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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!

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.

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Photography needs a good amount of training, as well as natural talent. It doesn’t mean you have to born to take pictures, but you have to be willing to take the time learn about photography and use what has been proven to work.

Do not let your subject get away from you! If you take too long, the subject could move, the sun could move behind a cloud or it could start raining. Anything could happen, so don’t delay. The faster your camera is ready to take pictures, the better.

Get as close to your subject as you need to. This will help you frame your subject, and block out disruptive backgrounds. It also highlights your subject’s facial expressions, which are important to a great portrait. If your subject is far away, you are likely to miss the small important details.

One of the most important elements of photography is the ability to frame a shot. By zooming onto the subject, any surrounding distractions can be removed. When you do this, you avoid having a cluttered photo with unintended focal points.

Always choose your best photos to show. It is always beneficial to take multiple shots with various settings, but you do not have to show them all off, only the best ones should be shown. Avoid showing every photo you have taken of a particular subject. It is very tedious to see this type of repetition. Keep it fresh by showing different facets of your photography.

Pack your equipment for a trip carefully. Take cleaning equipment and backup batteries, as well as all the lenses you expect to make use of. Do not take more than what you need and think about what will be convenient to transport with you on your trip.

Don’t forget the little things you see when traveling, they might make an amazing photograph! Certain features might not seem all that interesting at the time, but when you get back, those strange and interesting pictures will frame your memory of the trip in new ways. Feel free to photograph the little things like signage, shop windows or even the unusual things that collect in your pocket, such as foreign coins and train tickets.

When shooting a picture, judge the surroundings and choose the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These settings can determine what your picture will look like. You do not want to wind up with underexposed or overexposed photos unless you are aiming for that. Experiment with these features to find out how they interact with each other and what kind of combination you like to use.

Use your camera to capture every detail of your travels. These pictures will often bring back more memories than a picture of a landscape would. Include items like funny street signs, unusual cultural products available in shops or local items like coins or tickets.

Be more creative using limitation. One such limitation would be to only photograph subjects that reflect one specific theme or idea. Try taking 100 photographs, all from the same location, and attempt to make each unique. Limitations can often times allow us to see beautiful, or unique things, that would have otherwise gone undetected.

In most portrait photos, the subject’s eyes look directly into the camera. A great and unique picture is to have the person you are photographing look off in the distance at something. You could have them look at something in the frame, such as a person or flower too.

If you like to buy souvenirs when you travel, take photographs of them. Place the object in its native environment or in the local shop where it was purchased, and photograph it this way. These pictures can be placed in an album to create the story of your trip, with memories to treasure in future years.

The lighting will have a huge effect on the outcome of your photos. When taking pictures outdoors, choose a time when the sun hangs low; late afternoon and early morning are the best times. At the height of the day the sun will produce unwanted shadows in your photos, plus your subject may have issues avoiding squinting if the light is too strong. You should position yourself and your subject so that the light hits your subject on the side.

Although many people think white is a great color for photographs, it’s actually one of the least preferable colors. Cameras whose automatic features are enabled will often scan all of the shades and tones that appear in the photo. White is almost always “washed out” in shots like this.

Keep a notepad to record your shots. If you have hundreds of photographs, you probably won’t be able to remember where or when you took them all or how you were feeling at the time. Take a small notepad wherever you go and jot down the description and picture number.

If you are planning to photograph groups of people, you should offer them pointers in advance. This is especially true of wardrobe decisions. While it is not mandatory for everyone to be wearing the same color, it can greatly enhance the finished photo if all the clothing colors complement each other. Recommend warm colors or neutral shades, as they go well with natural surroundings. If they prefer bolder shades of color, then recommend adding black to the mix in order to blend multiple hues.

Frame all of your photographic shots. This refers not to a physical frame around a printed photo, but to a “natural” frame sought out in the camera’s field of view. Look really closely at the subject of your shot. Are there any elements around it that can be used to create a frame to enhance it? This is an ideal method to use when you want to practice getting a photo’s composition right.

Many different digital cameras feature built-in flashes, which turn on when you are taking pictures in dim light. While convenient for snapshots, a more professional solution is to use an external flash to take advantage of more lighting options. Ensure that there is a “hot shoe”, or port that allows external flash, on top of the camera. Most devices available can sync perfectly with compatible cameras.

As you can see by the information given here, you too can master your photography skills and run a successful career that many other occupations do not offer. A great photograph is not accomplished through simply pointing the camera and clicking a quick shot. Photography is all about immortalizing the art that exists in the world by capturing one moment at a time.