Thursday, July 26, 2012

Golden Birthday Reflections

In two days it will be my golden birthday. A golden birthday is the day you turn the age of the date of your birthday. My birthday is July 28th and I'll be turning 28. To some this is no big deal, especially if they were born at the beginning of a month. In fact it's probably not a big deal but it's always nice to find a reason to celebrate good things. Right? 

It's amazing that one year ago today I had perhaps $20 left to my name and I was in Poland. In fact I think this is the day that I made a run for it from this house after things went awry when some guy that was staying there as a guest (of another person who was traveling to their home in France) decided he wanted a key (which I was told not to give him while my friend was traveling) and when I refused he went to the managers of the building and while he was on the phone to them I made a run for it! With my 20+ kilo bag I snuck out the front door, went out the back and ran

Friday, July 20, 2012

Keep in mind if you are fasting for Ramadan

Wishing all of my Muslim friends from around the world a safe, blessed Ramadan. This year will be especially difficult with the weather so please take precautions to keep your body cool by way of wet cloths, and keep a check on tempers. Understand that all of your sisters and brothers are doing this with you, keep your mind to task and realize you are not doing this for yourself alone but also for the Love of your God. To show that you are humble to all around the world that have little to nothing to eat or drink everyday 365 days a year. Above all, remember that when you are feeling your weakest your doing one of the greatest duties you can do for Allah.  Assallamualaykum and all.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What i'm doing in the States

It's been a while since I've updated. 

Being back in the States has been a real rush of fresh air.

Unlike last time, I'm LOVING my time here at home.
Not to mention I've been snapping photos left and right with my new Canon 400D.

Here's a photo I snapped this past evening

It was fun shooting the hummingbirds although I quickly realized that I needed A LOT more light.
I took out my 540EZ speedlight but for some reason it wasn't working. I found out it has some corrosion in the battery pack so I think I need to clean it again.  I haven't taken a photo of a hummingbird since I had my Rebel 2000 SLR with Tamron 70-300 back in Costa Rica, 08'!!! 

I'm going to go out after I finish this blog since the sun is just beginning to rise.

Lately I've been staying up all night working on photography stuff.
It seems to be the only time I really get a lot of work done is at night when I'm in the extra room alone.

So that's some more big news...after months of not being able to edit or go through the photos and publish them...a few days ago something just snapped and I started going through the post production without hesitating on each and every photo like I usually do. 

I finished the Xtreme Youth Ministries Kickoff Event album for the New Beginnings Church that I shot at the beginning of June and I also finished an album from my Grandfather's 88th Birthday.  I've got many more to go but today I spent my time scanning old family photos.

Here's an update on the Horse Photography project:

I have selected which horses I will use for the project and I have a model/designer friend who is designing props and wardrobe to help make this project successful.  So I want to give a major thanks to Tina Tiainen. WIthout her help this project wouldn't have been able to get up off the ground. Here's the horses we'll be using.
If you haven't guessed, I'm planning to do a unicorn theme as well as something fun that Tina has up her sleeve. She's designing a saddle just for this shoot! 

I've also acquired a pair of large elk horns!!!   I'll be using these as props for photography. Still trying to figure out whether I'll be able to bring them back with me to Istanbul in my luggage without a problem. I've got so many ideas on how I can use them. I plan on making them into wings but am still unsure of how I'll attach them to person/animal as wings/horns!! They are as long as my arms.

Lets see, since I got back I've been having a great time with my brother, cuddling up most nights with Bubba the Retriever, gone to a baseball game, gone boating, baled hay, am preparing to enter a barrelrace competition for the first time, and I began running 5-10k every other day. In short, I've been BUSY!

The heat here in Iowa/Wisconsin has been hovering around 40C/103F for the past week and is just now cooling off so I've been staying inside most days.

Alright, the sun is up so i'm going to get outside and take some early morning bird feeding shots.

Tomorrow I'm off to Wisconsin Dells for a few days to spend some time with my Turkish buddy Kursad.
It'll be one heck of a party. I hope I can remember all that happens in the next 4 days. It's unknowable with the legendary partying that Kursad is capable of. I always called it a night early while out in Istanbul (early as in 3-4am) but Kursad was always like..."what are you doing man? We just started"   So this should be fun. It'll be my first time at Wisconsin Dells. I'm planning to get wet wet wet!!!

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