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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. Additionally you can take an atv on this adventure but be sure to have one equiped with mud tires, you can check some atv mud tire reviews at Caetla.

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!

Shutterbug’s Essential Guide To Better Photography Skills

When it comes to optimal photography, there are many different opinions. Your artistic vision can shine when you design and take well-balanced photographs. This article contains tips to help you show your talents.

Creating photographs that stand up to the pros will require that you invest in a camera that has professional features. There are many great cameras on the market, but a DSLR will give you the best results. This is what many professionals use, so if you want photos that look like theirs, you will need the same type of camera.

Get closer to the subject to get a better shot. Getting close allows you to avoid distracting backgrounds, and nicely frame your subject. If you are taking a portrait, getting closer allows you to notice facial expressions and other details. Small details such as the unique colors in your model’s eyes, or an adorable dimple are often lost when you are too far away.

When photographing outdoors try to avoid direct sunlight. The sun can cause shadows, squinting, and highlights that do not flatter the subject. Always pick early morning or later in the evening to take photos outside.

Your arms should be near your body when holding the camera, and make sure your hands are on the sides and bottom. You will get less shaking and have clearer shots. Putting your hands underneath the camera and lens, instead of on top, will also prevent you from accidentally dropping your camera.

You will learn so much if you watch other photographers. By taking the time to view the art created by other photographers, you will be inspired and reminded of all the different ways a subject can be shown in one single shot.

Broaden your photographic horizons by playing with your camera’s features and the colors and angles you use. A good picture isn’t all about the subject, it’s also about the artistic way it is portrayed. A good photographer infuses his talent and intuition into his photos to make boring objects look interesting. Experiment as much as you can, and find your own style.

Take pictures of the souvenirs you purchased when you travel. You might take a shot of the store, or photograph the item in its original setting. These pictures can be placed in an album to create the story of your trip, with memories to treasure in future years.

Whenever you are trying to decide which of you pictures to show, it is important that you select your best work. Resist the urge to show people every photo, especially multiple shots of the same person or subject. It can get very boring for others to see the same thing over and over again. Keep it fresh, and show different aspects of your photography.

Moving around gives you an opportunity to frame the perfect shot. Find different, interesting angles to make the subject more interesting.

There is no special formula that automatically produces a skilled photographer. Get more experience by continuing to take pictures. Get a digital camera so you can take as many pictures as you want. Delete the ones you have no interest in. Your proficiency will improve as you analyze your shots to see what you could have done differently if you could take the picture again.

And the tips just keep on coming! Take the time to learn the ins and outs of shutter speed. There are different settings on a camera. These include M, A, P and S. The P setting is your program mode. This setting is fully automated and will set both the shutter speed and aperture for you. If you don’t know what you are going to take pictures of, shoot using the P setting.

Consider purchasing a film camera if you enjoy the sentimental feeling that old photographs provide. Use black and white film with a 200 ISO for a dramatic effect that can work in many situations. After the film is developed, try getting prints on various paper types, like fiber papers.

Play around with perspectives, expressions, and scale to assess their effect on your pictures. An otherwise ordinary subject can appear quite artful if placed in an environment where it appears drastically disproportionate in size or humorously out of place. Take everyday objects out of the mundane by composing them in your shots in an unusual way.

Always be careful when packing your equipment for a trip. Bring along some cleaning accessories, extra batteries, and any lenses you may need. But don’t pack too much here. Only take the equipment that you will need. Anything else runs the risk of getting lost or damaged.

Look for patterns in the background when taking photographs. Patterns can make a photo interesting. These patterns are not only great for interesting photos by themselves, they can also add an eye catching background for whatever the main subject of your focus is.

Use the manual white balance when taking your photographs. Doing this will have a huge affect on the mood your pictures will have, and will give you more control over how each photograph will look. You can allow for a learning curve while you start out in photography, and you will find that using manual white balance can let you get really creative.

You’ll take the best photographs when you love what you’re doing. Photography captures a moment in time for you and others, should you decide to share your work. Have fun taking photographs, and you’ll want to enthusiastically learn new skills.

If you are aiming to take the best pictures, you must ensure your subjects are in proper focus. Stay focused on your subject to keep your composure the best it can be. When you are beginning, keep in mind what you want to take a photo of and make sure it is at the center of the picture. Don’t worry too much about the background. Just leave it alone.

These tips have mentioned some of the most important considerations when taking a photograph. From reading these tips, you are now more equipped to get out there and shoot higher-quality photos that will make you proud.

In general, the digital cameras of today use built-in flash mechanisms that operate automatically when the camera is used in a dim lighting These are convenient for quick photos, but if you are hoping for something a little more professional, consider investing in an external flash unit for a broader range of lighting. Before you decide to purchase, check your existing camera and look for a “hot shoe” that can accommodate a new flash unit. This is usually located on top of the device. Next head to your nearest professional camera shop to find a flash unit that is compatible with your camera.

Professional Pictures Made Easy With These Tips

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.

Try using a variety of shutter speeds to determine the best methods for different settings and circumstances. Photography lets you capture a single moment or show motion over time by adjusting shutter speed. Fast shutter speeds allow you to capture moving objects while slow shutter speeds are ideal for shooting calm, tranquil scenery.

When starting out in photography, you should keep it simple with the settings of your camera. Become familiar with one of the settings, like shutter speed or aperture, before you tackle the others. 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.

When deciding on which shots to display, choose the best ones. Keep things fresh and not repetitive. Just because you took a photo does not mean you have to show it. It can be boring seeing the same things multiple times. Keep it fresh by showing different facets of your photography.

While many photographers prefer to emphasize landscapes from a distance, viewers often focus on the foreground instead. Create a nice foreground in your shot to make your picture look more deep and to frame in more intimately.

Try out new things; experiment, and don’t be afraid in taking new and original pictures. A great photograph should be not only aesthetically pleasing, but should also showcase a personal style. Create unique photos that people have not seen many times before. Look for different angles to emphasize different aspects of your subject.

Try to adjust your camera so that the background has a bit of a blur to it when people are the subjects of your photos. 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.

Pack your equipment for a trip carefully. To pack thoughtfully, make sure to bring along enough lenses, spare batteries, and accessories you need to clean your camera. Don’t take 50 lenses when five will do, as this could bog you down when trying to carry your camera equipment from place to place.

When you are prepared to take your photography to the next level, invest in a dSLR camera. Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the ideal way to view your subject just after you take the photograph. You might want to buy a full-frame DSLR camera, you will then be able to get detailed photographs.

Just like a military sniper, once you have your picture ready and in focus, you should pause to hold in a breath and steady yourself before taking the shot. Even a little bit of movement on your part can cause a ruined photo. Catch yourself before you press the button: hold the camera still and wait to take a breath until after the shot is taken.

Consider joining a photography based club, or simply going out and taking some pictures with a fellow photographer. While you do not want to let someone else influence the style of you pictures, you may be able to learn some new techniques and tricks from others. Compare the same objects together and notice how each picture differ.

A very sunny day may seem perfect for photographs, but taking a picture in direct sunlight has many pitfalls. It causes odd shadows and glare, and direct sunlight in the eyes of the photographer or the person being filmed is never good. Because of this, you should aim to take your pictures early in the morning, or later in the evening, for the most effective outdoor shots.

Fluorescent lighting requires a lower white balance for indoor photos. Fluorescent lights emit blue- or green-tinged light, leaving your subjects looking too cool. The appropriate setting will compensate for the red tones that your lighting environment lacks.

Before taking a shot of your subject, take a quick look around for any eye-catching patterns, either natural or artificial. Patterns that echo within a scene are an artistic technique drawn from painting. Try using patterns for unique angles or backgrounds on a subject matter.

Be creative with colors, focus, angles, and lighting. It’s not required that you have a unique object for a high-quality photo. A good photographer will be able to take a picture of a common object and make it stand out and look special, because of their artistic talent and skills. Find your style through experimentation.

Manually adjust the white balance before you snap a photo. Doing this will have a huge affect on the mood your pictures will have, and will give you more control over how each photograph will look. There’s a learning curve for finding what looks best, but the camera’s manual white balance can help you express creativity in your photos.

Experiment with silhouettes. The most often used way to create silhouettes is by using sunset. However, a variety of other approaches can achieve similar results. A silhouette will appear if the background is a lot brighter than the subject. To shoot the perfect silhouette, position your subject by a window full of natural light; you can also use an off camera flash behind the subject. Keep in mind that outlines on a face or body may highlight some unpleasant features.

If you are traveling with your photography equipment, make sure it is stored properly. Take all the lenses you need and don’t forget to pack extra batteries and cleaning tools! Only take as much as you think you will need, and carefully consider the convenience level to transport these things for your trip.

To turn photography into a lifelong hobby, it is vital that you invest in the best camera equipment. Most photographers go with the Big Two: Nikon and Canon. However, there are other reputable equipment manufacturers out there.

You should know where sharpness appears in photos and how it works. Sharpness is usually found at the middle of images. The image then becomes progressively more blurry closer to the edges.

When embarking on a journey, keep your camera handy from the very beginning. When you reach your location, you are bound to find places to take pictures, though also make sure to pay attention while you are traveling, and you may find some wonderful places to shoot. Documenting your journey, whether it’s the airport, a cab ride, or even interesting rest stops on the road, will give you priceless memories of your trip.

At one time or another, your picture results might have disappointed you. That is not an issue you will have in your future, if you put the insights from the preceding paragraphs into play. With the right tools, skills, and knowledge, you can take breathtaking photos that you want to share with the world.

Is Photography Your Passion? This Is For You

Knowing how to take really good photographs is a life skill that many people aspire to, but some may wonder if they really have the aptitude to learn the proper techniques. Arm yourself with knowledge on the subject, and be prepared to apply it in your own photographic forays. In this article, we will discuss some important tips that can help any photographer to improve.

You can get a better picture by getting close to your subject. Taking a picture from close avoids any potential distractions in the background. It also allows facial expressions to really stand out, which can provide your pictures with a lot of emotion. Small details such as the unique colors in your model’s eyes, or an adorable dimple are often lost when you are too far away.

You should use digital techniques in order to shoot pictures that look like graphic pencil sketches, oil paintings, watercolors, and more. There are many software programs on the market today that can alter photographs in many different ways. Adobe Photoshop is the premier program, but there are many others. Often, turning a photo into a work of art is easy; simply apply a filter in the medium of your choice.

Overcast skies can present problems when you are taking pictures, so exclude them from the image frame. Having too much gray sky can make your shots appear washed-out and muted. A black and white photo might work best if you have to shoot an overcast sky. Conversely, a bright blue sky will only enhance your photographs, as long as you are mindful of the light.

Experiment with new techniques or subjects, and do not fear taking some original photos. A great picture should show the world a unique point of view, and exhibit unmistakable personal style. Don’t take the same pictures you’ve seen everywhere over and over millions of times. Develop different angles for your photographs, and do not be afraid to explore your imaginative side.

When working on snapping an excellent photo, it’s best to keep your settings as simple as possible. You can frequently take an outstanding photograph without making any adjustments for color, light, motion or any other technical elements.

Shutter Speeds

Here’s a photo trick that you should try. Educate yourself about shutter speeds. Your camera has S, A, M and P settings. The “P” setting represents the program mode. The P is the automatic setting. Choose this to let the camera decide on the aperture speeds and shutter speeds. Select the “P” mode when you’re not really sure what you’ll be shooting.

Depth is an important feature to incorporate in your landscape images. An object in the foreground of your shot can create the illusion of depth by providing scale. Changing the setting for your aperture can give your picture the appearance of high resolution.

Utilize the different functions of your camera and various colors or angles to create interest in your images. You do not need an original object to take a high-quality picture. Ideally, a photographer is able to use his or her technical skills and artistic eye to add visual interest to even the most basic subject. Try many different methods to develop your style.

Having your batteries always charged helps you avoid missing any great shots. Digital cameras with LCD screens use a ton of power, so make sure they’re fully charged prior to use. It is also a good idea to carry around spare batteries. This way you will never miss out on a great shot.

When the sun is shining bright, and there is not a cloud in the sky, many people think it is the perfect setting for outdoor photographs. They couldn’t be more wrong! If you take any photos in direct sunlight, you are sure to ruin your images. Photos that are taken in the sun will usually result in squinted eyes, odd shadowing, and even lens flares. If possible, try to choose late evening or early morning light when taking pictures outdoors.

Implement these ideas into every one of your photography sessions and you will soon see them improving. You’ll only get better if you try out new tools and tips, so practice often.

Vital Tips For Getting Terrific Photography Results Every Time

Improving you photography skills only takes a little bit of work and creativity. This article has tips to help improve your skill set and help you translate what your eyes see into beautiful pictures you will be proud to show off.

It is important to give your photos depth when capturing landscapes. Place an object or person in your image’s foreground to provide an understanding of the scale of your photo. You can get decent focus on both foreground and background objects by using a small aperture setting: Something under f/8 with a standard digital camera or f/16 when using a full-frame SLR.

The foreground is much more noticeable than the background in a photograph. Compose the foreground so that it creates a striking frame to increase your depth of field.

The position that you use when holding your camera can make a big difference on the quality of your pictures. To keep your grip steady, hold your upper arms and elbows close to your sides and brace your hands at the camera’s bottom and sides. Doing so should reduce shaking and lead to clear images. Keeping your hands under the lens and camera, instead of holding it at the top, will also help you avoid dropping the camera by accident.

Above all, photography is something to be enjoyed. A picture is a way of recalling a certain situation or emotion. Have fun when actually taking the pictures and will will soon fall in love with photography.

If you keep your batteries charged, it will prevent you from missing the once-in-a-lifetime shot. Using the LCD on a digital camera drains the batteries, so always ensure that the battery is fully charged before leaving the house. Have an extra set of batteries on hand so as to always keep shooting.

If you are looking to improve your photography skills, you should begin by investigating the art of proper composition. Composition is important in most art forms. Without a good composition, your pictures will look dull. Study the composition of famous photographers and keep it in mind when you shoot your own pictures in order to improve your composing skills.

Confine yourself within certain limits, to breed creativity. For instance, you can base a whole set of pictures around a specific subject. Try taking 100 photographs, all from the same location, and attempt to make each unique. The limitations in this environment will help you to think creatively, resulting in more unusual photos.

Find something suitable and interesting to photograph. A good subject is the most important thing when it comes to photography, no matter what kind of camera you have. Think about it for a bit then carefully choose objects that naturally inspire you. You can also look for someone to model and pose for you.

Natural lighting can play a major role in your photographs so take note of what is happening. The ideal lighting for outside photos is provided by the sun when it is low on the horizon. When the sun’s higher in the sky, it can produce unsightly shadows, and living subjects will likely squint at the blinding light. Use sunlight, candlelight and artificial light to see how each affects the subject of your photographs.

Many people love to wear white when they are having their picture taken, but it’s not recommended. If you are using the auto focus feature on your camera, it will record many varying colors and shading that it picks up through the lens. White clothing will usually become ignored by the camera and therefore appear washed out and dull.

Take a deep breath, and try to remain as still as possible when pressing the shutter button. Alternatively, use a tripod and/or a shutter release cable. You could ruin your shot by accidentally moving. A fast shutter speed, a higher ISO setting and opening up the aperture to allow in more light are all effective at helping to minimize blur in handheld shots.

Take your photos as quickly. You never know when that “perfect” moment can disappear, so be prepared to get it at any moment. Animals can run away, people will get tired of holding their smile, or that perfect candid moment will be lost. While camera settings are important, you should never lose a shot trying to get a camera set just so.

To be a good photographer, you need the talent, as well as the knowledge. Our advice can help you on your path to taking great pictures.

Photography isn’t an arcane art that only a select few can master. Experiment with the settings on your camera to see how they affect the photographs. With a digital camera, you don’t have to keep all of your test shots; only keep the ones that you like and will look at again later. Your eye for what constitutes a good image will improve over time.

Seeking Simple Solutions For Photography? Look No Further!

There is more to photographic excellence than a focused shot with good lighting. In truth, photography is an expressive, artistic medium. It is a form of art that requires quite a few different techniques. The artist must have an eye for beauty and things of interest, as well as the ability to be detailed. This article can help you to develop your own photography skills.

Be quick when taking your pictures! The longer it takes to shoot the picture, the greater the chance of something going amiss. Your subject could move, go away or something else such as lighting can affect the shot you wanted to take. The quicker you and your camera are, the better shots you will get.

Try different settings on the camera such as shutter speed or what works the best for you. A moment in time can be captured by a photograph, and then grouped with others to show an expansive time period. Fast shutter speeds allow you to capture moving objects while slow shutter speeds are ideal for shooting calm, tranquil scenery.

Move in closer to your subject to take a better picture. 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. Camera image sensors are only so good, so long-range shots sacrifice detail.

Choose the subject of your photo. The perfect photo will seem like a tiny window focused in on select details about your subject. Do not try showing too much. If you are trying to capture an impression, take a couple of photographs instead of just one singe picture that has no detail or focus.

A vital photography composition factor, is framing. Make sure to not have distracting background items, but zoom in on your major focal point. This will avoid a cluttered photo.

While many photographers prefer to emphasize landscapes from a distance, viewers often focus on the foreground instead. Compose the frame in such a way as to make the foreground as important to the image as the background is to create a truly striking photo.

Don’t restrict yourself to taking pictures of your subject from only one angle. Be creative and reposition your shots so that you can experiment with different angles. When shooting your subject, try angles from the left, right, above and even below if possible.

Always pack your photography equipment with great care. Pack however many lenses you anticipate using, and don’t neglect to throw in cleaning accessories and backup batteries. Don’t take 50 lenses when five will do, as this could bog you down when trying to carry your camera equipment from place to place.

There isn’t a secret to being an excellent photographer. You will gain more and more experience as you take your pictures. You do not have to develop all your pictures or keep them, especially with the digital format. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.

Most of the time the subject is looking straight into the camera. Shake things up a bit by having your subject look away from the lens and focus on something in the distance. Alternatively, getting the subject to concentrate their gaze on something else in the shot, rather than the camera, can also give good results.

Turn your next vacation into a photography session by taking photographs the moment you step out your front door. You needn’t wait to arrive at your destination to start snapping photos. The trip getting there and back also offers shots that will preserve the whole experience of the trip. Make a photo-documentary of your entire journey; the airport can offer many interesting photo opportunities.

Although many people think white is a great color for photographs, it’s actually one of the least preferable colors. Modern cameras generally try to focus automatically by taking into account the objects, colors, and lighting present in the environment. As a result, the white clothing will look washed out in the photograph.

Do you need to take shots of some subjects that have been rained upon? Carry a spray bottle full of water and mist your subject, creating “rain” droplets to complete your shot.

Built-in flash comes on almost all digital cameras. It can kick in automatically in low-light situations. These are great for a quick snapshot, but if you want to take your photos to the next level, consider a professional external flash unit to provide a better range of lighting options. First check your camera for the appropriate attachment point for an external flash, a “hot shoe.” You also want a flash that will sync automatically to your camera. You may have better shopping results at a camera store catering to professionals.

Try to find interesting ways to frame your shots. Try to use natural frames in the pictures you take. You can use other elements in the natural world around you to frame the subject matter in your picture. This is called composition, and you will need to develop this skill.

Photography involves more than just snapping good shots of people or objects. You can really step up the quality of your photos if you do.

Aperture, ISO, and shutter speed combined can help you to create great pictures. These are the elements that determine exposure when you are photographing subjects. You don’t want to overexpose or underexpose a picture, unless you are going for a certain look. With a little experimentation, you can strike the right balance between the 3 settings to deliver the results you want.