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a new moon

On November 4, 2017, I drove out to Daytona Beach to take pictures of the full moon.   I used my Nikon  Coolpix L340.  I really like this camera but it has its limitations.  Here are a few of the pics o f the moon I took.

I wanted to take some pictures where you can really see the moon, pics like I see on the internet.  After this, I went online to do some online research on how to take pictures of the moon.  The tutorials I found required adjustments to the settings for aperture, shutter speed and  ISO.  Unfortunately, my Nikon doesn’t allow for adjustments to these settings.

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Sony a6000.  This is my first camera that has the ability to make adjustments to the settings mentioned above plus much more.  This is also my first camera with changeable lenses.

On, December 31, 2017, I went and took pictures of the full (well almost full, it was actually full on January 1) and I am encouraged this camera will be able to take the kind of pictures I would like.

I took these two pics with the point and shoot method but they came out pretty good.  I think once I actually learn how to use the adjustable features and change the aperture, shutter speed or ISO, I will take some amazing pics of the moon.  I hope so anyway.

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Christmas Tree Trail

When: December 2017
Where: Disney Springs, Florida
What: Christmas Tree Trail

We went to Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida to see the Christmas Tree Trail.   In addition to the trees, there were lots of Christmas lights and decorations all over Disney Springs.  We went on the weekend so it was VERY crowded.  Fortunately, Disney Springs has two large parking garages so you usually can find parking. We had a wonderful time, definitely worth a visit.  

There approximately 25 character themed trees.  I went thru the trail twice to make sure I got a picture of every tree. The first tree, one with tags as ornaments.  It has logos for all the different stores here at Disney Springs.  The second tree but  first character themed tree.  Mickey & Minnie Mouse, it is really cute!  It is decorated with red and white polka dots on bows and other bows and some mickey ornaments.   All the trees had ornaments and decorations relating to the character – for example Cinderella has pumpkins, carriages and swans. Dumbo is my favorite character. The tree is very colorful and has ornaments for things you might see at a circus.

 

In addition to all the beautiful trees you can also see Santa at Santa’s Chalet.   As you can see from the sign, there was quite a wait to see Santa.

 

 

 

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

I visited New York city last year.  One of my favorite things was Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  It is an amazing church.  Absolutely beautiful, inspiring!.  I am not even catholic but when I have the opportunity to visit NYC again I would like to attend mass.   The church has so much to that you could easily spend several hours there.   My pictures really don’t do the church justice, it is really breath taking.  Of course that didn’t stop me from taking a whole bunch of pics. 

There was alot of amazing statures and alters.      Visitors would light candles and pray.  Of course I was tempted to take pictures of people praying, I am snap crazy but the need to be respectful won out.  If you ever have a chance to visit this church I highly recommend it. 

The stained glass windows are amazing as well.    Beautifully colorful and detailed.

 

The website for the church is https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/.

 

 

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