Monday, July 25, 2011

Winter coats

Stil in Berlin - Stella McCartney - Stil in Berlin - Stil in Berlin

Karen Walker - Stil in Berlin - Stella McCartney - Street Style Aesthetic

Nothing makes winter better than owning a big jacket to keep you warm and shield you from the icy winds. This year has been particularly cold in Brisbane (or maybe it was just summer for too long), so I've been eyeing these big structured jackets for cold nights and frosty mornings. I love the simple shape and structure, and while greys and blacks are a popular choice, the bright vintage colours also appeal to me. Wearing colour in winter is always a winner for me because it helps combat those icky-winter feelings, but the versatile and budget-friendly blacks and greys have their place too, especially if you work somewhere conservative.
Having said that I doubt I'll be investing in any more winter clothes anytime soon, it's been about 20°C during the daytime, I've been able to stay indoors, and I have a raging fever, so I've felt quite toasty.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Camera Collection

Cameras

Cameras

Most of you have probably figured out by now that I have a bit of a camera-thing going on. I won a camera when I was 14, and 7 years later not only have my photography skills grown, so has my camera collection. I also had another digital camera, but gave it to my mum last week seeing as I don't want too many redundancies in my collection. Most of these cameras I've won, been given, or bought with birthday money over the years. I feel lucky that whenever I think about a new camera they seem to just come my way.  Do you have any favorite cameras, or perhaps one you're lusting after?

Top L-R:
Pentax Espio 145M: A recent purchase; I've only just sent away a roll of film for this camera. I imagine it will be in working order, but then who knows! I bought this instead of a Superheadz Slim because it has zoom, flash and panorama. Having said that I'm still have to hold myself back around a Superheadz Slim on eBay.

Fujifilm Instax 50S (piano black): Poor baby, I often forget that I got this back in late May. I had lunch with a friend yesterday who I influenced with my instax so much that he bought a 'real' Polaroid camera! Needless to say we will be going on instant-camera adventures soon.

Superheadz Golden Half: Takes half frame pictures, and my first analogue camera. Good, light and cheap.

Panagor 80-205mm lens: So heavy! It's made of glass and steel, and compared to the Lumix lens it's just crazy heavy. One thing I do like is the manual focus adjustment, which is good for capturing the exact depth of field that you want. The downside is if your subject moves you have to spend time re-adjusting.

Pentax ME: Gifted to me from my Poppy I still don't know if this work yet, but it's pretty. I've tried film and it just hasn't advanced, whether this was due to the camera or the extremely old film I could not say.

Panasonic Lumix G2: I won this camera a while ago and I haven't looked back. You can really see the awesome quality of this camera when compared with the top picture, taken with the Canon. This was a relatively expensive camera when I won it, however it has really come down it price drastically, probably because the G3 has just come out. Although I'd look into the cost and range of lens compared to Canon/Nikon if I was buying it. Not to mention the amount of second-hand products out there. One plus is that it has beautiful HD video, with a lovely focus.

Panasonic 45-200mm lens
: Auto-focus, how I love thee! Great for little adventures when I'm sitting a mile away from the action and super-light.


Bottom L-R:
Sony Cybershot DSC-P43: My first-ever camera! I won this in grade 9 through a girls-in-IT thing. I recently found the receipt for a 256Mb memory card - it was $84. So many things make me laugh: the teeny tiny screen, 4.1MP etc. Of course it's broken now.

Ricoh 126-C EES: Unfortunately this camera will not be working anytime soon. It takes 126mm film, and even if you can get that you then have to develop the film yourself. Too much effort.

Canon IXUS 105: Naturally I bought this camera just before I won the Lumix G2, so I was a bit annoyed. However, I'm glad I did because it's good for days when you need a camera on you. So many times I've gone over Mum's, the cat has done something hilarious and this camera has proven it's worth. I must say that I find this the best quality out of all my friends' small cameras.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Abbey Medieval Festival 2011

food

knight fight

eagle

fighting

kestral - it does what it wants

Joust

weasel hat

Joust

fur

children





See the whole set over here

Yesterday I went to The Abbey Medieval Festival in Caboolture, just north of Brisbane. I went last year as well, and it was just as good. This time I took my Mum and little sister; every year Mum says how she would like to go, but never organises to go despite loving medieval culture and dress. So this year I made it happen.

It is really well organised every year - parking, seating, events, decoration, accuracy - everything. The only thing that can't be helped is the arrogance of others - like people sitting on the ground at the entrance to places, they usually get stepped on without an apology. Then that's nothing new.

Whenever I tell people where I'm going I get this look - everyone seems to think it's for nerds and losers, but honestly these are probably the same people that think drinking to the point of being sick is cool.To emphasize my point - it is really fun, and you end up learning some cool things. I have a mainly English background with some German and Spanish in there too (not to mention half the other European countries, I'm sure), so I find it interesting learning about the sort of culture that my ancestors came from, which is not something I often think about. Quite a lot of periods and cultural groups are represented, from the Crusaders to the Gypsies and everything in between.

It's worth going to see people bash each other heads in (really, ambulances turn up), hunting birds fly around, traditional art and music, costumes and the plethora of other things that are there. The bird show was quite funny as the falcon flew away and decided it wasn't coming back for a little while. You could see it doing figure-8's in the distance. Unfortunately it was too windy to fly the massive eagle, which was a bit disappointing, but maybe next year.

I ate some Hungarian langos, which is soooo good and such a guilty pleasure. I'm sure that I killed part of my heart because it's basically a deep fried flat bread, topped with cheese, garlic and sour cream. To ensure that my coronary arteries would be nice and full I also indulged in some strawberries and cream. Now I'll just have to eat vegetables for a week.

One of my favourite stalls was 'Jack the Medieval Furrier'. Now, I know some of you will be jumping out of you skin at the mention, but I'm just not worried about fur as long as it's not endangered, and it was killed humanely. We found an awesome hat with the weasel attached, as you can see above. It was so crazy seeing what lots of different animals felt like - they had beaver, squirrel, weasel, rabbit and so many more. If I'm still around Brisbane next year I'll definitely buy a pretty lilac cape that I saw at another stall.


Please note: This is not a forum for discussion on vegetarianism/animal rights blah blah. There are plenty of forums out there those discussions and you comments here will only be a waste of time. Get off your computer and go do something if you are that passionate.