Trippy camera effects – tips

Ever have a pair of kaleidoscope glasses? Or use a kaleidoscope ever before? Putting that over your camera lens (camera on your phone works too!) makes for some AWESOME photos. Simply putting it in front of your camera and photographing it on the ceiling is cool, or putting it over your lens and putting a subject (object or person) in front of it, could get some really creative photos. Keep in mind though, it is hard to see what the subject actually is, so if you are using a person, try parts modeling with them or focusing on one thing to get the best photos.

Trippy effects are fun when paired with parts modeling. By parts modeling I mean…only photographing the close up of the face, maybe the lips and nose only, the lips and the neck, the collar bone and upper breast (if a female, but male chest could work too), you could photograph a hand on the chest, something that is pretty, blank (all skin is blank unless tattooed), but anything that would be too much (like tattoos) I would stay away from when using the kaleidoscope. You never want too much noise in your photographs because people tend to get confused and not know what to look at.

Ceiling fan…my legs on a dresser….a cat.

Ever use a prism or something similar? That can create really cool effects in a camera, especially paired with a light of some kind. I like to set my camera up on a tripod, hold the prism, shine the light threw it, and find the perfect position for it. The tripod is necessary for me personally, because I move around a LOT trying to get the perfect picture…plus my camera is really heavy and I have small hands and arthritis. I try to move around my subject a bit, since prisms can be hard at first because you could get some really trippy effects in the camera, which some photographers don’t want, others may though, which is cool too! I will use the prism and show you both the trippy effect I got, and the plain cool one I got.

Literally took this from my phone to practice and I am in love.

These are actually photos of unicorn stickers with stars on them, and the bottom right one is an orange and an apple next to each other…..I would need to purchase a larger prism in order to use it again with my camera, since this one was so small, I think it worked better for my phone.

Start a garden using your scraps!

I absolutely hate throwing away scraps. Every single time I go to throw away any part of a vegetable or fruit that I chop off, for some reason I just wish that there is another way to use them, whether it’s to start a compost pile or I had always wished that I could literally just re grow everything. My fiance then told me, that I can take those scallions and place them in a jar with water and put them on a window sill. I was absolutely mind blown and while some of you already knew that you could do this, which, good for you and your knowledge, but I was COMPLETELY blown away!!!!! I then wanted to try and re grow literally every vegetable that I started purchasing.

I now have a collection of celery, scallions, bok choy, and leeks. The scallions are constantly growing out and they grow too tall within 1 week, so I always have a good supply. I use those for maybe 3 weeks, because eventually they start to get kind of slimy. ALWAYS change the water every few days and don’t forget to refill it when it dissapears.

The roots of these scallions are growing like crazy!! And we just cut these babies yesterday for our eggs! Cut as you need too, change the water every few days, and you’ll have an unlimited supply of scallions.

I also grow celery, I use it so often in my soups 🍲 that I just got tired of rebuying it. It does take awhile to regrow, I started off with mine in water and when it got tall and leafy I decided to plant it in the same pot as my basil plant.

As for my leeks, they started out so small since you cut them right at the end white part, but they grow so tall I had to switch jars yesterday!

And I just have all of these chilling on my window sill!!!!

They also just add a bit of green to my apartment and it makes us feel really at home and with nature. My next step is to regrow my romaine lettuce, an onion, garlic, and replant bok choy. It got way too hot out and humid and it wilted, sadly. I would like to keep this one inside and not place it outdoors and see how that works out.

So, stop wasting your scraps!!! Cut at the end, where the seed is, because there are seeds in literally everything (almost), and plant them in some water 💧 and just watch them grow! While your at it, grab some pots and plant all the seeds from your fruits, tomatoes, apples ect, and just see what works depending on where you live and the space you have to garden. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with an apple tree in your back yard.

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Photography Tips – Using Fabric for Effects

When using my camera inside, the lighting is either too yellow, too dark, too bright, and very…fake looking. Also, do you want every photo to look the same? Do you enjoy cool effects and something that makes your photo POP? Here are some items I used to get these fun photos…

  • Flashlight, phone flashlight works too
  • Fabrics (Walmart, other craft store…Amazon —> https://amzn.to/33BeHQy )
  • Camera (Nikon D800 with 16-35mm lens, macro lens)
  • Tripod
  • Tin Foil (or reflector if you have one!)
  • The sun works for some of these, but a flashlight works for others. Sun is better for portrait photography though, unless you have professional lighting, florescent lighting can make subjects look yellow. (If it is dark, you can try in the morning too)

I could always use a reflector to reflect the sunlight from outside onto the object or person I am trying to capture, that always works fantastic. It also gives the object interesting shadows and highlights, depending on the objects outside the window as well. Trees will show branches on a face through the window, and blinds will show horizontal lines on your subject, which always looks cool!

If you don’t have a reflector…use tin foil! Does the same thing, and you can get a whole roll of it at Dollar Tree for just a dollar! Just place it under your near your subject (wherever you want the most light) and bam! You brought the sun to your home.

Now, that is an easy tip…if you want to get really creative, head to your local Walmart or any other store that sells fabrics (I use Walmart because there is a discount section of cut up, leftover fabric for under a dollar). Look for fabric like this…..

Fabric for cheap

Now, with the fabrics I found, pink, white, red…thought maybe it would be cool to place over a subject, or maybe put over the lens of my camera in a bright setting? Let me try it out…and I will show you my results.

Here are some examples of the work I did recently.

I used the blue fabric for this one. Placed it in front of the lens and it gave a really cool hint of blue throughout the whole photo.
This one you can see the white fabric on one side, and just lightly on the other side. Gave great lighting since the color was light and I only put over a thin piece of fabric on one side.
The same fabric but with some darker editing, it gives it a really cool effect of dark and light.

Just like that, you have some interesting photos. The ones above, creepy, but there is something about the blur and the lighting that really makes the photos pop, to me anyway. Well, good luck and check out my other blog posts for more photography tips!

Biotechnology, My Personal Opinion.

PSA: In this article I talk about cloning animals, using citations from websites and books throughout the article. Please do not copy anything, for plagiarism is illegal and it is very easy to catch people. Please only use this for informational purposes, or for personal purposes. If you use anything in this article for educational reasons, please cite this as a reference using your personal schools citation formatting.

Biotechnology
Science is a series of tests and experiments based on the scientific method, it is all about facts and the study of life. Whereas, technology is more of a physical object that is created with scientific knowledge. There are certainly similarities, but science is the mind behind the technology. Without science, technology would not exist. With science, there are experiments and volunteers for testing, this is the research we need to find cures for diseases and create the new technology to advance that research.
The biotechnology I chose is cloning, specifically reproductive cloning. “Reproductive cloning is a technology used to generate an animal that has the same nuclear DNA as another currently or previously existing animal” (Future For All, 2019). There was a sheep named Dolly that was successfully cloned by using this technology in 1997. There was a few reasoning as to why they wanted to clone animals, but mainly they wanted more livestock, so they started by cloning animals that are used for food and/or other resources. Cloning is done by removing the nucleus which carries DNA from the egg of an adult female (Trefil, Hazen, 2015). Then, a cell from another adult sheep is fused with the egg with an electric shock. That cell then began to divide and then when the time was right, the embryo was implanted into the uterus of another sheep, impregnating that sheep with the cloned DNA of the two sheep (Trefil, Hazen, 2015). Now, if they tried this on a human, there is a high chance of problems and malfunctions. There is not enough research to make it safe to clone a human, it is said to be very dangerous at this time.
Scientists have tried cloning many things before sheep and monkeys could be cloned correctly, like the sea urchin in 1885. With that experiment, they discovered that each cell in the early embryo had its own set of genetic instructions that could grow into a full organism (Learn Genetics, 2019). In 1902, a salamander was cloned but not as successfully as the sea urchin. they tried again with the salamander in 1928, attempting almost the same experiment. This was a success, and they discovered that nucleus from an early embryonic cell can grow into an adult salamander, which is a perfect substitute for the nucleus in a fertilized egg. The first successful nuclear transfer was in 1952, and they cloned a frog. From amphibians to mammals, they started to clone more and more animals.
When cloning in a lab, scientists use Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer or (SCNT). It is what makes an exact genetic copy of an individual. SCNT only started getting used around the 1950s, “Nuclear transfer of this type only became technically feasible in amphibians around 1950 and in mammals some 30 years later” (Wilmut, Bai, Taylor, 2015). Before SCNT, they could not manage to successfully clone anything, even the sea urchin. The first cloning experiment was of a scientist in 1885, named Hans Adolf Eduard Driesch, who thought that it was possible to separate the two-celled sea urchin embryos by literally shaking them. They did indeed separate, then they both grew into sea urchins!
With more complicated animals, like the salamander in 1902, it got a bit harder than just shaking the cells. Hans Spemann was the scientist who was trying to figure out how to clone a salamander, but the embryo was a lot stickier than the sea urchins. He used a tiny noose made from baby hair and tightened it between the two cells and slowly pulled apart, creating two different cells. Each of those cells, then, developed into salamanders. Trying to do that with more advanced cells, did not work. So, using simplicity by shaking cells apart and pulling them apart with baby hair, were the two main technologies they used before SCNT started getting used in 1928.
Some positive things about biotechnological advances would be the intensity and depth of the research we can get with more advance technology. As we advance, we take the things that we have known that have worked in the past, and we change them and update them by using our new scientific knowledge. We can learn about the type of rock that is in the core of the earth with today’s advanced technology, or we could go inside a preserved human from 5,000 years ago and find out exactly what organs they had and what condition they were in. Biotechnological advances help us learn more information faster and easier. With the intensity and depth of biotechnology, we can create vaccines and antibiotics in medicine, and in agriculture there are genetic modification of crops, which has good and bad effects. They now have new-generation GM (genetically modified) crops and those are being developed into medicines and industrial products such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, plastics and biofuels (Key, Ma, Drake, 2008). Without these advances, we would not have the cures or medicine to most illnesses.
Some negative things about biotechnological advances would be things like genetically modified plants and animals. When adding GMOs or GMs to our plants, we are diminishing the health of the humans or animals who consume these plants, and to the environment around the plants. Genetic engineering speeds up the growth rate of the plant and can even make it bigger in size. All GM plants do undergo safety testing and have been used for over 15 years and have been consumed by hundreds of millions of people from around the world. These crops may be allergenic and have potential toxicity of protein (which does get tested in the safety tests). Another negative effect of biotechnology is their impact on production and the global market. With GM crops, everything grows bigger and faster, and sometimes ends up in overproduction. It ends up wasting the crops and costing a lot of money in the long run because they are not selling the crops fast enough.
I honestly think that genetically modifying our crops is not going to benefit us in the long run. We have so many farms that grow organic food and have cage free, grass fed animals. And genetically modified crops are not the only things we have to worry about, there are genetically modified organisms too, like mosquitoes. When people use genetic modification, they may be trying to do good, but there are always negative side effects to everything. Scientists wanted to genetically modify mosquitoes in hopes to get rid of some species of mosquitoes, but are not considering that by injecting these insects, that these insects are going to obey and only spread the modifications to other mosquitoes and not to humans. They are their own organisms, and if they bit a human, that human would then pass it on, and it would cause an epidemic. I think that without anything getting genetically modified, we could and will find other ways to take care of problems, that have less side effects.

Future of All. (2019). Cloning. Retrieved from https://www.futureforall.org/bioengineering/cloning.htm
Wilmut, I., Bai, Y., & Taylor, J. (2015). Somatic cell nuclear transfer: origins, the present position and future opportunities. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 370(1680), 20140366. doi:10.1098/rstb.2014.0366
Key, S., Ma, J. K., & Drake, P. M. (2008). Genetically modified plants and human health. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 101(6), 290–298. doi:10.1258/jrsm.2008.070372
Sciencing. Suico, Joshua. (2018) The Disadvantages of Biotechnology. Retrieved from https://sciencing.com/disadvantages-biotechnology-8590679.html
Resnik, D. B. (2018). Ethics of community engagement in field trials of genetically modified mosquitoes. Developing World Bioethics, 18(2), 135–143. https://doi.org/10.1111/dewb.12147

  Learn Genetics. Genetic Science Learning Center. (n.d). The History of Cloning. Retrieved at https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cloning/clonezone/

I enjoy reading books, but I have a busy lifestyle…what is my best option?

I love going to the library and picking out a nice book, the smell and the feel of a book gives me such a sophisticated feeling. When I am out of the house though, whether I am in a waiting room waiting for an appointment, sipping a coffee in a cafe, or just going to the park to bask in the sun on a nice day, I don’t always remember my book. This gets very upsetting, since I like books with cliffhangers and I am always curious about what is happening next, sometimes I even leave in the middle of a page because I am in a hurry to get where I am going. My solution? Kindle Unlimited…I’ve searched so many other ways to read books on the go when I forget my books at home, and Kindle Unlimited has saved me. Its cheap, it’s literally the same price as my Pandora subscription, which has also saved me, because when I am in a groove, commercials really get on my last nerve.

I know what you are thinking…here is another blog to sell something to somebody. That is not why I am writing this though, I am writing this because this has been a savior in my life and I know so many people who say “I wish I could read, but I am too busy to sit down with a book”. You don’t have too! Go to the bathroom, take a 5 minute break at work, read on your lunch break, it is so easy. Take out your phone, load the app (which loads in like 10 seconds or less, and it takes you straight to the page you left off at) and read a few pages. Keep your brain stimulated and active, and keep your creativity flowing no matter where you are. I know some of you, or most of you already know about Kindle Unlimited, I mean, who doesn’t know all of what Amazon has to offer right?

I however, crave reviews. I do not buy anything without looking at the reviews, because those 5 people who got a scam product are the ones that only show up when you click on the “show me the 1 star reviews” tab. People like to hide the negativity in their products and memberships, but so far, I have nothing bad to say about Kindle Unlimited.

Pros about Kindle Unlimited

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  • There are thousands of FREE books to choose from!!!
  • The app only takes up a total of 329MB on my phone.
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  • You can take notes during the book, in case you were reading something educational or using a book for ideas.
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Cons about Kindle Unlimited

I mean, yeah you have to pay for it. But it really is worth it. To me anyway, nobody is forcing you to read on the go, it is just convenient.

Also, I sell my own books (kids books and poems at the moment) if you wanted to take a look. I am still new in the Amazon book department, but I hope to get better! https://amzn.to/2O2ppJm

It is, in the end, up to you to decide. I have not regretted it once, sometimes I forget I have it, but then I remember and I’m like “Hey, I could be reading a book right now.” Plus, I always have many options to choose from…you never have to pay for a book again if you know where to look.

How to choose a genre for your blog: Steps I used to choose mine!

Ever want to start a blog, but not sure where to start? You can get your website up, your domain, the title of your blog, and a great theme to go along with it. What are we missing? Oh yes…a genre. What are you going to be writing about? Nobody wants to sit down and read a blog with 1,000 different topics, they want to go to a blog where they know they can find valuable information in the topic they are curious about. So, how do we narrow down what you want to write about a whole lot?

What do you like to do?

Things of things like…are you in school? College? What is your major? Are you minoring in anything? Have any certificates? Do you enjoy dogs or cats more, want to make a blog comparing the two and give tips on how to love and care for each anyway? Something so simple, but imagine how many people would go on your page to find the best food to feel their animals? Or maybe they are looking for cheap cat toys, and you found a great website to find them and they find that through you. That’s an ad click or two, which, if you didn’t know, make you money the quickest. (If you are advertising or using something like Google Adsense).

Find your hobby! Make it your topic!

How about hobbies? Do you enjoy hiking? Photography? Modeling? Writing would be a good one, since blogging requires…quite a lot of it. Even if you are not a good writer, maybe you are a good researcher. Finding things like I mentioned above, cat toys, pet food, good sites to cite for college or high school classes that require citable research, or maybe you know a great way to make money and you have some hidden secrets you would like to share with the world…there is always something out there that people are going to want to read.

Now, go for it!

So, first, pick your subject. Find a good website, I personally enjoy WordPress or Weebly, you could then get a domain straight from them or go through somebody like GoDaddy.com, either way, it is whatever is within your budget. You could even start writing in Microsoft Word, and jot down ideas, take notes, and get a few blog articles written before you publish your website for the first time.

For instance…I am writing this blog right now, my domain is up but, my website is not paid for yet. I am saving up money, so when I publish my website, I can make sure to have enough articles for my blog so I do not look like a newbie! Now that you have your beginner tips…go for it! Start a blog, you make a lot of money, you get to stay home while you make that money, and you get to write about things that you care about or just have a joy in learning more about. Go for it, give it a try. Who knows, it could be the best thing to ever happen to you!