Week 18 – Catching Up with Flowers

It has taken a while to get all this together, working out when to do it, though I still don’t have it set properly. I’m sure I will get there eventually.  Lots has been happening so shall we get on with it.

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Cover - Issue 4We did it, Issue 4 is about to be published. We are just doing the final proof reading and then it will be available for sale. So we are hoping the subscribers will get it today and then everyone else will be able to purchase it from tomorrow.

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Review – Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera

A while back I was given an opportunity to try out the Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera from MobileZap. It is very much like a GoPro and could be a cheaper equivalent. My husband has a GoPro so it was good to be able to do comparisons between the two. They look very similar in their waterproof cases, and they are the same to use, well the buttons are the not the same, but they do operate in a similar way.

51640In the box are a multitude of accessories for you to decide how to use it, or attach it to many things. It seems well thought out, though I didn’t really need to attach it to anything.

One of the nice things that I really liked about it was the screen on the back. When you are filming stuff you can actually see what you are filming. I found that a great plus over the GoPro, as with the latter I was guessing and hoping I was getting what I wanted.

The case it comes in is water tight so you can put it under water and take footage. I did that a lot when I took it to the beach with me. As with all of these though, the sound is bad and you can’t really hear things properly.

Perhaps one thing I think they could improve on is the resolution of the image. Sometimes the quality can be quite poor, but you can’t get it any higher, at least from the instruction manual that came with it, I couldn’t work it out. The instruction manual is also quite bad and not very clear.

I have had fun with it and I often put it in my camera bag to see what I can do with it. For the price, which isn’t much, it is a bit of fun.

A Friends Publishes her Book

One of my dear blogging friends has had a book published and I wanted to share the information. I have purchased it,tome-tender-quote but I’m still reading it, so I can’t give you a review. I have loved her other ones, so I can’t see why this one would be any different.

The book is called, Third Strikes the Charm and it is by Nicci Carrera. Her blog has all the information about where to order it and how, so go and see Nicci, here is her link.


The trip is in 4 weeks and I can’t believe it is almost here. I have the money for the trip, which is good. Have been saving like crazy, but I think we have been very lucky, nothing seems like it is going to cost us a lot, but still, good to be prepared.

tasmaniaI’ve spoken to Nikon Australia and looks like they are going to help out with sponsoring my trip. I will get to use the Nikon 28-300mm lens and I will get to use the Nikon D750 again. I am really looking forward to using them again.

It is nice to get some sponsorship, though I haven’t tried to get as much as I did for my trip last year. I think trying to get stuff as a woman doing more landscape type of photography is much harder. It seems to be anyway.  Or maybe they just think my work is horrible.

The next part is to start planning what I will need to take. Packing, mmm, not the thing I like doing. At least the car is all ready to go. I had it serviced and new tyres put on it recently, so it should be all set for Tasmania. Going to be interesting putting it on the Spirit of Tasmania to go over, however it will also be great taking the car because I will be able to take a lot more stuff with me.

Mother’s Day and Flowers

It is Mother’s Day here in Australia today. My mother is hope in Woomelang and I will give her a call later. My daughters are still asleep as I write this, but I’m sure they will do something nice for me today, well I hope they do.  In honour of the occasion I thought it might be nice to look at some flowers that I took at the Fitzroy Gardens a while back.  A great place to see some great flowers.

I hope you are having a great weekend. It has been raining here, so could be the perfect day to see what Dynamic Range is all about.

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  1. I’ve heard the argument that landscape photographers are almost exclusively male because of a male need to “possess” the land. Perhaps you could get more sponsorship by arguing that by bringing a woman’s perspective to landscape photography you are opening up the field to the “other 51%” of the population. Hits both “social justice” and makes good business sense for the photograpy companies!

    1. I’ve tried doing some of the Doug, but I’m starting to think that women are their own worse enemies. They like to talk about how disadvantaged they are, but never willing to do anything that will help them, sadly. Businesses don’t care, they think that all women take photos of are portraits and weddings. It is a stuggle.

  2. Hi Leanne. I can’t wait to see your shots from Tasmania. What will the weather be like when you’re there? That’s another place I want to visit. Your shots are lovely, as always. The one with the bee is amazing.

    1. Thank you Patti, I can’t wait to take them lol. It will be cold, winter, hopefully not raining or snow, well, not too much.

  3. Good bokeh. Sharp inages with good background blur. What Nikon equipment did you use for your flower shots? Full frame or dx? Lens macro? Are your photos cropped? Tripod / monopod?

  4. Goodness, Leanne, you do have a lot going on!
    I’m excited about your trip to Tasmania. I was just reading about another blogger’s trip (a biker). Congrats on getting some financial support.
    Your flower photos are gorgeous!

    1. Too much I think sometimes.
      I’m excited about it as well. I didn’t get financial support they are just lending me gear, as soon as the trip is over I have to give it back, sadly.
      Thank you.

  5. I really appreciate this. My husband has been interested in the GoPro and I haven’t been happy with prices or entirely clear on exactly how one uses them. I’m so into the “still” world, I’m really not comfortable (or knowledgable about) video. This helped, a lot.

    1. The gopros are expensive, this is a good one to muck around with and see if you like the effect. I found it hard to remember to use, but it was fun when I did. That’s good to hear Marilyn.

  6. Your flowers are stunning. I will be interested in seeing how the Nikon 18 – 300 lens goes. My Tamron 18 – 270 has a very limited range of use. I have taken some good photos with it but overall I have found it to be rather disappointing.

    1. Thank you Raewyn. I have had it for a while and I love it, I really don’t want to give it back, I might have to look into getting my own. That is interesting what you have said about the other one, I know a few people who have it and they all love it. Is it an older one?

  7. Love the spider in the leaf—and especially like that you saw it while on a mission to photograph flowers. It’s such a gift to see what we weren’t looking for.

  8. A varied and busy life, Leanne– Tasmania is a wonderful place to explore. Beautiful floral images for Mother’s Day.

    1. It has been Jane, but all good. I am really looking forward to Tasmania, and thank you, the flowers in those gardens can be so good.

    1. Thank you Carol, and Happy Mother’s Day to you too, I hope you are being spoiled.
      I can’t wait to start taking photos down there, I think it will be amazing and I’m sure you will be right.

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