The dreaded lurgy. It came to visit our house this week, and it was not good. All of us were impacted by it at some stage throughout the week.
My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Big Wave Fun
This afternoon we made our way to one of our favourite parks. While Hannah and Emma had a play, I wandered down to the beach with the Panasonic Lumix Tz110 in hand. I had been eager to get the camera outside and have some fun with it.
Turns out, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Large surf had closed all the beaches for swimmers, but it had created ideal conditions for some of the more adventurous beach-goers. Kiteboarders and windsurfers were out in full force. It was a great way to explore the telephoto aspect of the TZ110. All of the following photos have undergone some adjustments.
It is hard to gain a sense of perspective with this panorama. The beaches of Cronulla sprawl for kilometres. The building that says “Cronulla RSL Memorial Club” is about 1.8km away!
It was a great day for some big wave fun, and an excellent opportunity for me to get out and try the camera. I had the Panasonic Lumix Tz110 set to auto and It performed very well. The telephoto was great, a lot of this action was happening a long way off shore.
Disclosure – Panasonic provided Blog Of Dad with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 for the purpose of review. The views expressed in this post are entirely my own, based on my experiences with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.
My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 First Photos
Photography is my favourite hobby, so when Panasonic offered to send over their compact LUMIX TZ110 for review, I jumped at the chance. The LUMIX range of cameras always seem to perform well, so I was very keen to get my hands on one and put it through its paces.
As luck would have it, the arrival of the new camera coincided with wet weather, including a few of the heaviest downpours so far this year. Not exactly conducive to getting out and about and taking some happy snaps. Not to worry, there will be plenty of time for that. Instead I made do with what I had. I spent some time testing the low-light performance and the zoom range. The following photos are some of my first shots with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110. All of the photos were taken in RAW format and have undergone light post-processing.
What Does the monkey think of the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110? He seemed happy enough to pose for a photo!
This was taken in reasonably low light. The TZ110 automatically selected ISO3200 for the shot. I applied a little noise reduction to the RAW file and I am very happy with the result. Low light photos are often problematic with a point-and-shoot, but the TZ110 looks like it up to the task. I’m looking forward to experimenting with it further.
Okay, a cordless house phone isn’t the most inspiring subject for a photo ever, but I wanted to test out the sharpness of photos taken in the “macro” setting. Again, I think the compact Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 performs this task pretty well. The numbers (and much smaller letters) on the keys are crisp, even at 100% zoom.
The noise is fairly minimal and at f5.2, the focus is sharp over most of the subject. I find the way that the focus gradually softens pleasing and I’m impressed with the automatic metering. It did an exceptional job of balancing the highlights of the white phone with the lowlights of the shadow.
Rain, Rain, Go Away…
As I said before, with the arrival of the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 came a heavy downpour. While I couldn’t get outside to take some glorious beach panoramas (they will come), I did take advantage of the available conditions. I took the following photos at the maximum zoom length of 91mm (which is equivalent to 250mm on a full-frame camera).
Stay tuned for plenty more photos from the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 over the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to actually taking it out of the house and giving it a proper test. So far I’m impressed by the versatility offered by such a compact camera.
Disclosure – Panasonic provided Blog Of Dad with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 free of charge, for the purpose of review. The views expressed in this post are entirely my own, based on my experiences with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.
I recently wrote about the little changes that I am making to improve my health, following an unfortunate incident with a kidney stone. As painful as the experience was, it was a great wake-up call – a motivator to live a healthier life.
One of my biggest focusses has been exercise. While this is not directly related to the cause of the kidney stone (hello junk food!), I know that a sedentary lifestyle was beginning to impact other aspects of my health. The kidney stone made me realise that avoidable, self-inflicted health problems are painful, a little embarrassing and not at all worth whatever it was that I had sacrificed my health for in the first place.
In my previous post I wrote about setting small goals with the help of my Fitbit Blaze. I hypothesised that setting a series of small, achievable goals was the best way to work towards a bigger picture of a healthier life. I believe I now have some evidence to back up that claim, but first…
A few years ago (after quite a period of inactivity), I decided I would run the City to Surf. It was an ambitious plan, to say the least. I was unfit and a little bit… older than I was when I was at my fittest. The City to Surf is a reasonably challenging 14 kilometre run with a very challenging, 2km rise, aptly named “Heartbreak Hill”.
In order to prepare myself for the run, I decided to knock out a 5 kilometre run around my local area. I set a course that involved a giant hill, just to really prepare me for Heartbreak Hill.
It didn’t prepare me, it broke me. I was out of breath before I had even made it to the hill, and I had to walk nearly the whole way up it. About half way up I had to stop and suck in a few huge breaths, while trying my hardest to not pass out. I was sore and sorry for days. I didn’t run the City to Surf that year, or any other year.
My problem was that I had set a big goal (of running the City to Surf), without any real plan of how to achieve it. I tried to practise, and I failed spectacularly. The embarrassment of that failure, combined with the physical pain over the following days, turned me off running again for a long time.
From Little Things…
One of the good things about aging is that you become a little wiser. If you are paying attention, you learn from your experiences and you avoid making the same mistake twice.
When I decided to start running again at the end of last year, I approached it differently. I had no “big goal” in mind, just an understanding that I needed to participate in regular exercise, or suffer the consequences. I decided to use my newly-acquired Fitbit Blaze to collect some baseline data. The results were not good, in fact they were pretty terrible. I was shuffling along at an old-man pace, and I didn’t have the gumption to run any distance worth writing about – I was running less than two kilometres at over six minutes per kilometre.
The great thing about my approach this time is that those statistics didn’t bother me, they just informed my decisions around what to do next.
Compound Fitness: Small Goals = Huge Gains
I’m sure you have heard of compound interest. It is, after all, a powerful force for increasing wealth. In the last few months I have found that the same can be applied to fitness. The time that I have invested into my fitness has begun to pay off with ever-increasing levels of performance. The more I run, the quicker I am able to rein in my small goals.
For example, in my last post I talked about my 5-in-5-at-5 goal (five kilometres in five minutes per kilometre at 5 am). I was running four kilometres in just over 5 minutes per kilometre (at 5 am). I set myself the goal of running those kilometres in under five minutes per kilometre. Once I achieved that for six consecutive runs (2 weeks of running), I would move up to 5 kilometres.
I achieved my 4km goal, and so increased my distance to 5 kilometres as planned. I had assumed that I would have to adjust my pace to cater for the extra kilometre – that I would have to conserve my energy in the first few kilometres, in order to survive the extra one at the end.
However, on my first 5 kilometre run I found that I could maintain my pace from before. Even more surprising, I felt like I could keep running at the end of it. Where once a 5 kilometre run had nearly killed me, now it was comfortable. It was even enjoyable!
All of a sudden, I had achieved my 5-in-5-at-5 goal! But that was just one run. With exercise, consistency is key. I went out for my second 5km run and, much to my delight, it was just as fast and just as enjoyable as the first one! I could comfortably run 5 kilometres in under five minutes per kilometre. In fact, I was beginning to get tantalisingly close to running it in four-and-a-half minutes per kilometre.
Where to Next?
My plan is to run for a few more weeks on my 5-in-5-at-5 schedule. I feel like I can go harder, but I don’t want to push it just yet. I know from experience that if I get carried away, I will just push to the point where I can’t do it anymore, then give up. That cannot happen, a healthy life is just too precious to me to throw it away again. I’m happy for now that I have already achieved my running goal. Not bad considering it’s only February!
I plan to spend at least two weeks consistently running every kilometre in under five minutes. Once I know I have that under control, then I will move to the next phase on my running. That will involve mixing things up a bit. Some longer distances, and some interval training perhaps. I can’t wait!
Anyone who knows anything about the internet knows that it has unbreakable rules, and one of the most sacred unbreakable rules is that bloggers who get tagged by other bloggers to write chain posts MUST do so*. As I happen to very much like the internet, I don’t want to be the person responsible for its ultimate demise. So when the legendary Daddy Poppins tagged me on his
silly informative list of 10 things that piss me off, I had no option but to comply. So here it is, my list of…
10 things that piss me off
- Writer’s block. Bloody writer’s block.
- This shit from the people who are supposed to be getting on with running the joint.
- The Wind. Get out of my face, wind.
- Writer’s block. Sorry, did I already say that?
- The follow/unfollow game (if you don’t know what that is, you’re better off for it).
- When I work hard on a post and not many people read it.
- Writer’s block.
- People who do a half-arsed job of writing responses to chain posts in order to appease the internet overlords, without actually contributing anything worthwhile to the great knowledge base of humanity.
- All those actual truly terrible things that happen in the world. You know, real problems.
- Lyle Sheldon**.
- Writer’s block.
- People who can’t count.
Well there you have it folks, twelve things that piss me off. Don’t forget, if I have tagged you on Twitter, you now have the heavy responsibility of ensuring that the internet remains intact forevermore. Go ahead and write your list, because if you don’t and the internet is destroyed, you will become the 14th thing on my list… or is it 13th? Whatever.
*May not actually be a thing. It’s entirely possible I just made it up, right now.
**Okay, I will admit that I spend approximately 0% of my time contemplating Lyle Sheldon. BUT, he was trending on Twitter*** while I was trying to beat my writer’s block. That really pissed me off.
***He stopped trending minutes after I wrote this. Perhaps it was some kind of sign. Now Elon Musk is trending. I like Elon Musk, he doesn’t piss me off at all.
My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Dotonbori Nightlife
I have finally gotten around to processing my photos from last year’s Japan adventure. We had the most amazing time on that trip, but it feels like it was so long ago already. Looking through the photos was a great reminder of all fun times we had.
I have already used a Dotonbori photo for a My Sunday Photo post, but I thought this week I would take you deep into the unique world of the Dotonbori nightlife. Keep in mind that these photos were taken at about 9pm on a Sunday night. I had the distinct feeling that the place was just starting to warm up! Each of these photos was taken with the tiny, but brilliant Sony RX100 compact camera. Click on each photo for the full-sized image.
The place actually has to be seen to be believed, and I know that my photos cannot truly do it justice, but the following are at least a couple of snippets into the neon lights, the incredible food and the unbelievable hoards of people that are drawn there like moths to a (very large) porch light.
The footprint of Dotonbori may be small, but I can assure you that we are just scratching the surface with these photos. It is an incredible place and well worth the visit if you ever get a chance.