It has been a complete surprise to me how busy the start of the year has been. The last couple of years it has been so slow at the start and taken a couple of months to get going, but this year I feel like I have started the year running. There always seems to be something that needs to be done. I keep forgetting things I have to do, and then I remember later on. It does feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. I just need to start being more productive with my time. Of course, being busy doesn’t mean I don’t love it. I do, and most of what I’ve been busy with has to do with taking photos, and there has been a lot of that.
It is coming together. I have to do some videos for it, well tutorial ones, but should get those done in the next couple of days. I was having a hard time trying to work out if I should do Lightroom, Photoshop, or Elements, but then decided maybe I can do all three. If I can work out how to get GIMP onto my new machine, then I might do one for it as well. I thought I would start with some basic things. So that should happen soon.
Hopefully it will come out at the end of the week or early next week. Don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for it yet, there is a button in the side panel that allows you to do that.
I think I have found somewhere down here to teach some photo editing classes, I just need to work out when I will start and hopefully find enough people who want to do them as well. I find it hard to really put myself out there, as it is so difficult to find the people to do these things. People keep telling me they want to do them, but when push comes to shove and they have to fork out money, you never see them again. I know that people think I shouldn’t charge money, but it has cost me a lot of money to learn as well, so that doesn’t seem fair either.
I have been advertising Social Snappers on Melbourne Meetups and I had my first person from there the other day. It was great having her along and I really hope she decides she wants to come back.
We had our biggest group yet. We went to Hanging Rock, a rather weird looking rock formation just out of the city. It was a great place for photos, but it was so hot, and I think we all struggled with the heat a bit too. We did it, and I have the photos to prove it.
The next outing is to Healesville Sanctuary on the first of March. I went there when my girls are little and I remember seeing a great live presentation of the raptors, so I hope they still do that.
I’m off to Wadonga for a couple of days with my daughter. She has to go up there a two day course. I don’t know what I will do while she is there, take my camera I think. If anyone has any great ideas of what to photograph up there please let me know.
I got a new bag recently, the LowePro Flip side 15L I think it is. I think I am in love with this bag. It can carry enough gear for me to use, that I still have choices. My tripod, I mean my big tripod will fit on it, and it has a place for a bladder to carry water. I got a Camel Bak insulted bladder and used it for the first time at Hanging Rock, it was perfect. You have the end right near your head so you can just drink anytime you want. The other thing is that the bag might be heavy, but it doesn’t feel heavy on, it sits really well on my back.
If I had any problems with it, I think my biggest issue is that there is no where really in it for a wallet and phone. I don’t always have pockets for those, well I never put my wallet in a pocket, so it would be good to have somewhere for that, and somewhere where it was easy to get to. I sometimes wonder if they think of women when they are designing these things.
Time to leave it for today. I have some photos for you, they were taken almost three years ago at Montsalvat. I love taking photos of Montsalvat, but I really dislike how much they charge people to take photos there. You get charged an hourly rate, something like $20 an hour, and then you can’t do anything with the photos. It is so outrageous. No where else in Melbourne, not that I have found, will do that. Anyway, I thought I would show these again. I hope you are busy too and have lots of photography going on. I better start working on Monochrome Madness.