Friday Photos 07.12.13

So, I’m starting a new, occasional feature here at AOC – Friday Photos. This is born out of the fact that my computer desktop has been littered with random photos that I want to share with you all, but no blog post really to add them to. And it might have a little something to do with this new purchase:

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) (my Amazon affiliate link, as you may have guessed…)

Yep, I bit the bullet and purchased the camera I’d been dreaming about (and saving for – you know me!) ever since I read about it on Young House Love. They had me sold when they put side-by-side interior shots next to each other of their old camera and this Nikon D3200 – with no adjustments to color needed. Low light interiors, people – sold!

So, what do I think so far? How about this:

rose-yarrow bouquet

Interior, south-facing dining room…not bad.

And this:

kid art summer 2013 mantel

Interior, north-facing living room mantel – notoriously hard to photograph. I did boost this ever so slightly, but not nearly as much as I used to have to do with our point-and-shoot or my daughter’s Nikon D70 that I would borrow every now and then.

This mantel, by the way, is bringing me so much joy this summer – our daughter painted the landscape and created the butterfly out of clay and metal! I’m calling it our ‘Kid Art Summer Mantel’ and being 17 she wishes I would just put something else up – ha! No way…

If you revisit the Three Pea Salad recipe I posted last week you’ll see the very first photo I used on the blog from the new camera. And I thought this camera made the blueberries from this post practically jump out of the photo.

What I think is… L.O.V.E.

Which is a good thing, ’cause it felt like it cost an arm and a leg – and this is supposedly only an ‘entry’ model…cough.

Okay, on with more photos – this is Friday Photo and not Friday Words, isn’t it?

The Best Lentil-Sausage Stew

Speaking of bad photos (we were, right before all the good ones, right?) – the 4-year-old photo of one of my favorite stews here on the blog was so bad I couldn’t even put it into the recipe gallery! Which killed me, ’cause this Lentil and Sausage Stew is so good I always want to tell everyone about it.

So I updated it and made a little graphic to go with it so you could pin it all you want without either of us being embarrassed (which you can pin from here to make it easy – trust me, you’ll want to…).

And the old one is loooooong gone, so no, you can’t see it. There are plenty of other bad photos from the early days, though, so don’t despair.


And these, my dear friends, are glorious Marionberries…sigh. After I complained waxed poetic about them in this harvest post (and maybe mentioning that I don’t have near enough of this berry variety planted…) my sweet aunt from about an hour north of us sent me this photo with the promise of new starts she is going to give me from her plants! Oh, happy day – more Marionberries are in our future!

ruined pot

Not to end on a bad note, but this was a not so happy day. Those who follow me on Instagram maybe saw this – did you know this could even happen to a pot? It was a very well-made stainless steel pot with an encapsulated aluminum bottom – that can become unencapsulated (apparently not a word, but I’m using it to illustrate, okay?) when left on the stove with water to boil – yes on high, sheesh – and then forgetting about it.

They really should make better pots, nowadays, don’t you think?

So, as you can see, Friday Photos will be pretty random – what do you think? I’m excited to have a little spot to share some fun images with you!



  1. says

    drooling, over here (over the camera, the stew and the berries). We’ve had a couple of mishaps with leaving the stove on and forgetting about it. My son discovered that you could boil potatoes down so much that they can get black and then dissenigrate when you touch them. Oh, yeah and permanently stain mom’s favorite pot. Have fun with the new camera!

  2. Kim says

    I have had this camera (in red which I LOVE!) for since it came out. I LOVE IT! It only gets better. I just got a wifi SD card for it that I’m trying out. It’s a bit slow on the uptake so I’m not sure how much it’s worth the cost. I thought it would help me post my pictures on vacation w/o having to take my Macbook with me but I don’t have a verdict yet. I bought the long lens for my camera (70-300) and it’s fabulous. Combined with Lightroom 4, I’m taking great photos. I will say I’ve even taken a few photos that were so good that I didn’t even have to edit them! Woo Hoo!

    • says

      This is great to know, Kim! I actually got the SD card with ours in a kit we bought, but haven’t used it yet. You didn’t leave a url – I’d love to see some of the photos you’ve taken – can you leave your blog url here? :)

  3. Kim says

    Hi Jami – I don’t have a blog (!) but I have a few photos posted publicly on Flickr from a photo class. Two of them are before/after Lightroom editing for a shoot I did for a friend’s family. Enjoy and enjoy the camera! Make SURE to buy a UV protector for all your lenses!!! It’s a cheap way to keep your lens protected from scratches. I just dropped my beloved camera on the ground and then in the sand on vaca in CA and now she’s going to the cleaners! I took off the strap to make my own strap cover and didn’t tighten it properly. You’ll also need a cute photo bag/purse. I’m looking on Etsy for some cute ones. I might make my own hobo bag and put a padded camera bag inside of it. Enjoy and happy shooting!

  4. says

    I am not a photographer – yet! I am wondering if this is the direction the Lord is leading me to share more and make my blog better. Guess I have the camera I would need on my list now! Thanks Jami for sharing – always delightful!

  5. says

    Well.. I haven’t dedicated a day to random photos…I do have a feature that gets included at the end of some of my posts…I call it “Non Sequitur Photo to Follow” …I thought it was funny…because Non Sequitur means ‘does not follow’ LOL!
    I do it for the very same reason. Pictures that I want to share…just not write a whole post about it. :)
    My other comment is this… weird pot! Another reason I like cast iron. So far it hasn’t grown stalactites off the bottom! really weird.

  6. says

    Laughing at your pot destroyed……. I have forbidden myself from putting anything on the stove at HIGH unless I am sitting in the room. Ok to be on my laptop, but I have come too close to disaster by forgetting something on the stove. I bet you are a lot younger than I am, which makes me laugh even more. My daughter got me into this site, and I love it. Especially the rose photo the other day.

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