DSLR Diaries: Artemis Lucille & the Birds

If you follow me on Instagram or watch my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I’m the proud owner of a new Canon EOS 4000D. It’s my first ever DSLR camera, and I’m so excited to be considered an amateur photographer.

As I practice taking photos, I figured it would be fun to start a new series called “DSLR Diaries” where I share some of my favorite shots for the month. My ultimate faves go on my Instagram stories immediately after I’ve taken them, so I’m not going to repost those here. Make sure to follow @thewhisperbox so you don’t miss them!

Enjoy my July 2019 in photos!

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This box remained in the living room for several weeks because Artemis Lucille the cat loved it so much.

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Sidewalk floralia in Washington Heights, NYC.

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A cool shot of docked CitiBikes in Chinatown/Little Italy.

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Chalk art on the sidewalk on Grand Street of interlaced hearts <3.

chandelier close up

Okay, so I technically posted this one on my Instagram stories already but this chandelier close up is too cool!

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My boyfriend’s favorite beer, Genesee, at the East Harlem Bottling Co.

Dinner at East Harlem Bottling Co.

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I couldn’t resist taking a closeup of this yellow flower in Babylon, NY.

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A bird day afternoon in Argyle Park.

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A graceful swan in Argyle Lake.

Check out my Canon EOS 4000D unboxing video if you haven’t already!

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Gallery Mondays: A Bird’s Life by Elizabeth Grajales

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Time for some art from New York City’s underground!

On the way to the gym last month, I saw these gorgeous tiled art pieces by Elizabeth Grajales called A Bird’s Life on the platform of the 1 train at Penn Station.

I was drawn to it immediately because of the soft green color. I then noticed the black birds, which, in any other context, would have scared the daylights out of me. For some reason, this depiction of black birds with their young made them seem less frightful.

Learn more about A Bird’s Life here.

Gallery Mondays: The Birds

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Fall is literally two days away, so the lovely birds that came to visit NYC for the summer will be headed south soon.

I saw this amazing street art by Denton Burrows on a shipping container near the intersection of Ludow and East Houston Street in the East Village earlier this month. The two birds painted on the container look like the cutest couple snuggling up together on that branch!

I love that these colorful birds are set against the sky blue background, making it feel as if you’re actually staring at two birds sitting high up in a tree. Cue “The K-I-S-S-I-N-G Song.”

Also, is it just me, or does that green leaf in the bottom right corner look like some sort of smiley face leaf emoji?

See art by Denton Burrows at www.dentonburrows.com.

Gallery Mondays: WHAC Mural @ 181 Street Station

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Can you believe I didn’t see this mural as I exited the 181 Street subway station in NYC a few weeks ago? It was impossible to miss on my way back home, though.

Created by WHAC (Washington Heights Arts & Comics), the mural depicts several comic-esque animals in shades of green, pink, and blue against a gray background. There’s also the occasional white and yellow creature.

It’s so hard to pick a favorite animal on this mural, but if I really had to narrow it down, I’d say the rabbit. When I stare at the rabbit for too long I start to wish it would hop out of the photo I took. It would be so fun to play with!

Interestingly, there are a lot of animals in the mural with wings (birds, butterflies, a bat, a unicorn, and a dragon). I can’t seem to figure out if that has some sort of underlying meaning. The only thing I’ve been able to connect it to is the fact the mural is temporary, which is like a bird flying away from its perch and never returning.

Learn more about WHAC at www.whac-nyc.work.

Wall Art That Will Bring Spring Into Your Home

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The temperatures are finally reflecting spring weather in New York!

After your spring cleaning is all done, you might notice some empty space on your walls. Why not fill them with some spring-themed art?

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1. Birds Meeting.

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Here’s to wishing the birds will line up like this on the telephone wire outside your window.

2. Rainy

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For all the April showers that brought May flowers.

3. Spring Nectar Square III.

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The hummingbird in this piece reminds me of the song “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry.

4. Fragrant Spring.

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You can’t get closer to spring than this flower painting. You just can’t.

5. Boundlessness in Bloom.

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Fashionistas will fall madly in love with this one. Maybe you can even find a floral dress to match…

6. Japanese Garden in Bloom.

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You’re going to wish you could live in this painting after staring at it for so long.

7. Spring is in the Air.

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Indeed, it is. can it stay there?

8. Spring.

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Things that remind you of spring.

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Gallery Mondays: Broken Blue Angry Birds Vase @ Hofstra’s Emily Lowe Gallery

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Feast your eyes on a broken vase from an exhibit called Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art, showcased at Hofstra University’s Emily Lowe Gallery during the fall of 2014.

The exhibit was a mixture of the old and the new (as the name of the exhibition suggests), with pieces ranging from a canvas of mock Chinese calligraphy (which was actually written in a Latin alphabet), to Ai Weiwiei’s “Grapes.”

Oh, and if you were wondering about the drawings on the vase then yes, those are definitely Angry Birds.

I couldn’t help thinking about a parallel universe where someone sling shot an Angry Bird at a vase, inspiring Jiha Moon‘s broken ceramic vase.

Learn more about the exhibit and the vase here.

Demi Lovato Nude Photos

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Hold your horses, guys. The photos have not been released.

Not yet, at least.

According to RadarOnline, about 20 nude photos of singer and X Factor judge Demi Lovato have been emailed to the site for sale.

The photos are quite racy, including some nude bathtub pics and a few of Demi topless on a bed.

However, we’re not 100% that these photos are of Demi Lovato.

They do have indicators, though. The tattoo of 12 birds that Demi has on her arm is on the arm of the woman in the photo as well.

The person trying to sell the photos to RadarOnline states, “These are Demi. The collection I have show some nude, including face, some including parts of the body Demi is known for — tattoos, butt, chin. Then, I have pictures of her getting rowdy… I can guarantee you these photos are legitimately of Demi. “

Interestingly, last year, Demi staged a fake Twitter hack prank. In a tweet she wrote, “Demi’s twitter is hacked. Want to see Demi naked? Here it is..” She then posted a photo of a naked Barbie doll with her head photoshopped onto it.

This doesn’t seem to be one of Demi’s pranks this time.

I really hope these photos aren’t real. Demi Lovato and her publicist have not made any comments about this scandal.

If these photos leak, what could it mean for the X Factor season 3?

Whatever happens, it doesn’t look good so far.