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journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
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journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails
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journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trails

journey of doing - cinque terre hike photos, monterosso al mare photos, vernazza photos, cinque terre trailsP I N I T

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While we all know that I’m the worst at editing my photos in a timely fashion, I do get a lot of love on my photos (when I eventually post them), so I thought it would be fun to talk about what’s in my camera bag when I travel!  While I have a small mirrorless camera, today I’m talking about my Canon system.  For reference, I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II.

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Photography is definitely one of my passions, but it’s not cheap. I was really excited when I found the Canon refurbished lens site.  I ordered one lens to try it out last year, and it was sharp as a tack and absolutely perfect.  I have no qualms about recommend that you use this site, particularly when they have the additional 15% off sales!

What’s In My Camera Bag – Prime Lenses

Canon 50mm, f/1.2

This is my go-to lens.  It’s never what’s in my camera bag, it’s what’s on my camera almost all the time.  Before I upgraded to the f/1.2 version, I used the nifty fifty, upgraded to the slightly better version, and eventually bought the bullet and purchased the real thing.  This lens does a great job in any and all lighting conditions, but it is particularly powerful in low light situations.  I love the way that I can make the colors pop or fade into bright sunlight.  I’ve gotten so much mileage out of this lens that it’s the first thing I recommend to people who want to take their photography to the next level.

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Canon 85mm, f/1.8 USM

When I did wedding photography, I absolutely loved the 85mm for candid shots during the reception.  It has beautiful bokeh when you shoot wide open, it’s sharp, and the price is fairly budget-friendly.  It’s a great addition to the 50mm (once you master it).  I’ve never shot with the (much) more expensive version, but I’ve heard it’s really heavy.  Personally, with the lens, I’ve never thought I needed to upgrade what’s in my camera bag.  This is an awesome lens for portraits and AND travel.  I just LOVE it.

Canon 200mm, f/2.8L II USM

Guys.  This lens is heavy.  Really heavy.  I’m thinking about buying the 135mm to see if it’s any lighter, but the 200mm is tough to travel with.  I haven’t used the 200mm too often – in fact, this is the first picture I’ve downloaded from it – but it is very, very sharp.  I have had a hard time using it with a tripod (because of the weight), but if you’ve got strong arm muscles, this would be a great option if you want to shoot long-range distances or detail shots.  This picture is a close up of the details of the astronomical clock in Prague.  I can’t wait to edit more pictures from this lens though – I think I’ve got some keepers to share!
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Canon 35mm, f/1.4L

My mom just got me this lens for Christmas and I can’t wait to try it out!!  My friend Erin says it will change my life… so I’m super excited to get out and shoot with it.

Canon 24mm, f/1.4L II USM

Tom got me this lens for Christmas… and I’m excited to try it out.  While my wide angle lens covers both of these focal lengths, I’m excited to have the additional aperture range similar to what I have on the 50mm.  I’m excited to see how both of these perform in low light situations.

What’s in My Camera Bag – Wide Angle Lens

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Canon 16-35mm, f/2.8L

My wide angle lens is my second most used lens!  It’s fairly lightweight for L-glass and it’s extremely versatile.  I LOVE it for travel photography, but there can be a little bit of distortion when you shoot extremely wide.  It also doesn’t have the same aperture range as the prime lenses, but it does really well in low light.  This lens did an awesome job shooting fireworks when we were at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain for the 4th of July.  One of the reasons I really love this lens is because of the different ways you can frame shots.  Believe it or not, the picture below was shot using the my wide lens, not a zoom lens!

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What’s in your camera bag when you travel?  Do you have a favorite lens??  Are there any gems that I’ve missed?

 

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Isabel, Marcella, Vanessa, Lauren

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  • Katie - Oh my gosh, lens envy! I have the Canon 6D and shoot the 50 mm, f/1.2 but now you’ve made me want MANY MANY more!

    Katie | Willow and WhiteReplyCancel

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy} - You really do take amazing photos, Sara! I’d love to actually pour time into my camera. They’d never be that great, but I’d like to at least get a better lens than the one that I have.ReplyCancel

  • Van - Love this! I just got my first DSLR a couple of months ago and already know that I need a telezoom lens – Norwegian mountains and wildlife kinda require one. Haven’t decided what other lens I’m going to buy though so I’ll bookmark this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katie Elizabeth - I had no idea lenses were so expensive!!! Holy cowwww! I need to start saving my money 😉 How nice that there is a refurbished website though!ReplyCancel

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - I love this post! I have used a Nikon all my life, but Chris got me a Canon for Christmas, so I’ve been researching new lenses. I think I want the 85mm or the 135mm. Can’t decide yet!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah CC - So many lenses!! I’m jealous – believe it or not, I mostly just travel with my trusty lil iphone! I used to have an amazing DSLR (Nikon) that I loved, but I left it on a ferry boat in San Fran :'( and since then I haven’t gotten the courage/funds up to purchase another one. Someday the time will be right! I still love reading about other peoples’ photography, though… keep those lenses safe!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - I know absolutely nothing about cameras, settings, lenses, and editing which is truly embarrassing as a blogger lol. You would be the best teacher ever! Your photos are always stunning <3
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  • Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld - Such a helpful post! 🙂 I really have no idea when it comes to lenses so this is so so helpful. And, what beautiful photos you take!!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - Your pictures are so gorgeous! I am definitely going to have to check out some of your lenses.I’m still majorly learning how to use my camera haha!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - I’m so jealous of your 5d mk ii. Although with all of the additions to the line of 5ds, this camera might drop low enough for me to purchase at some point in the future.

    I use the canon 60d and have mostly zoom lenses. My favorite is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L. I can’t remember if I have the first version or the second with IS or not. Either way, we had saved up a bunch of points on our credit card and added a few amazon gift cards for me to make the purchase. When I got it, I was disappointed that it wasn’t wide enough. Can you imagine? So I purchased a cheap Sigma along with it. I think it was 8-16mm F/4-5.6. Anyway, I’ve loved both lenses. The canon is really stable and a work horse. I use it almost all of the time. I love the zoom and low light capabilities of it. And the wide angle, I’ve just about killed. I took it on the beach and got sand all up in it. *sigh* And then I got a filter stuck onto it. I’ve been really mean to it… But now that I’ve had such a wide range of options, I don’t think I could ever go back to just the nifty fifty.

    I love what you are doing with your prime lenses, though. I feel like prime are much better for obtaining sharper images.

    Can I ask what bag you use? I use a book bag we got from Costco for $30, but it ends up feeling extremely heavy, and the zipper just broke. 🙁 (It will still zip, but the zipper is split in half if you know what I mean?) I’d love to know what you use and if you recommend it. I imagine you’d want to use a very light weight bag that is easy to carry considering you have so many lenses and travel so frequently!ReplyCancel

Welcome back to another 10 on Tuesday… where I’m happy to share the most random things on my mind and what’s going on in my world/head in a quick bullet point format.  It’s almost like a stream of consciousness inside my mind, which is admittedly, a very dangerous place to go.

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  • It doesn’t matter what you do, there’s always going to be haters.  Case and point?  The Women’s March.  I saw all kinds of people that I love and respect marching for various reasons… and yet, people want to say that they were excluded.  Not a single thing I saw excluded anyone.  They did say not to hijack the event and make it about a single issue… but they didn’t say that you couldn’t participate in the way you wanted to.  Please stop playing the victim.  Here are two posts on the Women’s March that I loved:  Steph ‘s Women’s March on Washington and To Christy on Facebook who doesn’t need the Women’s March.
  • People who are using religion to attack people who are trying to stand up for the rights of others… I have one scripture for you:  “”The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”-Matthew 25:40.  I may be a heathen in your eyes… but I know this book.
  • I have a renewed sense of urgency in my work.  I spent Friday in training with my staff all day.  We need to start creating leaders and going after our underclassmen.  We need to start (re)focusing on what’s going to move the ball forward for our kiddos.
  • People who work in the non-profit sector and don’t have the same sense of urgency that I do.  Why do we just assume that because we did SOMETHING we did enough?  Don’t we want to be effective?  Isn’t that why we got into this work?  Why doesn’t anyone else feel like their neighbor’s house is on fire?  And better yet, WHY ISN’T ANYONE ELSE GRABBING A HOSE?
  • Being productive?  I have all these ideas and things I want to do… and then I come home and want to do absolutely nothing.  How can I motivate myself to do more?  Suggestions?
  • Legislating on my body.  I don’t need men OR women judging what I do with my body.  Go back to your Bible and worry about your own body.  See that log in your eye?  You’re supposed to remove it before you try and take the one out of my eye.  Pray for my soul if you must.  But quit with the judging already.  If you want to know, I believe in a woman’s and family’s right to choose what works for their situation.  I see dozens of unwanted children every day and none of you are lining up to adopt them…. with the exception of Kelli.  She’s my hero.  Side note:  do you also try and legislate on the people who drink heavily, don’t exercise, eat foods that aren’t good for them?  Because I’m pretty sure that’s not respecting the vessel either…
  • Needing a hair cut.  I am so overdue for one it’s not even funny.  Why?  Why is it so hard for me to get this one?  Does anyone else struggle with this the way I do?
  • Amazon same day delivery?  This is SO cool yet so crazy.  How is it a thing??  How do they do it?  How is it cost effective?  Will it ever replace the behemoth that is Walmart?  Do people think of it like Target?  (I just came here for one thing…. but oooooh, look at this!)
  • The debate about when to dress up and when to wear make up?  How do you make your decisions?  I feel like I arbitrarily make these decisions.  Is there a method to the madness?  Is there a flow chart?  Does anyone else analyze things the way that I do?
  • What’s going to be the tipping point for America?  Will we know it when we see it?
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  • Katie Elizabeth - Do you really have Amazon same day delivery?! Now I really need to move to Dallas 😉ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - So cool that you work in the nonprofit sector! xx

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  • Sarah Elizabeth - Nonprofit work is so interesting in that some organizations I worked for every day was treated with intense urgency to the mission and other organizations it was a “we’re doing well, we’re doing enough. Let’s move slower.” Such an interesting comparison between missions and work that the different organizations did.

    In regards to the makeup/dressing up question, I judge it by how much time I have to get ready in the morning, how tired I am and what I’ll be doing that day. I spend most of my day in my office on my computer, so if I choose to not wear makeup, not many people will see!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy} - Awww…Sara, you’re so sweet. Oh gosh…the non profit world. The hubs and I have been talking about this a lot lately because of where he works and with both of us having business backgrounds, the people who aren’t urgent about anything drive us bonkers. On a different note, but somewhat similar, the type of work that he does (prison, human trafficking, foster/adopt ministries) requires investing in people, showing them Jesus by developing a relationship with them over time. His authorities constantly want numbers/metrics to show what he’s doing, but that’s almost impossible with what he does. One individual taking 2 hours to paint a wall should not equal a couple who fosters kids 24/7.ReplyCancel

  • cara - I work in non-profit and get so irritated with the lack of urgency by other people and partner agencies. It’s like really, get on board so we can help people! lolReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Thank you for this post! And especially for the scripture. I’m getting so tired of being told I’m obviously against God if I’m against Trump. And don’t even get me started on abortion rights. Because I attended the march I obviously marched against pro-life stances and, according to Trump, didn’t vote. Just. No. 🙁 I’m just waiting for the US to wake up and realize what a nightmare this all is.ReplyCancel

  • SMD @ Life According to Steph - Thanks for the mention!

    I am very arbitrary about when I wear makeup.

    Lots of Christians out there being not so Christian-y.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - Man, I totally feel nearly all of these bullet points (especially involving religion, the marches, the tipping point, etc.). It’s so disheartening to be on the internet every day and see what’s happening.ReplyCancel

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So, last week I mentioned some of the silly things I came across when looking at my old livejournal that I started in college.  I found this piece, The Case for Free Speech on Campus, and, in light of the events happening right now, I felt like it was the right thing to post.  You might not know that I was an op-ed in columnist in college.  I know.  Me?  Spout off my opinions in a public forum?  Never.  I started writing my column after being involved in a very politically charged event that affected one of my high school friends and his family.  I felt like I needed to have a voice among sheep.  Someday I’ll tell you more about that, too.  It was pivotal to my identity and the person I have become.

A little background:  I graduated from a university that is very firmly in the Bible belt.  It’s conservative.  Conservative af, actually.  Have you seen The Education of Shelby Knox?  (If you haven’t, Netflix it.)  That happened in the city where I attended high school and college.  We had the highest teen pregnancy rate (and one of the highest STD rates) in the country and no one would entertain anything but abstinence only education policy.  People ran off a tremendous teacher from my high school because he supported students who wanted to start a GSA chapter.  And, the huge research university?  They restricted free speech on campus to a small “free speech zone” removed from the middle of campus.  Their rational?  Because students, and I quote, “didn’t want to be forced to consider abortion or other things they don’t agree with on their way to class.”

…and on that note, someday, I’ll tell you how all these small instances turned me into a liberal, turned me against my university, and how this became one of the happiest days of my life.

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The Case for Free Speech on Campus

Originally published: October 08, 2004

Earlier this summer, protesters were in an uproar about being kept too far in the background during the Democratic National Convention. They felt their right to free speech was being violated, and being kept at a distance rendered their protesting useless. When the topic came up on a Dallas talk radio station, my mom, a conservative Republican, decided to call into the show. She informed the host that at Texas Tech, I would be forced to protest in certain areas only, saying: “Apparently if she wants to think, she has to be in a free speech zone.”

 

The host was shocked at this, asking what we were supposed to be learning in college if not to think for ourselves. Are free speech zones the wave of the future?

 

Apparently not, according to U.S. District Judge Samuel Cummings, who ruled on the issue earlier this week. I always have been irritated by the idea of having free speech zones on campus and not being able to do anything about it. I never understood how limiting where we can protest or pass out information would disturb the learning process. After all, look at UC Berkeley. Berkeley is well-known as one of the most liberal campuses in the United States; someone always is taking a stand for something on his campus. However, the academic institution still is regarded as outstanding in a variety of areas. Obviously campus-wide free speech has not inhibited the learning process there.

 

A common complaint regarding free speech zones suggests students don’t want to be “harassed” on their way to class. Perhaps these students have become too comfortable in their own little worlds and cannot fathom having their ideas challenged.

 

I do not know why everyone came to college, but one of the greatest things for me has been that I have had my beliefs sharply questioned. I have been opened to new ideas and ways of thinking and have grown from the expansion. I have changed the way I think about some things and have remained steadfast in others. If professors cannot give us their opinions in class, and students cannot make a stand for what they believe on campus, how can we gain knowledge and understanding about both sides of the issues currently facing society?

 

Personally, I do not think all that much is going to change if Tech allowed free speech anywhere on campus. We are known as a traditionally conservative campus with few extremist groups. I scarcely think we are going to have protesters chasing us with their signs, damning us for not following their ways. Every protest line I ever passed by when I went to school in California was peaceful. It was just another group of people, giving information about its personal crusade.

 

This is a landmark decision that left my jaw hanging open and me running to all my Tech classmates in Italy, shouting the good news. My roommates didn’t understand the excitement because they don’t have free speech zones on their campuses. What Tech administrators decide to do in cooperation with the ruling is yet to be seen, but I hope they keep Berkeley in mind.

 

After all, broadening our horizons should be one reason why we are here. And for the students afraid to have their convictions called into question, you always can find a new route to class. Or, you can keep on walking and ignore protesters.

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  • Sarah Elizabeth - This is SO relevant to today and the isolationist bubbles of thought being promoted on campuses around the country! Creating free speech bubbles or even designating safe spaces, takes you away from the uncomfortable confrontations of thought and expression that you are supposed to be exposed to in the process of higher education. You need to be exposed to things that challenge you and incite passions to arise – either solidifying your initial perspective or radically changing the way you process information on a certain subject. College is a time to be challenged in thought – its also why a strong liberal arts foundation is so critical. We need to teach people to think critically, to engage well with people who disagree with them, and how to have thoughtful, respectful debates that don’t use debasing someone who disagrees with you as your argument. Looking at the most recent election cycle, you can see that we’ve lost the rhetorical skills necessary to confront what we disagree with or to open our thoughts to a new perspective. All of that to say, just YES to everything you wrote in this post. Living in isolation of thought is fracturing our country deeply.ReplyCancel