Reaching milestones at the shop

Well, the store officially reached 1,000 reviews. Pretty awesome stuff if you ask me. The store has come a long way since it first got started.

When the moon eludes you for a week

I haven’t messed with the new camera nearly as much as I would like, but I have messed with it a little bit. Since purchasing the camera I have been waiting for the moon to come out of hiding. And finally, last night it did. And so, here I am posting a few photos from the last week of goofing off with the camera.

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Shots from the Day – New Guy with a Camera

Although I in no way claim to have a clue what I am going with photography, I was happy with the following shots from today’s very short outing with the new camera. I might go back out to a particular spot at sunset, today. Please note that no editing has been done to the photos aside from cropping them together in a single image.

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First Day tackling the new Camera

Now, obviously I am just now getting into this camera… and I haven’t figured out the settings and focus yet, but I will. Today was my first day actually taking it out and goofing off with it. These two photos (although not great), are me just playing with the zoom on my back porch. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty ridiculous. I think I am going to have fun trying to capture wildlife with this thing. I have a few locations already picked out to visit with this sweet, sweet camera.

My hope for today was to get the chance to do some night sky observations, but it is relatively overcast right now. Oh well…

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Got a new Camera – Nikon p900

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Now, I am not one to generally splurge on things for myself… But, for this item I made an exception. I have been eyeballing the Nikon p900 for close to 7 months now and finally just gave in and got one. I am in no way a photographer, although I do have quite a few friends that do it for a living. No, I just enjoy the art of it. Although I am inexperienced, I am looking forward to tackling this camera and having it on my outings with the family.

For example, this thing would have been great to have at the kite festival this last weekend.

Here is one example of why this camera has gotten my attention.

Make a kite from scratch they said…

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Now, obviously these photos are not at all doing it justice… but, the lady friend started making a kite from scratch the other day. And well, it got off the ground. It’s of a guy with a frowny face that has a rainbow over his head. Hopefully I will post some better photos of it in action at the Austin Kite Festival This next weekend!

Updating the swag on my truck

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So, I have had this truck for something like 4 or 5 years now… if not longer. And the entire time I have had it there has been this massive sticker on the back window totally obstructing my view in the rearview mirror. After all this time I had never attempted to take that sticker off because I thought it would mess up the tent. And sure enough, silly me… the tenting is on the inside.

How silly do I feel, right?

Anyway, now that I realized this after such a long time… this last weekend I took off that massive sticker of a monster-dog and replaced it with something a little more befitting, I think. Oh, and I also got a license plate cover, too.

The Store finally completely updated

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It has been a really fun project, but all fun things eventually come to an end. Updating the store has been completed. All of the listings on The Store have gotten totally overhauled visually. In the process I also went through and did some updates to the Analytics for the site as well to help boost traffic. And I have to say, I am already seeing a difference.

Here are how some of the photos turned out.

The friend of mine that was very happy to help in this endeavor was my friend from church Mercedes Morgan. She is a professional photographer here in Austin. She does special events, family portraits, weddings, and the like. I definitely recommend checking out some of her stuff. Her skills with the camera are very clean and I am thinking my family will be hitting her up sooner than later for some family photos for the dining room.

Only three more to go

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I just wanted to post a quick notice, pointing out that the Etsy Store is only 3 followers shy of reaching 2,000. With that, I just wanted to mention to everyone that reads my blog, if you haven’t already… please go check out the store and give it a follow. I think it would be epic if we hit the 2,000 mark this weekend with your help.

In order to become a store follower all you need to do is “favorite” the shop!