Where would we be without our cameras? There's so many ways to document life these days, it's almost second nature to see something, snap it and share it. I know my slight addiction to all things social means that you could argue that I'm not experiencing the moment enough because I'm taking a picture, but I'm the kind of person who loves visual memories and I'm willing to multi-task a little if it means I can look back on it in a few years. A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the Pentax #Q7weeksofcolour challenge, to take a photo a day with this nifty new camera and share accordingly. It's so dinky and retro that I cooed a little when I opened the box but somehow I stopped myself and got to work setting it up and testing it out. Since I've had a DSLR for over two years, I'm a little more adventurous with settings now but when I first started blogging I pretty much used Auto and that was it. Photography is one of the greatest hobbies I've picked up as a result of IWYTK, it came in mighty handy when I was backpacking and working out how best to capture a rock, so how would my skills fare with a slightly different model?
Coat - H&M
Jumper - Topshop
Socks - Urban Outfitters
It's not just Kate Middleton who wears old stuff, but the rest of us non-royal mortals too. This H&M coat is two years old and still going strong. I remember feeling quite bored of it last year but after having a little flirtation with my A.P.C, ASOS and Urban Outfitters styles, I'm now happy to wear it again. It's a bit like putting on an old friend, I almost forgot I had it until I saw some amazingly dressed person and realised that I actually owned a similar coat. The purchase of the skirt is a major contrast, I spotted it on Refinery 29 the night before these shots were taken and ordered it on a whim thanks to the bargain price. I don't really do sequins or glitter in December, but cracked leather I can definitely work with and I like how it has the ability to dress up anything. Finally my Swedish Hasbeens boots have been broken in enough to wear for a full day! I've been obsessed with this style ever since I saw them on Natalie Off Duty, I don't quite have the same swagger but it's nice to attempt it and wear a different take on the black ankle boot.
Lilac - Gorgeous macarons at the French Sole SS14 press day
Green - Almost missed my train snapping these leaves
Black - New vintage discovery c/o ASOS Marketplace
Purple - Tension Swatch for my Wool And The Gang Hat
Blue - Amazing graffiti in Shoreditch
Now for the snaps I took! Admittedly I took my pictures over the course of seven non-consecutive days, mainly because I lost the charger under my bed for a bit, so it's probably just as well I wasn't doing 'A Photo, An Hour' (though Niotillfem makes me want to attempt it). At first it was a little strange switching back to a mirrorless camera model. I kept trying to look through the non-existent viewfinder instead of the LCD screen and searching for the usual dials, but once I got used to things, I liked the simplicity. It's not quite a point-and-shoot and not really a DSLR but a nice size nontheless when you don't want to carry a second bag (as I often have to) but silll want to capture moments nicely. My thing is to never read camera manuals and I prefer to learn by doing, so I made an effort to try and change the ISO and white balance, whilst doing my usual correction in Photoshop. This would be a nice starting camera for any new blogger to get used to photography and not sacrifice their love for small handbags, plus you can customise it so it's any colour you want. Win!
If you want to win your own Q7, then check out the #Q7weeksofcolour competition at their Facebook page. So many colour possibilities!