If you haven’t heard about this yet I’ll spend the whole summer in Canada with friends and my sister. In this series I will talk about shopping experiences and stores that are rare or not available in Pennsylvania or the U.S. See past Canadian shopping tours in this post.
In the first installment I wanted to write about thrift shopping in Value Village. I know there are thrift shops in the U.S. too… I’ve been to Salvation Army before but the two cannot be paralleled. Value Village is one hundred times better:
- Better quality for clothes and accessories
- Clothes are less smelly
- The home ware and book section is paradise with beautiful things that are all in good shape
I bought this lens approximately 3-3,5 years ago. It acted as my main and only lens for years until recently I started investing into photo gear once again and purchased a 35mm prime lens. To make an informed decision I managed to try out the kit lens, read countless reviews day and night and listened to several YouTube photography gurus. Especially Jared Polin made a big impression on me, he suggested buying better lenses than the standard kit lens. My choice in the end fell on the Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f3.5 – 5.6G ED VR lens that was an ideal high-quality walk-around lens for my D90 with a moderate enough price tag.
It’s garage sale time but I was so busy studying and on a tight budget so I didn’t have a chance to go for any of it. My bad! However I found a flyer for a rummage sale in my town’s Art Museum. It collected money for a good cause and just looking at the sheer amount of stuff lying around a lot of people donated.When we arrived it was already quite late, they were close to closing so everything was on half price. LUCKY!!! I found a lot of knickknacks and hidden treasures dirt cheap. Mainly I’m planning to use these as photography props and some I just needed to have. You know, that urge to own and never let go.
Here are my treasures:
This week I did a favor for a friend and took some photos of an apartment he helps to let out. I enjoyed it immensely playing around with lighting and angles. Most of the pictures were more practical to depict the apartment as life like as possible but I managed to take a few more artistic, visually pleasing shots too. Sometimes it feels good to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with a new topic.
- Your poppy flash on top of the camera is really not your friend causing weird shadows, so whenever you can, try to go without it.
- Be aware that you generally expose for the inside or the outside and how to still get good results by shooting RAW and using a good editing software to correct your pictures (my choice is Adobe Lightroom)!
- Consider angles and lines carefully while composing your pictures! Use the third lines not just the middle of the frame!
- Get familiar with your lenses and know their weaknesses, especially how much distortion they have at different focal lengths.
- Know for what reason you’re taking pictures of the interior and exterior of a building and take your pictures with that in mind. They will look very different when they are for an informative advert or artistic reasons.
The front yard:
Yesterday, I received a package from home (more on it on Sunday) and there was this beautiful calendar in it with shots of Budapest, my birth city. This inspired me to write a little bit about Budapest, the capital city of Hungary and share some of my best pictures of my favorite city ever.
This is a fact even if it doesn’t look like it all the time on this side of the pond. We had snow fall a few days ago and full-on sunshine the day after, now it’s snowing out there and who knows how tomorrow will be… But I’m hopeful and getting into a spring mood more and more.
I love the sport! I think it is a delight to watch on TV (though others sometimes call it boring…) and even better to participate. I love that you need a lot of skill (good aim, perfectly calculated strength, stamina) and a good sense of balance on slidy ice to play well. I’m definitely lacking on the balance front but it gave life to a lot of hilarity that I took good-naturedly and just laughed with the crowd. I also tend to keep my mouth open wide when I concentrate so I apologies in advance for the weird pictures of me.