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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Foggy Friday

I live on a hill only about 250m above the low lying Canterbury plains, in fact on the other side of one of the low hills in the centre of this picture, on the outskirts of the city. But many winter mornings it is like living in the sky (although unfortunately it is often brown). Yesterday the fog sat even lower than in this (stolen) picture, and from home I could see across 100s of kilometres of cloud from a clear sunny day.

7 Comments:

Anonymous chimpanzee said...

"(stolen) picture"

If I send you a HP R507 digital camera (4M pixel, which I've hardly used), would you take possession & use it?

I'm even toying with the idea of spending $200, & getting you a 8M pixel Canon Powershot A720 which has a stitch mode for landscape panorama:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/photostitch.htm

So, you can blog some cool NZ panos. I just saw a recent Globe Trekker episode about NZ.

"sleeping bag full of holes"

I can throw in a sleeping bag (I've never used) in the package as well.

June 21, 2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

The Canon powershot series are the best. I like the ones with the integral rechargeable battery, rather than those that take AA. The one I have has low light capability so it doesn't need the flash very much.

June 22, 2008 3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chimpanzee, you will need to be careful with the customs declaration if you post it to her. Recently I ordered myself some replacement computer gear from Texas, and it was held up by customs so long (with no notice to me) that I thought it must have been lost in the post.

I don't know how picky the New Zealand customs are about import duty for posted items.

June 22, 2008 4:36 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Wow, Chimpanzee, that's so generous of you! Surely you have something else, closer to home, that you had better spend the money on. I'm not getting into the mountains at all at the moment, so it wouldn't get used that much at first. Anyway, thanks so much.

June 22, 2008 6:18 AM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

"In a time of need, you know who your real friends are"

Maybe the best idea is to setup a Paypal "donation" account. Say, $20/friend x 10 friends will get that Powershot A720. I could actually see the account grow to more than $200.

[ BTW, a HS alumni of mine (Caltech physics grad student) goes to Antarctica via NZ, so.. ]

I put out a query to some QTVR friends about a portable QTVR setup for an athletic sportsperson like yourself (who is also tech savvy). You can do stuff like:

http://360vr.com/Hawaii/Aloha_Tower/

When you hike ("tramp") do you like to go "light", or can you carry a tripod/digital SLR/brackets? Imagine building a portfolio of cool QTVR panos from exotic NZ hiking locales.

June 22, 2008 8:42 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Chimpanzee, I can only carry heavy camera gear on relatively easy trips. And there's no point recommending this to me because (a) there are plenty of professionals here who take good photos and (b) I'm the world's lousiest photographer. It's all a nice idea, but if I had $200 I could think of about 3120 things to spend it on that would all be less luxury items than a camera. That's not to say I wouldn't appreciate it. Thanks for all the thoughts.

June 22, 2008 6:41 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Your photos of NZ are always enjoyable.

June 24, 2008 2:53 AM  

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