More Travelling With My Camera



So John and I were travelling for just over three weeks and we visited some wonderful places.

One of the nicest Cities we visited was Quebec and great to see the various decorations for the up coming Halloween celebrations. Above is one of them …… taken with…. yes you’ve guessed it – my new Sony RX100111 – AKA Snappy.

Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t show how cold and VERY VERY windy it was. The trip round the city was very interesting and started out with 14 people but ended up with just 4 !

We were  toasty warm having packed thick coats, hats and boots – unfortunately most of the other visitors on the trip were from warmer climates and hadn’t pack any warm clothes at all … not even a coat – therefore they scuttled back to the warmth. They missed a great tour.

In Halifax (Nova Scotia) we visited the Titanic Museum and then the final resting place of the people who tragically died on that dreadful maiden voyage. It was shocking to learn that a very high proportion of the first class passengers survived whilst  high number of gentlemen in second class lost their lives. Most shocking of all was that almost all of the crew died,  just a handful survived – what a dreadful waste of life.

When we were making our way back to the ship (yes I know…. ) we had just visited a museum about the Titanic and now we were going back to our ship and the worse thing was that we had just heard the weather forecast was for severe gales…… eekkkkk,

I happened to pass this statue on our way back to the harbour and it reminded me of a picture I put together a few years ago and which has done very well in various International photographic exhibitions.

I wasn’t aware of this statue until we walked passed it – just shows there are not new ideas in photography (or art).



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Finally a Pano as we sailed into New York harbour – which, I have to say, was breathtaking and the start of a couple of exciting days in the big apple.

New York

Snappy Happy – Off we go again !

So I am just back from 3 weeks touring from Montreal to Miami (its a VERY long way) and although I am tired I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and Snappy (my new Sony RX100) is proving to be such a great travelling companion.

The camera really can deal with most situations both indoors (in gloomy lighting) and outside when I am bobbing around on a boat on the Hudson River, New York.

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But this cameras best feature (as far as I am concerned) is the Panorama option – it is just totally mind blowing and hopefully over the new few weeks I will be uploading some of the images I have taken whilst I was away.

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Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them 🙂




Happy Snappy – Travels With My New Camera :-)

Those that know me know I am a Nikon lover but recently I decided that I needed (well, to be truly honest didn’t really need but wanted) a small compact camera which I can take on an upcoming trip to New York.
Here was my check list
  • Small enough to put into a pocket
  • No messing about changing lenses
  • Something that didn’t draw attention
  • Must be able to deliver high quality images
  • Must be able to handle all light conditions
But, which camera to choose…….?
After doing lots of research on the Internet and listening to a number of friends advising me that THEIR recent compact camera purchase was the best thing since sliced bread, I decided on the Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX100 iii.  The funny thing is that nobody told me about this camera until I bought one and then guess what……. Lots of people contacted me to say that they had one too ( why didn’t they tell me in the first place – would have saved me lots of time on the Internet)
To say that I am blown away by the results I am getting from this Sony is an understatement, I am truly staggered by the performance of this tiny camera.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still a Nikon “girl” at heart and I would wrestle you to the ground if you tried to take my D3x away from me  – but this little Sony has got me hooked. It performs in all lighting situations and with a Zeiss 1.8 it has proved to be a very fast lens indeed – I know this is beginning to sound like an advertisement for Sony but honestly it’s not.  
As I have a passion for travel and photography I have decided that these two themes will dominate my blogs so as I take my first teetering steps into the beautiful –  but bewildering world of blogging I would like to introduce my two companions – the tiny, but stunning Sony DSC RX100iii (AKA Snappy) and the truly wonderful Nikon D3x.
Even though I am deeply impressed by my new tiny Sony camera I totally realise that it has it’s limitations. For example I probably wouldn’t be able to use it for certain nature shots or for my studio work but……for everyday, walking around, don’t know what you might spot kinda days it’s easy to pop it into a pocket and be ready if something catches the eye.
I think someone said to me once that the best camera in the world was the one that you had with you when you needed to take a picture!
So for my first real blog I will be sharing two of the very first pictures I took with Snappy (they were trial shots) on a recent trip  to North Carolina to visit with my new photographic chum and fellow cat lover Marie Otero- we had a fantastic time…. more pictures to follow..
 Sunflower 1           Max