I really need to work on updating this thing regularly, given it’s been another 2 weeks since the last update. Part of the reason for that is that while it’s been a busy two weeks, it’s also not been the most productive two weeks ever, and there’s been a disappointing lack of progress lately.
So far as trimming down the fat ass goes, I’ve gone somewhat backwards & put back on some of the weight that I’d lost after I first started on this little mission of mine. I had friends over to visit last weekend, and it ended up being an
“EAT ALL THE CARBS! DRINK ALL THE WHISKEY!!”
……kind of weekend, with unfortunately predictable results.
“I’m fatter now than when I started :(“
I’m still looking at a net loss of about 2.8kgs for the month since I started, which really isn’t to be sniffed at, but it’s not as good as the 4.8kgs that I had lost, and I can’t help but feel disappointed by that.
The cycling also took a hit last week, & I essentially didn’t get any done at all. On Tuesday when I went for a ride during PT at work I managed just about 3km, & was doing well, making good progress at a nice pace, when all of a sudden I feel the back wheel start to wobble & “smush” around, & by the time I stopped & got off to have a look at what was going on it was totally flat.
Blast, bother and fuckery. But no big deal, right? I’ve got a puncture repair kit, and a pump, and I can totally fix this and get back on my merry way, can’t I?
It is at this point that I find out that merely having the tools necessary to do a job does not confer the ability to perform said job. Whoever woulda thunk it?
So I end up walking the 3km back to the unit wearing cycling cleats – and let me tell you those things are not meant for walking in – and then taking the bike to the cycle shop so I can ask the nice young man behind the counter to show me how to fix a puncture. It turns out that it wasn’t even a puncture as such, not from anything poking through the tyre at least, but rather that the shop I bought the bike from screwed up when they put the tyre-liners in that are supposed to prevent punctures.
It seems that you’re supposed to round off the edges of these things, or else the points on the ends of the tape can lacerate the inner tube, which is exactly what happened to me. I’m sure you can guess where I’m not likely going to be returning to for my bike servicing and maintenance needs in future……
Anyway, that was last Tuesdays ride down the tubes to no good effect, and the Thursday ride didn’t happen either because I was at home sleeping off another fucking migraine, so yeah, it really wasn’t a productive week in terms of getting any exercise. I’ve got the bike at work to go for a ride today at least, so hold thumbs for me that I don’t get another bloody puncture or something please, & that I actually get to do some exercise for a change.
But I was supposed to be talking about photography in this, so enough of the irritations & so on of the last few weeks, and let’s move onto that.
I’ve always had a thing for photography, loved it as a medium for communication and expression, since long before I ever decided to pick up a camera myself, & I think that photojournalism would have been what I’d actually like to have done for a living instead of this soldiering gig. But you takes the breaks that you gets given I guess, & getting paid to take photos isn’t an opportunity I’ve had come my way yet. But you never know, someday I may just win the lottery, and have the money to indulge in my ideal hobby of tasteful nude black & white photograpy.
So far as my forays into photography so far go, the first camera I bought myself was a little Nikon digital point & click, back in 2004, while I was on a deployment with the UN in the DRC.
It was quite a nice little camera for the time, & I had a lot of fun taking happy-snaps with it, but even then I could see how limited it was, & knew it was not going to be sufficient for what I wanted to do with a camera. At around the same time as I got the little Coolpix, I started getting friendly with a young lady I was chatting with over the internet while I was in the Congo who was also into photography, and as things stated getting more and more friendly between us, we chatted about doing some photography together when I got back to Durban. There was also a plan that she and another friend eventually wanted to turn this into a business even, shooting weddings and events together, so to that end I ended up splashing out on first a mid-range Fuji “prosumer” when I eventually got home from the Congo. That rapidly proved not to be up to the task though – to be honest, I hated that camera, & think I eventually gave it away – and so I ended up buying my first “real” camera, a Canon 20D, ostensibly for the growing wedding photography business my then girlfriend was running as a sideline.
Now this was a real camera, a proper DSLR with decent resolution, and it saw some very solid wedding photography use for a few months.
And then the relationship with the young but not-so-much-a-lady-as-I’d-initially-thought who was the main reason I bought the camera in the first place came to a not so amicable end. Not a damn was I just going to give her the camera & lenses I’d spent a rather substantial chunk of cash on though, so I kept those when she went on her way. By then I’d been well & truly bitten by the photography bug, & I got some good use out of the 20D, especially during a deployment I made to Burundi in 2005-2006.
Unfortunately, as time went by I found I was taking photos less and less, and eventually it ended up just being something I’d do when something was on at work, or at varsity. It was still photos I was taking for myself, & not for work or anything, but I just wasn’t making opportunities to take photographs the way I used to, as a past-time in and of itself.
But photography was something I still really enjoyed, even if really I wasn’t doing it nearly as much as I should, and I kept kind of up to date with what cameras were on the market, & the new trends, & I often had to tell myself “no, don’t do it, you don’t have the money, and you aren’t taking enough photos to justify it, even If you did have the money”.
There is, however, a definite limit to how often you can tell yourself that before you eventually go “meh, fuckit, I don’t care, I’m buying the shiny toy”, and late last year I bought myself a tasty little Canon 70D.
All I can say is this thing is awesome. The lens you put on the camera is far more important than the camera itself, but the technology has come a very long way in the time in between when I bought the 20D, & then upgraded to the 70D.
I’m still not using the camera nearly as much as I should – I’ve barely turned it on in must be 3 months now…. – so a few friends and I have got together to start a little photography club on Facebook with the intention of doing a doing some photography in an informal and casual, but still structured setting, and to catch up a little, spend some time together & so on. We’ve not actually had our first get-together yet, but that’s scheduled for next weekend, & hopefully I’ll have some nice photos of whatever it is we end up shooting to post here then.
Speaking of which, I’ve not had chance to play with WordPress too much so far – and frankly I’m not all that impressed with it – but as soon as I’ve figured out how I’ll upload a few galleries of photos I’ve taken over the last few years, to add some colour & so that there’s something to benchmark progress against as I take more photos & post them up here. Feel free to comment & critique, and to send me money for new toys for the camera. Or just cut out the middle-man & just send me the toys direct. I mean, I need a tripod, and then there’s this macro lens I have my eye on, and then there’s those polarising filters, and I could really use a new flash, not to mention proper copies of the image editing software…….
Heh, so many toys, so little time, and definitely nowhere near enough money…….:/
Anyway, I think I’ll end this off for now as it’s nearly time to jump on the bike & go for a ride, which I’ll maybe write something about tomorrow. Or soon.
Or probably I’ll get distracted again, & in two weeks from now I’ll be back going “Heh, there was this shiny thing, see, and then suddenly…..”, you know how it goes 😛