Challenge 2017

Turns out I began writing a post a while back, saved it and then never came back to it.  So, I’m coming back to it!  It’s as follows:

As 2016 comes to a close, I took the last couple of weeks and reflected on what happened this year, how it changed me for better or worse and then adopt the challenge platform for next year, rather than a bunch of resolutions.

A big one, and most decidedly my most proud moment, was meeting my first child, Hadley Grace, in June.  The love and joy that I feel every time I look in her eyes simply cannot be put into words.  Or, if it can, I simply do not possess the elevated language need to adequately convey those emotions.  Another thing great this year was celebrating my first wedding anniversary.  I have enjoy collecting memories with my wife, Jessica, thus far and am really looking forward to the ones we make as a trio moving forward.

Something else that really affected me significantly more than I had anticipated was celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas.  It was an amazing feeling sharing those moments with my family and my wife’s family (all my family).  However, not to get too down, what affected me was celebrating this Christmas without my dad.  My dad has been gone for four years now and I’ve done plenty of accepting and living and moving forward, but what really caused pause was that he would have loved sharing in these experiences too much, the love that he would have felt and poured over Hadley, and my niece Claire, would have been so great that, combined with ours, no other love would be able to fit in that room.  So, I am just going to continue to be the best dad I can be, because I learned from the best.

Moving on to 2017, I have rediscovered my love of photography.  I first dipped my toe into motion pictures years ago with a strong base in film photography.  After a career in film and video for so many years now, the last part of 2016 reignited my desire to create fine art photography.

So I have decided that I am going to challenge myself in 2017 to do four things, change my habits to live a more healthy lifestyle; especially with our new daughter and the time she needs, continue to build and grow our marriage; assemble a book of photography; and finish this book that I have been writing for the last three years.

I am going to be looking at my life and really figuring out how I can change and change the things around me that are creating chaos and negativity in my life, which are hindering the successful completion of my challenge.

50 50 50 Project

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Or, I think I’m just going to call it ‘Project 50’ to make it easier.

A little back story. I have been trying to find a project that I can shoot that will keep my eye in shape while experimenting with some techniques and styles that I don’t really want to use client work to practice. I had read somewhere over the weekend about a photographer somewhere in the U.K. that did a series using only his 50mm lens. Now, I love my 50mm lens and every chance I get I shoot the hell out of it. It is by far and away my favorite lens that I have and work with. So, I have decided to adopt what he did and do it as well.

Which brings me to the three 50s. I am going to keep my camera pretty much attached to my hip for 50 days. I am going to shoot a ton of images throughout each day and then I’m going to pick my favorite for the day. That will be the image I’ll use for Day One. And then so on for all 50. Each day I will put my favorite photo on here with a little write up on why I took it and why I choose it to by my favorite. So armed with my camera with my 50mm lens, away I go to begin shooting! I will begin this little experiment on the 20 of February. So be ready, because on the 21st you’ll see the first one! I hope you’ll enjoy viewing this little experiment as much as I think I’ll enjoy shooting it. Stay tuned!

some new ideas

Today I began writing down some ideas of short films/TV shows/web series ideas that I’m going to look into producing.  I have been in the producing game for a while now and am looking at these new projects as some smaller projects that will allow me to dive deeper into areas that I haven’t been in for a while or as focused as I’d like to be.  So over the next month, I’m going to be heading to different parts of the Des Moines area at large and filming.  Using some different techniques, lenses and other equipment, I’m hoping to have some really diverse and unique vignettes to share.  This week I’m going to be working with saturation and colorization.  I’ve long had a desire to take the original plates and make them something completely different and unique than what the scene was when it was captured.  By working with color and saturation, a totally new mood can be created and take the viewer to somewhere that they never thought about.  So, stay tuned to Friday as I’ll be posting what I’ve captured and assembled over the week.

Writing… again.

I know that I’m not the only one that has a book and/or script that has been started but not finished.  In fact, I’m probably not even the only one that has had quite a few ‘great ideas’ that have been started but after about the first page or bathroom break, just haven’t gotten any further than that.  Well, I’m a film dork and while watching the Oscars last night decided that I have far too many projects that have been started and not completed.  One of those projects is a short film.  So today I dusted off the Pages file and began clicking away on the keyboard.  New goal; to spend a half to one hour each day working on it for the next two weeks.  It might not take that long or it could take longer, but at least I know I’ll be on the way.  Now, you’ll have to excuse me.  I have some writing to get back to.

Getting Into Biking

A couple of weeks ago I decided I would get into biking.  Like, seriously into biking.  And this is why.  Here in Iowa we have an event every July called RAGBRAI.  It is a week long bicycle ride across the state.  You go from river to river with nothing more than peddle power and beer.  Jess’ mom has done this ride the last two years now and one of the overnight stops was just a few short miles South of where we live.  We headed down to Altoona, Iowa and partook in the event that is RAGBRAI.  I decided that I wanted to do it.  That I COULD do it.  I started looking around at some different models of bikes and think I’ve landed on one that will fit the bill nicely for what I need it to do.  It is the Sirrus by Specialized.  It’s a great bike and it looks and feels (I stopped by a local bike shop and had an abridged audition of it) great.

I plan on beginning my training yet this year.  Primarily to get my body in shape.  Then over the course of the Winter months and the Spring, I’ll work on getting my muscles conditioned for the event.  There are an abundance of trails here in Central Iowa, so getting out and logging some miles shouldn’t be that tough.  I just have to do it.  I’ll keep you updated on my progress and get some photos up along the way.  RAGBRAI 2012 here I come!

Super WiFi Anyone?

On the 27th, the IEEE published the standard for new wifi.  Today we have 802.11n.  Eventually, we will have the just published 802.22.  With this, the transmitter and receiver can be up to 100km, or 62 miles, from each other and still work at 22Mb per channel.  So exactly what does that mean?  Well, if you work less than 60 miles from your home, which most of us do, you’ll be able to access and use your home internet connection to surf the web, transfer files, print documents, watch videos from your home server, etc.  You get the idea.  This could give way to some pretty interesting new gadgets.  I’ll keep and eye on this and update as it evolves, but what would you use 62 mile range wifi for?

Getting over my block

The hardest thing I have encountered over the past week is that I sit down to write about something and I end up with nothing.  My big problem is that I am not being able to tap into my inner creative writer, he’s just lying there dormant, waiting for someone or something to awake the sleeping giant.  I’m forcing myself to come up with something and when that happens, unfortunately I end up with posts like this.  So, I had an idea while I was swimming laps today.  I am going to come up with my top fives.  Movies, books, songs, apps etc, and each week I will deliver a new top five.

I know that by doing this it may seem a little high schoolish, but as of late I’m having a very hard time keeping my mind on task.  I promise, by doing this my mind will get kicked back into shape and I will present you with some worthwhile material that will be both informative and entertaining.  Well, at least one of those anyway.