it's used right.

12.If you had the chance to meet someone famous (living), who would it be and why?
I had to think about this for a while... But I came up with Milan Kundera. He is my absolute favorite writer. Especially "The unbearable lightness of being" influenced me and touched me enormously. I would love to discuss the book with him.

I wish the interview wasn't over! Haha and I hope you feel the same way :P To check out the rest of Ann's amazing work please visit her at her shop: Twenty Little Lights. She's also on Twitter:
And you know it's not complete if facebook isn't in the picture :P
Become a fan for updates and promotions! She's running a giveaway now and you don't want to miss it, it's over at Morning Tempest , make sure you go for your chance to win a print! 

Thank you for reading! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 

With Love,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Tip: Get Up Close & Personal

Every Tuesday I'd like to share a photography tip I've learned that has enhanced my skills and I hope would work for you too!
Portraiture is not my favorite genre in photography, I do like to photograph people from time to time but I'm not a big fan of unnatural poses. Children do a good job of being natural and so I certainly don't mind and in fact enjoy photographing them : )

 'My Little Frida Kahlo'

When framing your shot do not be afraid of zooming in on the face. 'Fill the frame' no matter what your subject is. Many photographers agree that wasted space in the frame could have been used to provide a clearer and better picture of your subject.
Hope you enjoyed today's tip! If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!