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Facebook No More

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Recently I’ve done what seems to many to be unthinkable: I have deactivated my Facebook account.

This will be the third time I’ve done it and the third time I’ve vowed to walk away, and instead spend my time doing something more productive. I don’t know how successful I will be, but time will tell. So far I’ve been away from it for two weeks and everything is going well.

I’ve been on the Facebook bandwagon since 2005 or so, and up until recently I’ve never taken it very seriously. It was a convenient way to keep in touch with my friends when we left school and scattered across the east coast to attend university or pursue careers, and it was very good at doing that. I can confidently say it’s one of the main reasons I’ve kept in touch with many of the people I went to school with, as they infrequently come back to our home town and I rarely leave to visit them thanks to work and family obligations.

Sadly though, in the last few months I find myself getting obsessed, browsing through profiles of people I’ve known, people I’ve met and people I don’t even like. Tonight I had the realisation that in the end I am getting nothing out of Facebook anymore: I can contact my close friends by phone or by e-mail which is more private and much more personal. For the rest of the people I networked with on Facebook, I rarely actually contributed anything beyond interesting youtube videos and the occasional photo. Both of which I can continue to serve up here, and hopefully generate more regular posts.

So what to do with all of my spare time I have now? My intention is to get out there and start taking more photos. I recently bought a Yashica-C TLR fairly cheap on eBay, and beyond shooting a roll of film to make sure it worked I haven’t taken it out too much despite having 14 rolls of Kodak Tmax 100 to put through it. I also bought a Canon EOS 3 recently that I’ve only run a few rolls of Fomapan 100 through that I plan on shooting some portraits and landscapes with, a Yashica Electro 35 that I want to take into a larger town nearby and shoot some street with and my trusty Spotmatic, that I’ve recently adjusted and need to test to see that it is working OK.

I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time recently hanging out at the used bookshop here in town, so I will hopefully have a few new old books to read.

Finally, today marks the first day of my leave from work. Six weeks of it. I applied for this leave about 12 months ago, as a friend and I were planning to do an epic motorcycle ride across Australia from East to West coast and back again over 4-5 weeks. Sadly, he had some things come up and had to pull out of the trip. I considered my options for a week or so before deciding not to do the trip without him, partly because we each have some of the essential gear for the trip that I would have trouble carrying by myself, partly beause the Nullarbor is not a stretch of road I feel comfortable riding by myself with a heavily loaded motorcycle, and partly because this whole trip has been his idea and I wouldn’t feel right going myself while he could not. I do have another ride in mind, that I will go on either by myself or with my mate depending on his availability, planned for a week or two towards the end of my leave.

So there it is, some past, some current and some future news. Depending on my availability tomorrow I hope to shoot a few rolls in the Yashica C and have them developed tomorrow night, fingers crossed.

Finally, here’s a shot from the test roll I ran through my Yashica C:

Yashica C - Yashikor 80mm f3.5 - Kodak Tmax 100 in Ilfosol-3

Photography – A Themed Challenge

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I’ve been thinking about what my first post here should be. My previous blog was heavily focused on anime and a little on gaming, but these days I don’t watch much anime and gaming just doesn’t strike me as a very interesting thing to write about. Especially when these days there are many people who write much more compelling blogs on the subject than myself. Some things I have been focused on in my spare time lately are Photography and Camera Restoration.

A friend of mine recently put me onto a Deviantart blog post as a challenge for us to take a stab at withour photography. There are 5 variants of the challenge, and after looking through them all I decided the first sounded the most promising for myself. Assuming I don’t forget or lose interest, I will post my results both here and on my flickr (which really hasn’t ben getting much love lately either.

As a way to keep track of my progress, I will be checking off the items as I go in the list in each post and I will use this the list in this post to link to each individual photo.

Hopefully I don’t get distracted too much in the meantime, but I suppose all I can do is see how I go. My list of themes is:

  1. Introduction
  2. Love
  3. Light
  4. Dark
  5. Seeking Solace
  6. Break Away
  7. Heaven
  8. Innocence
  9. Drive
  10. Breathe Again
  11. Memory
  12. Insanity
  13. Misfortune
  14. Smile
  15. Silence
  16. Questioning
  17. Blood
  18. Rainbow
  19. Gray
  20. Fortitude
  21. Vacation
  22. Mother Nature
  23. Cat
  24. No Time
  25. Trouble Lurking
  26. Tears
  27. Foreign
  28. Sorrow
  29. Happiness
  30. Under the Rain
  31. Flowers
  32. Night
  33. Expectations
  34. Stars
  35. Hold My Hand
  36. Precious Treasure
  37. Eyes
  38. Abandoned
  39. Dreams
  40. Rated
  41. Teamwork
  42. Standing Still
  43. Dying
  44. Two Roads
  45. Illusion
  46. Family
  47. Creation
  48. Childhood
  49. Stripes
  50. Breaking the Rules
  51. Sport
  52. Deep in Thought
  53. Keeping a Secret
  54. Tower
  55. Waiting
  56. Danger Ahead
  57. Sacrifice
  58. Kick in the Head
  59. No Way Out
  60. Rejection
  61. Fairy Tale
  62. Magic
  63. Do Not Disturb
  64. Multitasking
  65. Horror
  66. Traps
  67. Playing the Melody
  68. Hero
  69. Annoyance
  70. 67%
  71. Obsession
  72. Mischief Managed
  73. I Can’t
  74. Are You Challenging Me?
  75. Mirror
  76. Broken Pieces
  77. Test
  78. Drink
  79. Starvation
  80. Words
  81. Pen and Paper
  82. Can You Hear Me?
  83. Heal
  84. Out Cold
  85. Spiral
  86. Seeing Red
  87. Food
  88. Pain
  89. Through the Fire
  90. Triangle
  91. Drowning
  92. All That I Have
  93. Give Up
  94. Last Hope
  95. Advertisement
  96. In the Storm
  97. Safety First
  98. Puzzle
  99. Solitude
  100. Relaxation

This will be fun!