Here in the Netherlands after a morning flight. Walked around Amsterdam in the afternoon, which aside from the canals reminds me a lot about Copenhagen. Came back to Almere in the evening for some work tomorrow and the rest of the week.
Shot some film during the day and resorted for the good ol’X100s for a solitary evening walk for dinner. By all means, these might be some of my crappiest pictures to date, but I really needed this tonight.
Probably without thinking, the intention of this walk was more of a warm up for Friday night, where I’m going to be back in Amsterdam. I didn’t bring any serious film camera with me mostly due to daylight savings and December… but also because I’m a little short on good film, specifically Tri-X. And I know I will be shooting A LOT of that in in a couple more weeks.. 🙂
BTW… I’m so happy with the Yashica 124G I bought, I can’t even express in words how happy I was to discover the exposure meter working!! Can’t believe I shot the first roll without it using my phone as a light meter… 🙂 Can’t wait to shoot more with it, but it’s going to be a while. Oh well…good to be here as usual. Night.
I don’t even have the balls to go check my last post, but I guess it really doesn’t matter. I’ve been bouncing all over the place lately, sleeping (at most) a couple of night at home and the rest around.
Today was completely absorbed by work. I didn’t even go out for a run, which has actually become a decent part of my weekly routine lately. I’ve actually missed my runs for a week but that is the most for the past three months. Reason for tomorrow morning’s alarm clock at 6 am to take advantage of the place.
I couldn’t let today go by without doing something productive FOR ME.
So these pictures are the highlight of my day. From beginning at 7 am…
….to tonight at 11:30 pm. Bodensee.
All pictures taken on S7 –> uploaded to Imgur (because Mac…) –> Downloaded from Imgur –> Imported and slightly edited in Lightroom using Kodak Gold 100– preset.
99% of the people don’t get to do what makes them happy and gives them joy. At least not all the time. So you have to just bite the bullet and be aggressive. The world is not going to fall apart if you don’t give 110% ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
That was for me. Now on to this post…..
I’m slowly getting into the rhythm of getting a little more participation going on this blog and it’s starting to show.
Yeah, a lot is because I started actively shooting again which is awesome. Yesterday I actually did one of the things i could only have wet dreams about while i was still down in the countryside in Puglia.
Mid-morning cigarette break allowed me to go grab a sandwich, which i ate while working around 12. So from 1:15 to 2:15 i had my time for whatever i wanted to do. I had my camera with me which wasn’t great because of the weight from home to work and back. BUT at 1:16 i was already heading down to Piazza di Spagna.
So if you’re not from Rome, that’s one of the main tourists location. And for me it means a lot of photographic opportunities.
So around 1:40 i was there and i had a full 20 mins to fuck around. Not much at the end of the shoot, just 10 shots, but still worth it. I walked back and made it by 2:15 on the dot.
Now this can’t be an everyday thing, or maybe it can. But it felt good to stray away from the routine and do something i love.
So on to my improvement plans from my last post.
Less push on my film. ON PLAN
Get away from Tri-X. ON PLAN – Shot some more HP5 yesterday and i have 3 more rolls to burn. I might buy some more.
Use lunch break to shoot. ON PLAN.
Run! PLANNED. Thinking about tomorrow…… we’ll see about that but that is the plan.
By the way, this was my view at 1:53 PM yesterday:
I had very little time to enjoy the house and it was back on the road again, the place where i spent the most of this 2017. And I’m not in either of those places anymore… Writing from Tel Aviv. But that’s another post.
This time around I did not rent. I felt like driving my own car, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I must say. Even without the speed control, the little-to-no care of driving a rental, the park-where-I-feel-like type of approach, I missed my good old focus and hopefully will get her on the road as soon as I get another chance.
With that said, it hasn’t been too bad being away from home as I think. The hotels are decent and I get to see cool places. I would like to spend some more time and get to know Rome better. It’ll come…
This last hotel in Foggia, i knew what i was getting into. Some kind of Shining deal… but it’s comfortable and peaceful. Maybe a little too much.
And the restaurant sucks.
Last morning.. go to work, drive 4 hours home with a pit stop at home to surprise my parents, and off back to Rome with one night stop at home. Next morning, afternoon flight to Tel Aviv.
Notes: All S7 again. I’m shooting Tri-X@800 with the Olympus XA but I have a huge backlog of film to develop. I sent the rolls of color to the lab and will pick them up next week, so more film to come. For now just cell 😦 i did learn through these posts that the cell phone editor is fine but not phenomenal. Tried one picture with Snapseed and liked it much more, so I will stick to that going forward.
Woke up to an early start on thursday. Some work, some last minute shopping and the honorable Napoli defeat at the hands of the Real Madrid.
Left the room around noon and headed to the airport. Had lunch in the Etihad Lounge, which was surprisingly good.
Onto my first flight. 14 hours.
Landed late in Abu Dhabi, looking forward to the second leg which will lead me home. This second flight was pretty rough with a lot of turbulence. Hard time… last 7 hours but i really just wanted to be home by this time.
Last portion of the trip, train ride back home.
Looks like home. Even though I just moved here.
I’ll write more on this trip soon. Now i’m jet lagged and woke up at 4 am. Going to put a video together to share with Francesca including all the pictures of this post.