Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Belated Merry Christmas

Thanks Mummy!! Boo to snow, icy weather and bank holidays which made my christmas present late! (the other one still hasn't arrived)

After having my first lot of 110 film developed, I was set on getting more accessories for my new love. I found this 50mm telescopic lens online. It arrived in a fantastic box. All sides are identical and makes me nostalgic for simple design. It came in a keeper, which means I can keep the lens in perfect condition! Compared with my current lens (18mm) its huge. I want to try it on already but I have to wait to finish my current roll of film. It also came with a little booklet about all the lenses which are available for the Pentax Auto 110. 

N.B. Hopefully next to arrive is my Pentax AP100 Flash gun. Please, thank you Mr Postman :)

Pentax Auto 110

Pictures taken with my Pentax Auto 110 with an 18mm lens.
Scanned with CanoScan Lide 200.

I am completely in love with this camera. I really love the quality of the pictures and the colours. It's definitely a little camera with a lot of clout!

Belated Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to me! My lovely brother bought this for my birthday. Although a month later, I am super grateful! I've been wanting one of these for ages. Will upload scanned pictures soon!

Technical Specs:
Focus Range: Fixed
Exposure Control: Automatic
Power: USB 2.0
Image Sensor: Lens&quater, 3 mega CMOS
Colour Channel: 24 to 48 bit
Drivers: Driver Free 
              With XP, Vista 32/64 but and Ma OS x10.34 above
Dimensions: 76.5 x 92.5 x 100mm 

Box Contents:
Film to PC Scanner unit
1 x Slide holder
1 x 35 Film holder
1 x 110 Film holder
Cleaner Brush
ArcSoft MediaImpressions software

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Presents from Germany

I love presents! Especially when they're from traditional German Christmas Markets. My gifts are simple, but lovely. The one on the left is a "Wichtel" which is a little christmas elf that makes presents. You may have heard the story of "The shoe make and his elves"? well they're pretty similar. It's beautifully crafted  and hand painted. It comes from Käthe wohlfahrt which is a company in Germany which is pretty famous for hand made wooden things. The one on the right are what you could call insence? They're shaped like little cones which are lit and then placed into your wooden Räucherman. (Mine is a fisherman with a rod with a little fish on it) at the bottom of the packet it reads "Weihnachts-Duft" which translates into Christmas scent/smell

I really enjoy things like this that are simple but lovely. Not everything has to be bright and shiny. Handmade and matte suits me just fine.

The Decorative Umlaut

Fig A

The umlaut is a pair of dots used in the german language to denote change of sound, they are placed over vowels.

They seem to be used decoratively (much to my dismay) to which, if spoken correctly (using the umlaut) sounds ridiculous or actually makes no sense at all. Take Figure A, this was taken at a popular bath/cosmetics store, which claim to only use natural ingredients. "We love to Böög(ie)". I was taught at school that things in brackets are essentially not needed and are an afterthought; so essentially its reads as "We love to Böög" which makes no sense at all and isn't even really a word. Not to mention a pretty rubbish design..