We had friends visiting over the weekend and decided to rent a boat and head north to explore the inland waterway towards Sarasota. We started at the bottom of the map to the right and turned around at the top. All we wanted was to cruise a little piece of the bay and do a picnic lunch on the water. Over the four-hour trip we followed the dark blue line on the map straight north and back.
It was the perfect day to be out on the water and I never travel without a LUMIX camera. There are too many beautiful moments I've missed because the only thing I had to shoot with was my phone!
I took my FZ300, my favorite travel camera. It was just the four of us, but we had a lot of goodies to take along - mostly food! Well, one of the fun benefits of Panasonic's mirrorless technology is the weight of the gear - at just a little over a pound and a half, it was nothing to throw in my back pack.
The FZ300 has a 25-600mm zoom and it came in handy when we came upon a group of white pelicans. I've never seen one before and to find them all on a sandbar was a kick. It was as if they were waiting for a 4:00 pm bus.
Here's where the FZ300 shines! We didn't want to move in too close and have them fly away. Plus, I was on a moving boat - no way to use a tripod. I shot at ISO 100, f4 1/2000. The FZ300 simply never disappoints and so often has made me look better than I deserve!
Later in the trip the bridge opened for a sailboat. We were at least a quarter mile away and once again the 25-600 mm zoom came through with flying colors.
I've written a lot about Panasonic, time and again energizing my love for photography. Remember, while I know more than I let on, my passion is helping you with the business and marketing side of imaging, not shooting. However, I love having a camera in my hands. It's especially fun for a day out with no true purpose but to capture images along the way with friends. The FZ300 is perfect!
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