A Traveler’s Confession – Camera Lust

A Traveler’s Confession – Camera Lust

I made a hard decision today – I am moving on from my beloved Nikon D40X.

The break up went a little like this – I’m sorry, it’s not me, it’s you. You’re getting old, you process things really slowly, your SD slot is broken and your LCD screen is cracked.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a great six years together. We’ve gone everywhere from Galicia to Chilean Patagonia.

Spider web
How else could I take such a cool photo of a spider web on Chiloe Island?

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral                      Or such a scary picture of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain?

My Nikon even made me money when I used to work as an event photographer in Chicago.

Tickled Pink Chicago                 My photography assistant/best buddy and I enjoying free cocktails on the job… whoops.

But I have a confession –

I want a new camera. Or to be honest, lots of new cameras.

I feel like a traitor for saying this. I feel like a vegetarian eating pulled pork. I love my Nikon D40X, I really do. But there are greener (and hopefully faster) pastures out there.

My dad gave me this Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 for my college graduation and I absolutely love it; There isn’t a better pocket-sized camera on the market. But I also really want to upgrade my dSLR.

I have my eye on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. It has HD Video and 18 megapixels (which is a huge upgrade from the D40X’s 10). And I think it would match perfectly with the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens. After seeing Alex in Wanderland’s Hawaii photos I was sold.

My newest fantasy is that post-France I will shack up on a Thai beach to learn how to scuba dive. To take beautiful underwater photos I would need a camera with underwater housing, right? So that’s where the Canon PowerShot SD1300IS and Canon Underwater Housing come in.

Chiloe Island This is my internal dialogue on the subject: How can I go to Thailand without a wide-angle lens? That’s like, a sin! 

And truthfully some of my biggest travel regrets involve cameras. I went to Ecuador in 2006, one of the most photogenic countries on the planet, equipped with a disposable. There I was, snapping photos of crumbling Inca ruins in the middle of the majestic, windswept Andes mountains, using a throwaway camera. It’s amazing how much you forget as the years pass, and photographs to me are the best way to relive precious memories.

But this tech-lust doesn’t stop at cameras. After 22 years as a loyal PC user, I’ve decided to move on to a Mac (again, such treason!). My computer is only two years old but is a complete piece of junk that overheats after three minutes of video-watching and weighs about 10 pounds. I’ve been thinking the 13-inch Macbook Pro would be perfect. And to accompany that I will need Adobe Illustrator, naturally.

So the grand total? A whopping $2,628. And most of that is used goods on Amazon! The grand total of camera gear alone is $1,286.

Here’s the roster:

Canon Eos Rebel T2i – $465 (used on Amazon)

Canon Wide Angle Zoom Lens -$579 (used on Amazon)

Canon Powershot SD1300IS – $59 (used on Amazon)

Canon Underwater Housing – $186

13-inch Macbook Pro – $950 (used on Amazon)

Adobe Illustrator – $389 (used on Amazon)

I would LOVE any camera recommendations that you all have. Please comment or email me with suggestions, it would be much appreciated!

Saturday Snapshot 2

Saturday Snapshot 2

In order to file my au pair visa, I had to drive five long hours to the French consulate of Chicago. Considering I lived in Chicago for the past four years, it was also an excuse to visit some very beloved friends and family. And to enjoy some much-needed bonding time with little brother.

I had a hard time narrowing things down — I need your votes! Will it be photo one, two, three or four?

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Street Art from Around the World

Street Art from Around the World

I love street art and like to snap pictures of it wherever I go. Here is some of the best I’ve seen all over the world; from European cities like Barcelona, Paris and Brussels to South American cities like Santiago and Valparaiso. There is also some art from less visited places like Portugal, Uruguay and Mallorca and even my hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Here is my favorite street art from around the world.

Hint – scroll over the photos to see which city they are from.

Barcelona Street Art

Street Art Brussels

Street Art Brussels

Brussels Street Art

Street Art Santiago

Street Art Santiago

Street Art Paris

Street Art Mallorca

Street Art Valparaiso

Street Art Valparaiso

Valparaiso Street Art Tree

Street Art Brussels

Street Art Valparaiso

Street Art Valparaiso

Street Art Colonia, Uruguay

Street Art Girona, Spain

Street Art Porto, Portugal

Street Art Detroit

Street Art Santiago

Street Art Santiago

 

Where have you seen the coolest street art?

Saturday Snapshot 1

Saturday Snapshot 1

Please meet the first post of my Saturday Snapshot series! I wanted to post a photo each week of the coolest or most inspiring thing I had seen all week. As I am currently living in Michigan my life is not that interesting, but bear with me – I just got news from France that the ministry of labor approved my au pair papers! I should be in Paris in less than three weeks.

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How to Meet the Parents in a Foreign Country

How to Meet the Parents in a Foreign Country

Meeting my ex-boyfriend’s family was mildly terrifying. Not only was I more than 5,000 miles away from home in Santiago, Chile, I was also being interrogated by a room full of curious and wide-eyed Chileans. Needless to say, it was uncomfortable.

Here are some tips on how to meet the parents in a foreign country. May you fare better than I did.

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