Sunday, April 29, 2012

Insure Your Camera Gear

I purchased some more camera accessories and they arrived a few days ago.  I got an extra memory card for my Nikon D60 camera and a larger one for my Kodak Easyshare picture frame.  I also got some extra memory card cases, a UV filter to put on my other camera lens and an air duster to clean my laptop.  Many people think that UV filter are unnecessary and they definitely would not put a cheap UV filter on their camera equipment.  I basically use them as protection for glass of my camera lens.  It is really all a matter of choice.

Even though the size of majority of the items (that I purchased) were quite small the duty was a bit high, almost more than the cost of the items themselves.  I had to query the cost of the duty with my agent and she verified that the charges were correct.

After I received this shipment (my last shipment was a camera bag), I realized that I am spending quite a bit of money on my passion - photography and it dawned on me that I really need to think about securing my investment.  Insure my camera gear.  I am presently doing my researching by getting some quotes from a few of my local insurance companies.

Camera Battery Not Charged AGAIN!!!

I did it again!!!  I went on a hike/photo shoot on Monday and when I arrived at my destination Sage Mountain National Park, I checked the contents of my new camera bag only to realized that the camera battery needed charging!!!!  There was not even charge to take a few pictures.  I was determined to do the photo walk that day because I had been planning it for a few days well.

I returned home, had some thing to eat while the battery charged. I returned to Sage Mountain National Park and did my photo walk/hike.  The area is forested and very shaded so even though it was day light, my flash came on every time I took a picture.  With the pictures, the background was very dark and I was not very pleased with the results.

In this photo below, my focus was on the moss on the trunk of this very old tree.  As you can see the background is very dark.

My next camera gear purchase will be an external flash.  I will have to do a search in Amazon, and add it to my Wish List and start External Flash savings.

I am expecting to collect a payment from Infolinks (one of my passive incomes) so this will be the start of my external flash savings!

I can display my pictures on my jump drive on my Kodak Picture Frame!

The size of the memory card on my Kodak Easyshare picture frame is 16MB.  This card came with the picture frame.  I purchased another memory card from my local computer store, with more capacity but the picture frame did not recognize the card.  I eventually returned the card and was granted a refund.

I decided to purchase a 4 gig memory card from Amazon, I was very careful in selecting one that should work with my picture frame.  Eventually the card arrived but unfortunately this one did not work either.  I was very disappointed - I was so excited to add a set of pictures of my trips to St. Vincent and Trinidad.

This morning - April 29 - I woke up with the idea to try a jump drive, I really did not remember that there is a USB port at the side of the picture frame.  With only one attempt, the picture frame was able to read my jump drive!!!  SUCCESS!!!!

I have downloaded some photo and am now enjoying our memories from our 2010 and 2011 trips.  I think I will get another Picture Frame so I can display my photography.

My First Trip On Speedy's Ferry To Virgin Gorda British Virgin Islands

I finally took a trip on Speedy's ferry to Virgin Gorda on Friday.  Ever since this ferry began its service, I dreamed about travelling on this catamaran.  I have since gone on three private sailing trips on different catamarans that my son captained and I have traveled to St. Thomas on the Road Town Fast Ferry which are also catamaran.

There was no difference in my trip on Speedy's catamaran but I just wanted to be able to say that I had the experience of travelling on this boat.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My New Lowepro Slingshot 202Aw

I received my Lowepro Slingshot 202 AW camera bag last night.  It is beautiful!  Of course I purchase my camera bag from Amazon.  Again I must emphasise that Amazon has great service! 

I am so excited to put my bag in action.  Right away I packed all my camera gear in my new Lowepro Slingshot 202AW camera bag and I threw away my other bags.  I must highlight one thing about the bag that caught my attention, it has a built in cover for the bag so when it is raining for example, you can pull out this cover and wrap it around the bag so all the gear will be protected.  This is a really cool and thoughtful feature.

I took these photos this morning to do this post.  I placed my packed Lowepro Slingshot 202AW on my ironing board which has a very colourful cover.  I thought that the photos had too much colour that distracted from the focus of the bag.  So I decided to do some photo editing - selective greyscale and I went to my regular online photo editor PhotoBucket.  To my great surprise, Photobucket has done quite a bit of changes to the application and I could not find their selective greyscale feature!  I panicked!

So I decided to check out Picasa Web Albums to see what photo editor features they offer and I got another surprise!  I was able to apply selective greyscale AND add a watermark to my photos.  I am a super happy camper!!!!

On my next day off which should be over the weekend or maybe early next week, I will be going a photo walk at Sage Mountain Natural Park Trust.  I can't wait to see what awesome photos I can get there.  Last time  went there I did not take my camera with me because I did not have the appropriate bag to put my gear in.  NOW I DO!!!