Today I don’t really have a clue about a post, so I thought I might just chat to you about some stuff I’ve been up to. It is all nothing much, but things in my photography life that I want to share.
The first thing, very exciting, I wanted to talk about something I did for my trip into the city the other night. Though it goes back longer than that. I have two camera bags, and really they seem to be light years apart in size and what you can carry in them. It usually isn’t a problem, but I have to admit, I don’t like carrying around the large bag, and well sometimes I just need to. When I got it the company I got it from asked if I would like one with wheels or a backpack, I said the latter. I really have regretted that decision many times. Since most of my photography is done in the city, or around the city, maybe a camera bag that had wheels would have been better. The reason I’m not mentioning brand or the name of the company is that they will not respond to my emails anymore, and I refuse to promote companies that can’t even respond to an email. I don’t mind if they can’t help me, I don’t always expect them too, but at least tell me that. Okay, back to the other thing.
I had this trip into the city planned for my students, I needed to take the big bag, and then I thought, what if I get a trolley to put it on. So my husband and I went to Bunnings, a big hardware store. He said don’t get a flimsy one, and I was surprised at what was available. So got one of these.
It was a bit heavy, but that didn’t matter, I wouldn’t be carrying it. I bought a couple of straps and I strapped my large camera to it. It did take some work because I couldn’t put the straps around the front of the bag or I woudn’t have been able to open it. My students laughed at me and my granny trolley, but you know what, it worked a treat. It was fantastic. I attached my tripod to the bag as well. It was fantastic not having to carry the bag and I could take everything I needed. Going up and down the steps was interesting, but still better than hurting my back even more by carrying the bag. I can’t wait to take it out again.
The thing I really liked too, is that camera bags with wheels, well those wheels make so much noise, this one doesn’t, it is quite quiet. Perfect. Really the best thing is that I don’t feel like I need a new bag now.
Here is another image that I got on Saturday night. I am hoping to put them altogether in one post, but am still working on them. I used some of Trey Ratcliff’s techniques for this one when I watched his tutorial on KelbyOne. The image is another HDR and done with the Nik Collections HDR Efex.
I decided to bite the bullet and start learning Lightroom by Adobe, they had a special deal going and I couldn’t refuse it, so I now have it and thought I would try it out. I am hoping that it won’t take me long to use it and then I can start teaching people some editing things with it as well. I had tried doing some online classes once before but no one seemed interested. So I might see if I can find some places to teach Editing around here.
The response I got for macro photography was wonderful. The Macro lens has been sent back to Nikon, and I can’t afford one of my own, so I have ordered some extension tubes. I was told to get some Polaroid extension tubes, I know many suggested Kenko, but they are still quite expensive and I might not like doing this, so the Polaroid ones were more suitable for me. They were only $40, so if I don’t like them I haven’t lost a lot. If I love them and think it is a good way to go, then I might consider getting some good ones, or maybe save up for a Macro lens. I like finding the alternatives, and showing people that you don’t have to have all the expensive gear. I will also try to share what I learn as well. The tubes should arrive in the next week or so.
Finally, I thought I would let you know what my decision was about the computer. The response to the Up for Discussion – PC or Mac, was beyond my wildest dreams. It certainly generated a lot of talk. It was fantastic, and more so because it didn’t get nasty. In the end it actually pushed my husband into action. I told you he hated Apple, and so he spent all that day reinstalling Windows 7 on my laptop and getting rid of a lot stuff on it that I don’t need. I am banned from doing stuff on the internet on it now. He also took some advice from a couple of you and now the laptop has a new SSD in it, and can I say, OMG, it is so much faster. Everything starts so much faster. So while I need to replace my desktop computer, there is no urgency for it now. I can wait, though since I love Linux so much, when I get a new machine it will be a PC where Linux will be run most of the time and I will go to Windows only to do work on photos. I am happy with my decision and want to thank everyone for their thoughts, experiences and opinions.
I think that is about it, I hope I haven’t bored you too much. Now the cat wants some attention, so please excuse me while I go and feed him, again. Enjoy your day.