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A red dress, a green cardie and an umbrella

red dress
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umbrella ella ella
red and green
red and green
red dress
* dress- people tree * cardie – the lovely mrs.bossa * brooch – charity shop * shoes – birthday gift (from office) * earrings – gift * umbrella – gift *

This is the outfit that went with the wedding trial hair I showed you on Monday. It was for a 30th birthday party. I chose the dress because its kind of fifties like my reception dress, so would give the hairdresser some kind of idea of what will be going on, but a lot less dressy (it wasn’t a dressy party at all) and suitable for being covered up with the cardie if need be.

And need be it did, it was horrid monsoon style weather by the time we went out at night. The rains continued all weekend and everything was flooded and in parts of Edinburgh cars were actually floating away (it made the national news!). So it is fitting I included the umbrella, though really that is there because I had it with me on the way back from the hairdressers when it was just raining a little, and this girl walked past totally beaming at me. I was very confused since I didn’t know her but it turned out she just really loved the umbrella. And who wouldn’t?

By the way, I’m getting the hang of this SLR lark, did you notice? Somehow it’s also made me more confident about posing in (semi) public. There was a man working in one of the workshops in the lane this was taken in, and when he came out and saw me post, I just smiled and said hello and carried on. in the past I would have wrapped it up quickly. Somehow, when you have a big tripod and a massive camera, it seems more legitimate.

I do have some questions about lenses though: I’ve worked out why I can’t get a blurry background for the outfit photos, the lowest f stop on my lense is 4.5. It goes up to 25 or something silly. Everyone seems to recommend a 50mm f1.8 lens, which obviously is fixed length which is fine, but if it’s f1.8 does that mean you can’t change the f stop? Does that then mean p and av settings are exactly the same? And if not, what does it go up til? Does the software in the camera notice what is available automatically when you screw it in? As ever, sorry if those are silly questions!

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  • Veshoevius 27 July 2011, 6:45 am

    Lovely photos – love the combination of colours of your outfit against the blue door. Is Dave taking them or are you using a remote? Love the wedding hair by the way.

  • Fabienne Jach 27 July 2011, 6:54 am

    What a great dress. I love the detail of the pin, the style is very unique. And hey! You've redone your header, it looks very nice.
    xo, f

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  • poet 27 July 2011, 6:55 am

    Awesome dress, awesome cardigan, awesome umbrella… these are really good pictures, I'm thinking I need to work with a tripod too. 🙂 Also, that rooster brooch is adorable! 

  • Terri 27 July 2011, 7:12 am

    I cannot help with the photography questions…but this dress looks fantastic on you.  I'm going to remember how smoothly you coped with the attention of passerbys while posing.  Hope to get to that spot someday myself.

  • Helgavontrollop 27 July 2011, 7:36 am

    Ooo,I know nothing about SLR's!!
    Love these colours,so fresh and happy!
    Ha,no one really thinks of Winter in the Antipodes,mostly cos they think of Australia,I guess! But even Aus gets Winter,especially where Sarah Misfit is! The snow was unusual for us,however! I'd rather be hanging with you right now,admiring the wedding hair trial in person……….:)

  • Corrine/Frock&Roll 27 July 2011, 10:15 am

    Oh, how delightfully colourful you are! You look RESPLENDENT in red!

  • Lizzy 27 July 2011, 10:56 am

    I use a 50mm f1.8 with my Canon SLR, and while the focal length is fixed (so no zooming in or out) the f-stop can be increased if you need it to be – your pictures don't all need to have blurry backgrounds! I generally move up to f8 or so if I want to take a more normal snapshot. I managed to pick up a second hand 50mm f1.8 for about £50, so as camera lenses go they are pretty reasonable. Good luck with your SLR adventures! x

  • Misfitsvintage 27 July 2011, 1:26 pm

    Oh that frock is so lovely Franca – and I really like your beautiful, understated hair. The red/green/blue combo is just lovely and I adore the mossy cobblestones.

    Sarah xxx

  • Marie 27 July 2011, 2:02 pm

    Your hair is lovely and the outfit splendid!

     Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    July giveaway

  • Diana 27 July 2011, 2:34 pm

    I love this dress, it looks so casual but perfectly tailored.

    I know what you mean about bringing a "real" camera out. When I take photos of food, I look like a crazy tourist in restaurants with my cell phone, or ipod, or even my point and shoot. When I've brought in my SLR, I've received free meals (maybe they think I'm a critic or something.) I don't question it, I just go with it. 

    50mm is great for macro and close ups (it's called the "portrait lens") but the best one would be 28mm, on automatic. Hope that helps!  

  • Diversionsblog 27 July 2011, 6:12 pm

    Hi there

    I wondered the same thing when I bought my first fixed length digital 😀
    They tend to tell you the largest aperture it goes up to so f1.8 is the largest.
    Having both a 50mm and a 35 mm I'd have to recommend the latter for outfit shots. It allows you to go closer up to the camera. With the 50mm you have to stand far away from your camera to take full length shots (so far that I needed a radio controlled remote because I was out of rage for the standard one). The 35mm is much more versatile: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-35mm-Wide-Angle-Lens/dp/B00007EE8P/ref=wl_it_dp_v?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1ZM863J7Z1R2F&colid=391H6D6JWWD45 This one is awesome IMO, the focus is a little louder than the kit lens that's all. The one I linked goes up to f22 – most of them nowadays do (or higher).

    The software will work out what's available automatically 🙂

    btw – another awesome outfit

  • Stef / Diversions 27 July 2011, 6:15 pm

    Just to say: A digial 50mm (at least not a Canon) doesn't give you the same frame a 35mm camera 50m lens would give you. The frame it gives you depends on your sensor. Assuming your sensor is going to be comparable to my canon (I believe it is) you will get the same effect as a 50mm lens for a 35mm camera (standard lens) with the 35mm lens I linked in my previous comment. I'll go offline until tomorrow afternoon but just gie me a shout if you'd like any further info


  • Stef 27 July 2011, 6:21 pm

    And before I sod off offline.. you can get some blurry shots with your current lens as well, they're just a little harder to achieve. Stand fairly close to the camera and make sure you have nothing immediately behind you. The further from you the bits you want blurry are the better. Also, pull the lens real close so it goes to the tightest frame you can get – whatever the smallest focal length is your zoom lens has got. My zoom goes down to 18mm but basically pick the lowest number you got (where the picture frame is the widest) That should give you a little blur 🙂

  • Stef 27 July 2011, 6:29 pm

    I totally agree- if you're up for the pricetag a 28mm sounds awesome. Mind you, the 35mm lens is not much different but when I last looked it was a little easier on the wallet 🙂 Wouldn't mind a 28 myself actually 😀

  • Mrs. J 27 July 2011, 7:27 pm

    I love your hair she did a GREAT job and I know your even more excited about the wedding now! You look beautiful! Love your dress and giraffe brooch. 

  • fashionforgiants 27 July 2011, 8:56 pm

    You look lovely in red.  And I love, love, love that you paired it with a green cardigan.  I'm going to have to try that!

  • Rlutz 27 July 2011, 9:23 pm

    Such a wonderful dress…Love the wedding updo!
    Rain is so much more fun with such a great unbrella!

  • Stef 27 July 2011, 9:24 pm

    D'oh! Can't stay online and just to add the prices on amazon have changed and you should actually be able to pick up a 28mm for a little cheaper than the 35mm I was on about (the price for my lens increased after what happened in Japan). Anyway, I'd totally go with the 28mm if the price is rght.

  • Rochelle 27 July 2011, 11:07 pm

    That umbrella is amazing, so it is understandable that they smiled at you when they saw it! I am amazed by how well you wear red and green together without it looking Christmasy at all.

    Camera answers now :), and I love it that you ask questions, it shows that you want to learn!
    The f-stop mentioned in the lens when you are looking into buying them is the lowest f-stop it will go to. They will almost all go up to f-22 or higher, so no, it is not a fixed f-stop. (To my knowledge they don't sell fixed f-stop lenses.) The 50mm f1.8 should work exactly like the lens you are currently using. The camera should be able to "read" the f-stop and you should be able to do all of your adjustments on the camera and use any of the camera settings.

    Your hair looks amazing! Can't wait to see the pictures of how it all comes together!

  • Siweschleifer 28 July 2011, 4:34 pm

    Wow, I love that dress!

  • Simply Bike 28 July 2011, 5:15 pm

    Just wanted to say that the wedding trial hair looks beautiful! You're going to make a stunning bride 🙂


  • Danielle O'B 29 July 2011, 11:09 pm

    Dear Franca, you are an absolute delight! That dress is gorgeous! and you in it!!

  • WendyBrandes 31 July 2011, 10:17 pm

    You have a sassy smile!