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I hoped to share some lovely new pics from my lovely new Canon 6d and three lovely new lenses. I received the lenses and flash a few days ago, and have been patiently waiting for my camera to arrive.

It arrived today. I could hardly wait to open the box! So much planning went into my selection of the camera, lenses, and flash, and I couldn’t believe the day had finally come when I could hold it in my hands and feel the smooth shutter release under my finger, just waiting for me to press it.

I pulled all contents from the box, carefully removed the plastic and unwrapped the manuals, looking for the quick start guide. And there it was, sandwiched between two manuals, the sight of it filling me with excitement at the thought of what – or whom – would be the subject of my first photograph.

Step 1 – insert battery (check!)
Step 2 – insert SD card…

Dang. Guess I should have ordered one of those.

More to come soon 🙂

Freedom and Idiocy

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Just a couple of thoughts for today…
 
“To affirm that men and women are persons and as persons should be free, and yet to do nothing tangible to make this affirmation a reality, is a farce.”
― Paulo Freire
 
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
 – Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
 

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I won!! Check it out!!

Jeff Sinon Photography

The Top 9?

Who in the world does a top 9? Well as it turns out, you do.

Back on December 13th I challenged the subscribers to my blog to Tell Me Your Favorite Image From 2012, and one lucky person was going to win an 8″ x 12,” signed print of their favorite. The rules were simple, post a link in the comments section to your favorite Jeff Sinon Photography image that appeared on the blog during 2012. Once the votes were tallied, one lucky winner would be chosen at random.

I have to admit, with 660 followers at last count, I was hoping for a bit more participation, however, I’m not complaining. That there were only 9 votes cast by only 6 people* made less work for me, and the odds of winning went up considerably for those who did take part. That’s a win-win in…

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Apparently, I have the re-blogging bug – I absolutely could not resist when I saw this, though. Who wouldn’t want to be in that room when they guys started to sing, and who in that room did not feel the love? I love positive, beautiful moments like this.

Joy and Woe

I actually wrote about this on my work blog, but it’s adorable and so I’m self-plagiarizing to share it here, too.

Little-known fact: I’m a singer.

In fact, I’ve been singing for so long that my first recording was on vinyl (which leads to another little-known fact: I am oooooold).

Put those two things together, and you get what is possibly the best video you’ll see today, and to complete my personal trifecta, it’s about as Canadian as it gets, filmed inside an Oakville Tim Hortons.

Now, I don’t mean in any way to diminish the straight-up awesomeness of experiencing this kind of choral flash mob live, or even the second-hand thrill you might get from watching a recorded version.  But I would be remiss if I didn’t also note that this kind of thing happens all the time, and if the signers I know are anything to go by…

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I have never re-blogged anything, and this particular entry does not really go with the theme I have created so far…but it IS a personal blog, so I am going to post it as it is about an issue that drives me crazy – perfectly good food is thrown away because it isn’t pretty enough for consumers… I mean, we all experience an element of being ignored or shunned in high school for being weird looking (or was that just me?), but can’t the food at least be used in processing if consumers can’t get past that it doesn’t look perfect? The food from my garden does not look perfect, but I still eat it…and I live to breathe another day…

Photo-free 2012 Year-in-Review

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I’ve been a little light on posts lately, opting instead to start 2013 with a bit more book learnin’ and shutter snapping. I have been taking photos almost every day, but on top of my self-imposed reading assignments, I have been learning new software which has slowed me down considerably. Additionally, I have been having some fun with my creative writing again and reviewing my 2012/making new goals for 2013.

2012 was an incredible eye-opening, freedom-inducing, self-love promoting and difficult-decision-making year for me. It began with a stark realization: I had been in an abusive relationship for almost three years. Not with a significant other, but with my boss. For the first several months of the year, I refused to leave. I thought that if I could just prove to myself – or to him – that I could cut it, then his behavior toward me would change, I would have grown as a professional, and all the $hit he put me through and self-torture and hate I put myself through would have been worth it.

This wasn’t the first time I had been bullied in a workplace, so I was beginning to think it was me, which was one of the reasons I was so willing to put myself through the torture of trying to change to fit the mold those around me wanted to shove me into. My perception was that they (mainly my boss) thought I was weak, incompetent, dead wood for the organization.

My low point was when I began to believe that I was dead wood. Isn’t that what abusive relationships do to a person? Beat them down until they actually believe the pure effing nonsense that their abusers project onto them? Thank heaven for supportive friends and family (you know who you are!) that pointed out this abusive behavior – over a YEAR before I began to believe it! Even though it took me so long to believe it, without them I would probably still be there, beating myself up for every mistake and missed target, and for not being Miss Organization.

In February, the fire in my belly began to burn. I began to remember the person I was and the professional I am. And my confidence grew. What happened in February? I had my annual review. Each year, my review had been glowing and constructive – always a surprise to me because of the way I was treated. In 2012, however, I was given a solid, professional handshake with one hand while being punched in the gut with the other. Three long paragraphs – one of which briefly described how I kicked butt at exceeding several goals, and two of which nitpicked me to death, taking jabs at me for incredibly insignificant ‘shortcomings’. I guess it was difficult to find anything with substance to pick on.

Then a perfect opportunity came up…and I almost didn’t apply. It was lower pay, part-time, but right up my alley. Just before I left with some girlfriends for Cabo San Lucas (photos NEVER to be shared with the public :-))…and I mean just before I left at 2:30 a.m., I pushed the “send” button on an email which contained my resume, five references, application and a writing sample. I could always turn it down, right?

I didn’t, and in June I freed myself from my oppressors (including, to some extent, myself). It took until about the end of August for me to break free from the negative self-talk surrounding competency in my career. I no longer felt weak and incompetent, but instead I realized that the job I held was not right for me. Do you realize how difficult that realization was to make? My entire 13 year career, plus  time in college, only to realize that my chosen career path WAS. NOT. RIGHT. FOR. ME. Perhaps this was another reason for my delay in leaving. But the more time that goes by since leaving that position, the less I care about that. I am happier and better off without my prior career. I have even found that there is great value in knowing what does not work for you…if only I had recognized it while I was still in college, right? 😀

I started this blog in October, primarily as a creative outlet. It was one of the best things I did all year (thanks to Amy Irene at Xenogirl, who encouraged me to start a blog). Thank you all for your support – it is truly appreciated!

So, the big story of 2012 for me was leaving my job, but there were several other, more personal but just as pivotal, decisions I had to make in 2012 toward loving myself and filling my time with things that are important to my soul. It is still a work in progress, but at least I am finally on the right path.  Here’s to an even more rewarding 2013!

Very Inspiring

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Gee, take a short break and get a nice surprise when you return :-). Thank you to Colleen at Jersey Joshii – a charming blog about life in Japan from Collen’s quirky and fun point of view. It truly was a pleasant surprise!

The Rules

1.Display the award logo on your blog. √ check!
2.Link back to the person who nominated you. √ check!
3.State 7 things about yourself. √ check! (see below)
4.Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages. √ check! (well, sort of…see below)
5.Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements. √ check!

State 7 things about yourself

1. I don’t have cable or satellite tv – just over-the-air. Watching Jimmy Fallon right now, and as much as I like him, I miss Conan terribly.

2. I am an on-the-fringe lover of sci-fi and fantasy – meaning that I don’t get so into it that I know all the history and behind-the-scenes facts, but I enjoy reading/watching.

3. The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Cinderella with my dad, in an old theater that still offered intermission.

4. I don’t take a daily multivitamin – mostly because I forget to, but I like to tell people that it is because I prefer to live on the edge.

5. I haven’t done ANY Christmas shopping yet. Hoping Santa will finally come through…

6. I have an orange cat, with a little round belly, that shakes when he runs, like a bowl full of jelly 🙂

7. I recently discovered that I love to wear vintage clothing.

Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages

I typically follow the rules when it comes to these awards. However, it does take a lot of time to nominate 15 separate blogs, so in an effort to save myself time and make the award even more meaningful (believe me, it is still quite touching to be considered one of 15, so no disrespect to anyone that has nominated me in the past), I have chosen to nominate ONE blog for this award:

Tahira’s Shenanigans

Hopefully the blogger-to-blogger awards police will not lock me away 🙂