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Kiwi as: TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakkitypu

Kiwi as

I once wrote a book about New Zealand, in which I talked about BookCrossing, the Maori, the incredible scenery, and the odd way they speak.

My New Zealand friends tend to roll their eyes at the usual weary jokes about “fush and chups” and the unpronounceable Maori names – which are perfectly straightforward to them – but I could not disguise my affection for the place. If anything, it has grown over the years. I may be an Australian, but I love New Zealand. 

Retro shooter: Fujifilm X-T20

Retro shooter

The Traveling Boomer is a blog I’ve been following for a good many years. Paul piqued my interest with this post about a travel camera, a modest mirrorless from Fuji. It certainly looks the part, a very handsome retro SLR look. He says it has a rangefinder style, but with that chunky prism hump, it’s definitely channelling the single lens reflex cameras of yesteryear.

Jaguar on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Skyedriver

I’ve driven on the Isle of Skye. We hired a Mercedes from Avis Prestige – a lovely car, but I was hoping for a Jag like the previous year – and set off from Fort William to Dunnet Head, the most northerly part of the British mainland. We may have spent a little too long at Eilean Donan, the glorious and much-photographed castle a little further south, and I was contemplating the chances of our arrival at the night’s accommodation before dusk.

Jenni and Mark at the end of Route 66 on Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica: end of the road

Jenni of Just Chasing Rabbits gives some reasons to visit the Santa Monic Pier. I can think of a dozen more, but really it’s because it’s fun.

I’ve been to Santa Monica Pier three times now. The first was when beginning a transcontinental odyssey. We’d driven down from San Francisco, we wanted to take a look at an American icon before heading up to Las Vegas, and we had a whale of a time, exploring and taking photographs and stuff. 

Delphi Selfie

Lightroom beginners

Cinnamon Wolfe, in her self-titled blog aimed at photographers and bloggers, delivers gold. 

Let me explain. I know some photographers who – like me – invested in a nice camera, and like to document their travels. Their feeds are full of shots of exotic places, and it’s clear that they are having a great time, snapping away at all the glorious scenery and interesting locals. And their meals.

But their creative input ceases at the press of the shutter button. That shot is in the can, let’s post it to Facebook, move on.

I use Lightroom from Adobe, because not only does it let me edit my photographs to really bring them to life, it organises them for me. And I’ve got thousands and thousands of them.

Cinnamon knows her stuff, and she offers the basics in a series of video tutorials. 

Traveling through southwest France for three weeks in a motorhome, just the two. Sounds superbe!

French Roaming

Kerri of Beer and Croissants describes three weeks touring France in a motorhome. Her amazing photographs of quaint villages, chateaux, green countryside, tranquil rivers, and spectacular surf beaches summon up a desire to do the same. 

I’m planning a French road trip next year. It will be my fifth, believe it or not, though only a few days; nothing compared to Kerri’s epic adventures. Still, there’s a lot to be said for pootling along French backroads, stopping in for lunch or coffee when an opportune moment appears. France is full of history, delicious food, great wine, and some wonderful scenery.