…is another person’s treasure. Although I’m sure this set did not start out as junk, but let me start at the beginning.
A few weeks ago I met a friend for breakfast in the city. It was a Saturday and, therefore, flea market day. Walking towards our meeting point, I ogled the stalls from the corner of my eye. Then my friend and I talked about flea markets and found that we a) both found a lot of the stuff to be just filthy old crap and b) were both crap at bartering.
So after I told her that I’d always wanted to find something nice for the food blog, like an old tea or coffee set, we decided to walk through the flea market with our eyes open and then we’d see whether we’d try bartering.
Shortly after that we both looked at the above set at the same time, looked at each other, my friend said “What’s it worth to you?”, I said “5 Euros, 8 max”. She held up the set, the guy called over “4 Euros” – and we were both totally baffled because we hadn’t expected that at all. Huh. Below what I’d have been prepared to pay. I said yes, not even trying to barter, and he wrapped it up. While he did so, my friend asked if he wasn’t going to tell us the story of this piece. His answer was he bought it at an estate sale, which probably means he paid even less than 4 Euros.
I went home very, very happy, wondering about who had owned this set and kept it in such good condition for probably a very long time.
Another dahlia. With this bunch I was fascinated by the different “life stages” in one flower. I focused on the decayed bits below, and I find the combination of soft beautiful petals on top and the already wilted ones on the bottom quite fascinating.
The original colour of this dahlia was a vibrant pink and quite gorgeous, but I decided to try out this Portobello Lightroom5 preset, which turned it into a beautiful pastel.
Sometimes amazing things happen, and you think This cannot be real! I’m not talking about major important things in life but little things. Like the WP Weekly Photo Challenge.
I was chilling on my sofa, and as I’m prone to do I jumped up and got the camera because on the wall above the opposite sofa a silhouette showed, thrown onto the wall through the window behind me. It only lasted for a couple of minutes and I was glad I captured it.
Then while I downloaded the day’s pictures, the latest WP Photo Challenge showed up in my reader, and it said silhouette. Amazing, or what!? Granted, it’s not one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but for a picture taken without really thinking about it and a bit of fiddling with brightness and saturation – I can live with it.
The subject of this week’s photo challenge is texture. A picture I took last week came to mind, but once again I wasn’t sure it would fit the challenge. So I looked up the definitions of texture, and here is what the dictionary said: the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts. In addition, the thesaurus mentions the tactile property or feel of a surface.
So I guess this fits. I like looking at these leftovers of my scabiosa flowers. The texture of the scabiosa changes throughout its journey from bud to flower: from the firm closed buds soft petals appear with what I call little feelers that are also soft. As the flower moves towards the end of its life, the petals fall off and the feelers become firm and prickly. I hadn’t expected the prickliness when I deadheaded them and was quite surprised to get stung. It was well worth it, though, to get a few pictures.
Last Saturday I was at the city market and intended to buy a multitude of flowers, all different ones, to put in various vases around the house. What I came home with was a quite small bunch of two-coloured dahlias. Not the colour I was going to go for either but somehow these called out to me.
Next I bought a petrol blue vase for a third of its orinigal price and went home happy. I took a vast amount of pictures of this pretty bunch with various lenses, so you’ll be seeing more dahlia posts in the coming weeks…
Happy Friday, everyone!
Funny how I was going to give up straight away when I saw the subject of this week’s photo challenge. My first thought was: “Pfffff. Oh no. What on earth am I going to do about this one? I’m going to have to skip it because if I go out looking for something zigzag I’ll never find it.” And that quickly I was done with it.
Luckily I remembered doing one of those drive-by shots of Boston Northern Avenue Bridge from the tourist bus last month, and I think it fits the zigzag subject quite well.
To go zigzagging around the photoblogging world, click here.
Some people are fretting because we’ve passed Midsummer’s Day and the days are already getting shorter; they’re worried summer will be over too quickly. I can’t think like that and try to make the most of summer instead, rain or shine. So far I’ve been enjoying summer, and July was a great month for me, partly because of my vacation and partly because I’m trying to do a few things differently in my life.
What I also want to do differently is photography. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve changed the blog theme to one that shows larger pictures than the old theme. I had chosen the old one for its front page with the calendar/puzzle style but over time found the pictures were displayed too small in the posts.
So while I was testing this new theme and went back to look at posts from last year I felt that I had taken much more pictures then, especially of trivial, mundane things that I so enjoy snapping, and I feel I approached things differently. In retrospect I still like last year’s pictures, so I’ll try to figure out what exactly it was I did differently then. If it weren’t for my holiday pics I wouldn’t have much to show this month, but I guess noticing a change and being willing to change something is a first step.
I hope you’re all enjoying summer as much as I am. How was your July?
Here‘s what other photographers love about summer.
This week’s photo challenge by the Daily Post is containers. Actually I’m cutting it just fine – again – before the new challenge comes out tomorrow.
I chose this picture because I found the inside of this box quite interesting. To me it looks almost like an architect’s model of a Roman city.
In reality, it contained something much more valuable to me – my new coffee maker :-)
See here what kind of containers other participants posted.