Sandy in FL (+ WIN a fancy camera)

Iím sure youíve seen pictures of Sandyís devastating aftermath up and down the East Coast in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. According to this site, 17 million people were affected by Sandy, 8 million were without power, 100,000 have been displaced from their home and 109 have died.

We are very fortunate in Florida to have escaped the majority of the wrath of Sandy.

For me, the following pictures put some perspective on the damage Sandy did up north considering the storm was smaller when it passed FL and it really didnít even ìhitî us. The storm + full moon caused significant damage, even here in Fort Lauderdale.

The following pictures were taken with a Panasonic Lumix G5 camera I was given to review by BlogHer. The Panasonic Lumix has 14 creative filters you can apply in the camera. Each of these pictures uses one of those effects, but no other filter or alterations. These were shot on October 30, 2012 … 3 days after Sandy blew by Florida, and 1 day after she made landfall in the Northeast. The first picture shows the ocean overflowing onto A1A… Hurricane SandyA close up of the above parking meter and signage … hurricane sandy Beach debris … Hurricane Sandy Anyone know what kind of bone/ fin this is? Andy swears it’s a whale bone. hurricane sandy Lots of people with metal detectors out on the beach … Hurricane Sandy Lots of debris, wood, and trash. I actually collected a ton of plastic bottle caps for a Christmas craft brewing in my head! Hurricane Sandy Crews worked around the clock to clean up A1A. A portion of this highway was blocked off for 4 days. Hurricane Sandy Many of the palm trees were uprooted on the beach … Hurricane Sandy The bulldozers are hard at work pushing the sand from the road back onto the beach … Hurricane SandyA few other things I really like about the Panasonic Lumix DSLR camera:

  • I love that it has a level inside of the camera. It really helps me keep my pictures straight.
  • The lens that comes with this camera is wider than my point and shoot. This comes in very handy for room shots!
  • It takes awesome video. Camera + camcorder= greatness.

You can get free shipping at until December, 31 2012!

Do you use a point and shoot or a DSLR camera? Do you take pictures every day or only on special occasions? Answer in a comment to be entered for a chance to win a Panasonic Lumix G5 camera! (Please note that a winner will be chosen from a pool of all participating reviewers’ blogs.)
I hope you and your family are safe and warm after the superstorm, Sandy.

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  1. Great pics! I shoot with a DSLR but would love something smaller for trips and stuff like that :)

  2. We have a dslr but never use it.

  3. Great pics, they really tell the story. I use a small “point and shoot” camera. I would love to win something nicer. i try to take pics other than special occasions but I don’t always have it with me when i should. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Oh I take photos eaveryday and would LOVE this!!

  5. i take pics every single day…with a point and shoot…I want a DSLR so bad!
    By the way, the pics are great, but lots of damage! I was in CT/NY a few days before Sandy hit!

  6. I tweeted ….
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. I try to take pictures daily mainly for the blog but sometimes i fail.

  8. I usually take at least one a day, random instagrams usually but also greater frequency for blogging purposes.

  9. I love taking pics on a regular basis, not just on special occasions.
    Although the pictures you took are of the devastation created by the storm, they are stunning! Love the colors you captured in the sky!

  10. I try to take pictures every day. Some days it’s just the iPhone camera, sometimes it’s my dslr…

  11. Take pictures every day! Of my kids {mostly with my phone camera} and my real camera is used for blog projects!

  12. We tweeted about the giveaway: Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  13. I have a point and shoot…would LOVE a DSLR! I have my camera ready at all times…

  14. Stephanie Lanphear says:

    I try to take pictures on more than special occasions, but not quite daily!

  15. Stephanie Lanphear says:
  16. Jeane Gallo says:

    I take photos almost every day. Every morning we walk or ride our bikes on a seven mile trail along a canal. There are all kinds of birds and wildlife there and I take a camera with me. I would love to have a DSLR so I could get better pictures.

  17. I take pictures pretty much everyday. Sometimes with my cell phone, most of the time with my digital camera. On special occasions I still break out the regular film camera :)

  18. I take pics every day :)

  19. I try to take pictures all the time..inspiration is everywhere!

  20. I try to take pictures often with my point-and-shoot , but not quite every day – more than just on special occasions though.

  21. WOW! What amazing photos, I am so glad you shared them with us! The camera really seems to take beautiful pictures! I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I wish I could say that I take pictures everyday, but I would have to say realistically I take them on special occasions. {Not counting blogging photos, I take those daily!}

  22. I tweeted about this giveaway too! :) I don’t know how to give you the exact twitter link, but it is there right now I promise!

  23. Do you take pictures every day or only on special occasions? I am lazy and there is no reason not to take pictures everyday, but now for the most part, I just take pictures when the great grandchildren are around.

  24. I don’t take pictures every day but I do take them often. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

  25. Those pictures look great! I use a point and shoot because my dslr is in the shop right now – I take pictures everyday!

  26. Bonnie Hutto says:

    I take pictures ALL the time. I LOVE taking pictures of everything especially my family. And nature. I live where there is alot of natural shots. This camera takes AWESOME shots.

  27. I take pictures every day! I really need a new camera, all I have is a point and shoot that is on it’s last leg!

  28. Laura Decato says:

    I tried to take pictures everyday – of my children and things for my store

  29. I love to take pictures! I try to capture all the special moments with my point and shoot, which does not necessarily mean every day. But I keep my camera handy, and would love to have a new one! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  30. I take pictures every single day! – developing the pics or printing them up – thats another story.

  31. I take pictures on special occassions but try to take pic at least 2-3times a month. my son is 3 and it seems like he was just born yesterday so i try to take pic of his progess. thanks

  32. I’d love a small point and shoot to take around with me…..I take photos on a daily basis, usually with my iPhone b/c its always with me!

  33. I used to take pictures a lot but my camera broke now I use my camera phone and take them during special moments randomly. I would love to have a camera again especially a DSLR.

  34. I use my camera on my phone & take pictures daily. Would love to have this camera!!

  35. I take pictures from my phone daily & would love to have this camera!!

  36. I take photos for work and at home. My kids’ eye problems are probably due to how much flash I’ve exposed them to. LOL

  37. I use a DSLR, but I think I’d take more photos if I had a better camera to slip into my purse!

  38. I take pictures every day. I never get tired of pics of my boys!!

  39. Pictures are one of my very favorite things, so I take pictures daily!

  40. I take pictures every single day. I love my Canon Rebel, but it’s getting kind of old. I would love a new much fancier one!

  41. I try to take pictures everyday, especially of my 13 month old! I have an old basic dslr but I would love a new one with more features, so I could improve my photography skills!

  42. Karina Lee says:

    i take pictures almost everyday

  43. Karina Lee says:
  44. Love the story! Your pictures are beautiful!

  45. I take pics everyday. Of my son or for work, but just low-quality snapshots. I’d love to up the ante a bit.

  46. I take pictures seriously every day!! I would LOVE to win this!!

  47. Almost every day – and I just wish I had a DSLR!

  48. Emily Batts says:

    I LOVE to take pictures and would LOVE to have a camera like that !!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Louise in NE OK says:

    I need to start taking more pictures. That camera would be PERFECT!

  50. My husband’s. Great with the dslr, but I usually stick to the point and shoot, since I can carry it in my purse. I try to take lots of everyday photos…. better than posed holiday shots.

  51. As a New Year’s resolution a few years ago I started a Project 365 blog and try to take and post a photo every day.

  52. I take pictures everyday. For my blog and of everyday things in my life. I will probably take an obscene amount of pictures when I have children. haha!

  53. I’m sorry to post again. I tried to find my first comment, so I could add the tweet url to it, but I couldn’t find it. I didn’t intentionally break the rules! haha.

  54. I take a lot on trips and family events!

  55. I love to take pictures! I have a point and shoot and an older DSLR.

  56. Jackie Baynard says:

    Great pics. Thanks for the giveaway. We have a point and shoot and it does well for day to day, but I’d love to have a nicer camera.

  57. Dana Rodgers says:

    For me it seems there’s always an opportunity to snap a quick shot of something mundane, but quite often beautiful, when seen through the eye of the camera’s lens. I see photographs framed in my mind’s eye everywhere I go. I carry my point and shoot camera in my purse, along with my wallet, it’s an essential part of everyday. I fell in love with digital technology, because on those occasions when I simply can’t adequately frame a shot successfully, I can so easily delete all my attempts… No harm, no foul. If my house were on fire, once I knew my family was safe, my photos and my camera are all that I’d be devastated to lose.

  58. Karen Medlin says:

    I usually take photos everyday.. I don’t own a point and shoot DSLR

  59. Great giveaway! I love photography, especially travel photography.

  60. I have a point and shoot that’s waterproof, and while, its great for the water function, its not as awesome for the rest of life’s activities, haha. I end up taking pictures nearly every day, there’s always something wonderful to capture. :) Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  61. Courtney Boosk says:

    I would love a camera like this to take photos of my baking creations so I can launch my baking business and blog! Thanks for sharing the pictures of Sandy in FL, I truly hope those affected have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

  62. Tiffany Winner says:
  63. I use a DSLR camera, and I take pictures several times a week, whenever I want to capture memories for my children.

  64. I’ve got a panasonic lumix fz100 or something like that, love it. I love this upgrade though!!! I take pictures all the time, almost daily & depending on what is going on, almost daily!

  65. I have a point and shoot and I take pictures nearly everything. I’m really impressed by this camera love the way it captures the sunset

  66. The colors in these photos are unreal! I especially like the parking meter photo. I would love to upgrade from my point and shoot camera for pix like these. Of course, It’s the person taking the photos that makes the real difference!

  67. Wow. Those are some great photos! The damage of the area is sad, however. I’m sorry about that. However, I love the photo of the parking meter and signs. The colors are amazing! I wish I could take photos like these.

  68. I don’t take pictures every day, but I try to capture lots of photos on the weekends (when I’m not at work and have some spare time!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. april yedinak says:

    Since my ‘good camera’ got broken, I have only had a point and shoot. Even with that, I like to take a lot of pictures whenever the mood strikes- no special occasion necessary.

  70. Wow — great pics — love the detail and clearness of them! Great sweeps.

  71. Anita Houpert says:

    I have only a point and shoot camera, though I would love a DSLR! I take pictures everyday in my classroom and at home (my computer and terabite are full!) These pictures are beautiful, if scary, of Sandy’s aftermath. I don’t have a website at the moment, sorry!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  72. Maria Cantu says:

    I use a point and shoot camera. That is all I can handle.

  73. Cindy Peterson says:

    I use a point and shoot and my IPhone as my DSLR camera is broken.

  74. 90% of the time I use my cell phone to take pictures…and I take some almost everyday. The DSLR is too heavy for me for everyday use….but this one seems to be perfect and light weight.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  75. Ashley Doodle says:

    I use my phone for taking pictures currently. I used to use a point and shoot. Right now I would be happy with anything that isn’t my phone. I just got divorced we are planning a move it would be fantastic to have this to document the move with.

  76. Goodgolly what upheaval that must have been…and not even the worst of wicked old Sandy. Your photos are dramatically stunning. Glad you are okay. :)
    I have a point-and-shoot and I did take photos almost everyday up until it broke. I would so love a Lumix…it looks supercool! Many thanks!

  77. Great photos! Love that it’s a camera and camcorder in one. I take pics every day with a point and shoot. Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. I am mostly an iPhone photographer and take pictures daily. It would be great to have a compact DSLR to take more artful photos!

  79. I use a point and shoot camera but I would love this camera that has features of both a DSLR and a point and shoot camera! Thank you for this giveaway!

  80. I really like flip out lcd screen, not every camera has that. Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Kelsey kim says:

    I have an older model point and shoot by Panasonic and it is great, this looks like a nice cross between a dslr and point and shoot, which is a great feature!

  82. I take pictures every single day. I normally use my phone but when I want nice pictures Ill use my real camera. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  83. I take a lot of pictures. Would love to win this.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  84. Tweeted

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  85. I have a point and shoot, but long for a dslr. I don’t take photos everyday but definitely more than on special occasions. I have my own blog so I do take photographs pretty frequently, and wish I had the equipment to take better photos so this camera would be a great win!

  86. I take pictures almost every day with my iPhone, for the important stuff I have a DSLR, but it’s too big to carry everywhere.

  87. julie kmieciak says:

    Because of it’s ease, I usually whip out my iPhone! I have a 35MM camera but, it’s way too complicated to have birds and boats stand still to get my shot. I need something to use that doesn’t frustrate me.

  88. I generally use a point and shoot, I try to take at least a couple pictures every day.

  89. I usually take photos with the point and shot on vacation, family occassions, or some usual sunset or weather. Often I use my phone to document some item I’m shopping for or to remind me to take an action about something.

  90. Pearl McLaughlin says:

    Ok I Tweeted :
    Check out the Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera! Review from Jamie Dorobek at BlogHer CRAFT Crafting Really Awesome Free Things …
    AND G+1:
    Then Pinned it:
    And gave it to my friends at FB share:
    Great review, it really took some great shots of the damage from Hurricane Sandy in Florida. I’d love to have this camera. I want to start my own blog with the uninteresting things I do… and a camera would help immensely! It would do great closeups of food and my dog!

  91. I shoot with a sony nex-6 which I loooooooove

  92. I would dearly love to win this camera!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  93. Becky Horn says:

    Being able to have video and still is very cool!!!

  94. Becky Horn says:
  95. i use a point and shoot mainly for special occassions

  96. Honeybird says:

    I love the wide range of Filter-options. It’s so diverse! But I also like the quick AF, because I find it so hard to capture moving objects in a still picture, and also get a good result. I’m always really focused on detail. And this camera realizes optimal detail in its photos!

  97. I have a TERRIBLE point & shoot- i take photos every day but need a new camera!
    tuesdayef (at aol) com

  98. I am ready to graduate to a DSLR…since my husband, one daughter and son-in-law have had beautiful results with their models, I envy being able to get gorgeous shots!

  99. I don’t use a DSLR but I’d sure love to have one. I take photos in fits & spurts — sometimes every day, sometimes I don’t pick up the camera for weeks. Depends on my schedule and, frankly, my mood. :)

  100. Linda Hnatt Chin says:

    I am using the Lumix S8 point and shoot and the pictures are just great. It’s the first point and shoot I have really liked, however, I would love to get into photography more, and your description and pictures make this camera sound like the one I should look into. Thank you for trying it and commenting.

  101. I have a Nikon DSLR and I take pics just about daily. I love the photography and am always eager to learn more about it. Your photos are great. Looks like a great camera too!

  102. I love the ease of a point-and-shoot because I like to take photos of everything – special occasions as well as everyday life.

  103. I have a DSLR and take pictures very often (although not daily), but would love something smaller to use for everyday, while still taking great quality pictures!

  104. Judith VanAlphen says:

    I have 7 grandchildren and don’t own a camera. So the answer to your question is no.

  105. I use a camera only on special occasions and trips.

  106. I use my point and shoot almost every day. I love to capture the every day moments of life!

  107. I am a realtor and take pics all the time. This would be a great camera to have!

  108. Charlene Carr says:

    Hopefully it didn’t take you to long to get back to normal in Florida. Sandy did a number on the US. I used to live by the water, sometimes in the water so I know what a headache it is to clean up salt water. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.
    I’m a beginner but love to take pictures. I probably would take pictures everyday if I had a camera like the one your giving away.

  109. Debbie Beltran says:

    As they say … a picture is worth a thousand words, and point and shoots are the quickest way to share what words can’t. I carry one in my purse at all times!

  110. I love the colors the camera picks up. My photos look nice with the camera I have now, but I always have to do some color adjusting to them.

  111. I use a point and shoot camera from Kodak. I used to take pictures very often but now it’s just on special occasions.

  112. I so need a camera… I have five grandchildren that I would love more pictures of

  113. I use my iPod camera all of the time and I feel so bad that my children have all of these low-def pictures. This would be perfect!

  114. Those are stunning photos. My point and shot is about 4-5 yrs. old and very big and clunky. I use photoshop to fix up the photos, but there is only so much you can do. The indoor photos are horrible. I would love to have some nice indoor shots someday! Love that it recommends a filter for you.

  115. I mostly use a point and shoot. I take pictures about once a week.

  116. I mostly use a DSLR, but I also have my phone and point and shoot. I take a photo EVERYday. Because I am crazy. 😉

  117. I use my phone or a point-and-shoot for photo-taking, and I try to remember to take photos at friend gatherings and funny moments at work. I’d like to get into the habit of taking more photos of the everyday little things in my life I notice and enjoy, and I would love to transition to using a DSLR!

  118. Olivia Rubin says:

    I take pictures for all big activites/get togethers, for that I borrow my mom’s camera. If I am out and see a cute photo op, I use my phone…like the the other day I took a flower arrangement class and I know I will include the pics in a shutterfly book, but i used my camera on the Galaxy 2

    Oliviatheservicedog at hotmail dot com

  119. I love that it is lightweight….thats very important to me! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  120. Tweeted:
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  121. I currently have a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS and run my own Etsy photography business. I use my camera to take macro photos of nature and life around me. I also use it to take video vlogs for my youtube review channel. My hubby uses it as well for his vlogs. We both use it for personal stuff as well.

  122. I use a small point & shoot camera now. Before the days of digital I had a great camera with all the bells & whistles but I never use it any more.

  123. We just have a point & shoot at this time, but we use it at least a couple times a week – after all, toddlerhood only comes around once! Thanks for the chance to win!

  124. I use a point and shoot camera and take pictures mainly on special occasions.

  125. My favorite feature of the Panasonic Lumix is shooting video and stills simultaneously.

  126. I just have a point & shoot. I’d love to have this camera.
    Thanks for the contest.

  127. I use a point and shoot. I don’t take pictures every day, but I do take them more often than just special occasions!

  128. Do you use a point and shoot or a DSLR camera? I currently have a point and shoot camera.
    Do you take pictures every day or only on special occasions? I don’t take pictures as often as I should but it’s more often than just on special occasions.

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