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Adventures on Film :: Star Wars Exhibit

Previously I mentioned that my friend Jeff and I spent an afternoon geeking out at the Star Wars exhibit at the Discovery Science Center, and I was happy to relive that awesome feeling when I got my film scans back this week. Again, I have to say I’m so impressed with how the Kodak Ektar 100 film handled low light! Especially for this shot of an AT-AT model that must’ve been at least a foot tall:

Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit AT-AT

Is it grainy? Sure, but it still looks damn good for how pitch dark it was in there. Here’s some more favorites – two different size models of the Millenium Falcon, Luke in his X-wing (complete with mini R2!), Yoda, and Padme’s kick ass fighting costume:

Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit Millenium Falcon Small
Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit Millenium Falcon Cockpit
Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit Millenium Falcon Detail
Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit Lukes X-Wing
Ellingsen Photography Ektar Film Scans Star Wars Exhibit Yoda and Padme

Jeff and I wandered the exhibit for over an hour, trying not to completely freak out over the idea that we were looking at actual costumes, props and models from the films. And we were also trying not to trample any kids. They were everywhere, and I just loved seeing the next generation of fanboys and fangirls get educated! :)


10 Things

This is the 10th edition of 10 Things since I started this little corner of the internet! Woot! That’s 100 things I’m grateful for/are making me happy. I feel pretty good knowing I’ve stopped to take stock at least that many times in the last year(ish).

1. Adorable Laura George greeting cards. I’ve been admiring her work for ages on Etsy, and with several birthdays coming up, plus various days celebrating parents, I went ahead and ordered a set all at once. Don’t you just love the colorful envelopes?

Ellingsen Photography 10 Things Laura George Notecards

2. Lake walks. I know I’ve said it too many times before, but they’re just so damn good for me – for my senses, soul and thighs. I’ve hoodwinked a few friends and family members to join me and that just makes it even better.

Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Lake Dog Walk (7)

3. The new Nerdist and Geek and Sundry YouTube channels. Their wonderfully geeky original content is what finally convinced me to join the 21st century and actually subscribe to a channel. Felicia Day is my hero, I’m so happy she has a regular video blog (The Flog) now! Both channels launched this week – nerdgasm!

4. A new Star Wars moleskine. Speaking of nerdy…but I got it on sale! It’s truly the perfect size to take everywhere.

Ellingsen Photography 10 Things Star Wars Moleskine

5. A new haircut. There’s nothing like the feeling of freshly coiffed hair, amiright? (I used an app called Photo Collage to combine the before and after.) I am devastated that my genius stylist is moving in August after she gets married. So happy for her, but I’m still selfishly sad!

Ellingsen Photography Haircut Before & After

6.  The resurgence of the annual Family Easter gathering. We’re not particularly church-y, but we do love a reason to get all the cousins together (when I say “all”, I really mean my three cousins and my uncle and aunt). And we’re especially overdue because the last year we really did anything was back in 2009. Crazy how time flies! Tangent: I couldn’t remember the last time we went all out for Easter; luckily I’ve been blogging and taking photos regularly for so long I was able to look back and see! It’s one of the main reasons I’ll never stop – the historian in me loves to document.

Anyway, even though my dad is still in Norway, my mom and I decided to go ahead and gather everyone anyway. So I whipped up a lovely email invite from Paperless Post (gorgeous designs, half of which are free!) and mom and I menu planned. Can’t wait!

7. Actually completing a project. Like cutting up old desktop calendars to string up underneath my bedroom window. Pretty cute, right?

Ellingsen Photography 10 Things Photo Banner

8. Cooking, for realsies. I’m pretty honest about not being, shall we say, anyone’s choice if they’re facing an Iron Chef-style challenge. But this year I’ve finally found myself actually wanting to cook meals at home on a regular basis, and not just whipping up chicken salad melts and calling it a day (even though they’re delicious). And it’s not that I suck at cooking, I’m just terrible at improvising or looking at ingredients and coming up with something. I do much better with a recipe to follow and all the ingredients at hand. But I suppose some of that comes with experience, right? Sure. {Please share your easiest go-to recipes with me!}

So, for example, this week I made Pioneer Woman’s pasta with tomato cream sauce and Kate Miss’ recipe for cauliflower and leek soup (with a few modifications – half beef broth, half chicken broth in place of stock, and I used green onions instead of leeks). This was my second time making the soup and I have to say that recipe is get-outta-town good. And with no milk products (except butter)! Plus you get to use an immersion blender – awesome! I was so hungry by the time it was ready I didn’t even stop for a photo.

9. Photo-a-day challenges. This time, it’s via Instagram! And it’s only a month-long challenge, so you don’t feel the same pressure as with something like Project 365. Plus they make it interesting by having a different theme for each day! I’ll share my images all together at the end of the month. If you want to join in, I found the themes listed here.

10. Discovering new inspiration. This week I completely fell in love with the work of Canadian photographer Benoit Paillé, especially his portraits of attendees of the Rainbow Gathering. The honesty and beauty of his work took my breath away. Big thanks to my peeps at Faded + Blurred for blogging about him!

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!


10 Things

The weather here is starting to feel like spring, and I’m trying to ignore the fact that we’re two months into the year and focus on a renewed sense of self. What is it about joining a new online dating site that makes you reevaluate your whole life while trying to fill in those “about me” boxes? At any rate, here’s what’s been making me happy / thankful lately…

1. Walks around the lake. My neighbors told me about a shortcut that we can take to avoid the busy street that Dante isn’t such a fan of, and now we’ve been walking there and back almost every day. There’s always lots of people fishing and walking their dogs, and Dante loves lunging at watching all the birds.

Ellingsen Photography Lake Walk via Instagram

2. Celebrating Star Wars. My friend Jeff and I spent a day earlier this month exploring the Star Wars exhibit at the Discovery Science Center and watching The Phantom Menace in 3D. It was really a pretty perfect geek-out day. The exhibit is not cheap but so worth it – they had ship models, costumes, Yoda, AT-ATs, and a bunch of fun hands-on things for kids to do. And speaking of the Wars, I think this R2 shirt will be my next geeky purchase!

Ellingsen Photography Instagram Star Wars Day

3. The Oscars. We’ll be having some friends over to watch again this year, and I’m hoping I’ll finally beat Nikki at guessing the most winners! (But don’t bet on me.) We’ll be using these ballots from How About Orange (and probably playing her Oscar bingo game too). I love watching them so much more now that we have a DVR. ;)

4. Snuggling with Dante. It just doesn’t get old. Somehow it never fails to be comforting, especially now when the nights are still chilly. In the summer, I don’t want his blazing hot little body anywhere near me!

Ellingsen Photography Dante in Bed

5. My old, beat up, trusty Converse. I’m wearing them right now, in fact. You just can’t go wrong.

Ellingsen Photography Converse

6. These brilliant words. I first saw this Twain quote on Pinterest, but decided to play with it over one of my photos and put it up on the fridge as a reminder. I think maybe we all have several points in our life where we find out why, don’t you think? That there isn’t only one?

(You can click the photo for a 4×6 downloadable version if you want it!)

7. Cozying up at my desk with a drink and some photo processing. Sometimes it’s kind of like running – it can be tough to put on your shoes and get out the door, but once you’re going you feel awesome about it.

Ellingsen Photography Messy Desk

8. Creatively funny things. Like this Tumblr I just discovered called T-Rex Trying… by Hugh Murphy. It’s hard not to giggle at every one!

9. Shooting more film. I’m halfway through a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 and can’t wait to see the results!

10. Easy plant DIYs. I’m such a plant killer, but I’d really like more greenery indoors and I think even I can handle something like a terrarium! This article at Refinery 29 makes it look so easy.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Don't Go To the Dark Side

Empire Strikes Back Retro Scandinavian Style Poster by Jan Skacelik Detail
Previously I featured this amazingly awesome Empire Strikes Back poster by artist Jan Skácelík. When I saw that he could change the color to anything you wanted, I just knew I had to get it in my favorite kelly green (the same as in my logo)! :) He didn’t charge extra and even sent me a preview to double-check. Yet another reason why I love Etsy so much – practically custom art for a super reasonable price!

Empire Strikes Back Retro Scandinavian Style Poster by Jan Skacelik Full

I’m THRILLED with the results. Now I just need to get it framed and up on my wall!

Jan has more wonderful work in his Etsy shop and also has a lovely blog.


P.S. I have to admit I geeked out a bit, getting a package all the way from the Czech Republic! :)

Special Delivery from Jan Skacelik