Puppy happiness

   
Okay, I know… Yumi is not a puppy anymore. But as a proud parent, I’ll always feel like she is.

Since she came into our lifes less than a year ago (it was May, 2015), she gave us so much happiness every and each day we spent together.

Yes, having a dog is not always rainbows and butterflies and we also had days where she made us crazy – mostly when she was still really young and when there is a full or black moon. But not one time I did regret adopting her, and I know I never will. 

  

I find myself talking about Yumi all the time to my friends and family, but she’s such a big part of my life that I just can’t help it.

But I mean… Look at her, with thar giant smile on her face. How could you not love her?

  
  

 

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Spring is slowly taking its place

     

Even if we had a really late winter this year, with the snow showing up just a couple of weeks ago, I feel that the spring is already on its way. 

The grass is growing back stronger and in such a vivid green that it just makes me happy. The trees are offering once again a colorful view, with those little flowers playing peek-a-boo.

Winter has always been my favourite season, so I was really upset when it wasn’t how I’d expected it, this year. When I saw the snow I was excited like a little kid that sees it for the first time. But I have to admit that now I just hope we’ll be able to have a normal (yet very special) spring. I need to shoot some bright colors!

A few London memories

   

After my little black and white phase of these last weeks, I’m currently bringing back some color in my photography.

I rediscovered some simple – yet special – shots I took in London last winter. Even if it’s been more than a year since our trip, I still have really good memories of it.

    
   

A little Retrica love story

Hello, my dear friends!

Long time no see. My bad, as always… I haven’t felt like blogging in so long, and I can’t promise I’ll be back posting a lot. But I feel I’m a having a photography phase right now, so you’ll never know…

Anyway.

I saw a little Retrica logo on a lot of teenager’s selfies, but I never thought I could actually like that little app myself. But when it comes to photography, I’m always a little curious so I decided to try it out anyway, without great expectations.

I’m a little ashamed about this, but I ended up falling in love with Iris, one of their filters. It’s an overexposed black and white filter, with a little of a sepia tone (or some kind of tone I can’t really decode), and a central focus.

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I know, I know. Why use a shitty filter on my phone when I own a really nice camera (my beloved Canon G16)? Well… except for the fact that I don’t always bring my Canon with me wherever I go, I must say that this particular shitty filter is not that bad, in my opinion. It gave the picture a retro and nostalgic look that I personally really like and that made me fall in love once again with black and white photography.

I don’t know if I’ll keep using this filter for a long time. Maybe it’s just a short love story. For a matter of facts, I started once again to bring my Canon on my purse everywhere I go. But some of my recent black and white pictures I took with it are almost too neat for my personal taste. I don’t know if there’s anything wrong with me, but I just like myself some imperfection, way more than perfect and defined things.

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

Iris 100%

 

Instax Week 38 and 39/52

I know these last weeks I’ve been bad with blogging. I could say that I had many other things to do, but that would be a lie. I guess I just needed some time to turn off everything. Next two or three weeks will be really exhausting for me since I’ll have a couple of big presentations at university. I’m already panicking…

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This double exposure really shows that spring is coming. Even if I love winter, I must say that seeing the flowers bloom makes me happy.

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My cat Blackie was taking a nap in my garden. I didn’t mean to wake her up with this picture, but I’m impressed that she just stayed there. Normally she would get up and just hit her little head against the camera.

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The 5 Things I Like To Photograph The Most

You all know how much I love photography. I always did, since I was a child, even if I’m still not an expert. Today I decided to share with you the five things I like to shoot the most.

1. People

I love to immortalize people’s expressions. I think everyone is unique in all of their parts. I always hope to be able to capture not only their expressions, but their emotions as well. Everybody is beautiful in their really special way (yes, even you reading!) and I like to make them feel that way.

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2. Animals

Seriously, who doesn’t love animals? A few years ago I was dreaming of becoming a National Geographic photographer, or any way to go into the wild with some big big lens and shoot all animals I could find. But even if that dream will never come true, I still enjoy taking pictures of the little creatures I have around. My cat Blackie is almost impossible to shoot since whenever she sees a camera, she runs directly into it and starts to cuddle with it, but I still don’t give up!

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3. Details

I think that details are what makes everything special. Sometimes we are surrounded by so many things, that a lot of little tiny details slip out of our sight. Whenever I see something particular, I like to capture it. It can be anything, big or small, but it has to be just a piece of the whole picture.

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4. Nature

Living in a city, even if just a small one, I really love to take a breath from all the cement sometimes. I’m lucky enough that where I live there are still some green spots. From a tree to a landscape, I think nature is always a great subject to shoot. Simple and magic.

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5.  Little things

A little thing, for me, doesn’t have to be physically little. Yes, I love to shoot tiny things and experiment with macro photography, even if I don’t have the right lens for it. But sometimes little things can be just simple things. Things that most people pass across without even looking at them. And I love them, so I shoot them to try to make them special – and that doesn’t mean I always succeed.

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What are the things you like to shoot the most? Leave a comment below!

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Instax Week 37/52

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Let’s pretend it’s still Sunday and that I’m not late for this post. I actually shoot this picture last week, but I forgot to post it here. Lately, I’ve been having a bad time keeping up with which day is it. Speaking of which, I just had a notification from WordPress telling me that today is Indiellie’s birthday! Oh yes, this little blog has been running for three long years. It feels weird to think about it… so many things changed from the beginning! But I’m really happy with how everything is evolving lately.

Happy birthday, dear blog!

For how long did you have your blog? How much did your blog change since you first started? Leave a comment below sharing your story!

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Instax Week 36/52

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I know we already talked about street art last week, but when I saw this little guy painted on a wall I couldn’t help but take a picture of it. I really like finding little pieces of art like this one when I’m going to school.

This week I’ve also been nominated for another Liebster Award by the sweet Sibyl Biscuit of Il disordine del mio cassetto. I was really happy to read her message and I’d like to thank her so much for thinking of me! I decided that this time I won’t do a post about it since I already did it four times! You can read the other posts here.

Personally I love these blogging awards! What about you? Leave a comment below!

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Polaroid Cube Action Camera | Review

 

As you may know, my birthday was a few weeks ago. Stitch decided to surprise me with this awesome action camera, the Polaroid Cube. You can’t even imagine my happiness when I opened the present and saw this cute little buddy.

Polaroid Cube Action Camera Review

I saw the Polaroid Cube for the first time on Photojojo, and it did catch my curiosity right away.

This little action camera is available in three colors: blue like mine, red and black. I think they’re all really cute! I called mine Polly because, you know, I have this little obsession where I have to give a name to everything valuable to me.

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Here are the specifications for this camera, which I found on the official Polaroid Cube page:

  • The cube is really tiny, only 35mm
  • 124° wide-angle
  • Splash-resistant, shockproof and mountable
  • Resolution: 720p or 1080p
  • MicroSD up to 32GB – sold separately
  • Magnet bottom to stick it to every metal surface
  • Takes both still photos and videos
  • Audio: built-in microphone
  • One USB port
  • Price: 99$

Polaroid Cube Action Camera Review

The first thing you need to know about the Polaroid Cube is that, even if it is an action camera, it’s just not a GoPro. The GoPro quality is way better than the quality of the Cube, so don’t buy it expecting the same results. The quality of the pictures took with the Cube is pretty similar to the one of most phones now days. But, even said that, in my opinion the Polaroid Cube is still a great camera. It reacts pretty well to the changes of light and I’ve been able to shoot even in the dark.

One of the thing I probably love the most about the Polaroid Cube is how tiny it is. I literally take it everywhere with me, and every time I take it out of my pocket or my bag to shoot a few pictures, everybody around me always get so excited about it. I get asked a lot what is it, and how it works.

Also, I’m really in love with the wide-angle, which sometimes almost looks like a fish-eye (take a look at the examples at the bottom of this post).

Polaroid Cube Action Camera Review

There are a few accessories available for the Polaroid Cube, which are sold separately. I bought the waterproof case with its suction mount, that you can see in the photo above. I think it will be really fun to take some videos and pictures underwater next summer! I didn’t try it yet, but I read some great reviews about it. Also, I read that even if the Cube should be splash resistant, some people said their camera wasn’t working anymore after just a few splashes. Now, I don’t know what is their sense of splashing, but I’m not risking it for sure!

Another think that you will have to buy separately if you decide to spend on this tiny camera, is the microSD card. However, you can find some not-so-expensive ones online, so I guess it’s not that big deal.

Polaroid Cube Action Camera Review

To connect the camera to your computer and download the pictures and videos you took, you just have to remove the cap on the back of the camera and use the USB cable that comes with it. From your computer you will also be able to adjust a few things, like the sound of the camera (it normally beeps when you turn it on and off, which I didn’t like, so I muted it). In the back of the camera, you will also have the possibility to switch the resolution between 720p and 1080p. Since my SD card is 16GB, I always let it on 1080p.

I tried to shoot some videos with this camera and I have to say I was positively impressed with them. Once again, it’s not like a GoPro, but considering the price and how tiny it is, I think it does its job. If you’re filming while walking or while doing another activity, the video will probably shake a lot. Here is a video that shows the difference between a GoPro and the Polaroid Cube: you will notice how the GoPro is way more stable than the Polaroid Cube. However, I took some videos with Stitch, walking around the house and talking, and they looked good enough for me. I also took a video during a little party we had in our apartment in Fribourg. I put the Cube in an angle and let it there filming. The wide-angle did a great job in showing all the place, and I then sped up the video with iMovie. I decided not to show you an example of the videos I took just because they all have other people in it, but if you are interested, just let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, here’s another video example you can watch.

Here are three little examples of pictures I took with my little Polly. The one with Owly was taken in my room, with only artificial light.

Polaroid CUBE review

Polaroid CUBE review

Polaroid CUBE review

To sum it up, I do think this camera is really cute and playful to take around all the time. If you’re looking for a serious action camera, I’d suggest you spend something more and get a GoPro or another camera like that. But if you just want to have fun and have a new little pocket-friend, the Polaroid Cube is the one for you!

If you have any question about the Polaroid Cube or you would like to see more about it, let a comment below!

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Instax Week 35/52

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Let’s admit it right away: this week’s Instax is way better than the last one. The weather was on my side, this time. This is a really nice and colorful graffiti just a minute from my apartment in Fribourg.

This week I finally finished my Bachelor paper. I put a lot of effort into it, and I’m proud of the result. Hopefully, the professors that will evaluate it will think the same. I already feel much better now that it’s done, even though I know there is still a lot coming on…

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