Happy Monday! I've had an intense weekend of prepping for our trip [T-minus 4 days until HAWAII!!], and I'm finally, officially, and completely packed. [I think] Yes, I pack earlier than most normal humans, but when I'm excited for a trip, I just can't help myself.
In addition to packing and over-planning this vacation, I've also been testing out my NEW camera! If you subscribe to any Youtube channels, you'll see SO many of them have been switching to the Canon G7X. It's got amazing video quality for such a small guy. Yes, my DSLR can do a better job, but right now, I"m not the 'sit in my studio and look into a camera on a tripod' kind of girl. I like to move around. The real reason for purchasing this camera was so I could capture this upcoming trip to Maui on video. In all my years of going there [almost 19 I think? wow..] I only have photos. I cherish them completely, but having a living memory of this beautiful place on video was worth the investment.
It also has some cool, instagram-like features, which may seem a bit unnecessary, but it's a fun way to explore how one shot can look in a few different ways. There's a setting [can't find what the name of it is yet, but I'll add that in when I do], where you take one photo, but the camera captures it in several different filters and crop modes. [see above and below]
The above four were the actual shot a took, the top left being the unedited version, but I quite like the one to the right of it, and even the more over exposed option [okay, I'll NEVER use the rainbow option, but I can look past that].
These two photos are just cropped in versions the camera decided it liked. They're a bit blurry [then again, I was just mindlessly taking photos and not trying too hard], but I actually enjoyed how the camera intuitively went for some macro shots of the cookies. With a little practice, I think I could actually make use of this quirky little setting!
It's pricey for a beginner vlogger [is that what I'll be? hmm], but what made me decide to keep it was the quality of photos it takes IN ADDITION to the video capabilities. I honestly haven't used it much since picking it up, but to have something portable [that isn't my iPhone] that can take excellent photos, especially in low light situations [this thing is PHENOMENAL at capturing shots in low light, FYI]. This photo of me and my friend Molly was taken in a DARK bar, and yet somehow, with no flash used, the shot turned out like this:
So there are two things today's post HIGHLY recommend: picking up this camera [especially if you're not into the whole DSLR thing] and trying out THIS cookie recipe! I did some major changes to it, mostly in the add-ins department, and honestly, my version is what sold me on this cookies for life. So check out My Baking Addiction's recipe, [a take on the famous Levian Bakery cookies] and when you get to the part where you'll 'gently fold in chocolate chips/chunks and nuts,' go ahead and add in these ingredients instead:
BEST JUMBLE COOKIES EVER ADD-INS
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons dried cranberries [sweetened- the unsweetened just won't cut it]
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 3-4 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts [not in addition to the recipe, but since it says optional there, I'd recommend adding it in for sure]
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds [I use the slivered kind]
Trust me on these. Some of the ingredients seem a bit like you might be snacking on a granola bar, but these are decadent, chewy and fantastic. Glad I'm getting my daily fiber in, but even more pleased with how delectable these cookies are. I didn't miss the chocolate AT ALL.
Finally, for further testing of the cameras capabilities, I taped a few portions of the cookie baking process. I really had no plan, and wasn't even intending to use the footage, but I just wanted to see how the video quality looked in low lighting situations. We only had two small lamps on in my kitchen, and sure, the video would probably be best with full overhead lights on, but I was really impressed with how well it worked. It even had a nice, if slightly moody cookie baking ambiance! My shaky camera work on the other hand, could be better, but for someone who has literally only filmed her cats and dogs doing cute things via iPhone, I think the video turned out pretty good!
I uploaded it to Youtube [yes, I'm in the process of setting up my channel and the side gig to A Simpler Design, aka 'Jo Takes On' and I'll fill you in more about that in another post, but since I've been a bit too wordy and chatty already, I'll leave the video to you. Enjoy! [and really though, bake. these. cookies.]