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Dispatches from a shy street photographer: user error

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Today’s image is the last of my street photography series. I am not sure it even really qualifies as street photography. I shot two rolls through my Holga TLR in bulb mode and this is the one photo from those two rolls that I actually kind of like. It was shot in Portland. I like the Holga TLR for street photography and I will try this again. Hopefully with more attention to detail.


Geeky Bits

Camera: Holga GFN 120 GFNTL
Film: Acros 100
Stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour.

Smiles are contagious

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One thing I forgot to add to my list of things that I learned from running my first half-marathon. Smile! Smiling got me through some of the harder parts. This was an out-and-back run on the Springwater Trail in Boring/Gresham, Oregon.  As I was running toward the turnaround point the faster runners were passing me in the opposite direction and most of them were smiling. This, in turn, made me smile too! And it made the run much better. They were more than halfway done and here they were, smiling as they ran by. Some of them even cheered me on a little. I was very inspired and it helped keep me going.

Operation Half Marathon: completed ✔️

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Yesterday was the day! I completed my very first half marathon race. It was a rough road, but did it. I learned a few things along the way.

  • Just do it. Nike has made this phrase a cliche, but it is actually a really great life lesson. As I was looking at my training plan I would see the long runs on Sunday. I would see that I would have to run 9 miles, or 10 miles, or 12 miles, and I would think, “How the fuck am I going to do that?!?” But since it was written there on my training plan I had no choice. I had to go out and run it. And you know what? I didn’t die. This realization has filtered into other aspects of my life. I am a procrastinator, and this realization has made me less of one. So much more has been getting done around the house. So the lesson: Just do the thing. Don’t think about it. Don’t “do it in the future.” Just do it now.  Get it done
  • Be kind to yourself. Longer runs are not the time to pull out the boot camp version of yourself. Be nice to yourself. Do what you need to do to complete the run. When I was training on longer runs I stopped at my house in between laps of 4 miles to get a drink of water, use the bathroom, eat an orange, and even switch out the laundry. It made things less stressful and I got my milage in and all was good.
  • You only need to compete with yourself. I was in track as a kid and there is that bit of competitiveness inside me that comes out when I am in a race. This is not good because I don’t have the body I had when I was a kid. So yesterday at the beginning of the race I reminded myself that I am only competing with myself and it made the race so much better for me. However, toward the end having people in front of me to work toward catching up to gave my brain something to do, which was also good. In the end, I completed the race with  the fastest time so far for this distance, and I am really stoked with myself.

Since this was my first half marathon my ultimate goal was to just complete it. Now that I know what is involved I have some goals in mind for next year. Next year I will work on improving my time and I think I will try for two half marathons next season.

I also decided that I’m content with training for half marathons. I don’t feel like I need to scratch a marathon itch. I don’t feel like that is something I need to prove to myself at this time. Marathons require a lot of time to train for and I just don’t have that kind of time in my life right now. I know myself and the stress of trying find the time to train for one would be too much for me. I’ll stick with half marathons for now. When I retire (or when I have a job that allows the time) I will train for a marathon.

 

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Dispatches from a shy street photographer – Post Alley

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Here is a photo from Seattle. This is Post Alley, otherwise known as the Gum Wall. So yeah, on the walls on either side of this romantic-looking couple are layers and layers of germs and bacteria. (eww)

 


Geeky bits

Camera: Canon EOS 650
Film: Fuji Neopan 400
Develop in Kodak D-76

Pinholeday Film Swap with Jeff

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I mentioned a few posts ago that one of the traditions that we have for our meetups on Pinholeday is to swap a roll of film with one of our friends for a film swap. This year I chose Jeff’s roll. I made my exposures, unwittingly, at the Chinese Garden when I was on a pinhole adventure with my friend Donna. I love how they came out though!

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Meditation 2

Tea is a way

Inside the tea house

Red and blue sky

I’m always up for a film swap. Let me know if you are interested!