Thursday, March 21, 2019

3467. Travel Stories: New Zealand

No maids in New Zealand, unlike Singapore. Ladies must learn to drive and do housework.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3466. Travel Stories: Airbnb New Zealand, Pakuranga

Mar 20 and 21, 2019
Stayed in Pakuranga airbnb house

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

3465. A New Zealand Highway patrol appeared from "nowhere"

Mar 19, 2019

"Your speed was exceeded by 22km, more than mine," the older son noted. The son had a speeding ticket for exceeding 17km two days ago, at Wellington downtown and his mum had scolded him and stopped him from further driving on the way back from Wellington to Rotorua.

The road was straight. "Looks like the American Western movie," the mum surveyed the passing golden yellow flat grasslands as sped by. The speed limit was maximum 100 kmph in NZ, dropping to as low as 25 kmph around bends.

"You drive too fast, your friend cannot take photographs," the police officer said twice. My driver was guilty as charged and accepted the summons. I exited the car to take photographs of the purplish wild flowers.



The highway patrol car is very prominent. She still wondered how she did not spot it along this straight road without "hidden trees" where the police could hide. We just had lunch at the Rustic Restaurant. I was in the front seat conversing with her to ensure she did not fall asleep at the wheel. At certain times, I slept.

Speeding on good long roads is common in New Zealand. There are not sufficient number of electronic speed cameras.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

3464. Photography tips: A small butterfly image. Use Transform tool compared to cropping.

March 18, 2019
Practical Photography  
Enlarge your subject without losing quality by Dan Mold
Photoshop Genius

Original image

After using Transform Tool

After transformation, image is 1800 x 1351 pix at 300 dpi

Using cropping tool

Original image

Using Cropping Tool only

After cropping, image is 1800 x 1350 pix, 300 dpi

3463. Travel Stories: New Zealand Mar 11 - 15, 2019

Mar 17, 2019
Some images of my travels in New Zealand

Mar 17, 2019. Wellington Day 2. Sunday.

Mar 16, 2019. Waimarama Heights to Wellington's Ascot Motor Lodge. Saturday.
Dinner at Burger Liqour. Traffic fine for speeding.
Beautiful sunrise at Waimarama Heights

Mar 15, 2019. Rotorua to Napier's 228 Waimarama Heights, Airbnb

Mar 14, 2019. Rotorua

Mar 13, 2019.

Mar 12, 2019. Auckland overnight

Mar 11, 2019 - Changi Airport, T3, To New Zealand, Premium Economy.
A380's ice-cracking sound in wing area
Bad roasted chicken rice.
Cabin service excellent. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

3462. Hamster has a ear canal tumour.

Lateral ear canal resection to remove this big tumour

Sunday, March 10, 2019

3461. Photography tips. Black-naped Oriole greeted me, pair of kingfishers and small birds. Sun Mar 10, 2019

Mar 10, 2019

Not much variety of birds in this 2nd exercise area and I had seen all the species. Three black-naped Orioles called high up the tree outside my residence and flew away. On the way to the 2nd exercise area, an Oriole posed for me.

The following setting is simple for any amateur photographer.
I use Canon DSLR EOS 80D, LENS EFS 18-200mm, Image stabiliser.
Setting:  P Mode, Autofocus, Single point focus, Drive mode High speed continuous
With above settings, just focus and shoot.

Adobe CC used to process the photos.

More different smaller birds seen. Images are below:

1.  Outside my house front. 3 or 4 black-naped Orioles were making loud calls, attracting my attention, but flew away fast before I could take decent photos.

On the way to the 2nd exercise area near a papaya tree, this Oriole appeared and posed for me!

Two smaller birds came by and I took quick photos of them. What species are they?

Further down the road, opposite the 2nd exercise area

The kingfisher's mate or friend showed up, hence I could take photos of a pair of kingfishers today.

The mate or friend would not stay long and flew away. No time to smell the roses.
Alone again. He or she will perch for many minutes every day "ki-ki-ki" calling
sometimes perching on another branch or tree but never disappears unlike the other one