Saturday, 25 June 2016

Photography class final presentation: 3 of my photographs


Approximately 15 weeks of my life, basically 'kidnapped' by this class.

15 weeks of notes, homework (um, teachers DO notes and homework?) and unscheduled trips to various locations.

I stumbled in headfirst, thinking my very elementary knowledge of photography (garnered from a couple of YouTube videos and a 4 hour Ministry course) would easily pull me through.

  Boy was I wrong.

From researching Niepce to the Sunny 16 rule, it was mostly a struggle.

However, I must admit that I learned sooo much from this class.  Although the final presentation (and the couple of weeks before) was a tad bit stressful, I am glad I made it through successfully.

So anyhoo, on to the pics

I finally made the trip to the zoo after possibly 6 or 7 years (did you SMELL the zoo lately, hello!).  Finally saw the two cute giraffes Melanin and Malandrina (yes I know their real names but I think these sound better).  

Photo of MovieTowne.  My good friend drove me (in the pouring rain, might I add) to get this shot.  Had to ignore weird looks from passers-by and taxi drivers as I gingerly set up my camera and tripod under a less than pleasant bus shed.  

Gas station at Shops of Trincity or Shops at Trincity (or whatever).  My friend had to pretend that she was going to get her tires filled with air, while I tried to look as inconspicuous as possible.  I used a tripod here again and used a shutter speed of approximately 3.2 seconds, so the invisible act was definitely impossible.

I am definitely proud of myself for getting through the course and leaving with so much knowledge.  

I don't think my tutor, Ryan Bascombe would mind if I publicly thanked him for all the information shared.   

Thanks a lot, sir!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vegan-friendly Review: EatSmart, Orgain, Curate, Ecos (Influenster Sprout VoxBox)

  I tried out my Influenster Sprout Vox Box items and did quick reviews on each of them.,

I received these complimentary items for testing, all opinions are my own.

                                                     EatSmart Spicy black bean tortilla chips. 

  Its appearance is light brown and angular, with little dark spots of flavour.  The scent is similar to black pepper and salsa.  The chips have a spicy lightly salted taste, with a dash of beans and onions.
 It is low fat and contains whole grain.  I would recommend to anyone interested in snacking while on a weight loss, keep fit journey.

Curate snack bar, Dark and Tempting flavor

This snack bar has a nutty scent, is dasrk brown and resembles oats.  It tastes like fig, then nutty.  You also get a semi sweet citrus taste.  The bar is soft and chewy.  I didn't like the taste; this would not be a snack that I would reach for regularly.  However it is good for the health-conscious.

                                                    Ecos hypoallergenic laundry detergent

The detergent is clear and liquid in appearance.  Its scent is similar to a freshly washed, linen scent.  After I used it in a load of laundry, the garments were soft, with no sudsy residue.

Ecos is formaldehyde and dye free. PH balanced and made from plant extracts.

                                                 Orgain organic protein plant based powder

Light brown and milky in appearance when mixed.  Vanilla flavored and semi sweet.  The taste was pleasant, I like the fact that it was not overly sweet.
 This protein powder contains organic fibre, chia, amino acids and is doctor approved.
Great for health enthusiasts.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Influenster Sprout VoxBox unboxing! (with handy purchase links)

 'Psst! You've been chosen for a VoxBox!'

I received this email about a month ago and was definitely surprised, since I had already received an Influenster box earlier this year.

I received these complimentary products from Influenster for review purposes.

When the box finally arrived, it was big, orange and covered in letters:

Inside was a variety of healthy snacks, hair products, eco-friendly laundry detergent and supplements:

Check out my review of these items here

 Here are the items with Amazon associates purchase links:

 1.  EatSmart Spicy black bean tortilla chips. I was surprised that I got a large size, thought that I would only get sample sizes of everything.
Eatsmart Snacks Roasted Tortilla Chip, Spicy Black Bean, 7 Ounce

2. Curate snack bars.  This is filled wih interesting ingredients such as quinoa, orange and varied nuts.

Curate Gluten-Free Snack Bars, Dark & Tempting Balsamic Fig & Hazelnut, 1.59 oz, 16 count
 3.  Orgain plant based protein powder.
Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Powder, Vanilla Bean, 2.03 Pound
4.  Clairol Moisture shampoo and conditioner.
Clairol Hair Food Apricot Shampoo - 17.9 Ounce Clairol Hair Food Conditioner with Honey Apricot Fragrance 17.9 Oz
5.  Ecos hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
Earth Friendly Products 944902 Baby Ecos Free & Clear Disney 170 oz - Case of 2