It’s day 6 of our long awaited New Zealand holiday. In all but our last minute preparations, my main concern was packing paints, brushes, camera and tripod, but thanks to my ever so organised husband, I managed to tick off some essentials as well.
With a lengthy trip in mind, my biggest asset is my camera mounted onto a tripod in the cabin of our motorhome. It allows me to capture no fuss snap shots of scenery, sheep, cows and towns and acts as diary of our journey as well.
My all purpose travel camera is the Canon Powershot SX60 HS. I’ve had it for a few years now, so undoubtably there are better ones on the market. It has a 130x zoom, with an actual 65x optical zoom with another 65 x digital zoom. There’s no point in using the digital, as you can achieve the same or better result by zooming in whilst processing. Using the 65x optical zoom, I can often see the name of a ship on the horizon!!
It takes raw images as well, but I don’t use this feature, when in the motorhome, to keep it as fast as I can. The other great feature is the flip screen. This gives me the opportunity to take photos out of the side window with the screen facing me. Keeping in the camera in shutter priority, I use a shutter speed of 1/1600th with an attached remote control. I also keep the control knobs on the tripod a little loose so that I can quickly move to an interesting scene. With the shutter half pressed giving me automatic focus, away we go!
Here are some happy snaps taken on the road out of the side window with hubby driving at a speed of approximately 70 – 80 km/per hour. Naturally, there are lots of duds, but there is enough to keep the travel diary happy! This is how I do it, but if you know of a better way, feel free to shed some light! 🙂 For demo purposes they are unedited in anyway, straight from the camera.