General update and some ideas I have in mind

I’m not a very superstitious person and I’m certainly not religious, but I worry that if I say how excellent something is or I talk about my plans too much, something bad will happen, haha.

After my Canadian eTA was approved, I’ve been feeling quite a bit of positivism. I’ve decided that I’m definitely going to apply for a US Visa again, probably late August 2017. I don’t think anyone really understands how badly I still want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail :).

I’ve bought a few gadgets over the last few years that I can bring, and recently I bought a Garmin Fenix 5x which I’ve written a bit about in earlier posts. So far, my experiences have been very good. There are some bugs with the Garmin Fenix 5x 2.40 firmware and a firmware update should hopefully fix them. I notice that when I pause a “walk” and click “resume later” and then resume the “walk” later on, there’s often errors with the latter part of the activity. I am hoping this is just a software issue and not a hardware problem with my Garmin Fenix 5x. A certain amount of bugs are to be expected with new products (especially from this company) but so far, I’ve been quite impressed with it.

I’ve thought “how useful are maps on such a small device” and thought about the practicality of it when the honeymoon phase is over, but they are honestly quite useful. It’s better than having to forage in a backpack for your phone, and the screen is big enough to see most of the important stuff around you. I will probably buy a Garmin Tempe to strap to my backpack, in the near future.

Apparently Samsung are going to be releasing a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone today. I might wait until the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as I’d really like a phone with a pen, but it still sounds like a powerhouse phone. It’ll be the only phone currently on the market with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, water resistance, USB 3.1 (useful for backing up data) and Samsung’s iris scanning technology is really quite impressive.

Canadian Visa Approved — Yay

After my American Visa was declined, I couldn’t shake this desire I have to travel.

Sure there’s nothing quite like the Pacific Crest Trail, especially Yosemite (in my opinion at least) but Canada and New Zealand both have pretty amazing scenery. So I decided to apply for a Visa for each country. For the Canadian Visa (technically it’s called an eTA or Electronic Travel Authorisation but it’s a similar thing), I was completely honest and I stated I had been denied an American Visa. I wrote a letter explaining that I felt the process was quite unfair–the woman who interviewed me seemed bad at her job. To my surprise, my Canadian Visa application was approved today. I am really pleased :).  Continue reading “Canadian Visa Approved — Yay”

Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium – A photographer’s best friend

The Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium takes the spot that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 previously held and the Samsung Galaxy s8 might hold.

I never cared too much about smartphones until I gained an interest in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Obviously when you’re thinking of walking 20+ miles a day, you don’t want to carry anything too heavy.

I’ve discussed portable backup solutions a few times on my site and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the ideal device to backup Sony a7rII RAW photographs. It was waterproof, relatively lightweight and had an insanely fast USB-C port.  Continue reading “Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium – A photographer’s best friend”

Travel News, Canadian Visa and The Photography Show NEC

As previously stated, there’s a Photography Show held at the NEC in Birmingham every year. The event starts March 18th. I won’t be attending but you can usually find cheaper equipment at UK stores during the days the show runs. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens announced around then too. I’m still looking for a telephoto lens but I’m not sure if I can afford one yet; it’ll be especially useful for travel photography. Continue reading “Travel News, Canadian Visa and The Photography Show NEC”