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Tours Enjoyed By Kingston and Frank

Kingston Canoes The Wanganui River

Photo from Kingston river tripI don’t have my motorcycle licence so I left that for Frank. I briefly thought about taking flying lessons in Taupo, I do want to learn to fly – but it’ll have to wait. But look what i discovered; can you imagine how beautiful it is to drift along through one of New Zealand’s national parks surrounded by amazing native trees, plants and flowers? Well, let me tell you that my trip with Yeti Tours in Ohakune was a highlight of my time in New Zealand! I chose the guided tour where they look after everything for you. We did pass another group that just hired canoes from Yeti but I feel my choice was better – you can’t beat local knowledge eh! Also having all your meals cooked for you just makes it feel more like a holiday – to me anyway. I would highly recommend this type of tour, you do not need to be very fit either, most of the time the current keeps you moving. There are a few spots where you need to put in a burst though so you can’t expect an armchair ride haha.

 

Franklin Does A Motorbike Tour

As I mentioned above I don’t have my licence, however, Frank doesn’t like writing so I’ll give you a second-hand view of his trip. He chose MCR motorcycle tours to go with because they have older style “cool bikes”. He chose a Triumph T100 Bonneville as his weapon of choice and left the garden city Christchurch (Hagley park was full of spring flowers) well equipped with a GPS to explore SOME (Its huge) of the open space in the lower part of the South Island. One thing Frank mentioned is the open smooth roads are almost mesmerizing and he had to keep reminding himself that there are risks in riding a bike :-). Queenstown was a highlight as was Te Anau – he likes lakes haha.

Anyway once I convince my mate to actually write something; we may get a few more details. Thanks for reading.

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Classical Flower Arrangement

The Mozart Collection

When it comes to arranging flowers; modern is not always best! Sometimes a classical approach to the art is more appropriate. This what a classical person like Mozart would like to see in a flower arrangement? He certainly would not approve of the modern glitzy foil covered coloured boxes that are often used today. I love this image, it symbolizes exactly what I am talking about. A single flower variety used in a mass colourful arrangement often gives a more opulent and pleasing impression. AFD offers a range of online flowers for Australia delivery in both modern and classical style

Mozart Collection Flowers

FloristNZ is a New Zealand Online Flower Delivery website with a beautiful range of classical and modern style arrangements to suit any occasion. To state the obvious there are many reasons to send someone flowers. But did you know that it has been proven to actually help when someone is down or feeling sick?  In a study looking at the responses to receiving gifts ( full source here ScienceBlogs.com )

  • 147 women were found via supermarket ads.
  • Study about “normal moods during the day.”
  • Given 1 of ten gifts – not told which though.
  • They were phoned to assess their life satisfaction or mood.
  • Ten days later, 2 peopled delivered the gift.
  • Flowers to One third.
  • Fruit Gift Basket to One third.
  • A candle to One third
  1. A group of impartial volunteers chose the gifts to be of equal value and appeal.
  2. The fear some have of weight gain kept chocolate out of the gift choices.
  3. One tester gave the gift, and the other noted their reaction.
  4. The tester had no idea which of the items a person was going to receive.

Although everyone did smile with most of the gifts, there were much higher real smiles from the flower bouquets than any other category…….

In a subsequent test

  • A person stood inside an elevator and handed a flower, pen, or no gift to people as they entered.
  • When they were given nothing;  only 50% of the time the tester was holding a wicker flower gift basket.
  • They also initiated a conversation.
  • 60 men and 62 ladies entered the lift.
  • A 2nd tester noted 4 different things, did they:
  1. Smile.
  2. Stand close
  3. Speak
  4. look

at the tester. These 4 observations were collated into a score from 0 to 9.
Both sexes scored much higher in social behaviour if they received flowers compared not receiving a gift or being given a pen.
Noteworthy is that the lowest scores were received when flowers were seen but not given – So being given flowers affects social behaviour and mood, not just the sight of them.

Flowers make you happier

Flowers make you happy

A final study, a group of women in rest homes received one, two or three flower bouquets over 2 weeks. They were then interviewed before and after the experiment

women who received the flowers had much better moods after the 2 weeks. The level of happiness or lack of depression directly correlated to the number of bouquets they were given – the more the happier!

Expert Photography Advice That Really Makes A Difference

Although most people think that taking a picture is just as simple as pointing and shooting, there really is an art form to it. Typically, your photos never look quite as good as you imagined they would. However, once you learn the proper techniques, it really is simple to take great pictures.

Get as close to your subject as you can. If you move close to your subject, you can frame it more effectively, while avoiding distractions around it. It can also give you a better grasp of how to capture the emotions and expressions that define a great portrait. If your subject is far away, you are likely to miss the small important details.

Digital techniques can give your photographs a unique and interesting appearance. There are many options for digital editing software, although Adobe Photoshop is considered to be of the highest quality. You will be able to instantly convert the photo into artistic portraits with the simple click of the filter button and choosing the medium that you prefer.

Choose what to focus on and what elements to include in your composition. A quality photograph should mimic a small frame that surrounds certain features of your subject. Do not show that much. If you are trying to convey an overall impression of a scene, shoot a sequence of pictures, instead of a single image without a clear subject.

Shutter Speeds

Stay simple with the settings you use for your photographs. Learn how to use your camera one feature at a time. Learn each one completely before moving on. This way, you can concentrate on taking the shot instead of fiddling about with camera settings while your subject walks away.

Play around with shutter speeds to determine which work best during what situations. By varying shutter speeds, you can capture stills as well as fast moving objects. When photographing objects in motion, use a fast shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds are ideal for photographing landscapes and still life.

Be careful when packing cameras and other photography equipment prior to a trip. Take as many lenses as you think you will need, and do not forget to take extra batteries and cleaning accessories. Try to pack as lightly as possible, without forgetting any of the essentials, so that your bag remains easy to manage during travel.

If you wish to join the ranks of very accomplished photographers, move up to a dSLR camera. The letters DSLR are an abbreviation for digital single lens reflex, and it is really the best type of camera to take professional quality shots. For the most detailed pictures and largest image sensors, you want to invest in a full-frame DSLR.

Take pictures of your souvenirs when you travel. Having the back-story on these things, such as where they were purchased or obtained, brings new depth to the items photographed. This helps you create an interesting photo essay around the souvenirs you selected that can increase your enjoyment of the photos once you return home.

When you are capturing the precious moments of a wedding on camera, try taking some of the many unexpected shots to warm up: a makeup bag, the shoes that the bride will wear or the glass of champagne the bride is sipping. This could be the occasion to take some great pictures.

Experiment a bit with the feature that allows you to adjust levels of whiteness. Often, incandescent bulbs commonly found in homes and businesses result in a yellow tinge to photographs taken indoors. Rather than changing your room’s lighting, you can change the white balance of your camera. This can help your photos appear more professional.

Complementary Colors

When photographing more than one person, it may be advisable to provide them with some wardrobe suggestions. The finished photo will look better if everyone’s clothes are in complementary colors, though exact matches are not required. Recommend warm colors or neutral hues; these shades blend in well with a variety of different backgrounds. If the client has a preference for bright colors try to encourage them to wear some pieces of black clothing to act as a balance in the color scheme and avoid non-complementary colors.

Experiment with you camera’s shutter speed settings. Educate yourself about the advantages of different shutter speeds. There are S, P, M,and A settings on your camera. The “P” setting means program mode. This setting is your automatic one. The shutter and aperture speed are automatically set up for your use. If you do not wish to work with these features, you should select P.

You should take time to properly frame every shot. Not a picture frame, of course, but one that occurs naturally within the shot. If you look hard enough when trying to take a picture, you can use neighboring elements to create “natural frames” for your subject matter. You can use this as a way to practice photograph composition.

Get in as many practice shots as you can, especially when photographing a new environment or subject. Each photograph situation varies, but practicing can help you get a feel for your environment. In hectic environments, the lighting can change from second to second, so don’t feel the need to count every shot as a “real” shot.

Make sure your batteries are always charged so that you never miss an incredible shot. Digital cameras can suck up a lot of battery power, the LCD screen has a lot to do with this, make sure you have your batteries fully charged. You will want to carry extra camera batteries with to be prepared for any shot.

You need to get an understanding of how to use the ISO settings on your camera. Otherwise your pictures will not come out as you expect. The higher your ISO goes, more is visible; this may not be preferable because it can create a grainy picture. Unless your goal is to achieve a grainy look, this effect can be disastrous.

The pictures you have taken up to now might not have been so hot. That problem may become a thing of the past, if you make use of this article’s tips. These insights can aid in creating spectacular images that you will be proud of.

Along with taking shots of people, objects, nature and animals, also take pictures of your souvenirs when you travel. Photograph the souvenir on the shelf in the store, or get a shot of it with the sales clerk. This helps create stories for your souvenirs that you can enjoy when you return home.

How To Take Great Pictures That Get Attention

You have picked a very interesting hobby. There is a lot of available information about photography; so much so, that it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start. Read on for some simple tips for a beginner that will let you see a dramatic improvement in your pictures.

Use some digital techniques to make watercolor, pencil sketches, and oil painting photos. There are many options for digital editing software, although Adobe Photoshop is considered to be of the highest quality. In many cases, you can turn your ordinary photo into an art piece simply by loading it into Photoshop and selecting the appropriate filter.

To take a great picture, move closer towards your subject. Getting as close to your subject as possible gives you more opportunities to highlight the main subject of the photo, and stops the background from ruining your shot. It lets you focus on any facial expressions, and that can be a very critical element to portrait photography. If your subject is positioned too far away, it becomes more difficult to capture the minor details.

Shutter Speed

Play around with shutter speeds to find out what kind of effects you can achieve. Photography lets you capture moments in a split-second and allows you to blur together time periods that are large. Using a faster shutter speed will let you catch objects while they are in motion, while a slow shutter speed is great for capturing serene natural settings.

For professional photos, get a professional camera. Consider investing in a DSLR camera if you want really nice pictures. Most photographers use these and so if you would like photos to look like theirs, you will need this same equipment.

Field depth is a critical feature when shooting landscapes. Have a person or other object put into the foreground in order to gauge the overall scale of the image. Aperture sizes like f/8 on a consumer camera, or f/16 on a professional DSLR, make it so you need not sacrifice foreground sharpness for background sharpness or vice-versa.

Properly framing your subject can improve your photograph. In order to eliminate any objects which distract from the subject matter, you should zoom in on a main focal point. This prevents clutter in your pictures, and multiple unwanted, unsightly focal points.

Don’t be afraid to break some photography rules with your camera. That’s the best way to develop your own style and allow others to see the world from your perspective. Avoid classic pictures that you have seen a thousand times. Look for unique angles, and use your creative skills.

Always highlight your very best images for showcases and displays. Don’t show every picture you’ve ever shot, and don’t show too many photos with the same theme or subject. It can be very boring if people are looking at the same sort of image again and again. Keep things unique by trying out different types of shots.

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Your arms should be positioned close to the body when you hold the camera, and your hands should be on both the bottom and the sides to keep the camera steady. This will help to steady your hands and prevent blurry shots. Placing your hands under your lens and camera will prevent your camera from being accidentally dropped.

If you want to be able to take great photos, take lots of them. You’ll need a memory card large enough to hold them all. A big memory card will allow you to hold a lot more pictures. If your memory card is large, you will be able to shoot using RAW format. This gives you a great deal of post-production flexibility.

In many parts in life, we’re trained that everything has to be centered and even. In a society that values perfection, it can seem logical to frame your photos with the subject perfectly framed in the center, but you should actually try placing the subject off-center for a more interesting shot. Some cameras automatically focus on whatever appears in the middle of the field of view; disable such features in order to take off-center pictures. Use manual focus instead, and lock your focus before snapping the picture.

Framing is very important when composing your shot. Make sure to zoom in on the focus of the picture, and keep distracting elements out of the picture. This will avoid a cluttered photo.

When preparing to shoot some kind of wedding, try getting unexpected shots of little details to warm yourself up, like a makeup bag or a flower close up. Candid shots can sometimes result in a very special photo.

In most instances, the subject’s eyes are looking right at the camera. If you want to make your photos a little more interesting, have your subject fix his gaze on an object outside the camera’s field of view. Another idea is to tell your subject to concentrate on something or someone in the frame of the shot, without looking directly at the camera.

If your batteries are fully charged, you never risk missing the perfect shot. Modern digital cameras use a lot more power than older cameras because of their LCD screens, so don’t get caught off-guard; charge your camera’s batteries often. Have an extra set of batteries on hand so as to always keep shooting.

Help your subjects to prepare ahead by suggesting clothing coordination, particularly with groups and family members. It is not necessary to match colors, but colors that are complementary will produce more pleasing results. Recommend warm colors or neutral shades, as they go well with natural surroundings. When a group insists on using more colors, especially bright ones, try to encourage a mix of colors and black. This ensures that the photo is not one with clashing colors detracting from its quality.

As you can see, there are many small steps you can take to significantly improve your photography skills. Return to this advice if you ever feel you need a refresher course. If you stay dedicated, you photos will become art.

Most importantly, photography should be fun. The pictures you take should be about something you specifically want to remember so you can show others or perhaps as a memory for yourself. You will be so happy if you are having a good time when you are snapping pictures.

Fig Duff

COMPONENTS:

2 mugs bread crumbs
4 tsps cooking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 mug butter
1/4 mug milk
4 eggs, defeated
2/3 mug white sugar
2 extra pounds dried out figs, quartered
1/2 mug sliced pecans

PREP WORK:

In a huge dish, mix with each other the bread crumbs, cooking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cloves. Cut the butter right into the crumb blend making use of a bread blender or food processor or 2 blades till the mix is rugged as well as crumbly. Butter swellings ought to be no bigger than peas. Mix in the milk, eggs as well as sugar till well mixed, after that mix in pecans as well as figs. Cover, and also allow represent half stanleysteemer.club an hour.
Pre-heat the stove to 250 levels F (120 levels C). Oil a huge dessert mold and mildew. Offer the batter one more mix prior to moving to the ready dessert mold and mildew. Location the mold and mildew right into an additional bigger baking recipe, put the dessert mold and mildew and also recipe right into the stove, after that fill up the external meal with a minimum of 1 inch of water.
Heavy steam for 4 hrs in the preheated stove, or till the dessert is company. Amazing a little prior to getting rid of from the mold and mildew. Finest offered with a lemon difficult sauce.

What Makes The Bonsai Such A Great Gift Idea

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The Bonsai, Such A Great Gift Idea!

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Sometimes it is very difficult to come up with new gift ideas. And chances are that’s why you are reading this article. Most people get tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again. And that’s why I want to share with you why the bonsai is such an amazing gift. It doesn’t matter what it is for, be it a wedding or anniversary, the recipient of this type of gift will truly appreciate it.

One of the reasons this makes such a great gift is because of its aesthetic appeal. It has a very enchanting and symbolic look (Read about Bonsai Symbolism here). It is a fresh gift idea in the literal and figurative sense. If you have ever seen a bonsai you know just artistic it is. It may be small but it is classy. Time and age are also factors that make this plant such a great and unique gift.

If you know of a couple who have been together for years and have now decided to get married, a bonsai tree is a perfect gift for that type of situation. Again, it is about age and time. That’s what this plant is a symbol of. For a couple getting married, it would represent the years they dated and the moment they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

With the bonsai tree, it takes years for it to be pruned. Once it has pruned and shaped its ready to take on the world. It is just like the evolution of a relationship. It can take 3 or 4 years before a couple has matured to the point where they are ready to take on the commitment of marriage. But once they reach that point there is no stopping them. Trust me, no couple will ever forget this type of gift.

 

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But it’s not just the perfect gift for weddings. It’s also the perfect gift for anniversaries. An anniversary implies two people have spent many great and memorable years together. It’s truly something to celebrate. Especially when you consider how many people are getting divorced every single day. It seems from a quick search that the Bonsai tree is particularly suitable for the 7th year wedding anniversary!

As stated before, the bonsai represents age and time. When a couple has been married for 20 or 30 years that means they have spent a lot of time together and they have aged together. The bonsai could represent the journey the couple has gone through over the years. It could serve as a great reminder of how far they have come. It can also be a symbol of the many wonderful years they have spent together. For wedding anniversaries bonsai’s make for a very romantic and thoughtful gift.

 

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Once you start looking for the perfect bonsai you will notice there are quite a few different ones to choose from. The most common ones being the table top bonsai and the indoors bonsai. You can choose between one single tree or up to seven trees.

When giving this as a gift be sure to consider how much knowledge the recipient has about bonsai trees. If they know nothing about this type of plant be sure to give them a few care tips. This way they can keep the bonsai for a long time to come.

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Solid Photography Tips That Helps You Succeed

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You have made the decision to develop your creative and technical skills as a photographer. This is great timing! The tips below can help you realize your photography aspirations.

When you feel as though you are ready for a high-end camera, look for a good quality digital single lens reflex camera. Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the ideal way to view your subject just after you take the photograph. Full frame DSLR cameras will provide the largest image sensor, enabling you to capture extremely detailed photographs.

Stand close to your subjects to take better pictures. If you move closer to your subject, you can frame it more effectively, while avoiding distractions around it. It also has added benefit of capturing facial expressions which can add a whole new element to the picture. Those small, yet important details are often lost when you’re standing too far away.

There are great photographers you can look to for inspiration. Their photos will help you remember that there are different ways that you can take a picture of a particular subject.

One of the most important elements of photography is the ability to frame a shot. Zoom in on your subject and eliminate any surrounding distractions. This prevents clutter in your pictures, and multiple unwanted, unsightly focal points.

Choose carefully what will show in your photograph. A great image is a venue that illustrates a particular trait or feature of the subject you shoot. Don’t try to put everything into a single frame. If there are many things you want to document, take multiple pictures. Multiple pictures will allow you to focus on every aspect, while one picture focuses on nothing well.

Often a photographer will be so concerned with a landscape background that he neglects the details in the foreground. However, this is the first place the viewer’s eye will land. Compose the foreground of your shot to create a more striking frame and increase the appearance of depth.

Blur the background when shooting photos of people. When the background is fully focused, the viewer will have trouble determining just what the focus of the picture was supposed to be. Make sure you place the background further away than normal when you are shooting your subject.

Simplify your camera settings for the best results. Do not attempt to take on too many customizable settings at once. Choose to master a new setting monthly, from shutter speed to aperture. This will allow you to focus on capturing the picture, instead of spending all your time fiddling with the camera while your subject simply walks away.

Practice shooting under a variety of lighting conditions, from different angles, and with each of the built-in features included in your camera. It is possible to take very interesting and high-quality photographs without focusing on the traditional subject matter. As a photographer, you know you have talent when you can take pictures of familiar objects and make them look interesting and unusual. Experiment to find a style that works for you.

When traveling, photograph your souvenirs. Having the back-story on these things, such as where they were purchased or obtained, brings new depth to the items photographed. You’ll be able to craft a story with your photograph to share when you show friends and family your album.

Professional quality photographs come from cameras of professional grade. A DSLR camera is a great option for taking high-quality shots. Many photographers use them, and you should use one as well if you would like better quality photos, too.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing photography as a hobby or career, good composition is the key to taking high-quality photos. Just as it is true with any other form of art, your composition is key to creating awesome images. Learn composition rules and apply what you’ve learned every time you take a photograph to improve your overall photography skills.

Fluorescent Lighting

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Don’t be afraid to break some photography rules with your camera. Good pictures show personal expression and convey a message. Create unique photos that people have not seen many times before. An unusual angle can be just the thing to express your creativity and create a memorable photograph.

If you are taking pictures of subjects near fluorescent lighting, you’ll need to manually set the white balance to correct for the tinting effect this causes. Fluorescent lighting usually gives off a bluish and greenish light, so subjects may take on a cooler tone than you intend without compensating for the lack of red tones with your camera.

Now you can be more prepared when doing photography. Even if you already knew your way around a camera before you read this article, you probably learned something new. You can start improving your skills in photography by following the advice that was provided in this article.

A lot of times in photography, people will stare right into the camera. A great and unique picture is to have the person you are photographing look off in the distance at something. Alternatively, you can have the subject look at something just off center of the camera.