Sunday, July 29, 2012

Roos N More Zoo

We spent the day yesterday at Roos N More Zoo, located just passed Moapa, NV.  It's a non profit zoo owned and operated by a family of veteranarians.  It's completely interactive.  There are only a handful of animals that we weren't able to touch, if not hold.  It was pretty neat. 

The zebras were Lily's favorite.  Not a surprise given her new unicorn/my little pony obsession.

And this is my new friend, Mr. Tucan!

These little guys gave us a giggle!  We were looking for them, when Lily noticed they were peaking out at us from behind the sign!  Sneaky!

If you want to learn more about this unique zoo, click here

Hope you had a fun weekend, too!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Holga Lens VS. Diana F+

Diana F+ - When I received this as a Christmas gift from my husband last year, I didn't really know what it was.  I thought it was just a toy, but when I did a little research, I became excited about the pretty vintage-looking photos!  Dreamy!  I could have my very own - no editing required! 

Sorry, Instagram. 

There are so many things you can do with this camera.  There are little color gel swatches that can be inserted into the flash for color splashing!  All of my experiments with those were too dark, unfortunately.  I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but even with the flash, I still need sunlight for a decent photo.  Oh, and the double exposures!  I love the look of double (and some of mine were even triple) exposures.  It's super easy to do and the camera manual tells you everything in just a few paragraphs. 

 It uses 120 film, which is easy to find online.  If you're worried about developing the film, no worries.  Walmart develops it for $8 a roll (I know, Walmart is yucky, but going the economical route seems best for a beginner like me). You can find more about developing at Walmart  here.

I love the double exposures!  So awesome!

Holga Lens - I ordered this lens right after I received the camera, just to experiment a little before using up my film and paying a fortune for it to be developed (before I discovered the Walmart secret).  I like being able to take photos and see them right away, but you can't do the double exposures with digital.  They are still super dreamy and you have instant gratification!

I would like to try this lens, as well.  I'm not sure if it will be any different than the Holga Lens, but it's worth a shot!  The Holga Lens was just $25, this one is $60.  So, the Holga Lens is more economical, especially if they take similar photos.

Any camera is fun to use when you have adorable subjects and are making priceless family photos!