Learning to shoot the Nikon D200 in 2019.

Recently I acquired a Nikon D200 after selling my Nikon D300. I have decided to shoot only ccd sensor cameras for the time being. Currently I’m discovering that shooting with the Nikon D200 is a little more difficult than the Nikon D300. White balance is giving me trouble and also shots of birds. I’ll share my trials and errors with you. These photos are unedited except for cropping.

The potential is there for really good photos with the Nikon 200.


This photo is rather blueish for my taste of the rhododendron bud.


Needing more light in this photo.


A little blurry and dark of this shot of the woodpecker.


The suet feeder was spinning and camera speed to slow.





Bread shot using incandesant setting. It’s sourdough!


Overall I’m pretty pleased as I learn to shoot the Nikon D200.

The truth about 3rd world dental savings.

If you pay what the locals are paying it is probably poor quality. The guarantee ends when you walk out the door.


Really you can save money on dental in the third world and there are good dentists. You just have to search real hard to find a good dentist.

The wealthy in the 3rd world most likely go to a good dentist. That is where you want to go. You can save close to ½ off your dental bill. Plus if you pay cash you will get a discount.

A simple cavity fixed for 30.00 dollars? Probably is poor quality. Yet getting the latest cerec 3D cad cam porcelain treatment for 228.00 dollars is where the better deal is. Plus the work comes with a real guarantee.

How to find a good dentist? Ask the expats! Browse online expat forums is a good way.

Don’t get all your work done in the first sitting. Have one cavity fixed and then wait for one week.

Natural travel deodorant


This is the safest and most effective natural travel deodorant that I know of. Take one lime and cut in half. Apply to your underarms. No need to worry about aluminum, alcohol and all those chemicals. Plus it is organically disposable. Good for you and the environment. You can buy limes anywhere and they pack well.

Are you scared of being labeled a “Fool.”

Someone said to me, “they will think you are a fool.” The person was scared of what people might be thinking of me. Trying to protect me. That made me happy that people might consider me a fool. Are you fearful of being labeled a fool?

We all have our own rhythm to find in life. Our pace. Our particular walk or path to forge.

Could it be a great sign when they hiss at you and label you a fool… You have arrived. You are free from the shackles. Learning to think for yourself.

I don’t think I ever learned how to think in school. More of how to survive between the bells. I tried to avoid the bullies and peer pressure.

“Facing your fears unlocks doors,” I wrote that to my friend today. Our dreams hide behind locked doors in our mind. We have to take chances in life.

How do people become great public speakers or famous singers. They overcome the fear of walking onto a stage. They open their mouth and speak or sing what’s in their mind.

Few of us will become rich and famous. That’s not really the goal. The goal is to be free in thought. To express ourselves.

Education is free now. All the resources are available online to train ourselves. Want to become a programmer (hacker.) No excuses. You can train online at MIT for free. OpenCourseWare is free mind empowerment.

Imagine a god does exist. God has a box of chocolates. Planet earth is the only chocolate left in the box. Why? I would think a planet earth chocolate would be rather bitter. A bitter chocolate of fools.

Today I suggest you go and buy a unicycle. Learn to peel an orange while riding that unicycle. Someone will pitch you a coin for your efforts. The world loves a good fool.

They think I’m a fool…Good.

Easiest way ever to unplug a sink.

unplug_sinkThe easiest way to unplug a sink while traveling is find a toilet plunger and do it yourself. Make sure there is water covering the plunger and plunge away. This works every time for me. Most hotel/hostels have several plungers lying around.

Staying in a $2.50 hostel in Guatemala once, the owner came into my room with a toilet plunger and unplugged my sink. I thought, “wow” and vowed to write about it one day. That day is now.

Have a good day.