Trying the new camera

For a special birthday treat this year, and thinking ahead to our upcoming tour, I got a new digital camera. We’ve had a Panasonic TZ20 for years – great pictures in good light, good zoom, really compact – but it had some fluff in the lens that we couldn’t shift and the zoom motor was starting to play up. Low light performance was not great – my newer mobile (Samsung S7) took better indoor and night-time shots. As ever, I pondered long and hard over what to get – a good all rounder, for photo and video, not too bulky, not too expensive.

In the end we stuck with Panasonic, and the simplicity of a fixed lens, and went for the FZ2000, described as a super-zoom bridge camera. It has 20x zoom, 1 inch sensor, better low light perfomance, 4k video, good battery life and a host of other features like 4k photo, built in neutral density filters and much more to be discovered I’m sure.

Very pleased with the results so far. Got a lot to learn but hoping for some great photo mementos from our trip. These are from our fantastic trip to Mauritius. The .jpg sizes are normally around 6-8Mb (20Mp) so I’ve had to resize/shrink them here.

Launch gig for European tour…?

Looking forward to the big changes coming up this year! It’s meant that we’ve had to think carefully about which gigs and festivals we can try to book in. I’m starting now to plan a route through Europe and looking for potential solo gigs along the way. Tops tips for Slovenia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic anyone?

Plan is to be back in UK for late August and we have some band bookings already in for September. So, it’s likely that our 30th March gig at the Brandling Villa in South Gosforth will be our last for a little while – come on down and make it special 🙂

The Brandling is a superb pub – great beers, a unique grub menu, good crack. The original and best dog pub, always full of characters!

Well hello 2019

So, I mentioned some big changes for 2019… Well the balls are definitely rolling now! I’m finishing work at the end of March, the house is up for sale and I put down the deposit on a motorhome yesterday! Our current plan is to tour Europe for a few months and see where things lead us.

A little sad to part with our fantastic VW campervan which has taken us on some great adventures, gigs and blues festivals over last 3 years. Our camp breakfast up near Edinburgh this morning likely to be our last!

But the bigger van is likely to be our home for the foreseeable and that is really exciting. I can’t take all the guitars of course so some tough decisions ahead 🙂