Spontaneous in Somerset

Spontaneous in Somerset

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The first of many mirror shots!

I'm always up for a bit of UK discovery and broadening my horizons, so I decided to spend part of my Bank Holiday weekend in Somerset.  This might seem random at first glance but it is also the home of Carrie and I'm forever envious of her trips to the Mulberry factory shop, so decided to pop West bound along with Lucy.  It was also a chance for me to test out my brand new camera, a birthday present to myself to soften the blow of turning 24 (an age signalling the beginning of the end of things like 16-25 railcards and general cheapness) and to increase my understanding of photography.  I didn't get off to the best start as my DSLR was first hijacked by my sister and I spent a few hours trying to rectify her  bodge-job attempts at setting it up.  I also was blissfully unaware that I was shooting in 'movie' mode, until Carrie kindly pointed it out, but soon enough I was back in business and busy snapping away. I think I now need a bigger laptop to store the crazy amounts of photos I'm bound to be taking!

vintage trunks

piles of clothes

much cheapness here

vintage cutlery

red stuff

busy crowds

vintage buttons

needlecraft guide

vintage mirrors

beano and dandy comics

brogues

carrie wish wish wish

vintage signs

Our first stop was a rainy one and we ventured towards the Bath and West Showground for a leisurely look around the flea market.  Luckily they had a large indoor section, so we were able to shelter and have a gander at the immense amount of antiques and random knick knacks you know I love to look at.  I wish I had my own house, as I know I could come back from this sort of place with such an eclectic selection of furniture and it was sheer determination that stopped me from buying random chairs that would have been a nightmare to get home.  We must have been quite a sight wandering around with our cameras, asking for permission to photograph things such as wartime medals and ornaments (Lucy even managed to get a refusal) but it was worth it to capture a few more images of collections.  It may seem like every other post on here is about some sort of market, but I like to think of this as an ongoing project, even though the degree is over and done with.

topshop leather jacket weekday tee dress monster shorts

betty london shoes
Jacket - Topshop
Stripy Tee - Weekday
Tights - Henry Holland
Promise I'll take the sunnies off soon!  
Thanks to Carrie for taking the photos.

The August weather was as confusing as ever, so I donned tights with the ubiquitous stripy tee and  frill shorts combination (yes, another Asos sale buy that gets crushed up very easily, promise I really did iron them).   My  choice of footwear wasn't quite suitable for the muddy grounds, so my new Betty London shoes got pretty mucky for their third wear but I think it adds to their character.  They combine my love of brogues and loafers perfectly though I've noticed that I do seem to have an unhealthy addiction to lace up shoes that needs to be managed carefully.

knitting needles

maps

exit sign

What are your thoughts on my first forays into DSLR photography?  I've bookmarked a few tutorials and I have a 50mm lens next on my list, but I'd be greatful for any tips you might have as I'm determined to master manual mode...eventually.

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