Workend – May 27th

I meant to write this up last night, buuuuuut after a long couple days and a few drinks, I was out like a light before I could touch a keyboard. It was a good evening giving me the chance to catch up with friends, make new ones, and surprisingly have a very interesting conversation about photography.

I enjoy when I meet a person who shares an artistic interest in photography, like I do. Mostly because the people I talk with primarily have experience with film. Having learned photography on digital formats, it’s awesome to me to see that there’s always similarities in the technique and process regardless of if you’re shooting film or digital. Overall, though, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be doing more photography work on the weekends. Which is nice, I like doing photography, so the more often I can do some AND get paid for it, the better. Right?

Today, despite being off the clock for the past 24 hours, I’ve been starting some planning for our trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year. I’m partially hoping to have a little more personnel on duty so that our media is produced as quickly as possible in the best possible quality. Which, in all reality, is the name of the game. Last year, we came close with a plan that I had in place, so basing things around that, we’ll be successful this year.

I know, being vague is not the nicest things, but this is stuff that probably should be under an NDA or something, since my process seems to out-perform news outlets and our competition. However, our department wasn’t as connected to the rest of the marketing department as it is right now, so I feel this year will be a nice show of effort and strategy on, well, my part. Not to toot my own horn.

Tomorrow, after finishing up with the video at church, I’m going to be helping out a local metal-working artist who sets up a booth at craft fairs where he sells his sculptures. To get into bigger and better events he needs to have professional photos of his booth, showing how he lays things out and what it all looks like as if you were walking by it at the show. I imagine that I’ll be getting a few shots of his sculptures themselves, too. It’s one of those things that I thoroughly enjoy doing: helping someone live their dream by using my talents. It’s also why I like photographing local bands. Yeah, the big bands are one thing, but there’s something even better about the guys who have scrapped up the last few dollars just to be able to get the right amp to make their performance at the local pub sound just good enough.

Monday will be a nice day, though. Both Sarah and I have the day off, which is nice. Note sure what the plan for the day is just yet, but that’ll be half the fun in it, right? Just going off on an adventure, anywhere.

For now, though, I’m going to try and relax just a little bit, get the camera all ready, and wait for Sarah to get home.

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. 

Aftermath and Moving Forward

This morning, I woke up. The sun was shining, the birds were singing. The ground was slightly damp. Nothing terrible happened to us here. However, all along the east coast there were high winds and loads of rain. It looked like most of St. Augustine was flooded, and some people were even seeing sea live in their front yards! Pretty crazy, if you ask me. I’m glad to hear that my family and friends are all safe, especially thanks to the check-in system on Facebook. However, I think the check-ins are a little preemptive, considering Hurricane Matthew could take a second swing at us, and there’s also Tropical Storm Nicole still making her way towards Florida. Either way, everything’s looking good for now.

Since I had to take today off, I couldn’t just sit idly by, so I got to work on figuring out what’s to come for me and my side hustles. I’ve got a basic production schedule not only for Attack of the Beards, but also for this site.

All that I’m trying to do is set something in stone, so that if there are ever any sorts of questions, I can answer them at the drop of a hat, especially when it comes to serving our patrons on Patreon.

Now, as you may know, a few weeks ago, I launched the Attack of the Beards Patreon page, which you can find at http://patreon.com/attackofthebeards. However, today I’d like to also announce my very own Patreon.

Now, in my head, me having my own Patreon doesn’t exactly make sense because of how poorly the Attack of the Beards is doing. No more lying about it, it’s there in black and white. We only have one person supporting us. On the other hand, I am a creator in my own right. I’m almost writing every day. I am taking photographs every day, and I’ll even be posting those every day, soon. Granted, of course, if all goes well with this campaign.

Pardon me for a moment while I open up a bit. All of this is not easy for me. I don’t like asking people for help. In fact, I do many things on my own, and I’ll be stubborn about it forever. Unfortunately, though, after having poured thousands of my own dollars into Net Nothing Media, with absolutely no return, I need to do something different. I’d like to think that there is at least one person out there who enjoys the things that I work on. I’d like to think that something that everyone sees as my little hobby that I waste my time and money on can actually move someone, can inspire a person. I’d like to think that my art, my photography, my view of the world around me, can be seen the way I see it by the people.

These pictures. These bundles of pixels, ones and zeros in a server in a closet somewhere in a nondescript warehouse on the west coast. They may not mean much to you, but even the slightest of feedback that I get from even just one of them, even if it’s negative, brightens my day; because it means that when they looked at the photo, it made them think.

By supporting me on my Patreon at http://patreon.com/specialkolin you’re getting me one step closer to freedom. Freedom to do what I do best. Freedom to make my own choices, go wherever I need to go, so I can tell the stories of the world. So I can show people the things that they don’t normally see. I’m not doing this to get rich, I’m doing it to get free.

I don’t want to sound like I’m begging, and I don’t want to pressure people for money. I know it’s not easy out there. Fortunately, there are non-monetary ways you can support me or the Attack of the Beards. Tell somebody. Just share a link to either website: SpecialKolin.com or AttackoftheBeards.com. It’s that simple. Put it on your Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Twitter, whatever you’re into, and I will thank you a thousand-fold.

I should probably get to bed. It’s practically 2:30am local time, and I’ll be awake for almost 20 hours soon. For now, though, start to expect some great things. As long as I have the energy to do them, I’ll continue to create.

Thank you all. I appreciate each and every one of you. Especially if you read this all the way through. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I can most definitely be long-winded, and I know that in this day and age it’s practically impossible to find a person who’s willing to read long, drawn-out pieces such as this. Your support, simply by reading all that I’ve written means the world to me. Thank you.

NC Trip – Day Three

Today, we made our way to the Biltmore Estate. They seemed pretty strict about photos and video, but fortunately, I was able to loophole my way into taking all the photos I wanted.

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After touring the mansion and the gardens, we went for dinner at a local BBQ place, which was alright, definitely no Southern Pig & Cattle. I always feel like I’m taking a risk when I’m trying a new food place.

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After we ate, it started pouring down rain. Since it was too much like home, we decided to head back to the cabin and take it easy for the rest of the day.

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Fujifilm X-T2 Unboxing

Apparently, people do these on the YouTube.

I am SUPER excited to start shooting with this camera. So stay tuned for how things go! Being in Florida, it’ll probably rain all weekend, so I’ll at least be able to test out the weatherproofing.

Also, it can be noted that I tested out the older NP-W126 (the one that comes with the camera is the NP-W126S) battery with the X-T2, since I have a bunch of those for the X-T10. I noticed no issues with regular shooting, although from what I can guess, I wouldn’t want to attempt recording video with the old batteries, since they would probably overheat.

Anyhow, let me know what you think in the comments!