I’m close to finishing a book that I will hopefully be reviewing next week. It’s a good and funny one, so I’m trying to get through it.
So, for now… a post of random thoughts.
Talk about giving me a reason to really enjoy photography again.
Since I started this project January 1, I haven’t missed a day of taking a photo. It’s been a lot of fun. And those in the HooHaa 365 group on Flickr have been posting some super-cool images as well. It’s been fun getting into Flickr and seeing so many people’s work. Since I’ve gotten addicted into Flickr recently, I’ve had the chance to send messages with several talented photographers. I’ve had a blast doing that, too, as it can hopefully give inspiration.
Some things I’ve noticed about the 365, however.
The idea of the project is to take at least one photo per day to document your life, or what you see, or what you are out shooting. Some people do self-portraits, some do everyday things, some just post something from a day of photography. It’s very open to interpretation, which is awesome. But the basis for everyone is the same — shoot at least one photo per day.
The photos don’t have to be uploaded each day. Some choose to do it daily, every few days, every week etc. But one thing I’ve noticed with many is that people will go out for a day of shooting and use those photos for a full week of images. That seems to defeat the idea. I have no issue if someone misses a day or something and either skips it or puts something up for one day… but a whole week? What’s the idea of being in the project if that’s the fact?
My hope and goal is to not miss a day in 2010. I have many things on the plate for the year, including a trip to Ireland. I’m hoping there is even something more major than that in the future, but we’ll see about that as well.
For now, I can only keep adding ideas to my mini moleskine notebook and see what I can come up with each day.
You can find my photostream on Flickr here.
Also, here is one of my favorite shots so far this year:
12 of 12
Besides the 365, I’m *attempting* to each month’s 12 of 12 project. To put it simply, the project is to show 12 photos of your day. Why the 12th day? I don’t know. But, it’s a fun challenge.
I succeeded in doing it for January.
This past September, Darryl of the Cache-A-Maniacs podcast, put forth the effort of having a geocaching 12 of 12. The idea was to document your day of geocaching. I participated in that one and had a lot of fun with it.
As I’ve been catching up on the Cache-A-Maniacs podcast recently, I was reminded of it. I also know they are planning on doing the next one in June. So all of you geocachers out there, plan now to try and do the 12 of 12 this June!
OK, I didn’t know what I was going to do.
My camera’s flash won’t work. My flash is somewhat broke. The popup seems jammed.
So, I called Canon.
The person I dealt with was very helpful as I mentioned in a previous post, telling me all my options. The problem with the “loyalty” program is that I would have to send my 30D to them, thus meaning my backup is still one of the second-generation Digital Rebels.
If I upgrade, I want my 30D to be my backup.
So, I had to debate. Did I want to send it into Canon and pay possibly near $300 to have it fixed and STILL have to purchase a new flash?
I was chatting with the photographers at the paper I work at and was given a name in a city near ours. This person fixes their cameras. Score. I e-mailed the person and I’m bringing my stuff — camera AND flash — to him Saturday. Hopefully it will be cheaper and quicker to go through him. Then I can have my camera and flash back.
While he has my gear, I’ll be using the Rebel (I charged the battery for the first time in a while) and my point-and-shoot.
It’ll be nice to have everything fixed though as I’m really getting back into the photography thing.
Now I just need to still find that battery cover…
So much on the plate
Over the next week and a half, I have a ton to do.
Between work and personal life obligations, I feel like I am crammed. Add to that sleeping too much. Yes, I said it. I know most people love to sleep a lot, but I feel it drains me and wastes a lot of the day if I sleep too much.
So, I need to start working on that.
Work is of major importance, of course.
But that doesn’t start until 4 p.m., so I need to get some things done in the hours leading up to it. That includes some things I would rather not share here as well as other items — such as photography, the blog, planning this trip to Ireland (we need to get hotel and flight reservations soon, I thing).
I’m spreading things out because I have a week-long furlough coming up the final week of January. Basically, each employee at my place has to take a full week off with no pay over the first quarter. It stinks, but it’s what they are mandating. So whether or not you take them individually or at one time, you are losing a full week’s pay. The last two (yes, we’ve had two) we did, I split them up. At this point, I figure if I am going to lose the money anyway, I might as well take them all at one point and try and utilize that week to catch up on things and get some other items done.
Plus, if I’m off for a full week, I think I can file for unemployment. I might not get it, but I can file. And who knows, maybe I’ll get some of it back.
The last true day of caching I did was Dec. 30.
That was a fun trip in which we found a bunch of caches. Alas, that was also the trip from hell where my cold got worse and worse the way home. In the end, I probably shouldn’t have gone.
The last cache I found came after the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1. It was at a New Year’s Eve party thrown by some local cachers who had also placed their first cache. Those in attendance at the party had the chance to share in the FTF honors. Quite a fun evening.
But that’s the last time I’ve cached.
This weekend, when I go and drop off my camera to be repaired, I’m hoping to also do a few hours of caching. It’s warming up (in other words, will be in the mid-to-high 30s this weekend), so I’m hoping I can grab 5-10 caches in that area before heading home.
I’m also off Sunday, but that might be a day to work on other things. We’ll see.
Anyway, time to prepare myself for work and some other things.