Aweh! I’ve been invited to particpate in the #MissionSamsung challenge, where I’ve been given a gorgeous Samsung NX300 compact camera for the next few weeks to take pics with. The consists of a series of missions for the next 3 weeks with 10 bloggers competing against each other to win the camera and a chance to receive an entry into the Grand Finale Challenge at the end of the year.
Mission 1 – Shot of the Day
This week’s mission is to post daily shots using diffferent different camera settings. This blogpost will be updated daily this week for each shot.
I just hope I can keep up with the challenges and improve my photography skills in the process. Most of my images on my blog are taken with my smart phone, so I’m really looking forward to more professional looking pics. The coolest thing about the camera that I’ve noticed so far are it’s interchangeable lenses and built in Wifi capability for instant sharing, but I’m sure that there are many more cool features I’m going to discover over the coming weeks.
Day 1: A moment of bliss
Shot of the Day <Reflections on travel> taken with a @SamsungSA NX300 #MissionSamsung
For the first challenge the bloggers were asked to use any setting to capture a moment of bliss. As I was sitting home all day sick with a chest cold that I haven’t been able to shake off these past 3 weeks, I took some time to reflect. I really have been travelling like crazy lately. In the past three months I’ve been to Zanzibar, Berlin, Kerala, Namibia (if only to cross the border across the Orange river – story coming soon), all around South Africa in a few loops and most recently to Swaziland this past weekend.
It has been hectic but awesome! I’m enjoying it to the max but it has definitely taken it’s toll on my body – it’s so annoying to feel sick when so many awesome travel opportunities await me. So my moment of bliss was a moment of reflection.
I surveyed my passport noting that I only have five clear pages left and felt truly grateful for all the places I’ve been fortunate to visit, experiences I’ve had and the epic travellers and locals that I’ve met on my journeys. I wonder what exciting #Afritravel adventures lay ahead? A moment of travel bliss…
Day 2: Speed shot
Shot of the Day <Joburg taxi>, taken with a @SamsungSA NX300
Today’s challenge was to use the manual mode of the NX300 and the highest shutter speed (1/6000) to capture a ‘speed shot’ – basically anything moving at speed. I chose to take a photo of a Joburg taxi, because they are the mode of transport for the majority, represent the fast pace of the city and are the header image for my blog 🙂
So I parked my car on Beyers Naude and started to take pics of the traffic. To make things more fun I decided to use the mirror of my car to get speed shots from different perspectives. I’m sure I looked a little stupid, but that has never bothered me.
I usually shoot on Auto – I think this was the first time I’d intentionally changed the shutter speed on my camera (yes. that’s how much of a novice I am). I really like all the reflections in this photo as they give the shot a sense of movement.
Day 3: Extreme Close up
Shot of the Day <My little succulents> taken with a @SamsungSA NX300 #MissionSamsung
Today’s #MissionSamsung challenge was to get an extreme close up shot using the NX300’s zoon lens. Since I’m home this week, I decided to photograph the gorgeous succulents in my rooftop garden. I’ve been home so little lately that I’m really enjoying my downtime, taking in the winter sun and resting.
I’m really having fun playing around with the camera and learning it’s different feature. I’ve even downloaded Adobe lightroom to try and do some post pic editing but haven’t been brave enough to try it yet. For now the editing settings on the camera itself will have to do. I’m really impressed with the quality of the pic. This shot was taken with tan 18-55mm lens, a compact zoom lens that came with the camera.
Day 4: Wide Angle
Shot of the Day <Joburg north on a clear winters day> taken with a @SamsungSA NX300 #MissionSamsung
Today’s mission was to use the wide-angle of the 18-35mm lens, so I took a little drive up Northcliff hill, just behing where I stay, to capture this shot of the leafy northern suburbs of Joburg. Wish I’d had time to capture a cityscape, but I have been super sick this week, and driving in Joburg traffic and walking about in the cold just isn’t appealing. I like the way this shot came out as you can see how vast the northern suburbs are, and some of the winter browns are coming through the green.
Day 5: Light Trace
Shot of the Day <Love & Light> taken with a @SamsungSA NX300 #MissionSamsung
Probably my most fun mission yet, today’s mission involved playing with the Light Trace function on the NX300. So I lit a candle and decided to write with light. It wasn’t as easy as it looks as I was shooting with one hand and light writing with the other. After about 2o minutes of playing around, I was pretty happy with this shot. I can definitely see myself using this function creatively!
Good news! I’ll be travelling again next week, so Mission 2 of the #MissionSamsung challenge shots will be coming to you all the way from Tanzania! Aweh!