100,000 ballroom pictures and beyond

Can 30D DSLR cameraSo, I was thinking that I don’t say a whole lot about photography and yet it is probably my biggest hobby. I’m not sure why I don’t talk about it more. Maybe it is because there really isn’t that much interesting to say. Well, I am going to partially solve this in this post.

I have liked photography since I was 11 years old, when I made my first pinhole camera and developed my own pictures. When I was 12, I got my first camera – a Sedic Sport 110 format camera. I was so excited. I started taking pictures of everything – my bike, my BB gun, the car tire, my Boy Scout patches. It didn’t take me long to realize that photography can be an expensive hobby for a kid with paying for film and to develop all of my photos. I continued snapping pictures here and there, with the majority of my pictures being taken on vacations.

Like everyone else, I was always trying to capture the perfect, beautiful vacation shot. It didn’t take long before my dad asked me why I was wasting money trying to snap the perfect scenic when I could buy a better postcard of it. He encouraged me to take photos with people in them. This he said is where the real value was. Over the years of junior high and high school, I continued to snap pictures at a rate of two or three rolls of file a year.

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NDCA National Amateur Dancesport Championships

All of my children are involved in what is commonly referred to as ballroom dancing – the stuff you see on “Dancing with the Stars.” The more accurate term for what they do is dancesport. This means they have set partners or teams and they compete against other couples and teams. Dancesport is divvied into several categories. The most common two are Latin (Cha-cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive) and Ballroom (Waltz, Fox trot, Quick Step, Viennese Waltz, and Tango), which was formerly known as Standard. Are you confused? Well, so am I. Just replace the term dancesport  with competitive ballroom dancing.

This last week was the National Dance Council of  America (NDCA) National Amateur Dancesport Championships, which are held each year at Brigham Young University (BYU); we just call it Nationals. Nationals is the biggest dancesport event of the year for our family and one of the biggest dacnesport events in the country.  Nationals to us is like Wimbledon to tennis players.

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Trade Nations and obsession

For the past three weeks, I have been playing this game on my iPad called Trade Nations. In the game, you build a village. You start by building houses, and then people move into the houses. You can put the people to work in one of several jobs, such as farming or mining. As these people work, they produce resources. You can sell these resources or use them to build other things, such as shops. As the game continues, you build more houses, get more people, have more workers, produce more resources, and build more things. The fun thing for me is to plan out my village so I get people doing the right balance of things so I earn the most money or get the most things and continue to advance my village. The game reminds me of life itself and how we must balance time and resources.

Well, I am writing about this today to illustrate another example of something I enjoy doing for fun. The challenge of balancing all of the aspects of the game to produce a desired result is a lot of fun for me, like chess. In real life, the game would be a business, where you take the skills and resources you have to try to create a successful business. Unfortunately for me, I think of a lot of possible businesses but most of them either end up marginally successful or never started.

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January 22, 2011Permalink Leave a comment

A string of bad luck? It’s all good!

This past week, I was having what I thought was a string of bad luck. I went on vacation and had all sorts of problems with my car battery. I suspected it was something simple but feared it could be something much more major. We kept needing to jump start the car. I even had one of those portable jump starting devices, but it wouldn’t do the job. Also, while on vacation, I did a photo shoot and things did not go so well. I made a lot of poor choices during the shoot and the pictures were not coming out good at all. Then, after the shoot, I accidentally deleted all of my pictures from my memory card. Then, to compound my stupidity, instead of remembering that I could still recover the pictures from the memory card if I did not put any new files on the card, I put a ton of new files on the card. Add to that the fact that I tripped during the photo shoot and nearly broke my camera, myself, and my sunglasses. Hopefully you can see why I was starting to worry if I was cursed or something. Soon after I got home, even more problems cropped up. I just couldn’t believe what was happening. Was I in the middle of a string of bad luck?

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