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I Love My Super Zoom Point and Shoot Camera

I love so many things about my tech kit, but there are few things I love more than my cameras and how perfect they are for me, with the help of accessories.

No accessory was needed to display what I love about my Canon PowerShot SX 530HS camera. I’ve had it almost 2 years now and I love it more and more with each passing use. Last month, I brought it to Mason, OH to help me with the shots I took at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. My DSLR did very well, but even I was impressed and somewhat surprised with how tight I could get in on players and surroundings with my PowerShot.

I zoomed in suuuuper hard just to see how close I could get. You know, just for fun. Check it out!

There really isn’t a bad spot in the house on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It looks like I’m really far away, but it’s really not that bad. My camera was just zoomed all the way out. And yes, that’s an awning above my head. A select number of seats have the awning cover and let me tell you, it is so incredibly clutch! We could have gotten much closer seats, for the same price, but we prioritized the awning because it’s always hot and sunny as hell during those daytime sessions. Worth it.

That is Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, one of my current faves on the ATP tour. I didn’t even know he was sporting any facial hair until I looked at my pics. And obviously it is a little blurry. My camera, Agnes, has image stabilization, but she can’t perform miracles. That far zoomed in, it was hard to even keep Sascha in the frame so I could capture the shot! Still, quite impressive, no?

So, if you’re in the market for a point and shoot super zoom, I highly, highly recommend this Canon PowerShot model. It also comes in handy for concerts and other sporting events where you aren’t allowed to take in DSLRs and detachable zoom lenses. I’ve taken it to several Ohio State Football games and felt like I was right in the huddle with the team!

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [SX530] with 50x Optical Zoom, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC - Black

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WiFi Solutions For Your Non-Wifi Enabled Camera


Two years ago, I bought a new DSLR camera. I named her Ethel. She was replacing my trusty Canon Rebel XT, Gertrude, which was 10 years old. It still worked fine, and took beautiful shots of my family’s trip to Hawaii earlier that year, but I decided that I was ready for an upgrade.

Since I already had several lenses in the Canon family, I was sticking with Canon. I headed to QVC and watched a ton of presentations of the Canon DSLR’s and what they were frequently offering was the T5. So, I started stalking the T5 on Amazon. I wasn’t going to go the QVC route, because I didn’t want nor need the starter lens kits they were offering with the camera body. So, I head to Amazon and look at the T5 offerings in “body only” listings. I add it to my Amazon wish list, and start hoarding Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks and PerkTV. Swagbucks even had a gift card sale on Amazon GC’s so I got even more bang for my buck!

After about two months, I notice I am almost to my goal. Then I watch QVC again and see a listing for the Canon SL1 camera. Which is a smaller body than the T5, but it has better specs. It also allows me to use the viewfinder as a touch screen. I have relatively small hands, so having an equally as powerful camera, but in a smaller package, was super attractive to me. After another two weeks of saving (because the SL1 was a little more expensive) I got my new camera body.

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Thank Goodness For Tennis!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sought to emphasize “self care” in light of the nonstop barrage of news in America’s political and social landscape this year. Sometimes you need to take a break from the news and distract yourself with things that make you smile. For this year, that distraction has been the sport of tennis.

Yes, I’ve been a fan for a long time. My mom and I attend Western & Southern Open every year in Cincinnati as an annual girls trip/vacation. We went again this year, but we also got to go to Wimbledon. Yes that Wimbledon in England. It’s long been a bucket list item for me and it felt so amazing to cross it off the list!

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Slice of Columbus 2012

In my increasing effort to get out and experience more of the really cool events that my hometown has to offer (Why didn’t I make this my New Year’s Resolution?), I hit up the annual “Slice of Columbus” charity event. The best pizza vendors in the city set up booths, and for $12 it’s all you can eat pizza to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Win-win, right?

I was planning on going last year, but a certain controversial R&B singer was doing a show in Cincinnati, and I attended that instead. This year, I made it to Slice, with my brother, and we feasted y’all!

I discovered a number of new pizza places I’d never heard of. I even solicited recommendations, via Twitter, as to what I should check out. There were 15 vendors on hand, and we all know there’s no way I could fit a minimum of 15 slices of pizza in my stomach. There were 2 places I’d already sampled before, so I skipped them. All in all, my Top 3 were:

1. Little Sicily’s
2. Shirky’s Pizza Zone
3. Romeo’s Pizza

We got to vote on which pizza we thought was the best and for the 4th year in a row, Romeo’s won People’s Choice. I can’t complain. It was delicious. I even think I might be able to talk my Dad into trying it. That’s huge! These pizza places will now be added to a list that includes La Rosa’s, from the Greater Cincinnati area. Whenever I’m down there, I make it a point to stop in and enjoy some pizza pie!

The turnout at Slice of Columbus was fantastic! It was a beautiful day with nothing but blue skies over downtown Columbus. In addition to the pizza, there was a live band playing as well as Dairy Queen desserts and adult beverages. They even had some some activities and rides set of for the kids. Smart!

But I think what surprised me the most was the fact they were handing out large pizza boxes and letting folks go through lines and fill them up! Yes, it was all-you-can-eat, but apparently it was also “all you can fit in this box and carry home!” Seriously, if you’re anywhere near Central Ohio in mid-September, put this event on your list!

Check out some of my pictures below!

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Ohio Needs a Passenger Rail System!

I could be on one of these some day...The powers that be have been teasing us Ohioans with the promise of a passenger rail system, connecting the state’s 3 major cities (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) for a long time now. My mother talks about how the topic regularly came up 20 years ago!

I even blogged about this last year in one of my very first posts here. A little progress has been made, but not enough. I want more!

So what makes the recent discussions more plausible? Obama’s stimulus money that he has earmarked for transportation improvements. Governor Ted Strickland asked for $400 million of the $8 billion up for grabs, and I hope we get it!

There are always sporting events and/or concerts in Cincy or C-Town that I want to go to, but don’t always feel like driving too. No, it’s not a terrible drive; just 90 minutes to Cincy and 2 hours to Cleveland. But sometimes, you’d just like to ride and enjoy the trip instead of worrying about driving, getting gas, parking etc.

The proposed plan for Ohio means that once a rail system is in place, a one-way ticket to Cincinnati or Cleveland would cost me about $25. That’s what? Like half a tank of gas? Sounds good to me! And if all goes as planned, I could be headed to Cincy by train in early 2011.

So, I will try not to get my hopes up for this, but it seems like this could finally be happening for us. We need a passenger train here.

Links of interest? Ohio Rail Development Commision

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Delta Testing ‘Mobile Check-In’

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I was wasting time on Twitter tonight, and I came across something that interested me. Being a relatively newly-obsessed iPhone owner, I love seeing when developers and businesses put together products and/or sites that are made specifically for the owners of smart phones like the iPhone. It warms my heart.

Last summer, Delta threw their hat into the mobile ring. They already had a web-friendly site available at mobile.delta.com, but now I’ve learned that you don’t even need to print your boarding pass in order to board your flight. This is called “Paperless Mobile Check-in”.

It seems that you can just load your boarding pass onto your iPhone (via the mobile site), the ticket agent can just scan it, and you’re on your way! Cool!

Read mobile check-in instructions here.

I wonder how effective it would be given all the different types of screen protectors and cases that are available. And if it doesn’t work, what do you do? Do you have to go find a kiosk and print out your pass? Won’t that slow down the boarding process, provided there are a lot of mobile users attempting this method of check-in?

When it launched New York’s LaGuardia (LGA) was the only place where you could use paperless ticketing. Delta has expanded mobile check-in to Atlanta (ATL), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Las Vegas (LAS), and Memphis (MEM). And it looks like Salt Lake City (SLC) and Orlando (MCO) are next! Digging around the internet, there doesn’t seem to be much talk about this, and there should be! Maybe this means it’s not going so well? Or perhaps that I didn’t look around hard enough.

But I think this is a great idea! I have a cousin who works for Delta. I’ll get to the bottom of this! Now, if Delta would offer some lower fares — which would lead me to purchase a ticket — then we’d be in business!

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