EP-L1

Remember when I got a free camera?

It’s awesome, I still can’t get over how awesome it was hahaha.

It’s an Olympus PEN EP-L1. Not the latest among EP-L range, but I think it’s pretty awesome. here are some sample shots I took during my trip to Melbourne.

self pic *hide face*

So what do you think? Pretty awesome for a non-SLR camera, huh?

Then my dad came to visit us in Canberra and brought his Nikon D60, of course I felt like it kicked my EP-L1 ass and put it to shame. So, of course it’s not SLR quality, but for the pricen size, you can’t complain.

All images by Wita Puspita

Olympus PEN Light

Long time no post!
I had to go back to Indonesia for some urgent visa matter, and I’ve been busy since.

I’ve been wanting to buy a new camera for a long time. I want a camera that works better than a basic pocket camera, but smaller and lighter and more simple than a dSLR. I’m sick of carrying my stupid dSLR wherever I go, and I can’t even maximize the use of a dSLR camera, so why bother. Plus, I’m going to New Zealand soon, I really don’t want to bring my dSLR. I’m basically just… not that into photography, but I still want to be able to take nice enough pictures.

So when I went back to Indonesia, I had a camera in mind. I wanted to buy in Indonesia because the price is obviously so much cheaper. I wanted Nikon J1, because I saw a blogger carried it around during the Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 and I fell in love with the white one. Nikon J1 is so cute and sleek, and takes good quality pictures.

However, long story short…. someone gave me a totally free (as in, I don’t have to take part in some competition or lucky draw, and I don’t have to ask or beg someone to give it to me, and of course I didn’t steal it from anybody!) brand new Olympus PEN E-PL 1 !!! How lucky am I? Well sure, it’s not the latest in the Olympus Pen Light range (the E-PL3 is out already), but it’s free, so that’s so much better than spending money to buy a new one. Plus my photographer friend told me that Olympus PEN is still the leading mirrorless camera brand, and the pictures quality is better than Nikon J1. Well, to be honest I don’t really know if that’s true, but I’ve decided to believe him.

Anyway… it’s free. What more can I ask for. I’ve been so attached to it ever since. I brought it everywhere and take pictures of anything or everything. Although the LCD is so much worse than Nikon, but the result on my computer screen is pretty good. However, I haven’t go out much since I got the camera so I haven’t take anything interesting. I’ll post some test shots by the end of my trip!

Nuffnang Blogopolis Sydney 2012 (Photos)

When I went in to the Nuffnang Blogopolis conference room in Sofitel Wentworth, I found china tea cups like this on every table. I was like… : “is that our conference favor???” Hahaha, unfortunately not. Instead we got a huge (seriously, HUGE) goodie bag full of freebies. I have received lots of goodie bags in my life, but nothing can compare to this one. It contains almost anything I could need/think of. For example, I have trouble sleeping, and I found Nature’s Own Advance sleep vitamins. My husband had a sore throat, I found in there Betadine throat gargle. They even gave us mini sized hint mints. So those are only 3 out of…. so many goodies that we got. Half of them are for kids though, so I gave them to our niece & nephew.  Seriously, this goodie bag could be the next best thing to Doraemon’s magic pouch!

But yeah, I kind of wish that china teacup was the freebie ahaha.

Twinnings Tea was one of the main sponsors for the conference. I have to say they did a great job. It was more than anyone could expect. At 10am they served us our morning tea.

Wasn’t that the best conference ever or what?

I know I promised I will post pictures from the conference, but other than those morning tea pictures, I didn’t actually get to take any other pictures because I was too busy listening and taking notes 🙂

Okay, maybe just this one from the opening speech by David from Nuffnang Australia

After the morning tea, we were broken up into two classes. The classes that I chose was Blog Design 101, The Ins and Outs of a Media Kit and Opportunities Gained Through Blogging. I really liked the first two classes. Katrina Chambers from The Media Maid talked us through about how to design an effective blog. There are a few things I learn from her that I have to apply to this blog. The header of a blog is the most important thing, because it is the first thing people will see and have an impression about what your blog is all about. My header is so small and squished up there, I won’t even considere it a header hahaha. So that’s the first thing that I’m going to do. Actually the first thing would be… tweak my whole blog design completely. I’m using a theme that doesn’t really give me the flexibility to change the header size. One more thing that she advised us to do was to create a vision board of what we want our blogs to look like. Take screenshots of other blogs that you like, pinterest them. She also said that having music in your blog is a big NO. I agree with that totally. In fact, I hate most websites with music. Or maybe they should give us a reminder before playing the music, like a pop up that says “would you like to play the music in this website?” and we can press yes or no.

The second breakout class was The Ins and Outs of a Media Kit by Lady Melbourne . Every since she stepped onto the stage, I was a fan already. She’s so pretty and elegant. I really liked what she was wearing that day. It was a white long sleeved shirt and nude coloured bell/flowy/chiffon skirt (sorry, don’t ask me about fashion terms, I suck at fashion). Semi-formal, yet fashionable. So no wonder she’s one of the most famous fashion blogger in Australia. Even her voice was so elegant hahaha. Omg I think I might be starstrucked >.<

Another class that I really liked was the first one before breakout classes: Idea Sourcing & Content Creation by Imogen Lamport whose blog is Inside Out Style. Bloggers could find topics to write about from almost every corner in the world. Actually, I have done this type of practice before in my brainstorming classes during my first year in uni. We find ideas, not let ideas find us, because let’s face it, it takes luck to be found by ideas.

I would love to attend other Nuffnang events, and even next year’s blogopolis. But I really hope I could go to the one in Asia, though. Nothing wrong with Australian bloggers, it’s just that most of the blogs that I read are asian bloggers, especially those from Singapore. I’m not being racist, haha really, it’s just that I grew up in Asia, and spent my teenage years in Singapore, so I guess I could relate more to Asian bloggers.

So, thanks Nuffnang, the speakers and the sponsors, especially Twinnings for the great experience. I really hope I could bring home one of your wonderful china tea cups next time : P

 

 

 

Wedding photos and Toycamera Analog

Have you ever wondered why these days almost all wedding photos are so… “retro”? I wonder, and I don’t know why. Well, actually maybe I do. With all the retro and instagram madness, everyone wants to live in their little fantasy retro world. I love retro things, and I love retro photos. My parents are collector of Indonesian and Chinese antiques. Having grown up in a house with antiques here and there, I can’t help but love antiques and retro things.

But retro wedding photos? They’re getting old (puns! : P)

Whenever I see wedding pictures or pre-wedding pictures, especially of Indonesian couples, most of the time I see the same blurry and pale colored pictures. I have to admit some of them do really good jobs, such as David from axioo (in return of really high cost, of course). However, I’m starting to feel that those “retro” photos are no longer the classic wedding pictures you could appreciate till the end of your lives (or the world, whichever comes first hehe). They might be trendy today, but will they still be appreciated when you’re older? Actually, creating those retro photos are not so hard anymore with all the photo editing softwares or apps out there. Instagram is obviously the most popular one, although its purpose is pretty different. I think it’s a little bit like twitter, only rather than words, we snap pictures. Photoshop is the classic and never-ending way to edit your pictures, but of course they require skills. The “express” retro photo editing software that I love is Toy Camera Analogcolor by Pentacom. I downloaded it a while ago when they were still free. They’re still free for trial, but at some point you have to purchase it for 12 USD. Cheap!

Also, this software doesn’t resize your picture. It comes out as it is. They have so many effects, choices of lenses, expired film and frames. You can even adjust the contrast, blur and many more. For those who are lazy to adjust, you can use their pre-made effects.

Let’s have some fun with my wedding photos! : P

Here’s the original version of my favorite wedding photo by pL photography, Melbourne:

Now, I give it Sepia process, with normal lens and no frame, and voila! Who needs axioo if you could make these kind of pictures yourself? Hahahaha… just kidding, don’t murder me axioo fanatics.

Another effected wedding picture of mine:

So there you go, now even amateur photographers could add retroness to their photos. But to be honest, looking at the photos above, I still prefer the original ones. Retro photos tend to make everyone faces look blurry and pale. Sure, it’s a plus for your pimples and imperfections. Also the contrast tend to darken your eyes, which is a good thing most of the time (unless they’re so dark they make you look like Sadako from The Ring). But, well, don’t you want to look like yourself in your wedding pictures? However, I do admit it’s fun to put effects on your daily photos. especially food pictures : )

To end this post, let me share my personal favorite among all my wedding photos (effected using Toycamera Analog). This photo was taken towards the end of the location shoots. I was really really tired and I just wanted to throw my bouquet on someone’s face (my bouquet was freakin HEAVY!) By looking at my eyes area I think my mascara was smudging therefore the dark circles. I just wanted the location shoot to end already, I needed some rest before the reception in the evening. Hence, my face showed how disinterested I was that moment. I looked damn weird hahaha, but I love this picture. It’s not your usual We’re smiling, We’re happy, this is our wedding day, the most romantic day in our life wedding shoot. This picture is US, the imperfect but yet happily married couple. It shows that, even in a wedding, nothing is perfect, and it doesn’t have to be, because you’re human and even on your happiest day you could still feel tired, bored and you sweat, and your mascara smuged. But no matter what, it was still one of the happiest day in your life : )

Taken on Degraves Street, my favourite alley in Melbourne

Toodles!

Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 in Sydney


So recently I discovered this “Blog Advertising Community” called Nuffnang. Nuffnang is an Asian Pacific community to support bloggers. Their idea is to give a chance for bloggers to make money from their blogs. I might not be able to professionally explain what it is, but let me give you an explanation of what I THINK Nuffnang does in my own simple words.
Your blog is like a magazine. It provides visual and written (typed) information to your reader. However, A blog is even more awesome, because:
1. You, the blogger, is the editor, the designer, the photographer etc etc of your own magazine.
2. You can blog about WHATEVER you like, whatever you are interested in. You can even blog about yourself, and your pictures. Hey you’ll never know, people might find your life interesting. I, for example, am not confident enough in putting my pictures and my life up in a blog where everybody can read. However, I am very confident about my designs, and design is my ultimate passion ever since…. well, ever. So here I am, blogging 80% about design and 20% about other stuff such as my travelling and my cooking.
3. It’s up to you to make your magazine (or blog) as interesting as you want, or as simple as you want. Out of millions (or billions? I don’t know how many population this world has :P)of people in this world, sure there will be some percentage of them who have similar taste/style/personality as you are, and they could be your readers.
So, just like a real, paper magazine, your blog could have advertisements. The Ads could be those ads you see on the sidebar, or some awesome bloggers who have gain sponsorship/endorsements even get to experience and review the products themselves, and advertise them their own way. Now, this is the part I don’t really know, HOW do we get those companies to advertise in our blogs? How do we make money from blogging? That’s where Nuffnang comes. They act as a medium between us bloggers and advertisers. And, since I know NOTHING about this, that is why I am attending the Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 in Sydney in the next 2 weeks! I am so very excited, yay!
I’m pretty new in this blogging world, and according to the stats, I don’t even have that many readers yet. There are days when I get almost 20 readers, and I wonder if some of them, if not all, might be robots reading it hehe. But to be honest I quite enjoy it. What’s not to like, I like writing, I love designing, I like taking pictures and editing them. My blog is like my own space where I can say/post anything that I like. Unlike facebook or twitter where your friends/followers sometimes will get upset if you post or write something that are not in their favours. However, even when blogging you still have to mind your netiquettes. It would be better if you don’t offend anyone in purpose. Although I know some bloggers do that, it’s their business, not mine 🙂

So, I’ve booked the conference ticket, and my husband is going to drive to Sydney, and we’re going to be there for two nights! I’m so excited cos we’re going to stay at Circular Quay area. Unlike the other time we were in Sydney when we stayed at Kings Cross area, we had to go back to the hotel at 6pm because my husband was afraid the area get pretty dodgy in the evening ^^. It was not dodgy at all, but yeah, things do happen around Kings Cross. And, nothing beats staying close to the Circular Quay, of course!

Sweet Little Bunnies

I’ve always wanted to make Cake Pops inspired by Bakerella. These past few days the weather has been really really bad in Canberra. It was really cold, windy and raining all the time. So I decided to stay in and make some bunny cake pops.

{Cute, but taste nasty}

{Ingredients and Tools}

{Best part of the bunny is the marshmallow bottom}

I have to say it’s not a very successful first attempt. I think my cake was too soft because I added to much frosting, and I forgot to dip the lolly stick into the melts before pushing them in. However, I still think they’re cute. Although I have to warn you, these cakes are REALLY REALLY sweet. Imagine this: chocolate cake mix + frosting + white chocolate coating + candy decoration = sugar overload. I only ate half of one failed bunny and I couldn’t eat anymore. I might just give them to my sugar-lover niece and nephew.

Will I make this again in the future? Of course :]