Estate Sale…

We hit up a few estate sales today. Though we purchased very little, I snapped some interested pictures. The more I go to estate sales the more I want to photograph them and not purchase anything. Estate sales sure do tell a story. They tell the story of the elderly people who no longer live there, the story of their adult children who are caring for their elderly parents and of course the estate sale company themselves. Only one of the three companies today took the time to price the items clearly and fairly, and organize the home for the buyers. While I realize that is to benefit them to make good money, to me it is out of respect to the people who lived there. Leftover items strewn about on beds, in the living room and in closets leaves the feeling of a rushed departure and an unhappy ending. Estate sales are not for the faint of heart. I recall my first one was disheartening.

Today I thought about the stories of these people – avid music lovers and  novice photographers. Perhaps a pipe-smoking man sits in his easy chair at the end of the day, admiring the feminine touches of his wife’s interior decorations?

Top Five Tuesday – Super Fun Books


Fictitious Dishes
by Dinah Fried

Fried creates and photographs meals fashioned from the novels of her selection (classics of course). Quite clever and innovative! We listened to her speak at the Providence Public Library and she was great!

Advanced Style
by Ari Seth Cohen

This concept started as a blog and blossomed into two books. It is jam packed with fabulous ladies in fabulous fashion. Nothing run-of-the-mill here!


F in Exams
by  Richard Benson

Hilarious!!! This tiny book is full of real-life test answers that are so ridiculous you will laugh your butt off (well maybe if you’re a teacher you won’t) but I find it funny!!!

 

Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then and Now
by Amanda Jones

Before and after photographs of dogs. Just precious. If I need to explain why this is great you are clearly not a dog person and I don’t have time for you!

And finally one of my MOST FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME:

Dear Photograph
by Taylor Jones

Once again we have before and after photos, but presented in a unique way. Take a photograph from the past, line it up at the exact location today and see the difference. Oh memories!!

 

Last Mirrorless Test

Well, the camera loan has come to an end. This last round I shot some nature shots, family party photos and of course, my dog.

Overall, this camera is not too bad!  It took some pretty decent shots of the bees. In some shots you can see the pollen on its body. The 18-55mm lens allows for a decent F-stop range.

I didn’t get a chance to try any outdoor, night shots. This was the lowest light I shot in. Not too bad!

Finished up with some family shots. Cute!