Weekend Coffee Share

Can I get you a cup of the black gold?  Or maybe some tea?

I haven’t written any post since last weekend’s coffee share. Which is a little unusual for me. My goal is 2-3 posts a week, and I usually nail that. What I have done in the blogging world, since my last post is; catching up with some of my favorite blogs, reading, and commenting. I have also looked into refreshing my design a little. I am kind of happy with the blog design I currently have. I like having one, big column in the middle, and no sidebars. I like the clean, uncluttered feeling that gives me. Suits my minimalistic mindset perfectly. I get distracted easily, maybe that is why I crave simplicity? Because I do like to fully get absorbed by the thing I’m doing. The major thing I would like to change with the design I have now is to showcase my camera photos bigger, while keeping any Instagram photos I may share on the same scale they are today (since their resolution usually is smaller.) I’m in the process of trying different themes, and customizing them, to see if I can find the perfect one. So far, I have not found one that I like better than the one I already have. Any suggestion of WordPress themes in line with what I am looking for?

How is your week? Are you fully recovered from the delicious Thanksgiving food? Is your home starting to look like Christmas? I’m going to get the best possible Christmas gift this year, we’ve set the date to when my daughter is moving in with me full time to Christmas Day. I am thrilled, and very grateful. I am also looking forward to spending this weekend with her. I’m going to make sure that we’ll get out of the city, at least on Sunday. I’ve been in the city every single day since last weekend. That is hard for my country soul. I daydream about quiet, open spaces, wild horses, and breathing fresh air. I do kind of like Las Vegas, better than I imagined, but too constantly be in a loud city, surrounded with city mentality all the time is challenging. I believe I can handle it a little longer, but I need to make sure to get out of the city in the weekends, otherwise it’s not going to work. Those weeks when I fit in 1-2 shorter hikes in the middle of the week, makes it much more manageable. I haven’t done that this week, but I know I should do that every week. The weather is still wonderful here. There’s even snow on some of the surrounding mountain tops. What’s the weather like where you live? 

I was overdue for a haircut, and took care of that this week. It feels good.

My favorite series Vikings (the only one that I am following actually,) started up again this week after a very long break. That was exciting. I think Norway is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and a big portion of it is filmed there. 

Do you need a refill on that coffee? Any fun plans for the weekend? The coming week? We have The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in town next week. I’m not sure if I’m going to go, or not. It is kind of a big happening. We’ll see. 

It’s the last day of November today, and that feels kind of weird. It’s crazy that 2018 is almost over! It’s been such an intense year. Have an amazing weekend, feel free to grab some coffee to go if you like 🙂

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share

Wow it’s already Sunday afternoon! I apologize for being so late with the coffee this weekend. How is your weekend?

Everything is good here. I admit that I am a little tired. There’s a lot of things to process inside my head right now. Everything is ready for tomorrow. THE BIG MOVE! In fact after posting this, I’m going to give my dog a bath, and start organizing everything in the car. Phew. It is dawning on me that this is it. I am ready, but still, it is going to be a big change.

I figure that a big change like this requires a new haircut. Don’t you think?

Speaking of new…I bought a new camera yesterday, a Canon EOS 6D Mark ii. (The Instagram selfie above, is only a cellphone pic.) I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a full frame, ever since mine was stolen, four years ago. That camera wasn’t insured, so it was a hard hit for a single mom. The first camera I could afford after it happened was a $79, point and shoot camera from Walmart. I worked it as well as I could, and I’ve been able to do smaller upgrades, every year since then. Yesterday I was finally able to get a full frame camera again. It’s big for me.

I only have one lens that fits this camera, but I will make the very best use of it, until I can compliment it with a good telephoto zoom lens. The lens I have is a fixed 50mm lens, so I’m going to become the new 50mm expert..LOL. I’m very excited. I was happy with my last camera, which was a good camera, a Canon EOS 80D. I bought it when it came out and I’ve been very happy with it. It didn’t take very long before it paid for itself. I was actually considering purchasing the same camera again (I had used up most of the shutter counts on the one I had.) If you’re in the market for a good camera under $1000, I can recommend investing in a Canon EOS 80D. (I’m telling you this as a friend, I’m not an affiliate..there is nothing in it for me other than the pleasure of seeing my friends being happy with a good camera.) It’s a lot of camera for the money. However, I went with my full frame dream yesterday. I’ve waited a long time for this. Now it’s the perfect time, with a long road trip, and plenty of new, exciting vistas to explore. When you print/sell photos, there is a big difference between a camera with a cropped sensor, and a full frame camera. Which is the most significant difference between the Canon EOS 80D, and the Canon EOS 6D Mark ii.

I took my new camera out for some test shooting today, of course I had too.. I was so excited that I skipped going through all the menu settings before I started. I only used the manual settings on the top of the camera, as I took the pictures. When I came back home I discovered that I’ve only shot everything in RAW format. Which basically means that the files are HUGE. When you’re shooting RAW, the camera saves every little ounce of information in the photo. Later you can edit the photo in any way you want, and it will look more natural, and not take any quality away from he photo. However that takes a long time. I think this is only for special occasions, like weddings, or exotic vacations etc. Once in a lifetime things. For every day photos it’s more practical to shoot JPEG, where the camera do some processing by itself, and the photos comes out looking good, and in reasonable file sizes.

When I came back from my photo excursion today, I read (part of) the manual to the camera, and experimented more with the camera. Now I know how to switch between JPEG, and RAW easily. You can even choose to shoot in both modes at the same time, having the camera save two files of every photo you take. Naturally it would eat up a lot of space on your memory card. I’m so excited about being able to move forward with my photography again. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, no matter the camera, but it is a thrill to take it to the next level. I might even start up my photography business again. Not as a full time thing, but maybe part time, (a few months, and a few more lenses, from now.) Maybe. Either way,  I am super happy and excited. And slightly tired..

I’m going to go to bed early tonight, heading to my last day at work tomorrow morning, and then hitting the road to Reno. I’m not driving the whole distance in one day. No need to rush. Gretchen (my dog,) and I are going to enjoy this.

I hope your weekend is fabulous! If you don’t want another cup of coffee, I have some delicious Pomegranate Ice Tea. I promise to share the first photos from the new camera somewhere along the way to Las Vegas. See you soon my friend ❤

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
All are welcome! Just add your link to the Linky-List, and be sure to visit others and join in their conversations! The link will be open from Friday August 17 th at 7am (Pacific Time) until Monday August 21 st at 7pm (Pacific Time) to give us a good range of “weekend”!

Love,

Ms Zen