You know when things are meant to be but you dare not take the risk or the jump just in case it's a fake feeling? Oh, the amount of times I've not taken the risk and regretted it is immeasurable. But this week something happened so smoothly and swiftly that I knew it was destined to be!
For a long time I have wanted the Canon 17-40mm L lens. Like forever. I could never justify the £700 price tag for something that I just wanted. Id go on ebay checking out the prices and hoping that one day I could grab one for a bargain but alas, no. The lens would always go for a high price of about £550 second hand. That was until this week. My lucky week ever, I think. I looked on ebay for this lens, again, and saw that someone had it for sale at 500 or best offer. I clicked into the link and noticed the guy that was selling it was in the next town to me. I offered him a good price. He rejected it and I was gutted but he gave me his phone number to call him. So I called him. The reason he rejected it was because he would have preferred an off ebay sale (ie no fees). Always a risk, I figure, but I could go and handle the lens for myself and decide if I wanted the sale to continue. I told him I could only pay for the lens if I sold my prize Canon G11 first. I just didn't have the kind fo money to splash out on the lens. He said "What? Are you selling a Canon G11?" and I said yes. He told me that he was selling all his pro kit to downsize to this VERY camera. I mean, come on? NO WAY was this happening to ME!
So a trade off was put in situ and he got my prize Canon G11 and I got my dream lens. HOORAY for the fact he lived in the next town, selling my sought after lens in exchange for my prize camera. Who would have thought it?
This week has been very tough for me work wise. The wind down after the Doncaster show and the aftermath of the Create and Craft show plus finishing my 6th CD for 9th August show. I did, however, squeeze a one to one photo workshop with the lovely Helen. Oh we did have a good time, teaching, chatting and laughing. She is such a sweet soul and took to the lesson really quick. I love that she went home all fired up and at one with her DSLR.
This is one of her beauties she took from the day (the picture, not me!) and now this beautiful girl no longer uses automatic settings!
Thank you Helen and also for that random outburst that made my almost die with laughter (and Im not talking about when the bird crapped on my leg and in your bag!)
My mum had her birthday this week and I sent her this little cutie here
I also played about with my ring flash again this week. I love how dramatic the effects are. This was taken in a sunlit room but what the ring flash does is home in on the subject whilst filtering out the background, making it almost black. I just hate that Marks right eye is out of focus but still, fun fun fun effects!
And lastly a little make with a teeny canvas. I used my fab new Aquamarkers (see blog post below for links to demo's) to create that washed background
and made the simplest of designs for my hallway - to greet my visitors.
So now I must get back to the grind on my Christmas CD (eeeew, did I mention the C word?)
Have a lovely weekend, dudes x