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the funny part of the business

I’m still figuring out my camera.  Which I think is great.  I started off with a Nikon D3200 (I think?) – and it felt so complicated and foreign, I could barely wrap my head around it.

WTF do you mean ISO? – me from the past.

I had it for a couple of years, and as I became more informed, and figured out the knob and shots and what have you – I realized that camera wasn’t for me.  GOOD CAMERA.  Not knocking it, at all.  But, no chemistry, for whatever reason.

I felt like Harry Potter searching for the right wand in Ollivander’s.  (Yeah, I went there.)

I still feel like that at times.  On my current camera – Canon Rebel T6s, I know there are features I won’t use.  Or, really don’t use as often because I’m strictly on more manual settings at this point.  I don’t use the auto feature, or the instant landscape, or portrait, active… etc. etc.  It feels so much like cheating.

I want to know what my ISO is and my shutter speed and my aperture, etc. etc.  Those features automatically set it, and that’s it.  There are cameras that don’t have these, but I feel like I’m on a good transitional camera.  And when I get to that point – whenever it is, I’ll make the switch.

But if you check out my instagram – @tabicusmaximus – you’ll see the progress.  It’s been a great journey.

There is one matter of recent business that cracks me up a bit:

There is an end-goal here, and that’s to do this full-time and live off of being a traveler through my writing and photography, and knowing that people in the world are enjoying what I share.

My average of likes and comments are growing, but on average, I get 40 – 50 likes per photo.  This time last year, the average was about 10 likes per photo, all from people I do know.  And I’m super happy with that growth.  A decent amount of the engagement I see now is from people I don’t know, who don’t follow me, but they’ve taken the time to let me know they like what I’ve posted.  It’s a good feeling.

I have hiked hours for these photos, traveled by plane and automobile, and by legs, hundreds to thousands of miles.  (Maybe not thousands of miles by leg…)  I’ve hiked through Iceland, the desert, Pacific Northwest – and increased my skills of photography (and hiking).

Nothing cracked me up more to take a silly old picture with my phone of a new lens I purchased, and have that be a winning post.  Canon commented on it, and hundreds of people liked it, and I gained 50 more followers in a night.

It’s the damnedest thing, really.  I’m sure Canon commenting and liking the photo was a huge influence on the post itself – but doesn’t that beat all?  A quick snap of a phone in my kitchen is what brought me some attention.

The new lens I purchased is a wide angle 10 – 18mm.  She’s a beaut.  I can’t get over how great the images are that I’m getting.  I do appreciate some bokeh and a close-up shot – but these wide angle lenses… FORGETTABOUTIT.

Anyone out there reading this have a love for wide angle lenses?

Photo taken at Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA with the aforementioned Canon and 10-18mm lens.

 

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I don’t post about specific buildings too often. The Montréal Tower is pretty cool. It was built for the 1976 Olympics and is now just abandoned space. The pool is still in use for locals and you can go to the top of the tower. 
The view is fantastic from the top, you can see all of Montréal and then some. 
I also enjoyed walking around the deserted Olympian stadium. It’s weird to see all that effort to go in to constructing a space and now it just sits except for a small piece. 
Canon 5D MarkIV, 35mm on a 24-70mm lens, f/10, 1/400 seconds, ISO 100 *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #montreal #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec Enjoying the canon B&W theme this week. Here’s the last one I’ll post! 
Taken recently in Quebec City, Canada. 
Canon 5D MarkIV, 24 mm on a 24-70mm lens, f/5.6, 1/160 seconds, ISO 100 *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #quebeccity #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec Having some fun with the B&W challenge from Canon. 
This is one of my favorite photos from the Grand Canyon. 
Taken with my Canon Rebel T6s, 18mm, f/11.0, 1/125 seconds, ISO 100 *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #nationalpark #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #grandcanyon #worldnomads #femmetravel #arizona Old Port in Montréal is a blast. A lot of the pictures I took begged to be in black and white, especially the nighttime photos. The bright lights really helped the night pop. 
Taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV, 24-70mm, f/11.0, 1/40 seconds, ISO 32000. *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #montreal #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec This is part of the Japanese Garden at Montréal’s Botanical Gardens. 
We bought a double ticket - one to visit the gardens and the other to see the Montréal Tower across the street. I thought I’d spend hours at the garden considering what they have on their site and what I’ve seen others post online, and I figured only a moment at the tower. 
The gardens were under construction and several paths and areas were closed with detour signs. It was incredibly hard to navigate and at one point we had to exit the gardens on one side and re-enter on another to attempt to see some more. Because of getting frustrated, we left and headed to the tower. 
The tower was a fantastic and pleasant surprise. Super neat and enjoyable. I’ll post more about it. *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #montreal #ourplanetdaily #discoverearth #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec This post got away from me, and it’s wordy enough that it’s been cut off. Please see my comments for the rest. 
I took this photo almost two years ago now.  Instantly, I am critical. How I could have done the lighting better, held the camera a different way, changed settings to freeze the waterfall in the moment better or to give it better movement. Why didn’t I just wait two more minutes and no people would be in the shot? It was daylight for another 20 hours anyway, etc. 
I found a picture of myself from three years ago. A quick shot on a point-and-shoot in a crappy hotel during a work trip. My hair was super long and healthy, I was in good shape and eating well, and my immediate reaction was “I look really good here. Why was I so hard on myself?” When I took the photo in Iceland, I was so happy. I was so proud I had brought myself to that very moment. No one got me there but me; I drove through Iceland on my own and trusted whatever came my way during my stay. And when I got to Kirkjufell, a place I had seen online and in books so many times, I was grinning ear-to-ear. I was standing in a spot that women have stood who inspired me to travel. Photographers I look up to. Locals. Sheep. The northern lights have danced above this very piece of earth, and two years later I criticize the poor photography instantly before remembering how happy I was at that moment. 
When I took the photo at the hotel three years ago, I wanted to be skinnier. I wanted to look prettier. I stood in front of the mirror there for almost an hour tearing myself apart for not meeting the ridiculous standard I kept changing. And three years later I’d give anything to look like me in that photo again. *
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