Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dark pictures for you.

Hi guys! Olive here again! Cossy has returned from a lovely vacation, but I'm giving her a couple more days to recover from sweet bliss.* I know you guys are missing her, mainly because I'm boring, but I think you can survive a couple more random posts. Today is short, but I have a couple images for you guys.

Now, before you guys start wondering, no that is not the sun set (or sun rise for that matter). In fact this was taken right before it stormed, and what you don't see is the top of a roof. I darkened this image, just for the purpose of showing off the tiny piece of sunlight that was left before the sky went dark.

This was taken in the full sun on an afternoon about 2pm. I darkened this as well, to showcase how BRIGHT the sky is, and how the trees indeed have a shadow. 

This was also darkened, and taken shortly after a summer rain. It was darkened VERY little, and only done so to bring out the color a little more, and make the rain drops a little more obvious.

I hope you guys enjoy these images! I sure enjoyed taking them, as always :)
Tune in this week for some special posts! 

P.S. ~ thank you for the comment, I love hearing from you :)

*Cossy was feeling a little sick on the trip home, so she'll join us tomorrow or Monday with a special post.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Hello everyone, Olive here :)

So Cossy is away for a week of sweet bliss, and it is wonderful, I think. She gets to get away from everything for a short while, and sometimes we just need that moment. Luckily for me, I'll get my week too, only this August. So till then, you guys get to enjoy a couple days (which turns into weeks, months and years if we're lucky) of me actually blogging! Who knew it was possible?

Anyways, Camp NaNo is coming up! Who's excited? Who's got an idea? Who's ready?

I'm excited! because:
I have an idea! finally, which means:
I'm ready! can't wait to start writing.

But during the month of July I will also be *gasp* social, and *gasp again* actually (hopefully) doing a bunch of stuff photography wise. Don't worry guys, I'll share some of my images with you as they turn up! I'll also share some pieces of my Camp NaNo if you guys are extra nice and leave some comments :) Or I'll just share some because I can, who knows!

I must depart now.
More later~

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm going on an adventure!

Hey guys! Costello here. Sorry for our absence! I don't really have an excuse for it, except that we've just been procrastinating... I may have been playing Minecraft.

Anyway! I'm going on a trip! Yep! A friend of mine and her family invited me to go with them to the beach for a week! We're gonna stay in their RV, so that should be fun. ^_^

I'm really excited because I've never been where we're going before, and it'll be the longest time I've been away from home! I know, that's lame, but this is a super big deal for me. I'm also staying with people I haven't stayed with before, so I'm just going to experience all sorts of new things! Amongst other things, I'm bringing my camera, so there will be a lot of pictures (I promise!), and I'm bringing my journal and my ukulele for maximum levels of fun.

That means that I, unfortunately, won't be posting. Hopefully Olive will! I'm so sorry we've been slacking on posting, guys. We're really trying to get this blog on a constant roll. It's just taking us awhile.

In other news, July Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! I'll be gone for a whole week, so that may take away from my writing and planning time, but I think I'll be able to handle it. I think I'm going to re-write the novel I wrote back in November. Y'know, shape it up, flatten it out, put in chapter breaks.

Are any of you guys doing Camp? If so, leave a comment telling us about it! Are you nervous, scared? Do you have that "I can do this, no problem!" attitude? Do you even know what you're going to be writing?

And if you're not doing Camp, I suggest you sign up!

That's all from me today, guys. Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you July 1st! :)


Monday, June 10, 2013

Long Exposure

Hello there everybody. Olive here :)  I'm sorry I haven't posted recently, I shall make it up to you this week, I promise. I'll be posting everyday this week minus the weekend and Wednesday! Hopefully I will be able to do it successfully!

Lately it's been raining, which is disappointing because Saturday I was supposed to have a pool party, but it didn't work out. But my parents and my sister and I have started watching Downton Abby which is a very lovely show, I encourage you all to watch it.

Another thing I did last week, was take this image:

(black truck)

 I have no idea how I got this. You see, Thursday or Friday afternoon it was raining, and so my family (minus my mom) went outside (to wait for my mom) and enjoyed the rain. For those of you who don't know me, I've been trying to get pictures of rain since the moment I started photography (roughly three years ago). So far no success, but there are some pretty cool things you can take that involve RAINDROPS.

Like this image:

Now before I change subjects, let me go back to explaining my first image. It was taken due to this fancy title called: long exposure. You can do some really cool things with it. Like this:

yes i know this isn't that cool but  it's an example!
Yes, the swing is moving. Long exposure, basically captures moving things very quickly, and blurs them. At least I think that's what it's supposed to do...

Long-exposure photography or time-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. The paths of moving light sources become clearly visible.

There you are, a definition thanks to Wikipedia! Due to getting the very first image (yes I'm still talking about that) I tried to get a couple more by going inside and making my sister model for me. Unfortunately I failed because something funny happened to my camera and I freaked out. I guessed that it had something to do with the lighting, and so I took my sister and went outside to our neighborhood park/clearing. Once outside I realized that I had guessed correctly. I had Googled long exposure before I had left the house, so I had an idea as to why my camera freaked out on me.*

I managed to get a couple good images, thanks to Google, and my sister being a pro at doing what I say (at least when it comes to photography)!

Well that's it till tomorrow!

*read more about long exposure here

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What I've Been Doing Lately!

Hey guys! Cos here. I know I said we'd be back soon. And we are! It's just... taking us longer than we thought. One of the main things was we thought Camp NaNoWriMo was in June. It's actually in July. >.<

I decided to post today and let you guys know what I've done lately!

Well, I got out of school on the 31st, and that means it's only day six into summer vacation! I'm already bored. But I'm going to try and do ALL the things this summer! I'm planning on crocheting more, knitting more, learning more ukulele songs, learning the guitar, learning French, and learning how to draw better, among other things!

I don't know if I told you guys this (I did on my other blog though), but I bought myself a ukulele! I named him D'Artagnan. :) I'ts going really well, and I'm proud of myself for not giving up. I also crocheted a jellyfish for my friend who was graduating high school! I didn't get any pictures though. :( The pattern I used is here if you would like to make it as well! (I would absolutely love to see pictures if you guys did make one! Send them to our email random_bloggers43(at)yahoo(dot)com)

I'm also making more progress on my scarves! If you didn't already know, back in December I think it was, my brother, two of our friends, and I created accounts on Pottermore and took the House quiz! My brother got Ravenclaw, I got Hufflepuff (we're particularly good finders), and our friends got Gryffindor and Slytherin! I had just begun to learn how to crochet at the time, so I told them that I would make us all house scarves. I'm almost done with Gryffindor!

To be honest, I have been procrastinating an awful lot.

When I was younger, I expressed an interest in playing guitar, so my uncle bought me one. I never used it, and I still feel bad. So, this summer, I'm planning on learning how to play! I did pretty well with the ukulele, so I think I'll be able to get guitar down. :)

As for French, why not? I'm using a site called Duolingo, and it's really cool! I'm learning a lot, and it's really simple and user friendly!


I also want to read a lot more this summer. Because I've got the time. :)

Are any of you on summer vacation right now? Do you still have school, or are you out of school entirely? What are some things you've always wanted to do/learn? I look forward to reading what you guys have to say in the comments! :)