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.

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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!

Gantry Plaza State Park and East River Ferry

Gantry and East River Ferry

Yesterday I went to visit Gantry Plaza State Park with my friend Kristell.

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During senior year of high school back in May 2012, a trip to this very park was planned for Senior Skip Day.

But we were such good students that we didn’t go.

That and my rough draft in creative writing was being peer critiqued that day.

So about a year later we finally got to visit the park.

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Kristell and I on one of the cool wooden park chairs

Its a very lovely park. Gantry is located in Long Island City, right along the East River, so you can see the buildings in the city from there.

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The view was just breathtaking.

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After strolling through the park for a while, we decided to try to find the East River Ferry.

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We got lost and had to ask for directions. Twice.

So much for iPhone maps, eh?

In our defense, there was construction everywhere.

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PicsArt_1371144316555 View from the Gantry ferry dock.

The $4 ferry ride from Gantry to 34th Street was short. The second level of the boat was so cool! We could see all of the Manhattan skyline from there. I was in awe.

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If you’re ever in Long Island City looking for something touristy to do, this should be on your list. Take a trip to Gantry, enjoy the skyline, and then take the ferry into the city for some sightseeing.

Enjoy some footage from Gantry and the East River Ferry!

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!