• Life
  • Thoughts on a Friday Night

    Editor’s notes: This post is going to make no sense, and definitely not scan well.

    Earlier this week, I decided that I’d start redesigning my site. Not this site, but both Net Nothing and PhotoKolin. The Net Nothing Media site was definitely in need of attention, and still is for the most part. I’m working on it, I swear.

    Net Nothing is my company, in the event I’ve never said that. Unfortunately, there’s been a little bit of confusion as to what it’s purpose was other than just being a way to prevent me from paying as much in the way of taxes, and then I’ve been doing business through Photography by Kolin. I’ve come to the conclusion that I should start doing business as Net Nothing, and then use PhotoKolin as a site/business that strictly caters to Wedding photography. Otherwise, it looks a little confusing in that it looks like I do work in completely different markets (weddings and automotive and commercial). Net Nothing will be more catered to commercial and a little less personable photography, as well as videos, and consulting.

    So, I’m wanting to just freaking hustle, man. I want to be doing what I love non-stop. I work 40 hours a week, but I’d still like to do more creating.

    On top of that, I’m about 6 beers deep into a case of beer that I bought for my sister’s wedding (side note: I still have my toast saved as a draft on here, and I dunno if anyone wants to read it) that I’ve finally cracked open, and am frankly tired of waiting to have house guests. On the tube (which isn’t a tube, in case you don’t know how science works) I’m catching up on episodes of the Night Attack Podcast.

    If you’re unfamiliar with the show, you should probably check it out? I mean, it’s entertaining. I also feel as though, as a fun-based podcast about nothing, it’s organized and produced the best. It more or less makes me want to do a little more podcasting, which won’t happen for a long time until I can get a little more staffing under my belt. Which sounds odd, but I don’t really think that I should be doing another podcast until I can, definitely, spend a day to put together a show, and have it planned out a week in advance. I know people want me back on the podcast grind, and I want you to know that I hear you! I hear you when you’re not even making any sound. I, too, am at the Pizza Hut, and the Taco Bell!

    I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

    On another note, I’m trying to become a home owner, and that is becoming to be quite the process, I’m finding. I’ve thought, on many occasions, that I should do a vlog based around our house/property hunt. Which I think I definitely will do very soon. Maybe Sunday? This Sunday? Monday? I don’t know, who am I? Nostradomus? I don’t even think that’s how you spell that!

    Either way, there will be vlog (podcast?) of me talking about that, and how it’s going. I could spend another three hours talking about that.

    Short version: OH MY GOD WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

    I have gotten my office in a neat and orderly-ish manner so that I can stream on Twitch again. If you’d like, head on over to http://twitch.tv/specialkolin and give me a follow! I’ll be streaming video games, but also life stuff and creative stuff. So, give it a follow, so I know that people give a crap. Which is nice to know.

    I really enjoy streaming. I’ve been doing it for a long time, and now I’m going to have the opportunity of doing it professionally at work. Which should be pretty cool. Naturally, I can’t talk about what it’s for or anything like that, since it hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s going to be really cool to be involved with a broadcast bigger than just me.

    It’s after midnight now, and I’m really starting to feel it. I’ve been awake for about 20 hours. Exhaustion combined with partial inebriation (okay, mostly[is that the right wording?]) and I just want to lay down on the couch, but I just know that in about an hour, the dogs are going to start barking because Sarah will finally be home from work. Then again, it would be nice, because then time would go forward faster.

    How are you? What would you like to see me do? Should I buy a 500GB SSD for my gaming machine so I can have more than two games installed at a time? What if I started playing WoW again?

  • Life
  • Twenty Eight

    I honestly don’t believe that I’m 28, but here I am, laying in bed watching a movie that I haven’t seen since 1998 (Lost in Space, if yo nasty), eating a Twix ice cream bar, and posting things to SnapChat. That’s what adults do, right? I’ll probably figure it out soon. 


    Today, we went to the Fountain of Youth archeological park for the first time, and got to learn more about the First Nations that lived here, and that one may have even immigrated here from Mexico over 4,000 years ago. I really do find it awesome to learn things like this about our past. It’s always good to know where you’ve been, so you know where you’re going next. 


    After that, we did our typical walk around old town Saint Augustine, which was surprisingly normal since the hurricanes had blown through this past summer. I’m glad to see that the city is so resilient in the face of hardship. 


    Most of today, I had my Fujifilm X-T2 with the 27mm pancake lens, and as predicted, it was great for walking around on the streets. I definitely look forward to seeing what the photos look like when I get them into Light Room at home. 


    Later, we went to our usual spot, the Black Molly Grill, for dinner. We both got steaks, as usual, and they were perfect as always. After, we went out to the beach. 


    Naturally, by this point, it was dark outside, so there wasn’t much to see, but I only wanted to stand in the stillness of the night and listen to the waves crashing against the shore and feel the wind blow. 


    It was the perfect ending to the perfect day. Next, we’re going to have to head home. Lame. 

  • Life
  • Birthday Eve

    Normally, I don’t post about my birthday, but the day before or after my birthday every four years rings an important event in American politics. 

    Today was the inauguration for the newest President of the United States. Regardless of how I personally feel about him, or how anyone feels about him, we have to hope for the best of our country. With that being said, I will guarantee that most if not all of my sites will remain politics free, so you can feel as though this is a stress free zone. 

    With that being said, this weekend, we’ve taken a little trip to Saint Augustine. Tomorrow is my birthday, so we figured that we would just get away instead of throwing the usual party to celebrate. 

    I haven’t packed my laptop, so there won’t be many photos posted, however, I’ve brought both the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T10, so I’ll be able to get a lot of photos of the sights around town. I like photographing the same places over and over. I find it as a challenge of sorts to find new things to photograph or to shoot things I’ve shot before in new ways. 

    I’ve brought two cameras mostly because I couldn’t decide which I wanted to take. Which, I think, is the struggle of being a photographer with a good collection of cameras. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t also bring a film camera just in case, as well. While I do prefer the X-T2 overall, the X-T10 is just a bit more compact, and with that and the 27mm pancake lens, it’s great for street photography. All in all, I’ll probably switch back and forth between the two.

    Be sure to follow me on Instagram (http://Instagram.com/specialkolin) to follow along with our trip! For now, though, I’m going to kick back and watch some more Storage Wars, because it’s the only interesting TV right now. 

    Let’s be cliché and remember to be the change you wish to see in the world. 

  • Life
  • Heather & Jonathan Got Married!

    These two kids have been together for about four years, now, and have FINALLY tied the knot! The ceremony took place in a spot of Sholom Park in Ocala that I have been oogling over for the past four years, inside a vine-covered gazebo. It was very intimate and just right for the two of them. The only thing more beautiful than the location, of course, the bride.

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    I’ve been friends with Heather for what seems like forever. Basically, since I moved to Citrus County 11 years ago. She’s always been there for me, and I’ll always consider her one of my best friends. I knew that one day her and Jonathan would be married not too long after meeting him. They just seemed to fit together so well, and I’m ecstatic that they’re finally bound together.

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    Jonathan is a great guy, and I know he works hard at everything he puts his mind to. You can tell that there’s a lot going on up there, thinking of other people and what will come next. I’ve never seen either of them as happy as they did today.

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    On a technical note: I shot all these photos with my Fujifilm X-T2 and 27mm pancake lens. They’re all shots for me, photos that just help me remember the day for when I need a good, happy, cry or whatever. It was nice to see how it could perform not only in near-darkness, but also what I could get from a single spot.

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    Also, some of them are of Mr Personality, himself, Seth “Big Pony” who shocked me when I saw him in a suit, which does fit the long hair fairly well.

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    Anywho… once again: Congratulations Jonathan and Heather! I am so proud of you guys, and I know I keep saying it, I am so so so so happy for you both. I love you guys and can’t wait for what comes next.

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  • Life
  • My Second Attempt at a Vlog

    Without planning a single thing, I decided about halfway through our hike that I’d try to do a few vlogs. I only got two days worth of videos recorded, and then just stopped.

    I’d also like to note that most of the footage was supposed to be in 4K, but as it turns out my computer (a 2012 MacBook Pro) is too old to render it out… this week.

    I’m learning from my mistakes, so the next time I shoot one, it will probably work out better.