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rainbows in my home

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Rainbow Axicon Window Suncatcher, rainbow maker

I've been thinking about getting a rainbow maker for a while now. Both my last apartment, and my current one get lots of direct sunlight. Watching that light move across the wall throughout the day is one of the most relaxing things ever. The only thing I could think of that could possibly make it better was a rainbow! I had seen a solar powered rainbow maker by Kikkerland that I was interested in getting but it had such mixed reviews that I held off. Looking back at it now, it has four stars out of five but for the price too many people were mentioning it died within a month. I wasn't really sure what options I had, everything seemed too expensive or was too hokey looking.

Fast forward until a few weeks ago when Jeff and I were at Big Fun (a toy store + must visit if you're in Cleveland!) when he spotted a prism and mentioned how he'd like to get it for photography. I told him to hold off, Valentine's Day was approaching and I figured I'd be able to get a much better one online. I ended up deciding on this one since it had such awesome reviews and claimed to be made specifically with photography in mind. As soon as it came, and before I wrapped it up for him, I gave it a little test run.

I held the prism up to my living room window, which is where we get the most direct sunlight, and BAM instant rainbow! Professor noticed it immediately! I had a ton of fun moving the prism around while he wildly chased it. I, of course, took silly photos of him. I ended up falling back in love with the idea of having rainbows in my apartment so much I decided to try another product. My second purchase was a sun catcher. Instead of just sitting in the window like I had the prism, it hangs on the window from a little suction cup. It's not exactly my decor style but the rainbows it produces are AMAZING!

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the rainbow sun catcher in my window

I decided to write this post for two reasons. One being I really love the photos I've gotten so far, and wanted an excuse to share them. Ahem. And two, when I was looking into how to have rainbows in my home I couldn't find very much information. There didn't seem to be many solid reviews, and there definitely weren't any good photos. I wasn't sure what product would be best for what I wanted so hopefully this post will help someone else who would like a little color in their life!

▴ Makes shorter square rainbow, like in the photo below.
▴ Can either sit in window or be held in your hand.
▴ Best if used while being held since the rainbow is smaller, and correct angle needs to be hit with light.
▴ You have more control over the resulting rainbow than with the sun catcher, as in you can move it around the room, and change the shape and size slightly.
▴ Your cat is probably going to love to chase the light it produces.

Sun catcher
▴ Makes many long skinny rainbows that fill the room with no effort on your part.
▴ Attaches to window with suction cup.
▴ While you can remove it from the window its probably best to just leave it be so you really don't have any control over where the rainbows go. 

For me, the clear winner here is the sun catcher since it produces SO much more color. That's not to discredit the prism though. It's definitely a fun little toy to play with, and like I mentioned above, Professor loves it. Either way, both of these items make for fun photos.

Had to post this one because it looks like he's producing those rainbows and that it takes a lot of effort on his part.

You don't even have to say it, I agree, it's a liiittle bit tacky but I can't help myself. The rainbows make me smile every time I walk into my living room. So much so that I bought a second sun catcher for my kitchen as well. This new one is a little bit different than the original one I bought so I'm super excited to see what sort of rainbows it will make.

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project 365 : days 51 - 57

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

51 : 365 New Orleans! Jeff and I spent a week there, in case you didn't see me posting about it constantly on instagram. I have so many photos (and recommendations!) to share from our trip so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Jeff is always looking for the highest view of any city so our first night in the city that's what we went hunting for. I was pretty tired and ready to just call it a night but tagged along. We shot from one corner of this building and when I walked to the other side I spotted a piece from my favorite graffiti artist, You Go Girl! Such an awesome way to start our vacation. I went back later in the week and got a much much better shot but I wanted to share this one since it was such an exciting moment.

52 : 365 ...And SOLD!

Another artist I had my eyes peeled for in NOLA, Reader. They were one of the first to ever catch my attention back in Cleveland (I even wrote a post about it!) so I'm always excited to spot little pieces of their work! I could honestly share a whole post of photos of Reader + You Go Girl work I saw in New Orleans. 

53 : 365 Such beautiful colors everywhere you look in New Orleans!

54 : 365 On Thursday we took an Uber to one of the cemeteries I spotted from the highway on our way into the city. I haven't even begun to look through my photos from this location but I'm pretty stoked. It was gorgeous there, and despite a run in with some fire ants, I think I got some solid shots!

55 : 365 Friday - back in Cleveland. The kitties were so very happy to see us, and despite looooving New Orleans, it felt very good to be home. I missed my apartment!

56 : 365 Jeff and I decided to keep up the adventuring momentum by taking exploring a few abandoned buildings before going to pick up Klaus from my parents. We've been so much more active this year than last year and it feels amazing. 

57 : 365 Taking silly photos of Professor is honestly one of my all time favorite hobbies.
Also, all three pets in one photo! Woo!

This week is for playing catch up. Vacations are so much fun but getting back up to speed is kind of the worst, especially when you ignore your inbox for a full week. Ah! The good thing is that since I have been so busy I have a TON of photos to edit which is always exciting. Hope you have an awesome Tuesday!


Grahamville Cemetery

Monday, February 27, 2017

Grahamville Cemetery, headstone, graveyard

After that incredible abandoned church we found on our Valentine's Day adventure (check it out here!) I couldn't imagine our luck getting any better. Shortly after crossing the Pennsylvania border we hit a major wall of fog. Like barely see the car in front of you wall of fog! Jeff said something like "wouldn't you love to shoot a cemetery in this?" To which my response was "well, I doooo have the find a grave app!" I opened it real quick and found that a little ways off from the next exit was a real gem of a cemetery. The photos showed some old headstones and I was sold!

It was about ten minutes away from the freeway which when you've had the worst luck ever photographing fog feels like a lifetime. I've told you a million times in the past how every time I go to shoot some beautiful foggy location it all burns off before I arrive. I held my breath the whole way there. We went through patches where the skies were clear, and patches where you couldn't see a darn thing. By some stroke of luck when we pulled into the driveway it was so white you couldn't see a single headstone.

I nearly jumped out of the car. Just kidding. I literally jumped out of the car, grabbed my camera from the back and started running around snapping photos. I was so happy to just be shooting anything in the fog but the further I got into the cemetery the older the headstones were until I found that sweet spot I'd seen on the app. It was SO EXCITING. I honestly could ramble forever about how much I love fog and cemeteries, and how the two combined is like the ultimate photographic subject for me so, here, just look at my photos from the day...

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For more foggy cemetery photos check out this post from back in November.

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