All posts tagged: camera

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Just a Couple of Bits and Bobs

It is a very hot Friday here in Melbourne. We are on day 2 of a 4 day heatwave. It is currently 39°C and tomorrow is predicted to be 41°C, with Sunday hot too, but a cool change to come as well. We are always on very high alert when it gets like this, it can often mean lots of fires. We don’t want that. It has been a slow week and I have to confess I haven’t been doing a lot. A couple of things to report. My Camera My camera has been sent away to be repaired. I feel so lost without it. They told me it would only be a few days, but I’m starting to get worried now. I don’t think I will have it for the weekend. It hope to get back before Christmas. Tamron Lenses It is time for the loan lenses to be returned to Tamron Australia. I am really going to miss the 28-300mm lens. I have used it so much and it became my go to …

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A Thank You to My Sponsors

For my trip to the USA I was loaned and given many wonderful things. It was fantastic to get so much support. I think it is time to go through what I was given and talk about how I found them. Private Sponsor Of course the first person I need to thank is the wonderful person who made the whole trip possible. I know they want to remain anonymous, but I can’t do a post like this and not say thank you with all my heart. I was given such an amazing gift and experience that no words will ever be able to say enough. I hope they felt that I took the most of it and enjoyed the photos that I took a long the way. Tamron Australia I have had a lot of support from Tamron over the last year and when I told them about my trip it was no different. I was asked what lenses would I like to borrow and was allowed to use both. I chose the 15-30mm 2.8 …

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USA Wanderings: Looking at Big Mountains in Yosemite

This trip has been one of the most amazing adventures of my life. I had initially thought that I would get to see a little of California and a lot of New York, but my friends have outdone themselves. I’ve seen things that I only ever dreamed about and Yosemite National Park is a place I never thought I would ever see. The sign as we came in. I didn’t have any real expectations and, again, was happy to go with the flow and just enjoy it. We were there for such a short time, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do everything, so some things were better than nothing. For me it was just so exciting to go and be able to say that I had been, that was enough for me. My first view of Half Dome. You hear so much about this particular one and I was so happy to see it for the first time. Though seriously everywhere you look you will see an amazing scene, so much …

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UfD: Why that Camera

From time to time I get asked what camera I use.  I also get asked to give advice on what camera people should buy and then there is always the question of what brand.  So today I thought I might discuss with you why I ended up with the camera that I have. The First Camera It is sort of a long story and really started about 15 years ago.  If you’ve read my about page you know my first SLR camera was a Pentax K1000. It was all manual and I really had to learn how to take photos and quickly. It was a big learning curve, but as I learned more and more I started to realize I wanted a more sophisticated camera, something with auto focus. Looking for a New Camera The research begun.  I was in a camera club at the time and got to see what cameras other people had, which cameras people found easy to use, and which ones were hard to work out. It was great place to …

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UfD: 10 Things I Can’t Live Without in My Kit

If your photography kit is anything like mine, you have a bit, but there will be pieces that you can’t live without.  So today I thought I would share with you my top 10 things that I couldn’t live without. 1/ My Camera What would a photographer be without their camera.  I don’t think I am alone in my feelings towards it.  I have a Nikon D800 and it has been the most spectacular camera I’ve ever had. I couldn’t be happier with it.  It is something we all have to do is to get a camera that we love using and one that will do what you want it to do. 2/ My 24-70mm Lens I first got the Nikon 24-70mm lens because I thought it would be a good portrait lens and that sort of thing for doing cycling.  I did have plans for doing some portrait work, but didn’t do much. When I got it I was using my Nikon D300s and I was a bit disappointed with it.  I found it …

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Introductions: Six Pixx

One of the things I love about Monochrome Madness is that I get to meet lots of new people, but I’m also introduced to lots of new blogs.  Today I am introducing you to someone who participates on a regular basis in Monochrome Madness and it has been wonderful getting to know her through it.  Maxine has the blog Six Pixx, and I am sure many of you are already very familiar with her work.  I’ve been watching what she has been doing for a while and decided it was time I asked her if I could feature her and her blog on my blog. I’ve noticed that over time her work has been catching my eye more and more and now I’m finding I am starting to recognise her work before I see the name.  There is something that she is doing that is making her work her own. I asked her what in the world she was. I’m in Hastings, on the south coast of England. It’s in 1066 country where William the …

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Weekend Wanderings: Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

This last week I had an opportunity to go into the city and take photos of the Christmas decorations.  I wasn’t alone, there is a woman who does Social Snappers and her 5 year old daughter who keeps wanting to come with her camera and take photos as well.  I love to encourage anyone who wants to take photos, so I sent her a special invitation and last Wednesday I want into the city with Lola and her mum. We had a great time wandering around taking photos of everything that we saw.  She was using a small Crayola camera that her parents had given her, one that could handle dropping.  I was so impressed with how she took photos, she would compose them carefully before taking them. It was obvious that she knew what she wanted to take.  Her mother has given me permission to show you her photos, Lola’s images of Melbourne. Didn’t I say she was good, when you consider the camera she was using and being five years old, the photos …