May 23rd 2017

I have no photos from today, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any. I actually took around 600 or so, but they were all for work, so I cannot share them at this time. Also considering I strictly shoot RAW for paid work, none of the photos have been edited since I got back from the shoot around 7pm, and I still needed to go home, so I could get back to work between 7 and 8 in the morning. 

Anyway, the shoot was for Father’s Day, so as one could imagine, we had a “father” and a couple kids helping their dad work some on his truck. Your standard heart-strings tugging stuff. Overall, the shots went great. From what I’ve seen, they came out really well. Fortunately, with the X-T2 I can review photos as I’m taking them from the viewfinder, which makes focus and exposure checking a dream come true especially when you’re trying your best to capture every micro expression, and don’t want to miss anything by looking away from your scene. 

In the end, the kids got ice cream, the dad got ice cream, everyone was happy! It was another great shoot in the bucket, and I’m very greatful for everyone that was involved. 

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.

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. 

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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