Just a quick rundown of my favorite photos from 2010. Jim Goldstein does a big list of them, will post a link to it when the main list is live.
Yesterday I participated in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half Marathon.
Thankfully I did not have to deal with train delay, but I can understand why a few runners were upset about it.
The day started at 5:30 in the morning when I woke up to get ready to head downtown and join the other 26,000 people getting ready for the race.
This was my view for the star of the race from Corral 27. I was a full mile from the actual starting line. and it was cold. I was ready to start.
Getting close to the starting line, that is it with the balloons and the red banner. This is when everyone got really pumped up about the race.
The sun finally started to peak out and warm up. It was 50 degrees earlier and now was getting a bit warmer.
Saw this at around mile 6. Excellent job, this pumped me up more than the bands or anything else.
Some of the bands did a pretty good job of pumping the racers up, and there were also cheerleaders chanting at the runners, everywhere you turned.
I hit the wall at mile 10 and had to walk for a bit because it felt like my feet where bleeding. Turns out they were just blistered, but it did slow me down.
Getting close to the finish line. The inflatables were part of the beer garden where racers got free beer.
The home stretch. For some reason this did not pump me up as much as the other parts of the race did.
Part of me was disappointed it was all over.
But then I got the metal.
This metal is much heavier than I thought it would be. Was very surprising when I put it on the first time.
Now for my thoughts on the whole thing. This was my first half marathon and I was surprised that I enjoyed it.
I am normally kind of lazy; and like to do things at a slow pace, so doing a half marathon is out of habit for me.
But I had fun, and immediately after it was over, I was thinking about what I would do next time. I am going to make this an annual thing for me for as long as I can.
I was discussing this with a coworker, who had done the full marathon and he asked if I would ever try the 26.2 behemoth. I think I might eventually. I want a few more half marathons under my belt.
This half marathon was a test for me, my goal was just to finish. As I started to train for it, I felt more confident that I could finish it and set the goal of finishing in 03:30:00. I pulled it off and finished in 03:09:02 which is a really good time, an average pace of 14:34 per a mile.
I can not wait for next year. Seriously considering signing up for the Rock & Roll Dallas in March.
Right now in Vancouver a gallery is showing photos from an event held there called the 12X12 Photo Marathon. Participants get 12 hours to photograph 12 themes, a new theme released every hour using a roll of film that only has 12 exposures on it.
After it is over, the photographer returns the roll of film to be processed and judged. The photos are printed, the winners are announced and a month later they show off the photos from the marathon at a gallery.
One of my goals is to run a photo marathon in San Antonio, following the 12×12. I have emailed the organizers of the Vancouver event to ask them what their recommendations are.
As I see it right now the things I will need are:
- A venue on the day it is to begin/Venue for the showing.
- Social Media presence/Blog
- A signup process
- Flyers to post in the camera stores around town
- People interested in participating
Hopefully the nice people in Vancouver can talk me through how they organized their first marathon and I can give it a try from there.
Really excited to get this project going. When I first heard of this event it sounded like something I would want to participate in.
But no one had organized one near me, Vancouver is pretty far.
So I think I am going to have to give it a try.
I know I have written about leaving Lubbock soon, but there are a few things I will miss about this town.
So here are my top five things I will miss.
No. 1 Friends
I have met a lot of awesome people at Tech.
The first group of people were the people I met in the dorms, they were a life line during those first six months. Lots of football games took place within the dorms, and the LAN parties were always a blast.
It later grew when I worked for the radio station and then the newspaper. And then to towards the end there was the tweetups, where I met a whole new group of people.
No. 2 Texas Tech
Let’s face it, without Texas Tech there would be no reason for any of us to be here.
The classes were great, the campus is beautiful and the football games were a blast.
Honestly, without Tech, Lubbock would have fallen apart a long time ago.
No. 3 Weather
West Texas gets some awesome storms. Visually they are really fun.
I have spent many afternoons in a car driving straight into the heart of a storm. Only recently with a camera.
It is great to sit on the back porch, light up a cigarette and just watch the lightening roll in.
No. 4 Prairie Dogs
What is not to love about these little guys.
They are cute, fluffy, noisy and tasty. Ok, so three of those things are true.
I have always wanted one as a pet, although I do not think I could teach it to play fetch.
And where is the fun in that?
No. 5 The Sunsets
Look at the sunset to the left.
How amazing is that, and this is not even the best sunset I have seen.
There was the time the sky turned purple.
Just look at the stuff I have tagged as a sunset.
The sunsets all over West Texas are like this because of all the dust in the air, so when the sun light hits it, the light scatters into something that is glorious.
No. 6 Badgers
This is Badger, or Jacie depending on who you ask.
She is my badger, and I am her meerkat. There is a weird story behind this. I might tell you one day, but not today.
But I will say that Badger and Meerkat are friends, and that there is a lot of love there.
Meerkat will miss badger, for this we can be certain.
These are the five six things I will miss about Lubbock. What do you think are things I will miss?
I like to shoot with film cameras because they can teach a lot about photography without letting you cheat the way digital can.
I do not know how many times I have shot, and just thought “Oh I can just fix this in PhotoShop later.
In fact, I remember taking photo courses in college, and the professor requiring us to shoot film.
We had to shoot with a 50 mm lens on 100 ISO slide film for the class.
Some manufacturers like Lomo, still produce film cameras.
In any small town, you can find an Antique store with tons of old cameras.
A brand new Polaroid camera is going to cost you over $60, however a functioning vintage camera at an Antique or Thrift store will normally cost you $1-$5.
Or my Diana, which will cost you $45, I picked up for $10.
The first thing to do when picking up a used camera is to make sure it still works.
Since most of these cameras are made of pretty simple construction, they are easy to check.
All you need to do is turn the film advance knob and make sure the take up spool turns. If you can trip the shutter with the back off you should see light through then lens.
That little trick won’t work for all cameras. Polaroids require film in them before the shutter button will do anything. And more advanced film cameras require film and batteries.
However, the more modern film cameras that this trick will work on are usually more expensive, and you should consider buying those through online camera stores like B&H.