Currently reading: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Currently reading: Water for Elephants

I just recently finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. And while I’m not really interested in circus life I decided to give this one a try. Partly because I heard it was good and I liked the cover image and partly because I enjoy reading a book before watching the movie (I’m really late on the bandwagon, I know …).

It’s a story about a young man, Jacob who needs to start a new life and somehow ends up in a circus where he falls in love with Marlena.
The beginning really gets you into the story immediately, I love when an author does that. The story itself is nice, though the end was a bit cheesy for my taste. But overall I enjoyed reading this book knowing that Sara Gruen did a lot of research and that everything easily could have happened in real life.

Did you read the book or watch the movie? What are your thoughts on either of them?

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Tutorial: Photo editing for Instagram

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

After some people asked how I edited one of my latest images on Instagram (the one above) I decided to make a quick tutorial. I almost always use a combination of various photo editing apps. Currently, my favorite ones are VSCOcam and Afterlight.

Here is a before and after of a similar image that I edited for this tutorial:

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

First I opened the image with VSCOcam and applied my favorite filter: F2 at 100 percent. I adjusted the exposure (the original image was shot in HDR on my iPhone and turned out a bit dark), added some red to the shadows and a bit of contrast too. After I was satisfied I saved the image to my camera roll.

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

In Afterlight I opened the file that I first edited with VSCOcam and applied one of the seasons filters at about 50 % opacity and my favorite light leak (at a low opacity). And that’s it, easier than you might think ;-) !

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

Photo editing apps - tutorial by Eva Thoeni

I do have some settings that I apply most of the time to keep a consistent look for my Instagram gallery but trying new combinations is always a lot of fun.

What photo editing app do you enjoy most?

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Sunday Adventures: Hiking my favorite mountain

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Hiking this mountain is one of the most relaxing things. I love the beautiful light you get early in the morning, the butterflies that accompany you on your walk, the view and how you barely meet any people. Here are some images from earlier this summer, hope you enjoy :) .

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

Sunday Adventures: Hiking

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Simple Portraits – Inspiration

Simple Portrait

After starting a 52weeks self-portrait project some weeks ago I am currently falling in love with simple portraiture more and more. I especially adore the work by Alessio Albi (never boring, simple but with a twist) and Julia Trotti (beautiful girls in beautiful light). So check those two out on Flickr if you are looking for some inspiration.

And here are some favorites from my Pinterest Board Simple Portaits:











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Currently Reading: Young Adult Books (part 2)

Currently reading

I’m looking forward to autumn more than ever: rainy days, cozy blankets, tea, cookies, lots of books and reading.
Here are some books I’ve been enjoying recently:

We were liars by Emily Lockhart
Cadence is spending the summer on the family island and trying to remember what happened two years ago. A book about family, friends, love and lies.
Wow, this book really took me by surprise. I bought it because I liked the cover so much but the story did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the style of writing and didn’t expect the ending at all (I cried just a little and read the book a second time right away to see where I missed something).

Paper Towns by John Green
Enthralling story about teenage boy Quentin who falls in love with Margo (the girl living next door) and is trying to find her after she ran away.
I especially loved the characters in this book by John Green. And don’t worry, you will probably not need any tissues for that one as it is not as emotional as The Fault in our Stars ;-) !

The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson
A story about a girl dealing with the loss of her sister. And of course boys, messed up feelings and love.
This one was an easy read but the story wasn’t as touching as I had hoped. To me it was just another “beach read” with lot’s of (love) drama and a happy ending.

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