Welcome to the month of December Wandering Camera linky party. We are reaching the end, the next one will be the last one. Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.
Unfortunately, November was not an easy month for me for various reasons. Add that to working around the clock for a couple of weeks, I was more than ready for the Thanksgiving holidays by the time they came around. Until then, I did what I always do – I went for walks. We went to a trail that we haven’t visited since last spring. So much had changed! Dry and yellow changed to wet ground and dark greens. Days are also getting shorter, so it’s a lot darker in the woods. Most of the time I didn’t make it outside before the light started fading so I took the opportunity and practised low light photography.
Here are my photos from the month of November –
1. Surprised to find wildflowers blooming
2. Always reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes
3. Exotic glasswork
4. Luscious red
5. Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog
6. Fairytale streetlights
7. Sit and rest a while
8. Hitting the trail again
9. A cluster of water beads, as brilliant as diamonds
10. Yosemite in watercolour
11. Charlie is always confused
12. Golden Gate strait
13. Glass pumpkins
14. Reminiscent of Victorian London
15. Golden tree line seen from my window
16. Red berries everywhere
17. Magnolia fruit
18. Started holiday shopping with purchasing food for donation
19. A rainy day on our favourite drive
20. Found a building with architectural details
21. A pixie and a mandrake = mayhem
22. Happy to be home after being at the doctor for half a day
23. Seeds emerging from the Magnolia fruit
24. Happy Thanksgiving
25. Spooky trees, my take on Black Friday
26. Another rainy day overlooking a vineyard
28. Creeks are starting to flow with rainwater
29. You never know what you will come across in the woodlands
30. New beginnings
Just a little note – remember, the Harry Potter giveaway is still going on, in case you missed the post about it. I am going to take a break next week, so the giveaway will be open until the 11th of December. Here’s your chance to make a gift with out-of-print Harry Potter fabric.
My Camera Bag
As you have noticed, I am out and about photographing in all kinds of settings and weather. Over the years, I have learned to keep a few things as staple items in my camera bag. I thought I’d share a little about that.
Plastic bags/Ziplock bags
You may laugh at this one, but having this has saved my shooting plenty of times. I always keep plastic bags and Ziplock bags handy to keep my gear dry. On rainy days, if I am caught outside without an umbrella, I can wrap a plastic bag around the camera and still continue to take photos. I also keep a couple of ziplock bags handy to keep my cards and lens cloth dry.
Lint Free Cloth
I keep a couple of lint-free cloths for wiping lenses and filters. If I am not carrying my bag, I put one in my pocket. Not only is it great to wipe away smudges, I can also wipe away the water droplets from the lens easily when it’s raining or I am shooting a waterfall.
Lens Cleaning Kit
This is an absolute must to keep in my bag, specially when I am travelling. It consists of lens cleaning solution and wipes. You don’t want to use glass cleaner on your lens, it’s much too harsh.
I keep a dedicated USB cable in my bag for connecting my camera to my computer. That way it’s one less thing I have to remember to pack when I am travelling. Recently I also purchased an adapter to connect the camera to my iPad, that stays in my camera bag too.
My Canon camera manual is of a compact size and stays in my bag. I have a tendency of going to places without internet connection. On very rare occasions, when I have had to look something up, I have been glad to have had the manual on me.
Other than lenses and the camera, I also make sure that I have this set of things in my bag. Some of these are only needed for cameras with interchangeable lenses.
- Battery Charger
- Extra batteries
- Camera base for the stand
- Extra storage cards
- Lens hoods
- Remote shutter release for low light or night photography
I hope you find this list helpful. Other than the list under “Camera-related Material”, the rest of the items are good to have on you regardless of the type of camera you use.
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