One of the best points of having ‘Casual Clothes Friday’, particularly for me, is being able to hide in plain site.
As I particularly like shooting architectural and inner-city photography, it helps to be wearing clothes that are either or both plain and of a tourist appearance.
So today I am casually dressed. I won’t describe my outfit; you might recognize me!
But it is what I have managed to discreetly hide blows my mind. I wish I had thought of doing this 6 months ago when I started this role!
Inside my man-bag (a Crumpler tote bag) is all my usual paraphernalia (smartphone, glasses case, mini-LED-torch, business cards, coffee-club cards, ear plugs, etc) PLUS my Canon 50D with 40mm EF 1.2.8 STM lens.
This may not seem like much of a combination. But there is a point to this post….
Back in 2006, for the entire year, I hauled on my back a Lowepro backpack that had my Canon 400D with hefty battery extension hand grip and at least 3 lens. I thought I was oh-so-cool. I must admit I learned and taught myself a LOT about photography and camera usage that year. And I got a fervent taste for architectural photography. I have photographed almost every building around the Adelaide CBD. Yet I know there are still some to shoot, newer buildings that have eluded my lens, plus a few places I want to reshoot.
So being able to pack my current camera into such a small space is impressive. And allows me to get back to what he enjoys.
So if you see a plain-clothes guy shooting up in the CBD this morning … it might not be a tourist, but a local doing what he enjoys most.
I arrived in town (the Adelaide CBD) at 7am this morning!
As we drove through Hindmarsh Square we spotted the Sunrise crew and Vintage cars. My wife agreed to let me out to go shoot the cars and check out the glorified news reporters known nationally as the ‘Ch7 Sunrise Crew’.
But before my feet hit the grass, I quickly decided it was too early to stand in the sun. The sunrise is way too early today!
After four hours sleep (courtesy of my son’s sleepless night), this consumption is good for my sore head. I’m also getting a doughnut and cola to keep me going all morning – I start the 8am shift this morning.
Have a happy day. See you on the flip side of midday.
Thanks to a one-liner on one of the many social media sites I traverse daily, I found a subject clse to my heart
I have had enough of 2013 – Bring on 2014!
See, I cannot believe people can afford to say this.
Since late 2011 I have been on a path that has included a multitude of trials & tribulation, all of which I have either had to win, lose or learn to cope with having as part of my life.
The first hurdle was accepting that the government department I work for had made my role redundant. Heck, to this day I don’t understand that decision was made. Anger was my first port-of-call, followed by comprehension, then resolution – each taking months to go through. Resolution has taken the longest. In truth, this isn’t over.
Thankfully in 2012 I won a higher level job for 12 months in the office that made me redundant. But they chose not to keep me on. No matter.
Between January and July 2013 I worked in four different government departments. If money had been available for my employment, I might have won ongoing roles at two of them.
But I am glad I didn’t win any of those jobs found for me. In late July I found the role of my dreams: An IT helpdesk, level 1 support. I felt I had most of the base skills – and my new boss agreed.
But life isn’t so perfect.
In mid 2012 my wife and I finally had our first child. You don’t need to know all that went into ensuring our little man was able to come into this world. We are just happy to finally have a child!
So that is won of the positives of 2012.
In August 2012 I mysteriously suffered a case of either Vertigo or Menieres Disease. Basically, I have a serious imbalance of the ears. This is ongoing. Through photography and writing I am able to control this.
My contract in my current role ends in February 2014.
Let’s not rush nor wish our lives away.