Any regulars will notice a difference in the look of this blog. The old blog format only allowed me to post small pictures and, as I mentioned in my previous post, I now have a fabulous new camera that takes much better shots that deserve to be BIG ...
Try saying that quickly ... orange rims, red rims, orange rims, red rims ...
I thought it was about time that I get serious about this blogging thing. Auckland Cycle Chic turned two years old last week so I celebrated with the purchase of a proper camera.
I started in 2009 with a second hand 'happy snappy' that my sister gave me ...
The quality was not great but it was a start
Then I bought my own 'happy snappy' and this one had a zoom ...
Picture quality was still not great but I could capture more shots ... as long as they weren't moving very fast!
But now I have a proper digital SLR .... and boy what a difference
Click on the image to see the definition - wow!
Of course the first thing is that now I feel like a REAL photographer and today people weren't giving me that odd "what is she doing?" look that I usually get when I lurk on street corners.
The second big difference is that the camera actually does what it is told ... rather than thinking about it and then finally agreeing, which often makes me miss the shot! It also means that I now have more than one opportunity to get a photo and with the special 'sport' mode (yes I know, but what can you do? That is what it says on the button). It will take multiple shots at a time so you can pick the best - brilliant!
I know you will all miss my 'arty' shots of missed cyclists but maybe I'll throw in the occasional one for old times sake!
When I tell people that I am car-free, the concept often doesn't quite penetrate. They are sort of stupefied, as if it is such a foreign idea that they just can't wrap their mind around it. Next comes the 'how do you buy food?', 'How do you get about?' questions.
On the other side of the fence, I often wonder why these are even questions. I cycle, I walk, I take the bus, train, or air plane, I sometimes take a taxi, and very occasionally I hire a car. But mostly we just strap it to the bikes and cycle like the Aucklanders below ...
Old school chic
Red and waterproof
Need some wood from Placemaker? Just strap it on and cycle.
Pop down to the Britomart market for some fruit and veg.
I also have two huge wicket baskets that go either side for a large haul!