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!
I’m a proud Canadian but I’ve spent a lot of time south of the border over the past four years and this is my 3rd memorial day in the United States. Today, American’s paid homage and respect to those who have lost their lives in military service, similar to the way Canadians pay respect to our…
This is THE song that got me into Shawn Hlookoff’s music.
In 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were shot dead as they slept in the house. The eldest son, Ronald DeFeo, called police to report the slayings. He was convicted of the murders aged 23.
When he confessed, he told detectives: ‘Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.’
i would buy this in a heartbeat. i’ve mentioned on this blog how into this story i’ve been since a kid. if all of my stuff were able to be sold to equal 1.15 mil, i would sell it without even thinking about it and go buy that place.
No no no no no… Granted, it’s a BEAUTIFUL house, but if you have a million to spare and love (?) the history in it, buy the house next door… much safer ;)
Riddle me this, Batman… why are some people such dinks?
Very broad question, eh? Let me explain - I’m in a rant kind of mood.
I like to take pictures. I have for as long as I can remember. I the 70’s I had my dad’s Brownie Hawkeye, got my very own Kodak Instamatic X-15F one year for Christmas and was in heaven, then in the early 80’s got what I thought was the best camera in the world, a Kodak 110 with telephoto and (gasp) built in flash. It was my baby (wish I could remember the model, I’d like to replace it off of ebay… but I digress…)I had no clue about how shitty the tiny negative would be for actual prints, I just knew it had a built in flash (no more flash bulbs) AND a telephoto! I between all of those I dabbled in SLR’s - having access to them from the AV club at school for five years. (no, I didn’t fail year after year - where I went to high school it was grades 9-13).
In the late 80’s was one of the dorks who had not one, but two Kodak Disk cameras (again, I had to “upgrade” to the one with telephoto. Ugh. horrid pictures again, tiny negatives.) At this point, I also had many random point and shoot 35mm cameras until 1994 when I got my first digital (a HP that connected via com port. Slow, low res, loved it though). I replaced that in 2001 with my first digital SLR and am now on my third (I use them all). I’ve also picked up, in the last few years, a film SLR and a Holga. I have all my “original” cameras except that 110 that I can’t even recall where it went to. My house is camera central >.<
What’s the point of the wall of text to this part in my rant? Not much except to say I’ve always loved taking pictures. It takes my brain away from stresses and concerns and makes me feel good while I’m doing it. When our company finished a big nasty strike and I had to travel to lay people off, walking around at lunch with my camera took me away from it.
I have no illusions about being a pro, or even a semi pro. The one wedding that I got talked into shooting for a friend was a terrifying event for me and something that I won’t be talked into again (even though they loved their pictures). Plain and simple - I like taking pictures. I enjoy it. it makes me happy.
…so why do people want to fuck with that?
I have one friend who’s a photo-journalist. She and I “got into” SLR’s back in the early 80’s at the same time with me, ironically, teaching her. I have two friends that I used to work with who have left the world of telecommunications and went to the College of Art to study and are now very serious pro photographers.
I’d like to think that if I was them, I’d encourage someone who likes to take pictures. Offer constructive criticism along with positive comments (understanding that these folks are not pros)
Sadly, anyone I know that is a pro photographer is an ass about it. For goodness sake, I can post simple snaps from a birthday party and they’ll jump in and make fun of what’s wrong with the picture - not constructive, not point out tips, but out and out make fun.
I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll head out for the day after a particularly shitty week at work, have a great time, but never end up sharing the pictures with anyone. There’s just no point.
Today, I did something that makes me smile - makes me feel good. And yet, I can’t share it with anyone because I know it’ll be shot down… made fun of.
After a year of investigating, talking to folks, finding out that my instructor at University Night Classes took this same course - I signed up for the New York Institute of Photography classes. It wasn’t something I jumped into, and I have no delusions what doing the course will “bring me”. I just want to learn more.
I feel good - I know that anything that makes me get my lazy ass out of the house and out from in front of the computer is a good thing. A bonus is I get to learn more along the way. I’ve taken all the classes at the local university that I can take and don’t feel “experienced” enough to sign up for the night classes at the College of Art. I am truly happy that I am going to be doing this, however, if I know I share it with my photographer friends, they’ll be asses about it.
So, instead, I will type here. vent here. I’m looking forward to this, to push me to learn new things and understand old things better.
Now, if I could JUST figure out what the model of that old 110 camera was, all would be right with the world…
If you’re still reading. thanks. I feel better just bitching. If you’re a pro, semi pro, or just real serious amateur - be nice to those who just enjoy your craft but have no desire to go after your job. The same love that you felt for it (and hopefully still feel for it) is what also makes us enjoy it so much as a hobby.
Funny, when you quote the Education Act at the schools, they start to listen. Got an email back this morning regarding my posts about the screw up at my son’s school (This post and this post ) already.
After a whopping 4 hours of sleep I dragged myself out of bed to continue the battle. I just received an email from the Principal stating that he apologized for the confusion and would look into what’s going on right away and to “not worry about it, it will all work out”.
I’ll trust him when I have a set answer in writing -but it’s a start.
2am and I’m up reading the Alberta Education Act. Seems my son’s school has informed him he can’t go back next year and must walk the stage for Grad on Thursday. TOMORROW… but he doesn’t have enough credit to graduate. Three classes short.
what. the. fuck.
In September 2010, he’ll only be 17… I’m confused. He started school a year early (big mistake - don’t do that to your kids) and has played catch-up all his life. Since schools “don’t believe” in holding kids back anymore, I’ve always been told to wait until High School and then he can do it in 4 years instead of three to catch up. Just two months ago I asked the principal to take me off the parents email list for the grads Europe trip because he’d be going next year when he actually graduated. No response saying “umm… he’s got to graduate this year”, just a “will do, thanks!” back.
Oh, and did they tell me? the parent? nope. Mentioned it to my kid in passing in the hallway today.
Again. what the fuck?
I love this school, or have until now, but they’re on crack.
Either I win a VERY fast battle with the school/school board in a few hours or I have to prepare him for his graduation with 24 hours notice… but he won’t really graduate… I’m beyond pissed off.