My fiancé, Kirstin, regularly attends a CrossFit class, and about 2 weeks ago she and many of her classmates traveled to Columbus Georgia to participate in an event called The Rumble By The River. The event was long (about 9 hours) and it looked like quite a challenge. It started off with a whitewater rafting & row, then a run for several miles. Later on in the dat teams would switch out competing of various weightlifting challenges, and then finally an intense full-body timed workout.
Even though I don’t attend that CrossFit group, I tagged along only planning on taking a few photos of Kirstin and cheering her along. Somehow I got talked into being one of the unofficial event photographers, so I took way more photos than I had planned. Since it was such a fun and unique event, I decided to put my camera in video mode and make a quick video of what it was like at the event. A small sampling is below!
I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately, but I’ve also been a bit busy. About 2 months ago (on July 14th, 2013) I asked my girlfriend of 2 years to marry me! We took a vacation to Savannah Georgia for a week, and one day while we were in Tybee Island we went up to the top of the lighthouse and I asked her to marry me there… and of course she said yes. Side note: if you get a chance to visit Savannah, do it. It’s an absolutely gorgeous city.
Currently I still live in Pensacola, Florida and she lives in Rome, Georgia. We still have lot of “life” stuff to figure out as well as all the normal wedding stuff. But for the time being we are excited for our future together!
Several weeks ago my church hosted a weekend-long event for the Middle & High School students called “Remastered Weekend.” The students were challenged to surrender the things in their lives that hold them back from a relationship with God.
My good friend Robbie is the media director at the church, and he recruited me to help out with a photo shoot. We got some of the students together and had them write various things they wanted to give up in their lives on their hands and arms. I took photos and Robbie shot video. The end product was for the intro video for the weekend, and Robbie did a killer job putting that together!
Oh, and here’s the technical info for the camera geeks out there:
The photos were shot on my Canon 7D with my Canon 50mm f/1.8D lens. The majority of the photos were shot 1/60 f/1.8 ISO 200. We had one fluorescent fill light behind a diffuser off to the left, and we used a projector pointed at the wall to get the words behind them.
A little over a year ago I was inspired to start on a photography project I would have to participate in every single day for the duration of 2010. At first it seemed a little overwhelming, but after some searches online it seems that there are actually quite a few people out there that have successfully done this exact same thing. This was a huge relief to me to at least know that this was a feasible thing to do!
So I started a Tumblr blog and began taking photos every day. At first it came easy because I had so many ideas and it was new. I also was uploading these photos to Facebook so that people I see on a daily basis would know about the project and be able to see what I was doing. In hindsight this was probably the best decision because so many of my friends would say the most encouraging things to me about my photos. This was really big for me because, as you might imagine, forcing yourself to do a specific out-of-the-ordinary task every single day can become quite a burden. So a HUGE “thank you” goes out to all my friends in my life, and also to everyone online whom I’ve never met. You all were a gigantic blessing and encouragement to me.
So, to sum it all up: it was a success! I managed to take a photo every day of 2010 except for one (oops.) The one day I missed is something I can excuse myself for; I was in Africa and exhausted on that particular day. I made up for it by simply extending the project into the first day of 2011. Not ideal, but a fair trade off.
Overall, I’m so extremely glad that I did it, and I’m very proud of what I came up with. Of course some photos I like a lot more than others, a few I wish I could do over again, but in the end it is what it is and I’m happy with how it turned out. Would I do it again? NO WAY! This turned out to be an incredible amount of work! Much more than I anticipated.
It’s a new year, and a new decade. I know 2010 will be a great year for me, and I’m going to do my best to make sure of that by setting a few new years resolutions for myself.
Take 1 photo a day and blog it to force myself to get more creative – I’m keeping it in a tumblr blog you can follow here: http://2010photos.tumblr.com
Lose 10 pounds
Make a short film about my trip to Togo, Africa in July
Try to get a photo published somewhere or in a local gallery
So most of these are photography related, but I think these all revolve around my trip to Africa later this year. This is more than likely a once in a lifetime trip, and I really want to make sure that I take some amazing photos and videos to remember it by.