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:
Yes, it happened again. Finals came and I’m up to my ears with assignments neglecting everything else, my health included. I’ve been sick on and off for the last 2-3 weeks and that means I feel even more rushed and panicked to finish up everything in time for my classes. Even now I should be preparing for my last exam on Tuesday but I can’t postpone a short status update…
The most important thing: I’ll be back from Wednesday, May 14th!!!
I have posts waiting to be photographed and written. Just a few ideas:
- Purchases from a Rummage Sale, mainly photography props
- Review of my new Nikon 35mm f1.8G AF-S DX lens
- Review of my Nikon 16-85mm f3.5 – 5.6G ED VR AF-S DX lens
- Living on a student budget: conclusions after my first year
- My New Lipstick Love: NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick in Carthage
- New skin care staples for the coming summer
- Photography: portraits and events for my friends (if they let me post their pictures, I didn’t have time to contact and ask them yet)
So… Just a little more and see you soon!
I had a little outing last week, we went for a nice walk at Presque Isle with my friends Kristen, Joshua and Tyson (their dog). It was very windy but the sun was in and out and we had a lovely time. I especially liked the sandy beach… amazing how the lake was still iced over at parts. You can see the white outline on the horizon… that’s all ice! See more below…
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.