Does what we do define who we are?

Well if it does, then that would make me an award winning television director, internationally recognised photographer, marine scientist, traveller, adventurer, scuba diver, surfer and vegan sausage maker who'd rather be in the ocean than on dry land.

Sounds exhausting doesn't it?

In reality, although I'm all of those things, I don't believe they define who I am but are simply a window into the incredible adventure that has been my life so far.

So, who am I?

I'd like to think I'm simply an open, inquisitive and creative free-thinker who has a passion for travelling the world, meeting new people and learning new things............and photographing and filming the hell out of it all. My friends would probably describe me as the slightly crazy Scottish chick who they're not quite sure what she does but they know she always does it with passion.

What do I do?
I really am an award winning TV director........


...... an internationally recognised photographer.

However, five years ago I quit my job working for the BBC in Bristol, UK and moved to the other side of the planet in search of adventure. I now live in Cape Town, South Africa with my partner James, our cat TW, ten chickens and a lot of koi fish! I still have one foot firmly planted in the 'real world' making TV shows and selling pictures to allow me to spend as much time as I can in my 'adventure world'. I live in the most incredible place framed by breathtaking mountains and surrounded by the ocean and can't wait to share it with you all.

And how did I get here, to Steemit?

Well, you can blame @heiditravels for that!

I just happen to live about a 10 minute walk away from a world famous big wave surfing spot, and despite the fact it's taken me over two years to even learn to stand on a surf board, it's become one of my favourite places to photograph.

About a month ago, there I was snapping away when a smiling face came walking up to me with exactly the same camera! It's a long and funny story I'll save for another post but the stranger on the beach that day was none other than the world travelling, cryptocurrency guru @heiditravels. I don't think the phrase 'the rest is history' applies here as I'm really hoping this is going to be the start of something really exciting.

Can't wait to begin building a new network, making new friends and sharing more pictures!

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Wow! That's a lot of things. It does sound exhaustion but I bet it might be fun. Having it all and leaving it behind for a search of adventure in life, now that is something. I will look forward to reading about how you found out about Steemit and more. Till then Keep Steeming On!

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Thanks @firepower. When I write it all down it makes me seem much cooler than I think I really am. But maybe I am that cool. Let's see what the Steem community think. Good things I hope.

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I think you are cool. :) Thos are amazing things that you are doing. Steem On!

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Not so sure I'm cool, but I agree I'm lucky enough to be doing some very cool things.

Welcome to Steem Community @oceanelement! As a gentle reminder, please keep your master password safe. The best practise is to use your private posting key to login to Steemit when posting; and the private active key for wallet related transactions.

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Thanks @newsteemians. And I though formatting my first post was the hard part........but looks like I've got a steep learning curve ahead. Looks like the next step is to work out the difference between a private posting key and a private active key. This is a whole new language.......loving it.

@oceanelement! So excited that you've made it :)
Great first post, I'm so looking forward to reading more of your adventures with your epic humor and photos peppered in ;)

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I miss my surfing buddy! And in honour of you I think my first proper post must be about some of our crazy adventures! Watch this space @heiditravels

Excellent :D

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Thanks @jonathanxvi, just followed you as I checked out your feed and love the eclectic mix. Looking forward to reading some of the posts.

Welcome to Steemit @oceanelement

Very cool story and look forward to hearing the rest of it.

You have a new follower.

Keep STEEM N ON,
Frank

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I hope I don't disappoint @cassidyandfranks

Welcome @oceanelement

You may like this nice Card. Use it in any way you want: It is a completly free gift for you :)
PS: Some clever Steemians print it for takeaway. The QR-Code leads directly to your blog.


Made with Love 💋

Welcome to the fold, my believe is that what you do only defines some your interests while in this realm, who you are is between you and your creator.
Very nice opening shot you have done here with your introduction. Look up @simplylizzle and @moderndragon , they are a husband and wife team of artists living in Cape Town as well, really nice folks. You might enjoy meeting them.
Until next time,
@sultnpapper

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Thanks @sultnpapper for the recommendation, what a lovely idea to be able to connect with some fellow Steemers (is that what we're called?!?!?) in Cape Town.

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Steemers , Steemians are the most used terms. You will find that there are quite a few in the Cape Town area from what I have seen on here with following the two folks I recommended to you. I think there is even a teamsouthafrica I have seen that they all belong too.
Best wishes,
@sultnpapper

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Aaw, thanks @sultnpapper! That's kind of you to recommend us :)

@oceanelement you can look up either #teamsouthafrica or @cheetoblue who runs it to see about more Cape Townians on Steemit. They sometimes organize get togethers.

Love your work! Congratulations on all your awards.
We also live about 10 mins from the beach.
My husband and I share this account as it's more of his work related things, but you can have a look at my personal account at @simplylizelle
Hope you have a great day!
Lizelle

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She may need some dragons or cupcakes,either one or maybe both. It is a all about networking, helping friends and making friends. I might of done both with one suggestion. Speaking of friends, where is @scarletstar ? Haven't seen anything from her lately? She still trying to get her ducks in row?
Until next time,
@sultnpapper

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:) Much appreciated !

Unfortunately she has been struggling with health problems so Steemit has taken a back burner. You can see what she's up to on FB or instagram though. Scareltstar on instagram and Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/scarlet.star.studio/

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Give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I will keep her in prayer, along with you. I don't do any other social media , one platform is all I can manage, and this is it.

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Thank you so much, I will let her know :)

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Hey Lizelle, thanks so much for connecting. You're going to recognise so many of the amazing place I plan on sharing with the Steemians (gone for Steemians as the collective noun as I'm Scottish and Steemer makes me think of someone who is really drunk!) But hopefully I might be able to share a few that are new to you! Going to check out #teamsouthafrica now and look forward to a real life meet up!

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Oh dear. Yes in that case Steemian sounds much better :)
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Hello and welcome! What is the camera make and model you both have? I'm always interested in what people use and recommend as a private investigator. I suspect the majority of time I spend behind a camera isn't for the same reasons as you though. :)


Webpages

There are a ton of other webpages to help you with Steemit. Here are some of the best for beginners:

https://steemd.com/ (This site is used to keep track of your voting power and other stats. You do not want to run out of voting power, and you only get so much per day. I keep my voting power around 80% for example.)

https://steem.makerwannabe.com/ (This site will tell you who follows you, who unfollows you, and who mutes you. It is great for meeting new people too. I regularly check it to see who has followed me to see if I should follow them back.)

https://steemit.chat/ (This site is the official chat webpage for Steemit. There are Discord channels too, but I usually stick to the official site. Come in to network and meet new friends. You can directly message people there too, so it makes it easier to communicate with your closest friends.)

Bots

Oh yeah, there are a lot of bots on here. If you see a cookie cutter reply, especially to your intro post, it is almost certainly a bot. Check the account's reputation. If it is low, I would recommend just ignoring them. Everything is public on Steemit, so you can go look at an account's comments and replies. Are they all the same? It's a bot.

Sourcing and Adding Photos

Adding photos to your account as a new Steemian may be confusing at first too. The easiest way it to click to "Submit a Story." Once in there, use the built in Steemit tool to upload an image from your computer. Below the posting window, you will see "Insert images by dragging & dropping, pasting from the clipboard, or by selecting them." Click on the blue text. Once the image is uploaded, you can copy and paste the link into your account settings.

Here's a link to a Google Document I made to help with the coding:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NlAoGnP8q7ZAxGsEnvza-qotUGkoaae4SwXdubAhi2g/edit?usp=sharing

Account Verification

Verifying your identity is very important because it will get you more support and people will trust you more. The best way to verify is to link back to your Steemit account by using another public social media account. For example, I posted my Steemit articles from here through my Twitter account. Another person posted their Steemit information on their Facebook account. Some people will even post a video of themselves writing out their account information since that cannot be Photoshopped. The more famous a person is or the more valuable their content is, the more important it is that they verify. If a new account falls within those two categories and fails to verify, it may get blacklisted.

Security

Do not use your owner key to log into Steemit.com to post. Use your private posting key instead. Keep your owner key offline as much as possible, and only use it when you must.

Per the advice given by Arcanage, you should only use your owner key to:

  1. Recover your account.
  2. Change the other keys.
  3. Give a present to your children a few minutes before dying.

A lot of scams have been happening on Steemit recently. If you click a link to a site that prompts you to log into it, be extra careful. Double and triple check the address to make sure it is really steemit.com. A recent scam was using "lsteemit" as the domain name, and people were entering their owner keys to log into it. That allowed the scammers to take those user's accounts, empty the money from them, and then ruin their reputation by using the newly hacked accounts to further the scam.

If you find or suspect a scam, please report it in the #steemitabuse channel on steemit.chat.

Glitches

Steemit is having issues lately. Make sure you are copying and pasting your post content often as you write it, and put the data into another document to avoid losing it. I'll copy and paste my content into a Google document as just one example. Some people use Markup editors to do the same.

Definitely keep a backup copy right before you post it too, for some people have come back the next day to see half the post missing or the entire post missing even though the day before it appeared to have posted successfully. Make sure you copy and paste your replies too before you post them. They can vanish immediately after clicking to post them.

New follows are being reversed as well. If someone follows you and you see them unfollow you, check with them before you think they unfollowed you on purpose. A lot of times, these days especially, they did not mean to unfollow you. After posting this reply, I will follow you. If for some reason it shows that I did not, please let me know.


Again, welcome! If you have any questions about getting started, look me up on the chat site or reply to this post.

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Super helpful @finnian. I feel like I've opened a very exciting can of worms and I'm learning more and more with every post. I shoot primarily on a Canon 5D Mk2 which I think might not be the best for undercover work although I do try to keep camouflaged when shooting wildlife......not quite the same thing though!
I'm particulary interested in the security info you write about. I'm there are a couple of third part Steem apps I've been looking at but just not sure about the fact they want you to log in with your Steem account details. Will have to do a lot more investigating.

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Thanks and glad to hear it interest wise!

Yes, I usually need much higher ISO rated cameras due to low light conditions.

My next main security related post is a dark subject, so I've been putting off writing it. It's depressing, but I need to get it done. Today is a good day to discuss the topic too (Missing children, child trafficking, etc.) since it is Halloween here in the USA.

I was hesitant to give a key other than my posting one to another site until today. The post teamsteem made about spaminator is a worthy cause though, so I setup a SP delegation through steemconnect. To do that however, you have to give them your active key.

Hopefully they will keep mine safe! Most of my account funds are in Savings or Steem Power to keep them safe from immediate withdraw.

Wow, that is a lot of achievements. I hope to read more posts from you. So succeeding here will not be an issue at all and we can always find a role model who have already succeed.
Success Leaves Clues: How @jerrybanfield Succeed At Steemit

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I hope my posts don't disappoint you.

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Not at all. But I have some tips to help you succeed here.
Newbie Nuggets: How To Make Succeeding At Steemit Fun

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Hey @hiyo. Thanks, looking forward to the journey!

Adventure makes life worthwhile and fills you with strong experiences! Nice post! :)

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Thanks @onart. Adventure certainly keeps life interesting and I'm looking forward to growing old with a life filled with great memories rather than great things.

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Very cool Lisa! Great to see more of the adventurous type on here. Your photos are amazing

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Thanks @tobydaniel2. Really excited to share them with like minded people and expand my horizons.

very interesting, check out my profile :)

Hey!! welcome! I love how free are the people who live traveling and knowing how beautiful the world is. I would love someday to dare to venture in this way. I love to travel.

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What are you waiting for @Keky-ochoa?

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have more money to be able to leave Venezuela hahaha @oceanelement

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Thanks @future24. I'm hooked already!

Welcome to Steemit @oceanelement. Can't wait to see your photography. I visited Cape Town some time last year and I must say it's exhilaratingly beautiful.

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Thanks @faraicelebr8, I'm slowly finding my way round and hope my pictures and accompanying stories will do justice to the mother city.

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