Thoughts of clarity and personal well being (yoga)

Rant

The Boudoir Bash didn't take off, am I distraught about it? Absolutely it's an art form that shares multiple forms from intimacy to appreciation. I'll orchestrate another event sometime in the near future and approach it in a more unique manner. I've got a few private sessions but I felt slightly shot down when I coordinated with the hotel and management for the event, hired talents to provide their services so that the women and men could feel like they were truly royalty. However the weeks leading up to the event things came up for multiple participants and the number of participants 4 days before the event fell to 6. It's not about the money for me but I just couldn't justify utilizing an entire day for two women and have them walk away with what I felt was less than they both deserved. I'm doing a few private sessions which wont have champagne or cupcakes or the lavish set up that was anticipated however I can still deliver stunning works of art that cross from my visions into the index finger of my hand as I apply pressure to the shutter.

I will change the tone and get positive as January is rapidly coming to an end and February will be greeting me with my 25th birthday among many other things. At the top of the list is the joy of becoming employed once again as I'm eager to have something to look forward to once again and what is before me is a job in which I am already adamantly passionate about. Once things are finalized I will announce the news but for the moment it shall remain a secret!

State Fair & Photographs

Im heavily anticipating this year's Iowa State Fair as I will be participating in the Photography Salon once again. A few unique things about this year is that all entries must be in black and white. A category for film has been added, and this year participants may enter up to 5 images. I typically never photograph in black and white however the A7 has a black and white option and it helps me visualize what I'm trying to truly capture. It's still a little colder than I would like it to be but I'm making mental notes daily to calculate what I need for my entries. As for the 5 classes I'm considering I still haven't made the final decision there but last night while I sifted through some  photos that I had taken last year one instantly spoke to me. 

Old Vs. New - NEXVG20 w/ SEL18200

The title for the image came to my mind immediately, Old Vs. New - I wasn't aware at the time but the Berghoff Restaurant is a historical piece of Chicago located on Adams Street. It has gone unchanged since the 1950's, and the bright sign can't be missed! I was walking to the giant bean to do what any tourist to Chicago would do. Snap photographs of it and admire my own reflection! I quickly observed the Bentley Continental GT with it's hazards on as if the owner of the vehicle was inside enjoying lunch. I paid no attention to the situation, simply admired the luxurious car as I continued walking in the frigid temperatures. It was just before I turned my head and kept walking that an elderly gentleman exited the restaurant and stopped to admire the beautiful vehicle with his briefcase in hand, dressed from head to toe in black. For this moment in time the young and the old glance at one another in a historical part of Chicago. 

I will slowly assemble a folder of images to consider for entry with hopes of placing this year. Last year I walked away with one photo on display out of three entries and it received an honorable mention. I'll keep you updated with the progress as June and July get closer.

Yoga

Lastly personal well being, I'm no stranger to eating unhealthy items, having ice cream  for breakfast, or just not being active. 2013 was a dreary year for me, I sat in a surveillance vehicle for a majority of the year either performing my job or driving anywhere from three to sixteen hours to work. I ate horribly and was beyond sedentary. It was difficult eating healthy at 5 in the morning. Yesterday I met with a talented young man who is bringing new life to yoga and not only the importance but impact it can have. Matthew Koder not only instructs yoga but lives it, he managed to express such passion that I was overwhelmed with excitement. We discussed potential collaborations and ideas that we both agreed have huge potential. I also agreed to start practicing yoga with his guidance, I will document my progress and look forward to greeting everyone with a healthier me both internally and externally. Too often I managed to make excuses for going to work out. Despite half of my Facebook timeline being consumed with people posting pictures in gym mirrors flexing. I'm not doing this for facebook likes but rather buying the time I have on this earth and with the mediums of photography and video. 


The journey continues

Stay Warm

 

-Isaac

4 months until a potential quarter life crisis!

What do Dr. Dre and I have in common? We both share the same birthday - February 18th. Is 25 surreal? No, age is nothing but a reminder of how far you have come from the starting point which is where we all originated. Sure the story of origination may vary (drunken one night stand, vasectomy gone wrong, love child with the mistress....who really knows) It all boils down to a few things that keep me personally balanced and in a good frame of mind which will in the end prevent a "quarter life crisis". 

 

  1. Photography and Video - I can't draw for shit, if you asked me to sketch you a design or image you'd be better off finding a sketch artist in a small town of 500 people than trying to make out whatever my right hand tries to render. If it wasn't for being able to capture what I envision on a daily basis I don't know where I would be. Probably not cooking meth with Walt and Jesse but you never know, I do know that the surreal mood created when I carry the camera I get so fucking high (metaphorically) that Cheech & Chong would be envious. Pure bliss would be an understatement for how I feel the minute I put in a fully charged battery to the moment I shut off the computer monitors.
  2. Family - If it wasn't for the absolute pandemonium that can always be expected from my family at any hour of the day, I feel I would be one bland individual. There was never a dull moment growing up, from being in first grade and having the most difficult time trying to write the name "Corrina" (Yes in first grade it seemed like the most obnoxious name and really long but now its a few swift hits on the keyboard) to having my brother give me stitches in a pillow fight (I can't make it up, he pushed me over the arm of one of the chairs in the living room and my cheek his the base of the fireplace. I cried like Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics because it was at that very moment I knew Ashton Kutcher would get the Calvin Klein underwear contract and not me! In all honesty it was 5th grade.) It's these memories that have helped mold me into who I am today and keep me eager and excited for what is in store. 
  3.  Passion - Insert a bunch of heart felt bull shit about why I have it so perfect..... No I may not have it perfect but then again who really knows what perfect is? I make what I have perfect! I embrace everything, I've recently become responsible for my actions and decisions and I would have to say I'm pretty damn proud of myself for not having a mugshot posted on the local news website. I aim to please others, instant gratification is not what I'm looking for. If I gave a shit about the numbers I'd be begging for people to like the simple page I set up on Facebook about my work and craft. However this isn't the case, I do what I do because I love it and I know out of the 7 billion people on earth people are bound to share a sense of empathy and appreciation for my work no matter the genre, style, or medium in which it gets disseminated. 

I could write a diatribe about how every piece of this puzzle called my life is flawless but it would then end up getting distorted. So I remain humble and cherish every moment I guess the times where you can truly reflect are the ones where you absorb the most and really have the opportunity to appreciate the often overlooked.  

 

In other news the four Canon FD lenses arrived today, I'm off Sunday & Monday and have shoots lined up and might throw a few more on top just to stay occupied! So look forward to some images from the recently repaired VG20! I'll keep doing what I want and continue to work on improving myself both in my crafts and my personal life! 

Thanks for pretending to give a shit, if you're still reading this my mind is fucking blown! Not really, I'm slightly interesting.....at least to myself!  Have a good weekend and stay safe people! 

Good bye camera phone?

   Great news after being without my VG20 for an entire month it arrived back home today. I'm working in Omaha, Nebraska through Saturday but I am eager to get home and see that it was properly repaired and back up to specs as the work was done by an authorized Sony service. During the past month I managed to get by with just using my trusty Samsung Galaxy S4 which has helped me cope during this hiatus of not having my camera or favorite lens. The moral of the story is do not attempt to make a repair on a lens that has more screws than you have fingers. 

 (Camera Jargon AHEAD)

   The Canon FD lenses I ordered shipped today as well! For those of you interested I picked up the following lenses for a little over $50 after taxes!

  1. 135mm F3.5 
  2. 50mm F1.8
  3. 100mm-300mm F5.6
  4. 70mm-210mm F4.5 Macro

I wanted to make sure I had a fast 50mm out the gate because with the A7 it will feel like I am holding air. The 135mm F3.5 although slower than I would prefer for low lit situations will allow me to get a few light stops in over the 100-300mm. Of course I had to pick up a 100mm-300mm for multiple reasons, it was 20 bucks, until now the longest range I have had was the long end of my SEL18200 which on the APS-C is the 300mm equivalent on the full frame sensor. So this will allow me to still feel like I did when shooting on the VG20 however, when necessary I can switch the A7 to APS-C and make the 300mm become 450mm which may be necessary to achieve certain images in mind as well as lend some creativity in the long run. 

  While the topic of gear is still present I purchased something today that was long overdue. A diffuser for my on camera flash. It will help immensely to avoid harsh lighting during the fast paced shots and dramatically decrease the amount of post editing required. I'm aware that it's 50 dollars and looks like a crunch up cup for a shake but after countless reviews and example images I'm confident with my purchase.

   The A7 (the new camera) should arrive on December 3rd as I expect no delays because I was so quick to reserve it. The only things that remain for me to pick up are one more external camera flash for even lighting during large family photos during the upcoming weddings and a few W series batteries for the A7. Things are finally coming together nicely and I look forward to sharing some stunning images and videos during the upcoming months!

    If I am excited about anything in particular it definitely has to be the individual who has the role of the best man for an upcoming wedding. The groom in one of my December weddings is having his 4 year old son take on the special role and I am beyond excited to have an adorable blond hair, blue eyed lady killer in what should become timeless photos! Is he preparing a speech or is he currently watching cartoons? I am not one to speculate but I can't wait to meet him!  Add the fact that the wedding will take place in a beautiful barn and did I mention boots? 

 

Accidental Damage Warranty? YOU BET!

   So this morning at 12:55 am my cell phone alarm went off and for once I did not push the snooze button. Because all that stood between me and the official unveiling of a camera that I had meticulously followed for the past five months were a mere five minutes. 

    I quickly opened up my laptop circa 2010 (Yes it could use an upgrade but I dont use it for much anymore) and logged into the live Sony stream on Youtube. The chat room was flooded with people just as eager as myself waiting with baited breath to learn more about the groundbreaking products Sony was about to unveil. 

   So much for being live, what was actually broadcast was a prerecorded and well assembled announcement. Two Sony employees from Australia spoke for a little under twenty minutes about the camera and it's features. They then remained in the chat room and answered the same five questions that were constantly repeated. If only people were punctual to such announcements they wouldn't continually ask what battery the damn camera utilizes.  

    To ensure I receive one of the first units I opened a new browser window and hit up Amazon.com because if there was anyone prepared for such an event I had my faith in Amazon. I had also previously done research on Accidental Damage Warranties in the event that a mishap would occur. When I purchased my Sony NEX-VG20 in December of 2011 I bought the Accidental Damage and Handling plan from Sony for a whopping $399. To my pleasure Amazon offered a plan for a fraction of the price and still promised the same coverage for a small piggy bank marking of $75. I quickly selected the A7 (24 megapixel body with the anti alias filter) and added it to my shopping cart along with the warranty. Entered my credit card number 6969-6969-6969-6969 clicked the expiration month and year XX/20XX and finally pushed confirm! My place in line with Amazon was finalized and without a doubt guaranteed myself to receive one of the cameras that is part of the first batch they were allotted.  

    At this point some of you may be wondering why in the hell would I just abandon my VG20 after I just had it sent away for a month to get repaired. False! I am in no way abandoning the camera, it will still remain my pride and joy as it helped propel me into the role of being a greater entrepreneur. It boils down to camera jargon and sensor specifications that a majority may not be familiar with. The VG20 carries an APS-C sized sensor which is cropped and has a 1.5x magnification. The A7 is a full frame sensor and with that it's also the worlds smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera so what better way to upgrade then take part in a brand new take on the realm of photography and video.  It will allow me to further display my capabilities in a more multifaceted manner. 

   To help accommodate the larger sensor I took a Delorean and visited the 1980s! Canon FD lenses used to be all too common in the market and with a majority of people switching to DSLRs and auto focus capable equipment these units have simply gathered dust. So for a little over $50 I was able to pick up 4 solid lenses in excellent condition! Yes my current E-mount lenses will work in a cropped mode on the A7 or in full frame with an image circle and heavy vignetting. 

    I apologize to the readers who are currently asking themselves what the fuck am I talking about but what it truly boils down to is higher quality images and video as well as the ability to operate two cameras for filming weddings that are equal in quality. 

  I was able to chat with both of my December brides and they are both as eager as I am! I promise some unique and breathtaking images to come from the two glorious days! The creativity is roaring and I look forward to sharing the end results with all of you as I slowly build the online portfolio to where I want it to be! ( I have so many folders to sift through from the past two years it will truly be a blast from the past)

   Finally the online store will soon be updated and no longer the template crap that the layout came with. I will list prices and options for prints as well as a variety of services. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you remain as excited for what is to come as I am! 

 

 

 

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