Ciao Bella!

P1030138In the second week of May me and mom headed to Italy as her birthday present. The main destination was the hub of renaissance art Florence, but we made excursions to Cinque Terre and Pisa too, and spent two nights in Rome. What a week.

Here are some highlights. The week included lots of beautiful art, towers and of course gelato. I had my small travel cam with me, and oh what joy it brings that I don’t have to carry that heavy SLR of mine. Though I sometimes get frustrated because it’s not as good as my real camera, but as we ended up walking over 10 kilometres every day, the small and light travel camera was for sure the right choice to take along.

My blog posts are kind of rare nowadays, as work and all my other hobbies take up most of the time. So I’d like to post more about Italy later but I can’t promise anything. Another posting topics should be coming up later in the summer too, as I have already booked my next trip for the beginning of August… 😉

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South Africa Highlights

 

p1010630I was thinking of doing a “normal” looking back the year 2016 -post, but when I’m thinking back what has happened, I couldn’t think of anything to say. I can’t put my 2016 into any category. And I don’t know if I really believe in years. I mean, it feels kind of stupid to say that this year was bad, okay or good, and hoping the next one would be better. Because it’s not really about the years, is it? It’s about the life that happens and one year can be both good and bad — or just bland and mellow.

So instead, I’m just posting about South Africa again. I know! But I feel like that country has so many great things I’d like to share, but I just don’t have enough time to post about them all. So here are the highlights from my travel cam. I had both of my cameras with me on the trip, the big one and the small one. And the small one I carried with me whenever we weren’t heading to the “most important sights”. Still, it ended capturing some pretty great places though!

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Bo Kaap, Cape Town

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Port Elizabeth

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Mossel Bay

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Close to point of human origin at Mossel Bay

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Mossel Bay

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V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

 

Travel Cam

P1000029I like to travel through pictures, witch means that I often want to go to destinations that I have seen great pictures of. And of course photographing is one my favorite things to do when traveling – obviously!

But my DSLR isn’t always the best travel companion, because it’s so heavy to carry. In Tallinn I missed a lot of photo opportunities, just because I was too tired to grab the camera from my back bag… Not to mention how I have to worry that it might be stolen! Still, I don’t want to compromise with the quality of my travel photos, some crappy cell phone shots will not do! As I have some wedding gigs approaching too, I also started thinking what’s my back up, if there’s any trouble with my equipment…

After I saw a good deal in a photography shop, the solution to both of these problem was clear = mini-SLR!  I’m love. ❤

So on Sunday, my new Lumix DMC-GM1  with a 12-32mm lens will fly with me to Croatia instead of my Canon 7D Mark II. All the pictures in this post are taken with the new camera. So I’m sure, it will do just fine in Croatia too. 🙂

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Testing

RU6A0065Yay, I got my new camera today! It got already dark before I got the battery loaded (not too much of daylight at this time of the year…) so the 7d mark II got to show of its luminosity right away.

What a difference to my old camera! Just took these pictures quickly around the house, and they turned up clear and pretty bright! With my old one all of these would have been dark and full of noise.

So my first impression is good, but I still need to learn to use some switches though that I will be comfortable with the new camera! But I’m happy, that even I’m not really into technology, I can notice the difference and I’m sure this purchase will pay off.

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I think someone is giving me a meaningful look to say, I should pay attention to other things too than to the camera. So enough testing for today! ;)

I think someone is giving me a meaningful look to say that I should pay attention to other things too than to the camera. So enough testing for today! 😉

Upgrade

IMG_5497These are some of the last photos I’ve taken with my dear camera Canon 50D. I took these a couple of weeks ago, tried to get a nice shot of my dog…

I’ve thought about getting a new camera more or less for an year already, and today I marched into a shop and bought one! And gave away my 50D in exchange… 50D was my first SLR ever, and it has struggled with me through my studies and traveled with me on so many trips. And all I had to do for it, was to get it’s censor cleaned once. Once! So I couldn’t have wished for a better and more trustworthy camera to start my career as a photographer with. I thought about keeping the 50D as backup (or as a memory, as it’s sometimes hard for me to let some things go ;)), but figured I wouldn’t use it that much, so it’s better to get the euros I could still get out of it (And maybe get a mini-SLR for a back-up camera at some point with that money…). Of course 50D started to be little bit behind of it’s time already too though… But it served me well for six years.

So the new camera better be good! It will be delivered for me within a week. So after that, it’s Canon 7D Mark II I’ll be working with! Can’t wait. 🙂 I have sort of empty feeling right now, as the old one is already gone and I don’t have a camera in my closet until the new one arrives. Hope it will be here fast!IMG_5519 IMG_5526 IMG_5550 IMG_5678IMG_5689 IMG_5709 IMG_5459 IMG_5487 IMG_5599IMG_5504 IMG_5514