Thursday, February 12, 2015

First Pics from the Pentax

I mentioned a little while ago that I had a new-to-me camera, a Pentax K1000, and was waiting for my first roll of film to be developed. Cut to a month or so later, and here are my first snaps.

I did edit these very minimally...just adjusted the contrast slightly in a couple of photos and straightened one photo that came out crooked. But I have to say, these photos looked pretty great straight out of the camera. I shot a roll of 24 and all the photos came out nice, which has not been my experience with other vintage manual cameras, but that could just be user error. There was one photo that had a pink haze on the side of it...

...not sure what happened here. Weird, right? I've had other cameras do this a lot, but it would be on almost every photo because light was leaking in the back of the camera due to old or cracked seals. That doesn't seem to be the case here.

Anyway, I will say that the Pentax seems way easier to use than my other manual cameras. I can see why many people learn how to shoot on this camera in their first photography classes.

I'm excited to take this camera out exploring when the weather gets warmer. Come on spring! Hurry up and get here! :)

Anyone else have experience with this camera and would like to share or offer tips? Please do! xo, Mary

P.S. I shot these on Fuji Superia 400, if anyone's curious.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Field Trip to the Botanic Garden

Here are a few pics, as promised, from our latest trip to the US Botanic Garden. My absolute favorite time to visit is in winter because as we discovered last year, it's maybe the warmest spot in DC. It really does feel like walking into a warm tropical jungle or a hot desert, depending on the room, which is like heaven when it's 20 degrees outside. Plus, it's so nice to see vibrant, blooming flowers in the dead of winter. It's like a little pick-me-up when you're tired of everything being brown and grey outside.

There was a little terrarium tucked into a corner, and it was so cute! There were little fairies inside, and a miniature tricycle and garden table and lots of plants, of course. I don't know why, but the little potted plants killed me. I love miniature things in general, but I tend to get overexcited when I come across things like this unexpectedly. Wouldn't it be so great to have a sunroom or a little conservatory of your own and recreate something like this inside? I'll just file that away in my "future dream home" plans.

Anyway, if you are currently feeling winter blues, I highly recommend seeking out any type of conservatory or botanical garden in your area. You won't regret it. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bits of January

A super cold, but beautiful, afternoon at Jones Point; magical pink sunsets over the water are pretty much my favorite (even in a city as cynical as DC, most of the people we passed on the bridge that night couldn't help but stop and marvel at it for a moment); a cute little dog we passed while out shopping (this dog was actually in the vestibule of a shop, if you're wondering...we weren't like sticking our noses up to the door of someone's house...though I am kind of a puppy stalker so you know, I might); and pastel houses on a grey day are some kind of medicine, I think.

This house is the cutest, they managed to update it while still keeping in line with the original architecture, which is paramount in these parts...also, that itty bitty tree in the garden and the potted plant on the sidewall...adorable, right? I hope they fill the wall with lots more potted plants and add some flowers out front come spring. Christmas trees lining the sidewalk are always a little sad to me, and actually this year the city took forever to get them all picked up...lots of angry residents around town. We passed some cute mid-century Danish things in this shop window; I would happily buy them all if I could afford it. And a walk on a cold, wet evening is always made infinitely better by the glow of street lamps (and the promise of coffee in a few blocks).

We went to a Winter Walk of Lights at the beginning of the month, and it was like an epic-scale Lite-Brite...color explosions and fairy dust and hot chocolate too...if I hadn't been completely frozen, I would've happily stayed for hours. Another pretty sunset with pink and purple marshmallow skies; vibrant colors at the Botanical Gardens from a recent trip (I have more photos to share soon); and another rainy walk in Georgetown.

All and all, January was a pretty cold and grey month, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't spend most of it indoors, under blankets, feeling pretty grumpy and wishing I lived in California. But we still made an effort to get out of the house on weekends, seeking light and color and beauty in the world around us and for that, I'm happy.

Here's hoping Punxsutawney Phil, that little bastard, was dead wrong this year. :D

P.S. Thanks to everyone who responded after last month's IG post to let me know whether or not to keep doing these posts. Most people seemed to like them, and I'm guessing if you don't, you're probably already skipping them in your feed, so you know, it's all good. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yesterday's Roses

Here are the rest of the pics from the garden I posted about a couple weeks ago. I could just edit photos of flowers for hours and completely ignore whatever is going on outside right now. We haven't had nearly as much snow as others, so I won't complain, but God I do miss "having a wander," as they say, especially when it's gorgeous out and especially through rows of pretty pretty flowers.

I hope you enjoyed that and it didn't make your cabin fever any worse. It won't be too long now. :)
xo, Mary