Ocean Photography aboard a Stand Up Paddleboard Vehicle

Stand up paddyboarding, popularly referred to as SUP has of recent become a popular cross-training sport, largely because of its ability to give a full-body workout. You get to enjoy the waters as you sweat it out. Since SUP is carried out while standing, you also get to enjoy the expansive view of the ocean or the lush vegetation along the river in case you’re paddling a river.

beautiful ocean photo

beautiful ocean photo

Ocean photography

The breathtaking horizons of the ocean are not the only stunning things you get to enjoy when doing the SUP. If you are crazy about photography, you can take spectacular shots of the ocean and especially those magnificent sunsets. Arguably, ocean photography produces some of the most awe-inspiring depictions of nature.

Taking photos aboard a SUP can be a wonderful experience. You get to kill not two birds but three of them with a stone. Your body gets a great workout, you enjoy the beach and the wavy sensation of the ocean, and you carry those incredible memories of the sunset safely packed in your camera.

Factors to consider 

To make your photography aboard a SUP enjoyable, you need to take some precautions. Start with ensuring your safety. To this end, make certain you have the right SUP for your weight and also the need to do photography while paddling. Also, ensure that you have the right leash, for keeping you nicely tethered to the paddleboard is critical in case you accidentally fall over. To sum up your safety, arm yourself with a Personal Floatation Device (PFD), a whistle, and wear practical clothes for the occasion. Oh, and if you’re chasing after the sunset, carry a light.

Again, making sure you choosing the right SUP is very important.

Now that you have ensured your safety the next thing is to take care of your photography equipment. To keep off the sand and the heat from the sun from damaging your equipment, use a zip lock to cover your equipment. Also, if you have a waterproof camera, that’s good. If not, use a strap and hang the camera around your neck, for obvious reasons.

How to take amazing shots of the ocean

photo girlYou have the right stand-up paddle boarding quipment, and you are sure you have taken all the right precautions to ensure your safety and that of your photography equipment.

So then how do you guarantee those perfect shots for the perfect moments?

The following tips will help you take great seascape photos

  1. Start with your balance. If you have never done SUP, practice before you embark on that ocean photography adventure.
  2. You’ll need to adjust your camera settings to suit the prevailing weather elements. If the ocean is a stormy range, set your shutter speed to a fast mode. If the ocean is calm, set the shutter speed on a slow mode.
  3. If possible, fit your camera with a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light entering the camera if you’re to take photos in the middle of the day.
  4. To capture the best view of the ocean, time when the sun is low in the sky.
  5. If water splashes on your camera, there’s a likelihood of salty spots on your photos. Wipe the camera with a lens cloth.
  6. Find your focal point. Apart from the sunsets and sunrises don’t forget the waves, the coastlines, the glistening rocks, the human element, and the sea creatures.

Finally, you can paddle your way to your ocean photography adventure.

The Beauty of Tile Floors in Your Home

Choosing the perfect flooring that suits your needs, taste, and preferences can be daunting. One of the top choices that most homeowners prefer are tile floors, which fits most budgets yet endows sophistication and elegance with a high class appeal to any room. Moreover, it requires very little maintenance to your great convenience. This type of flooring is ideal for areas of the house that can potentially get wet which are commonly the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and basement, but does wonders when infused throughout the home.

Tiles are highly versatile with the huge selection it presents you with, and the many interesting to discover about the different variations that possess unparalleled beauty. This enables you to ultimately pick the right one for a beautiful home you wish to have!

  • Ceramic

ceramic flooring

Created through the process of heating and cooling clay that comes in a wide array of shapes, sizes, colors, textures and finishes. It is fire-resistant, exhibits temperature moderation during the summer season which can help you save on cooling costs, and it is hygienic given its non-porous nature.

  • Porcelain

Porcelain floor

Manufactured by heating refined clay to high temperatures in order to yield dense floor tiles that serves both indoor and outdoor use. It is impervious to spills and can hide inevitable stains fairly well.

  • Mosaic

Mosaic floor

Gives small rooms a distinguished look and an astounding effect with its graceful appearance.

  • Travertine

Travertine

Crystallized and partially metamorphosized limestone formed in hot springs throughout the globe, but has a delightful cool feel. It is often mistaken for marble, which is actually more unique with the distinctive attractive patterns formed by the minerals during its formation.

  • Marble

Marble floor

Extremely durable stone that’s available in almost all colors you can imagine. It also comes in multiple finishes from polished, honed, brushed and tumbled, where there is surely one for every room in your home!

  • Slate

Slate floor

A metamorphic rock that’s finely grained, giving off a rustic ambiance. It holds many forms with the geometric pieces and irregularity of shapes it comes in, and you have the freedom to choose from the different colors like dark grey, copper, red, sage, green, tan or black.

  • Faux Tile

Faux Tile floor

Impressively resembles the warmth and elicits the feel of one of nature’s elements, particularly wood, but retains its porcelain or ceramic properties. It is a lot easier to maintain and can be more durable with proper care compared to wood.

  • Limestone

Limestone flooring

Produces a natural earthen appearance being sourced from sedimentary materials like corals and shells. You can bestow any room with its very own character with one-of-a-kind tile flooring.

No matter what type of floor you deem is perfect for your home, the key to its long-lasting beauty is keep it clean. By clean it means not to let grime build up over time, and if it does, you’d be better off to quickly deal with it! Prevention is better than cure, and having a vacuum for tile floors will do perfectly fine. It encourages cleaning since it entails you to an effortless, light, quick and easy way to do the task. Whatever tile flooring you have acquired, the best vacuum ensures a thorough, powerful, cost and energy efficient cleaning towards your satisfaction.

At the Doctor’s Office – Ooh.. Scary!

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The Chief’s first dentist appointment!
He did great!
Here’s why I think it went so smoothly…
He sat on my lap and I held his hand.
We had a good amount of “Yay, everybody loves the dentist” pep talks with him in the days leading up to his appointment.
We had an awesome dentist! He’s a military pediatric dentist and he knew exactly what to say to help kiddo feel comfortable. He showed him every tool and explained what it’s used for.
Hubby took off work and came with us. The Chief behaves better sometimes when Daddy’s around.

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While the dentist was prepping, we sat and checked out the room.  The look on his face tells me he’s looking around to make sure nobody’s holding a vaccination needle!

4-Brush brush brush

Hubby and I were so surprised he actually let the dentist get into his mouth! He did very well with all the poking, cleaning, and fiddling around in there….. right up until the dentist picked up the little paintbrush and fluoride varnish. When he saw that, he screamed in terror and jumped off my lap… he was DONE.

But hubby and I were satisfied because the visit went great overall and the dentist said he has NO CAVITIES… YAY!!

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Not sure what was so scary-looking about this dental varnish. No worries… I just took it home and applied it to his teeth while he was asleep. It’s a protective coating of fluoride that pediatric dentists paint on teeth of kids under age 4. It’s similar to toothpaste except it’s extremely sticky and it’s painted on instead of brushed… which is why his dentist advised that I apply it when he’s asleep, so I can take my time and get it on every tooth without a fight. Good call, Doc!!

3-Boopy and Dr Teeth

The Chief and his dentist.
I guess kiddo was still pissed off about the dentist trying to “kill” him with that paintbrush :/