Took a Hike out to La Chua

Today, Sarah and I had the day off together for the first time in, well… what seemed like FOREVER. So, instead of just sitting around the house, we decided to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and go for a hike. This time, we went a little north to Paynes Prarie and hiked the La Chua Trail.¬†

When we arrived, to the entrance to the trailhead parking lot, it became apparent that all of Gainesville had the same idea. Cars were lined up all along the road, parked in every last bit of available space. I get it, though, it’s the first day of spring, completely understandable. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot, strapped on our (highly unnecessary, but incredibly comfortable) hiking boots, and headed off for the three mile hike.

It was neat to see so many different animals in their natural habitat. Although, it was pretty odd to see wild horses and Bison in Florida, but that’s what happened after the Spanish settled here all that time ago. As a photographer, this is a good place to get some excellent wildlife shots. There were three or four photographers there with immense lenses strictly to get those crazy close-up shots of the birds, gators, and more.

While we were there, I shot a little bit of video on the Fujifilm X-T2, which I’ll edit together eventually, probably. Unfortunately, tragedy struck my favorite camera. After folding my tripod back up and flipping the screen back into place, I noticed that the screen looked blank. I thought it was maybe because the camera had gone into standby, and I woke it back up. Nope. I guess as a direct result of the tilting screen, I can no longer use the screen when it’s flush to the camera. It still works great in ANY OTHER POSITION, but no, not in the standard alignment. I’ve already fired off an email to Fujifilm USA to see what they have to say about it. It is a little worrisome that after about seven months of use, I’m having problems. Maybe I’ll try to upgrade to the GFX 50s. Who knows! I’ll keep you all updated, because I know you’ll be waiting with bated breath.

Overall, despite the crowds, despite the technical difficulties, we both had a good time, and that’s all that really matters. 10/10 I would recommend this little walk to anyone wanting to just get out for a couple hours with the chance of wildlife interaction.

All photos shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens and edited in Lightroom CC, except the monochrome photos, which are straight off the camera from the Fujifilm X-T10.

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?

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. 

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 clich√© and remember to be the change you wish to see in the world.