2014 Camino de Santiago Video

My winter challenge was learning to work on a Mac computer which includes iMovie.  Here are my first results in video form:

Most still and video clips were captured with a Panasonic Lumix 150. Very good travel camera.  Lightweight, great zoom lens and can capture raw files. A few of the still photos were captured with a basic phone camera.

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. ~ Moslih Eddin

There is more to Minnesota than just the Mall of America and more to South Dakota than just Mount Rushmore.  Likewise, there’s more to Jamaica than just white sand and coastal resorts.

To each their own and there are benefits to both.

Holiday life in Jamaica:
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2014Jamaica-1060133kpcrMy ultimate achievement:  Finding clotheslines to photograph in Jamaica

It’s Photo Friday ~ Panasonic Lumix FZ 150 Review

My (new to me) travel camera purchased on Ebay was put to the big test the past couple of weeks.   Panasonic Lumix FZ 150 with 24x optical zoom and image stabilization.  I found the controls and features easy and quick to access with dials and buttons right on the camera.  No fumbling deep into the menu to change settings.  I was able to switch between aperture priority, shutter priority and manual quickly and efficiently.  Its compact size made it easy to pack and carry in a fanny pack even with carrying a 16 pound backpack. It handled cold, wet conditions well and the battery was long-lasting even with heavy use. I was able to shoot in raw format and was pleased with the noise level of images at 3200 ISO which is the highest ISO of this camera. Image stabilization worked well as I had sharp images even down to 1/20 of a second, hand held, while zoomed in.   I’d recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good travel camera with professional features.

Eye above the altar in the Santiago Cathedral.

Eye above the altar in the Santiago Cathedral.

Above image shot at 3200 ISO / Aperture 3.8 / Shutter 1/320 of a second.

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The above image of the nun leading singing during the Pigrims’ Mass was shot at 1600 ISO / Aperture 3.5 / Shutter 1/20 of a second.

Birds nesting at the top of a church in Segovia, Spain.

Birds nesting at the top of a church in Segovia, Spain.

Birds nesting in the above image really tested the zoom and image stabilization.  I was fully zoomed to the 24x .  Shot at 200 ISO / Aperture 6.3 / Shutter 1/1600 of a second.

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Completed 130 miles of the Camino de Santiago (135 if you count detours!) and this image was taken at the end of our walking/hiking experience. March is a cold, rainy month to attempt the Camino but that was the time that worked out with our occupations. Wonderful experience since we were able to meet people from all around the world tackling this amazing journey in a parallel realm.  A huge thank you goes out to my sister, the travel organizer extraordinaire.