One week working out of town and it feels like I haven’t had a day off in forever!
Last Sunday I flew out to Vancouver at 7am. Since Vancouver isn’t all that far from Calgary and we cross a time zone, I landed at 7:15am local time. :) True time in the air was just over an hour, but that always cracks me up.
I had a friend from High School pick me up with her daughter at the airport, dropped my bags off at the hotel, and spent the day together along with an other old High School Friend. By the time I got back to my hotel it was 11pm and I was ready to sleep.
I worked Monday-Friday 10am-6pm local time. I got off work every day, came back to the hotel and put on runners and shorts, and went out to explore the city. Most nights I wasn’t back in my room before midnight and wasn’t eating dinner until around 11pm.
Up daily at 7am for the free breakfast, get ready for work, bus into the office… repeat all this daily.
Saturday was my last day so I was up early, checked out, left my bags with the hotel, and went exploring for the last time. I had the whole day as my flight didn’t leave until 9pm. I ended up spending the whole day on my feet in the sun - i could have used a nap!
Returned to Calgary just after 11pm, got home by midnight, finished hearing the stories about the past week from the kids close to 1am and flopped into bed.
Because I’m a dork and forgot when I was booking my flight, my alarm went off a mere 4 hours later at 5am because I was working Sunday for 12 hours (dumb thing to forget)
I made it through Sunday, thankfully work was pretty slow, fell asleep on the chesterfield watching a movie for Father’s Day and eventually just crawled up to bed.
Today - I slept in until 10am - no alarms, just slept until I work up. it was heaven. For the next two weeks I work Sunday, Friday, and Saturday only and man, I’m going to enjoy the days off.
Now I’ve just got to go through my pictures - don’t have a lot since I worked all day and did most of my exploring at night, but I have a few I need to get off the memory card and have a look at.
Flying to Vancouver in about seven hours and I’m still packing. Had all must stuff ready for work plus my camera gear (HAD to bring the tripod - there may be cool night shots! LOL) Then I go to check the flight - and see the weather. It’s about 9C here in Calgary, 29C in Vancouver. Crap. Grab second suite case and pack shorts and tshirts for after work.
I HATE going away for a week with two suitcases, purse, laptop bag, and my camera bag. It feels silly. I went to Washington, San Francisco, Vegas, Ottawa, Victoria… all with one small travel bag.
However, once it’s work and not just vacation, I need that extra bag for suits and such. When I spent the week in Montreal for work last year, I had two HUGE bags plus all the other things. At least this time, i have a large suitcase and a travel bag (and a laptop, and purse…)
Going to finish packing then maybe double check to see what I can get rid of. Five days of work though - men have it easy, that’s one suit and maybe two shirts and a few ties. Women need a different suit every day and shoes to match. Maybe I’ll just start wearing men’s suits…
“Knowing the camera and the lens the phoographer used, perhaps the f-stop and the shutter speed are only the technical details. They don’t help you produce better pictures any more than knowing the names of the paints and brushes used by Leonardo da Vinci would help you produce a better painting.”—from Lesson 1 - I love it!
Sitting here in bed at the Medicine Hat Lodge trying to sleep. We all arrived today, got to meet my daughters boyfriends’ family for the first time. Sleep tonight, graduation tomorrow, then she leaves for her new home with him in a new province on Sunday. Where did the years go?
I haven’t even started my first class and already people are annoying me.
I got my student package yesterday and am eagerly awaiting lesson 1 to arrive. So eager, in fact, that I’ve been reading the student message boards and seeing who’s doing what.
Post after post of dumb questions like “I took this photo last year, do you think I could submit it for the lesson I’m working on? I think it fits the requirements”
Colour me stupid, but is the idea of a class not to learn the written lessons and then apply what you learnt?? If you do the written work, then go through your collection to find a photo that you already took to submit for homework, how the hell is that using what you just learned?
It is pissing me off more than it should. LOL. I shouldn’t care about them, and let them waste their money as they choose. However, I have a low tolerance to stupidity and it’s been breeched.
I know that we all think we know the basic stuff - but learn folks, take the opportunity that you signed up for to learn. Take the time, do the lessons, go out and shoot based on the lesson. USE what you just learned. sheesh. Why be in a class if you’re not doing the work? You may as well submit pictures that you “found” on the ‘net.
Edited to add:
As a funny side note, the folks who have this attitude are posting crappy pictures. The ones who go out and do the class as intended, wow, amazing to see their progression.
Just finished my first roll of black and white 120 film in my Holga - now I’m nervous to get it developed! I’m backwards from all the cool kids, I did film, then digital, now playing around with the whole lomography thing. I can’t wrap my brain around the “don’t think, just shoot” way of thought with them though, too many years have taught me to think about it first.
We’ll see how it goes - hopefully, I’l get these down to Black’s for developing some time this week because they send them out to Toronto and it takes 2+ weeks to get them back.
…wish i’d paid more attention to the darkroom in High School - I could dabble in doing my own!