12
Jun

Photographing Fish Tanks

Surely many of you have tried at some time to photograph fish in their natural habitat, and although it seems like a difficult task because of the continuous movement of fish or the limited lighting available in the tank, we will show you that following this series of tips makes it fun, simple and allows you to combine photography and nature.

Although at least for me, photographing fish in natural environments is more rewarding and enriching, taking pictures in an artificial environment provides us with a different perspective. Say you bought one of the best fish tanks for your pets. You will surely want to take some photos of them that will hardly ever be seen in nature. I will illustrate the article with some examples of fish that are mostly territorial, that evolved over the years to be quite diverse.

Study Fish Behavior

One of the keys to success when doing fish photography is to know their behavior. It is important because it will allow us to anticipate certain movements and is doubly important because the tank shots will depend on how good we can follow their movements.

The pictures in aquariums, as pointed out in the previous paragraph, should be adapted to the requirements of the fish species. However, we will always be able to take some photos that aren’t always perfect if the conditions of the fish tank wont allow it.

What do you need to take pics of fish?

Choosing the species to be photographed and accommodated in a natural aesthetic environment is important. You will need some top of the line camera gear. A good flash is essential, as fish tanks can get quite dark as I’m sure you know. Also to capture the movement of the faster fish species, a good tripod and lense is essential.

20
Jan

What are the uses of mala beads?

Mala beads are beads used in meditation. It is also called prayer beads. It is a set of
beads used traditionally in Buddhist and Hindu religions for centuries. It is a
108-bead set used during meditations to keep count of the mantras, words
chanted either aloud or silently to invoke spirituality. Other beads have
markers on the 7th and the 21st so that the beads can be
used for shorter mantras. There is also a 28-bead version, which is a wrist
mala, which needs to be repeated thrice.

wholesale malaTo begin with the mediation using the beads, the intention of the yoga practice, the mantra, and the affirmation must be clear in mind. Then in a crossed legs position,
with closed eyes, and breathing exercises, the yogi must focus on the mantra.
With the yogi’s right hand, hang the mala on middle finger and use the thumb to
count the mantra by touching the bead during the recitation. To empower the
mala and the mantra, the meditation must be practiced for 40 continuous days.

In the western culture, some yogis use malas not only as a memento of their
mantra, but also as an ornament. The beads can be made out of gemstones which
vary depending on the reason of a person’s practice. Some beads are made of
black onyx, other are quartz, turquoise, or jade. For example, rose quartz is
believed to open the heart chakra, while an amazonite is believed to help us
follow our respective dreams. Traditionally, the beads are made of Rudraksha
seeds, lotus seeds, or as simple as wood. The Rudraksha seeds are believed to
embody peace and love.

For people who are not practicing yoga, but are seeking calmer mind, body, and spirit, the mala beads also serve the purpose. You don’t have to have religious nor
spiritual practice to have one.

7
Dec

Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning Tips

Every mother will at some point have a problem with the furniture or upholstery.  I do all the time with my kids as they just love to make a mess.  I will go over some of the best tips that I know of for cleaning upholstery.

upholstery

Always Check the Tags

This is such a simple thing that many people always forget.  You absolutely must check if your furniture needs a water based or solvent based cleaner.  If you get the wrong one it can be a disaster.  A quick rundown is that x means professional, w means water, s means water free, and ws means either water free or water based is ok.  If it happens to have the x tag then you will need to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company.

Don’t Forget to Vacuum First

Before you even think about spreading on a chemical cleaner it is imperative that you vacuum all the existing dirt off.  This is so important for the life of your furniture because if you don’t do this then the dirt will smear and rub into the furniture.

When in Doubt Test

If you are ever in doubt as to whether you should use a specific chemical or cleaner on your furniture then make sure to do a simple test first.  How you can do this is to just pick an area of the furniture that is a bit hidden and out of the way.  Then you just take the chemical and dab a bit of it on that piece of furniture.  If the result is good then you have no issues.  If the result is bad then the worst case scenario is that you ruin only a small part of the upholstery rather than the whole thing.

If you just follow these simple tips then I am confident that you will do a great job with your furniture.