All posts tagged: nikon

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Weekend Wanderings: Trip to the Zoo

The other day a friend suggested we take a trip to the zoo. They had a special opening for members, well it’s happening every Wednesday this month. We thought it would be good to see the animals early. We didn’t want to see too many, that is one of the wonderful things I love about being a member, you can go anytime you like and just have a quick visit is you want to. We really only looked at about three or four things, but somethings were surprises. I love the gardens there too and must remember to take my macro lens with me next time. There are some exotic flowers there. All the images were taken with the Nikon 28-300mm, as I said the other day it really hasn’t been off my camera since I got it. For most things in the zoo it was perfect. I know I keep saying it, but it really is a great lens, and the focal length is brilliant.  I must get some prices, see if I could …

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

It has been a crazy week, but also a very satisfying one. I’ve been concentrating on getting the magazine finished and trying to finish articles for Digital Photography School. I got asked to write a post for someone else which was nice.  I was also interviewed, which was fun. So good week really. Dynamic Range Magazine The publishing date we have fixed for this is Novemeber 10th, so next Tuesday. Australian time of course. So I hope you are all ready to purchase the second edition. I don’t mind saying that I think it is even better than the first one. We are still finding our way with the layout, but it is looking really nice. It is looking very spacious and the photos look incredible. We are hoping to get the cover page done today so we can start showing you what it is going to look like. I also need to find out how to market it. It is not something I am very good at. It is one thing to produce it, …

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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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USA Wanderings: Santa Cruz to Monterey

On my third day here Anne from SLOW SHUTTER SPEED picked me up and we went down to Santa Cruz and finished the day in Monterey getting a sunset. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Anne, she was a lot of fun. The place we went to was the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Lots of games, rides and colours there. We didn’t go on any rides, but it was gorgeous place by the sea. The weather was stunning and in complete contrast to what we had the day before. It was my first time to a broadwalk, it was a lot of fun. We went down to the pier and walked along it and then went to see the sea lions underneath it. They were lying around resting around, they were fun to watch. We went to Olitas for lunch and I had my first taco there, and they are nothing like what we get in Australia. I did put a photo of it on Instagram. I had a blackened fish taco and it …

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USA Wanderings: Packing

Well I’m still not there, but I will be on my way tomorrow. So starting from today my posts are all going to be about my trip, at least for the next 4 weeks. There is going to be one exception, and that will be tomorrow’s Monochrome Madness. I am going to do it a day earlier and then will start my posts on my trip when I get to the USA. I will be working on MM today, and so far the entries for Urban look fantastic. I’m a bit nervous, but overall very excited and really can’t wait to get there. I feel all over the place today. Hopefully I can get what I have to get done done. Packing That is what I am planning on doing today. I’ve got a list, and I’m slowing adding things to the bag. It is almost full and almost everything is in it. It is all the camera gear that I’m worried about the most. The Nikon D750 arrived the other day, along with a …

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UfD: Making Changes

While I am away next month the blog is going to be different. I am taking a break from the usual blogging that I do, but that also leaves me with the question, do I continue doing exactly what I’ve been doing when I come back? One thing I’m thinking of doing is ditching the Up for Discussion Posts, (UfD). I had hoped when I started them that I would get lots of people wanting to guest post, but it never really happened. I had some people say they wanted to do it, but then nothing came of it. It is very hard trying to come up with a topic each week. I thought I could do tutorials, but they are very time consuming to do properly and one tutorial could take me a day to do. At this stage I think it is best to stop them. I will probably still do some posts discussing something, but not every week. I have thought of not posting on a Friday, or perhaps looking at an …

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Introduction: Sally Wood Photography

Today I have someone for you that I’ve wanted to Introduce to you for quite some time, but we haven’t been able to get ourselves sorted until now. Sally Wood Photography is a business, but what I am interested in is the other photography she does, Sally Wood Nature Photography. I love her birds and she inspires me to photograph them more.  Shall I show you what I mean? How could I resist a small bird in the snow, it is so tiny. I can’t imagine how something that small would keep warm. I like how many of the birds that she photographs are so small. I find them so hard to do, but I am feeling very inspired to try more. I asked Sally where in the world she is: I live in the state of Virginia, in what is called Northern Virginia , just about 24 miles south of Washington DC.  I grew up in Minnesota but have lived here for the past 25 years. It would be a mistake to think that her …