Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cake in a Cup!

So I have been pinning a lot of recipes on my Pinterest food board and I decided to try out on today. It's how to make a cake in a cup found here:

What better to try than a chocolate cake, so off I went. And after 3 mins I had this...

I thought the coffe cup was too small to carry all the ingredients so I took out my ikea soup mug. Ingredients fit with no mess and the cake was ready in 3 mins.
As my kiddo says "yummy yummy in my tummy"!

Definitely delicious. Although, I would like to add, the ingredients you put in will govern the taste. I think I put in dark cocoa instead of regular, so there is a bit bitter taste. I also added a pinch of French vanilla coffee powder and 2 tsp of sugar extra. Love it. Next time I will try tweaking this a bit and post about that experiment.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Spotlight - Photography: Polaroid 4-piece close up camera lens filter kit

It wasn't soon after getting my 50mm prime lens that I felt that I would like to take closeups of tiny things. For instance my son's tiny lego thingies... or flowers, insects etc. How do I do that? This lens wouldn't focus after a point. So after watching several related videos on macro and micro photography I started looking for extension tubes or other lens attachments which come in cheaper than getting a new lens altogther. I new lens would only make sense if I wanted to get into it professionally, which I don't as of now. I just want to get pretty pictures of life happening around me. So I got myself a Polaroid 4-piece close up camera lens filter kit from Amazon.

Although my estimated delivery was in 3-4 weeks, I received the package in the second week only. I was so thrilled that I had to try it immediately. The box (shown above) contains a wallet (shown below) with 4 filters. 

There is one each of +1, +2, +4, and +10 filters packaged neatly in individual packets put in four net pockets of the wallet.

Here is a close-up of one filter.

These screw on easily on my 50mm lens which has a 58mm thread.

I tried taking a few pictures with the +4 lens... since I was doing it indoors and I didn't have any additional lighting.
The first try didn't focus properly... see below, the centre is out of focus

So I switched the lens to manual focus.

Much better results.

And just to compare between shots of naked lens and lens with +4 filter. I also switched back the lens to AF (auto focus) and this time it worked nicely.

so in summary. These are really good filters which gave me value for money.

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