17
Nov

Finding the right canon camera for a friend.

   Posted by: admin   in Straight Talk

A friend recently asked me to suggest a Canon camera that he can upgrade from. After doing a little research into a couple of Canon consumer level camera’s I suggested he look into the Canon 77d over the Canon 7tI. This post is simply my opinion based on the features he requested. His primary use id for shooting his children’s sports events and general family events.

The Canon 77D body is $799 on Amazon. (This price has gone up by $50 since the time of writing) and is a very good option if you can afford it.

I would be more inclined to go with the 77D over the 7tI as it has a number of features that are designed to help get the right setting quickly as opposed to the Rebel model.

Top digital LCD screen

A great feature for this, in my opinion, is the top digital LCD screen.

 

The digital reader that makes changing settings more fluid and easily accessible.

LCD settings screen

Back Dial Option

It has the back dial option as opposed to separate buttons which allows you to quickly scroll through and change settings as needed.

scroll pad on Canon 77D

Back Auto Focus button.

I love this feature as it allows you to quickly change your focal point so it is great when tracking players or even the ball and allows you to quickly initiate autofocus.

Back auto-focus button

 

Back auto-focus button closeup

Mode Dial Lock

This would be used to prevent accidental changing of modes while shooting. It doesn’t happen very often but like a seatbealth, it is great protection.

Mode Lock button on Canon 77D

It is built for ease of use and with the back autofocus button would be great for the action shots.

The other advantage it is a 2017 model so has the Digic 7 image processor and has 45 autofocus points for really accurate and fast autofocus. It can track objects for continuous shooting and effectively get between 4-6 frames a second in focus.

 

Here is the Rebel 7tI version for $749

Lenses

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens ($499) has image stabilization built into it and will work great with the 77D. it has an aperture of f/4 at 70mm and 5.6 at 300mm aperture.

You may also check out  the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras that is available on Amazon marketplace for  around $800 (regular $2000 for the newer model II)

There is also a Sigma lens, that is $399 on Amazon but I lean more towards the Canon for image quality.

Here is a good review of the Sigma lens. https://digital-photography-school.com/sigma-18-300mm-f3-5-6-3-dc-macro-lens-review/

A great video review of the Canon and Tamron lenses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mTmcVMl-qY

An interesting video breakdown on image quality between the types of lenses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4mpofxRlws

Hope this helps.

I will try get a few pics from these if he will allow me at some stage to show samples.

10
Jul

Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon Prime

I have been an Amazon Prime member since my days in college. You may be thinking, “Wait Amazon Prime has not been around since the age of the dinosaurs!”, and you would be right. In 2010 I made the decision to go back to college while working full time and raising a family which is a full time job in itself.

Amazon Prime had helped me get things I needed at college that was, in some cases, impossible to find locally.  It was by no means an easy journey going to work full time and completing college but Amazon Prime definitely made it easier for my family.

Finances were and still are tight for a family of 7 and having access to all the Amazon Prime features allowed me to enjoy music as I studied with Amazon music, allowed me to upload my family memories to Amazon Photo’s from my phone and Kindle devices.

College books were also used on my Kindle and even uploaded to my kindle app on my phone and computer.

Now is the perfect time t sign up for an Amazon Prime account. If you are a student you can get a 6 month free trial and then it becomes only $49 per month after that. That is 50% less than the regular price.

So what are some of my favorite benefits of Amazon Prime.

Prime Delivery – FREE Two-Day Shipping on over 50 million items, FREE Same-Day and 2-hour delivery in select areas, and FREE Release-Date Delivery on eligible pre-order items.

Prime Video – Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. Granted there is also the rent and buy option for new releases not included in Prime. If you are on the go there is even a way to temporarily download the movie to watch while you are travelling. This is a big deal for me and having a family of 5 kids as we can simply log onto a device and stream a show to keep them entertained during the travel downtime.

Prime Music – It has a growing selection of 2 million songs – always ad-free. If that is not enough then unlock more with Amazon Music Unlimited at an exclusive discount. I love this feature especially when I am travelling.

Prime Photos – FREE unlimited photo storage for you and five others. Plus, upgraded search helps you find photos fast.

Over the coming days I will be going through some of the services and tell a little more about why I love them.

 

“93 Miles” – Fulfilling a Dream.

Have you got a dream? Did someone help you achieve one? Do you want to help someone achieve theirs?

I want to remind you as you sow into someones dream you open a door for your dreams to become a reality.

If you are interested in helping a very talented young man finish his Film MFA Thesis project, 93 Miles. I was in school with him and know the quality of his work and he is of good character.

From my friend the Director.

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“93 Miles is a fictional short-film, inspired by true events, about the defection of a Cuban baseball player and his girlfriend, as they journey into an unfamiliar land, hoping to achieve the ‘American Dream’. The dark secrets of the sports industry draws conflict that the two have to face in this crucial chapter of their lives.

This is my MFA Thesis project, here at Emerson College. A project I need to complete to graduate. I’m not one who just wants to make something and turn it in to get my degree. I want to make something that will open the next chapter in my life.
I truly believe 93 Miles is the key, while it also holds a very important message about human trafficking, that many Cuban athletes have unfortunately encountered.
We are moving along slowly, but we are getting there – every dollar counts. This is also an ‘all or nothing’ campaign, meaning if I don’t reach the goal, everyone is reimbursed, and I don’t get anything.”

It would be wonderful if you could help support this project.

See more here on kickstarter.

Here is a sample of his work.

Love Lust from Noah Canavan on Vimeo.

So again I ask you. Have you got a dream? Did someone help you achieve one? Do you want to help someone achieve theirs?

So I ask you would you sow into Noah’s dream and potentially open a door for your dreams to become a reality?

93-Miles

93-Miles

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11
Mar

Are We Destined To Win?

   Posted by: admin   in Books, Inspirational, Straight Talk

Are We Destined To Win?

What is your passion? Are you significant? Do you have a destiny or is your life a random set of circumstances? How do you view your identity and does it affect your choices? Is it even important that you have an identity and destiny? These are all really hard questions to answer and typically people spend lifetimes trying to discover the answers. I am no exception.

On this journey of life I am always looking for inspiration and clarity, as such I am currently reading through Destined To Win: How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose by Kris Vallotton a leader and pastor out of Redding California.

It was one of the books I have recently been eyeing for a while as I always find Kris’s insights enlightening.

As a disclaimer I will say upfront that I did receive a copy of the book from the author for review purposes and will do my best to provide some of the insights I get and an honest reflection of my thoughts. #destinedtowinbook

I was initially drawn to his book because one of my great joys is helping people find their passion and calling that people commonly refer to as destiny. I believe this book is a great practical resource in helping you clarify what moves you.

So here is just a quick taste of some of my noted quotes from chapter two.

Dealing with the soul.

Why are so many people looking at the modern church and just seeing hypocrites and not authentic believers? Why am I hypocritical in some areas and afraid of living authentically?
Kris points out a potential reason through asking a great question. “Why do we pretend? I think it’s because we are all born with an intense need to feel significant, loved, valued, and accepted; yet we fear that we are not worthy of these things.”

If you have grown up in a religious atmosphere in any way either consciously or unconsciously we have held that developing our spirit as more essential and valuable than looking after our soul and body. Sometimes this is fueled by a deficient understanding of scripture.

At times when a person is experiencing the favor of God and succeeding in an area outside of what is deemed non spiritual then phrases such as, “They are so walking by the flesh and not the spirit.” are thrown in their direction.

Kris breaks down and expounds his points further scripturally and for the richness of that you would need to get a copy of the book.

One final quote for today.

Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually. 3 John 2
“Did you notice that prosperity and health are directly related to your soul and not your spirit?…It’s imperative that we first acknowledge and then manage the needs of our souls. Otherwise, we will find ourselves drowning in the sea of humanity, starving for love, affection, acceptance, significance, attention, and approval.” (p.12)

 

 

3
Nov

Living Life Uncorked

   Posted by: admin   in Dream, Health and Wellness, Money, Sleep, Uncorked

Looking for a healthy alternative to your current sleep aide? Currently we have a special for the month of November.

Dream Promotion

Dream Promotion

Explore the store.

Did you know as a customer with Uncorked Wellness you can earn product through referrals. We will give you a referral website and you can earn free product by simply having your friends purchase 3 of the product you love.

Are you:

Looking for a great business opportunity.

Looking to change your life and the lives of those around you.

Want to build your own business selling products that improve quality of life.

Here is a recent opportunity call with a client and user of our products. She shares her testimony of using the products.

The products were designed using healthy, all natural, pharmaceutical grade, GMO and gluten free ingredients. They were designed to bring out the best in your for your health and wellness.

As an Uncorked Brand Partner I get to double the rewards! Not only do I get a great discount, I earn a commission on my sales as well as get great products. And you can do the same thing!!

Are you a parent needing extra income? Are you a student working your way through college? Are you a stay at home mom wanting to contribute to your household income? Or maybe you just want some extra spending money or vacation money?

I would LOVE to introduce you to Living Life Uncorked and creating extra income the way I do!! 

To start try the Revive Pack.

Uncorked Revive Pack

Uncorked Revive Pack

The Revive Pack comes with:

1 Box of Uncorked Original

1 Bottle of Revive Plus

5 Samples each Dream, Enerlean, and Detox

1 Uncorked Sport Shaker Bottle

50 Tri-Fold brochures

($49.95 Enrollment Fee Included)

Contact me and I will gladly walk you through the business opportunity. If you just want to know more about the products let me know and I will assist as best I can to make this as educational as possible.

If after trying the product you are not fully satisfied with the product we have a 30 day money back guarantee.

Uncorked Testimony

One of the things I love about uncorked products are the testimonies. I get so encouraged to see how the products are changing peoples lives.

I have seen many products come across my path but none has made me as excited about my journey to health and wellness as the uncorked family of products.

Below is a testimony I came across today that got me excited about how the products are really having an impact on peoples lives.

Ed Lacey, Ohio

Ed Lacey is from Ohio and has seen a significant change in his life since starting on Uncorked Origional. I will include the full text of the testimony below .

“The day before my 20th birthday, I was working construction and fell 25ft. I dislocated my left shoulder and got a concussion. Through 37 years of the martial arts I’ve hurt my knees, my shoulders and my elbows. With my current job, I have to climb a flight of stairs and I feel like an 80 year old man hanging on to the railing to get up them. I also drive a limo every morning. I have tried all the energy drinks out there and none of them worked for me. I was always groggy and tired.

Dave Bradley introduced me to the Uncorked drink, I thought well another energy drink that is not going to work. But because Dave is a friend, I decided to try it out and to my surprise it really worked! The second day after drinking the Uncorked drink I was not tired or groggy, but wide awake and very alert.

About two weeks later, I was surprised again while going up those stairs I was no longer holding the rail and I was jogging up and down them, my knees didn’t hurt! WOW wide awake, alert and not hurting… what a difference the UNCORKED DRINK HAS MADE IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE!!! I’ve been drinking Uncorked and taking an Enerlean now for over a year and I’ve lost over 30 pounds! Thank you Uncorked!”
ED LACEY, OHIO

Uncorked and Enerlean are like a powerful left right punch in fighting the weight-loss battle. Both products contain super-fruits and herbs that compliment each other to provide anti-inflammatory benefits for faster healing and recovery for those struggling with injuries. Enerlean provides the ingredients that increase metabolism and bring clarity along with uncorked to maximize the potential to achieve your goal.

Whats in It?

Ingredients Uncorked

Uncorked Ingredients

Three of the uncorked products Acacia Berry, Goji Berry and Pomegranate for example score very high on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbtion Capacity) scale. The ORAC scale essentially lists the antioxidant values of foods that was developed by the National Institute on Aging  at the National Institutes of Health.

If that is not enough the Goji berry provides the body with fiber as well as 18 protein Amino acids, 11 of which are essential for healthy cell development as well as assisting in treatment for vision related diseases.

Important

I want to make it clear I am not here to diagnose, treat or cure anything but simply to educate people on some of the benefits the super-fruits found in the uncorked products. Everything found in our products we recommend you take to your primary healthcare physician to check they will work with any medication you are currently taking.

If you are wanting to take the next step in your journey to health and wellness I would encourage you to get a sample pack to try for yourself. Feel free to order a sample pack from my online store and try for yourself or contact me directly via facebook if you have any additional questions.

 

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26
Jul

Testimony Time – Uncorked Enerlean

   Posted by: admin   in Health and Wellness

One of the great things about working with Uncorked Wellness are the testimonies. Here is a testimony from an Enerlean uncorked customer.

Kim Winters, Georgia

I have included the full text of her post below.

“For 10 days I have been using products from the company UNCORKED. As anyone, my skepticism meter was going off… could an all natural product ‘really’ give me enough energy to get through the day? I mean, I’m a Momma of two little ones, a Softball and t-ball Mom, currently finishing the school year as a long term sub, a ministry coordinator and a wife to an extremely active minister… my thoughts and patterns were: I was suppose to be a little tired all the time – my life is stretched… I could always drink a Sugar Free Red Bull and feel great for maybe 2 hours (maybe) before I came crashing down. I just figured my mind should be cluttered and foggy.. Well, my thoughts and patterns of exhaustion and mental fog – was WRONG, there was more to living!

I start my day with Enerlean – an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster, followed by, a packet of Uncorked early afternoon. My energy level is better than I can remember in years. My cravings for sweets and foods are almost non-existent. My mind feels clear and balanced. The great part… I am NEVER jittery, and there is NO crash. I have also experienced incredible results physically. I have spent years waking up multiple times a night with numbness in my arms – I have slept better in the past 10 days than in years…” KIM WINTERS, GEORGIA

What about me.

I love Enerlean and Uncorked together. Not only is it natural goodness, I love how I feel so alive in the evenings with my kids. I love coming in and playing with my girls or going to the water-park and chasing them round the pool. With a toddler I am always on the move and always have to be watching his whereabouts. No more exhausted by the poolside I am in there playing and making memories for a lifetime.

Waterpark fun 01

Waterpark fun 01

Waterpark fun 03

Waterpark fun 03

Waterpark fun 02

Waterpark fun 02

Enerlean Ingredients

Enerlean contains the following ingredients.

Enerlean-Factsheet

Enerlean-Factsheet

If you are ready to try something different and change your story ending get in touch or order a sample pack and try it out for yourself. Contact me if you need more information.

 

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16
Jul

Sleep time means Dream time.

   Posted by: admin   in Dream, Health and Wellness, Sleep

Taking back my Sleep.

If you are like me and have days where your mind does just not stop long enough to go to sleep it may be time to try Dream by Uncorked.

First off I heard about Dream from #lancewallnau on one of his late night periscope sessions. He is a world traveler and teacher who has a crazy lifestyle. Since he is in multiple time zones fairly frequently he has to adjust his sleep schedules pretty often. After watching his crazy early morining post about his first experience using Uncorked Origional and seeing first hand the power of the product I was intrigued.

A couple days later he shared his experience of using Dream and how he had no longer needed to use his Ambien. Lance had some extremely encouraging comments about the product which made me even more curious.

I started digging into reviews and found predominantly rave reviews. Always a skeptic I kept digging. I discovered that Uncorked is committed to making the healthiest most natural products possible.

I found out that Dream contains the following products.

Sleep Supplement Facts

Sleep Aid Supplement

My Decision.

I decided I should go ahead and buy some from Uncorked. I tested their products for two weeks before even mentioning the to anyone. After two weeks I was not dissapointed and furthermore I don’t believe you will be either.

Here is a short description video from the company.

Is it time for you to take action to improve your sleep. Go to my webstore and explore some more as well as purchase a $10 sample pack.

I want you to be an educated customer. As an educated customer feel free to look under the products section and you will find more detailed product information.  Contact me for additional testimonies or if you would like assistance in ordering a sample pack.

What will you do?

Are you going to take control and get back your sleep? If so order a sample pack today.

#freshlyuncorked #uncorked

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11
Jul

Are you tired of being tired?

   Posted by: admin   in Health and Wellness

 Tired of being tired?

I can help you with that! Introducing UNCORKED.
Uncorked, is more than just an all natural energy booster. It is packed with over 2800 mg of super-fruits (Maqui Berry, Acai Berry, Mangosteen, Goji Berry and Pomegranate), anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, phyto-nutrients, xanthones and an herbal ginseng blend that delivers an immediate impact of clarity, energy and stamina that lasts.

Uncorked

Its time to take action, it’s time for you to take the next step. You can order a multi sample pack with all four uncorked products as well as a 10 pack of Uncorked Original to try it and experience the benefits for yourself. Order  your sample pack, here.

To explore additional uncorked products and discover the all natural GMO and gluten free products head over to and browse my Uncorked Store website.

Fact Sheet

Below I have included the supplement fact sheet for your information. Stevia is the only ingredient that is not 100% natural.

uncorked-factsheet-powder

Now is your time to make the change you want to see!!! #uncorked #healthyenergydrink #GMOfree

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Ok. So over the last two weeks I have been using a health product called uncorked. It is an all natural powder drink that you mix with water.
I used to drink 2 cups of coffee a day (with sugar and milk) and at about 3-4 pm I would experience a mini crash. On uncorked I am no longer drinking coffee or missing it and no longer experiencing the mid afternoon crash.
Did I mention I only use half a packet in 32 ounces of water. It’s amazing stuff. I shared it with a friend and he stopped drinking energy drinks which would also cause him to crash afterwards.

http://www.uncorkedwellness.com/waynearmstrong

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#wayneuncorked, #alertandhealthy, #kingdom, #uncorked