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  • Sun, 23 Dec 2018 13:38:50 +0000

    Full Cold Moon December 2018

    The last full moon of 2018 happened on December 22, 2018. It is also referred to as the full cold moon or just cold moon as it happens on the first day of Winter.

    Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It happened on December 21st, 2018 at 5:28pm EST. The moon was almost full at the time it happened but it was quite cloudy so I couldn’t get any clear photos of it. I was able to take photos of the full cold moon on the day it was its fullest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.

    Full Cold Moon December 2018

    lest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.

    I’ve taken many photos of the moon for many years now. This year I bought myself a super telephoto lens so I can get those extra close shots. The camera I used is the Nikon D800 with the Nikon 200-500mm lens mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod.

    *Disclaimer: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means if you click on certain links and purchase their product or service, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. 


    The moon rotates just like the Earth does. Today my mom asked me if I have ever noticed that my photos of the moon are of its different sides. So I looked back at a few of those and guess what, I do! Isn’t that cool?!

    You can see some examples in other blog posts:

    https://anagarciaphoto.net/2018/07/11/moon-close-miami-night-sky/


    https://anagarciaphoto.net/2017/12/04/moon/

    If you are interested in purchasing prints of any of my photos of the this moon or any other night of the moon, you can by visiting


    https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Nature

    https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Nature/Full-Cold-Moon/

    https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Nature/Sky

    https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Nature/Super-Blue-Blood-Moon

    https://www.anagarciaphoto.com/Nature/Supermoon-Lunar-Eclipse

    Have you seen any of these rare night sky events as I’ve shared? Which one was your favorite? Where did you see it from? Were you able to take photos? Did you watch it with family or friends? Tell me in a comment below. Can’t wait to hear about your stories. There are some events that happen once in a lifetime and won’t occur again until the next generations to come. I like to capture those as I may not get to see it again but others can enjoy my photos many years later. Thank you for visiting.

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  • Sat, 01 Dec 2018 15:07:27 +0000

    Photography Gear

    Ever wondered what photography gear to buy? I’m here to help you by talking about what I like to use or have used and recommend. You don’t need to buy all of it. You really only need a few pieces depending on what you actually want to do.

    Disclaimer: Some of the links are affiliate links and may take you to a support site. This means if you click on certain links and purchase their product or service, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Other links are referrals that I have for the products I own or use.

    Let’s start off with cameras. There is no right or wrong answer when choosing a camera brand. They are all great. You can say the same thing about cars and other items. I currently use Nikon but there is nothing wrong with Canon or Sony.

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    I started off with a Nikon 35mm SLR film camera then worked my way to a Nikon DX crop DSLR and eventually upgraded to a Nikon FX Full Frame DSLR. Start with what you can afford, a camera is only as good as the user.

    Nikon D810 FX D-SLR Camera Body

    Most professional DSLR cameras are sold with just the body, so you will need to buy lenses. Some companies will package the body with the lens like on Adorama or B&H Photo Video.

    The faster lens are better overall with low light, hand-held, and more. And with that, they will cost more as well. 1.2 would be the fastest then 1.4, 1.8, 2.8 in most lenses.

    Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens

    Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

    Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens

    Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Lens

    Nikon 105mm Micro f/2.8 Lens

    I love photography gear, gadgets and all other kinds of gear. I can talk about it forever. Always wanting to know what is out there and learn about it.

    Depending on the photography you are doing, you may need an external flash. I prefer the Nikon one to use with my Nikon camera but there are great off brand flashes that work with your type of camera, like the Yongnuo.

    Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Flash

    Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash

    Camera bags, oh what could I say about camera bags… love them. There are so many choices, it is hard to choose but sometimes you need different ones depending on the occasion, event, and how much gear you need to carry.

    My latest travel backpack is the Peak Design Travel Line 45L Backpack + Packing Tools. Read more about it on this blog post: (update: it is now available on their website and not just as a preorder)

    Peak Design Travel Line Backpack

    Other options from Peak Design that I own and love are:

    Everyday Sling 10L

    Everyday Backpack 20L

    On my trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I wanted to go light so I used the Everyday Sling bag.

    Peak Design also makes other great gear like straps like the slide, clips, and more. The clip is called the Capture in which it can carry your camera on your bag, waist and more. Check out how I mount my gopro to the capture.

    GoPro on Peak Design Capture

    More gear recommendations to come soon.

    Thank you for reading. Let me know what you use in a comment below.

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  • Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:45:19 +0000

    Holiday Shopping and Black Friday Deals

    Holiday shopping and Black Friday Deals can be quite fun. (I prefer online as it is too crazy in person and people should be home with their families and friends).

    Disclaimer: Some of the links are affiliate links and may take you to a support site. This means if you click on certain links and purchase their product or service, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Other links are referrals that I have for the products I own or use.

    I search all over for the best deals for shopping in-store or online whether it is for a friend, family member or myself.

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    A great gift is a portable battery power bank charger. Most people have cell phones and are always looking for ways to charge them. So why not carry a portable charger.

    Here are a few options by Anker that I like to purchase on Amazon.

    Anker PowerCore Speed 10000mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Portable Charger

    Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger
    Look at this Amazon Echo Spot Black Friday Deal.

    Amazon Echo Spot:
    Start Date: Nov 15, 2018 at 07:00 PM EST
    End Date: Nov 25, 2018 at 07:00 PM EST
    Pura Vida Bracelets are waterproof bracelets that go with everything. There is a style and color for everyone.
    You may find a discount code on Lala’s Mermaid Lyfe
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    My favorite stores to do online shopping for electronics are: B&H Photo & Video, Adorama, Best Buy (in-store shopping as well), and Amazon. I also shop directly from the manufacturer. For example: Peak Design, Western Digital, Think Tank, Kelly More Bag, JoTotes, Pura Vida Bracelets, and many more.

    You can see the whole list on my photography website where I list my gear:
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    Framed prints make wonderful gifts. Everyone could always use something to decorate their wall or desk at home or office. I’ve got all kinds of photos available for that like nature, animals, sunrises, sunsets, landscapes, waterscapes, beaches, and more.

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    If you or someone you know likes to make art or just wants something that is zen like, then get them this:

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    Photographers, Videographers, Travelers, and everyone, you should attach a Tile – key finder, phone finder, or as I call it gear finder, to your packs, cases, suitcases, purses, and really anything, so you always know where your stuff is at via GPS.

    Yes you should always remember where your stuff is but if something gets misplaced, you can track it with Tile. For instance, your assistant might move it for you and will tell you where it is at, you will also see it’s location with the Tile app.

    As a result, it’s an added safety precaution.

    BLACK FRIDAY PROMOTIONS for Western Digital Corp – November 23rd – 25th

    Get 20% off select black external drives

    My Passport in black (excluding 1TB)
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    My Passport Wireless Pro

    CYBER MONDAY PROMOTIONS – November 26th

    Get $20 off if you spend over $100

    Get $45 off if you spend over $200

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    With COUPON CODE: savemore

    And I just found out that my favorite t-shirt lyfestyle company LYFE Brand is having sales. Visit their Instagram for the codes available.

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    Peak Design will be having a sale this week. The YouTube video below will tell you more about it..

    From 12am Thursday to 11:59pm Monday, everything on our website is on sale.

    Here to explain is Larry the Elf. To summarize:

    – 10% off Everyday Bags and Pouches
    – 15% off Clips and Straps
    – 10% off when you buy the Travel Backpack 45L and 2 or more Packing Tools (bundle discount will apply at checkout)
    Sale starts 12:00am PT (3:00am EST) on Thursday, and ends at 11:59pm PT (2:59am EST Tuesday) on Cyber Monday.

    DJI Technology Black Friday Sale on Mavic Air, Mavic Pro Platinum, Osmo Mobile 2, Spark, and more.

    CreativeLive Black Friday: Trending Classes 60% Off
    11/22/2018 – 11/25/2018

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    Blick Art Materials Holiday Gift Guide for Artists and Sale.
    Get 15% off orders of $89 or more; Free shipping on orders $35 or more; use promo code CERP; some exclusions apply.

    Looking for a fun game, well check out What do you Meme?, Party Game
    Do you like memes? Do you share the ones you find or create your own? This game is for you. Not intended for children. Compete with your friends and family to create the funniest memes.

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    Misfit Vapor 30% off Black Friday – Cyber Monday-Tuesday 11-22-2018 to 11-27-2018.

    Shop the iPhone 8/7+ Filmer’s Kit at Olloclip!!

    BLACK FRIDAY SAVINGS for New Customers: 50% Off Photo Books with code BLACKFRIDAYFIFTY at Blurb!
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    Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their Black Friday specials. It will put its popular Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag on sale at 50% over Black Friday weekend. In addition, several of its most popular camera bags will be on sale at 40% starting on Black Friday and through December 2nd. And don’t forget, by using my special Web link when ordering, you will receive a free gift and free shipping on top of the discounts!
    Madera Outdoor is having sales on their products like their hammocks.
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    More deals listed here.

    Johansen aka JoTotes is having their biggest sale of the year with up to 60% off!
    Their 10-year anniversary is coming up in January, so they decided to bring back some of their fun styles from over the years. You’ll find the Gracie in mustard, teal, gray, and lilac in limited quantities this week!

    20% off holiday cards + gifts over $150+; 15% off everything with code BF2018 at Minted!

    I will be updating this post as I come across specials, deals and just overall great products.
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    If you are looking for Stock photos, I have some available. Learn more:

    https://anagarciaphoto.net/2018/04/28/stock-photography-shutterstock/

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